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Prepare yourself to analyze 21st-century problems in crime and criminal justice practices and draw on evidence-based solutions to guide policy decision-making.

Become trauma-informed.

Our post-baccalaureate Trauma-Informed Certificate is designed to provide you with an understanding of trauma and the trauma-informed principles and practices that are key for today's criminal justice professionals.

Take advantage of our program of distinction.

The University of Baltimore is only the second institution in the nation to have both its graduate and undergraduate programs in criminal justice certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

You can also complete this program as a dual J.D./M.S. in Criminal Justice , allowing you to earn both degrees with 15-18 fewer credits than would be required to earn the two degrees independently.

In this 39-credit Master of Science program, you'll:

  • apply research theory, methods, planning and statistics to the daily decisions you'll encounter in your work
  • interact with field professionals through our partnerships with the Baltimore Police Department, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention, the Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center and other state agencies
  • choose to specialize in law enforcement, courts and law, corrections, juvenile justice or victim studies.

Your professors will share their practical experience as well as their academic research agendas; some are involved in funded research projects that provide opportunities for students comparable to those generally found in Ph.D. programs. Projects have included:

  • a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded study on community health, crime and safety
  • an analysis of federal probation officer-offender interactions and offender recidivism trends for the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Service
  • a Bureau of Justice Assistance's Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program grant to conduct a crime prevention and revitalization project in the McElderry Park neighborhood of East Baltimore in collaboration with the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, the Jacob France Institute and the Baltimore city Mayor's Office on Criminal Justice.

Students also have the opportunity to attend the Roper Victim Assistance Academy of Maryland, a training academy recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime for its success in training criminal justice professionals and service providers to interact more effectively with victims of crime.

Your fellow students will be a lively mix of criminal justice professionals, community program administrators and service providers, researchers and advocates. Their shared knowledge and aspirations can help propel you to achieve your own goals in this dynamic and challenging field.

Classes are offered evenings.