Criminal Justice

Master of Business Administration
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This Criminal Justice specialization is designed to help you develop advanced competencies and analytical capabilities needed for management and leadership positions in correctional institutions, law enforcement and the court system. You will gain a unique insight into the operational and organizational structure of police agencies, and learn concepts applicable to a law enforcement setting. You will also explore the dynamic nature of the global multicultural network connecting distinct legal traditions and codes, both domestically and internationally, and their connection to criminal activity, law enforcement response, ethics and the legal system. As a graduate, you might find professional employment opportunities in law enforcement agencies and private security firms.

MBA Degree Requirements

The Master of Business Administration requires 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. The MBA program includes 18 credit hours of foundational courses. The foundational courses are taken by all students regardless of their undergraduate degree to form and strengthen fundamental business skills. The next 9 credit hours in the program encapsulate a specialization aligned with a student’s career goals and interests. Elective courses must be appropriate to the student’s degree program.

Completion Period for Master's Degrees

Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master's programs. Normal time to complete varies depending upon course take rate and credits transferred.

MBA Required Foundational Courses - 18 credit hours

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Welcome to Changing Times - Business in the 21st Century

This course is designed to encourage students to understand and consider the impact of current trends such as globalization, sustainability, and technology on businesses. The subsequent core courses will provide a greater in-depth knowledge of business concepts and areas in an integrated fashion.


Managing People and Teams

This course presents the basic theories, skills, and applications related to communications in an organizational setting from a manager's point of view. The course focuses on the consistent, logical process approach that can be used to solve many communication problems. The course also covers topics that are essential to contemporary business communications, including critical thinking, the Internet, the World Wide Web, email, and other technological communication tools. It also presents basic theories, skills, and applications required to effectively communicate in a complex organizational setting emphasizing a manager's point-of-view.


Managerial Decision-Making

This course is a study of the skills and cognitive processes that managers utilize and the factors that influence effective business decisions in the global business environment. Students will learn practical problem-solving and critical thinking in their analysis of real-world business scenarios, selection of tools and techniques, and identification of problems, opportunities, and solutions. Students will also learn how information technology can provide effective decision support for complex business issues.


Managing Business Finances

In this course, students are introduced to procedures, process, and tools to effectively manage the business finances. Students will apply and practice these concepts in a wide range of simulated business and managerial situations. Topics include; Business and managerial economics, profit and loss, understanding financial reports, financial risk analysis, asset valuation, budgeting, managerial and financial accounting, financial ethics, and cost management. Students will practice using financial tools and case studies to aid in their analysis and financial decision-making.


Operations Management

This course is an introduction to the principles of operations management as they relate to business strategy. Students will learn how to manage business operations based on a global supply chain with diverse and geographically-dispersed suppliers and customers. Students will also examine how information systems can have a positive impact on operational productivity, competitiveness, automation of business processes, and electronic commerce.


Innovation and Marketing

In this project-based course, students will investigate and practice strategies for innovation and introduction of new ideas, products, and technologies to market. Students will practice assessing their customers' needs and tailoring strategies and tactics accordingly. An integrative approach builds marketing management upon business analysis, supply chain, operations, economics, and financial management. Students will set marketing goals and produce plans to reach those goals and measure their progress. Ethical, social, and legal aspects such as marketing to minors and false or deceptive practices will be examined.

Specialization Courses - Select 3 courses from the following (9 credit hours):

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Juvenile Offender

This course stresses the nature and control of juvenile delinquent behavior. Factors of causation and prevention are explored including analysis of police and court response to the management of juvenile offenders. The course will identify the differences between juvenile delinquency and adult criminality as well as examine the parens patraie philosophy. It will identify and describe drugs of abuse for adolescents and various drug control strategies. The course will also recognize patterns of juvenile delinquency in other nations. The course will also suggest that different states handle juveniles in dissimilar ways, though some Constitutional standards must be maintained.


Organized Crime

This Master level course provides an in-depth study of organized crime in the United States concentrating on family structure, the sources of revenue and investments, and the role of the legal system in organized crime control. Focus is placed on the symptoms of organized crime; political influences in organized crime enforcement; organized crimes relationship to drug traffic, prostitution, business transactions, militant groups, and gambling.


Drugs, Values and Society

This course will examine the nature and extent of criminal and non-criminal drug abuse, as well its the causes and prevention. Particular attention will be given to the sociological aspects of values and the effects of drugs in our society. We will examine drug abuse as both a social problem and a law enforcement issue. In addition to the sociological aspects of drug abuse, we will exam drug enforcement and narcotics control investigative tactics and techniques.


Current Issues in Law Enforcement

This Masters level course provides students the opportunity to investigate the most important issues facing the leadership of the nations' local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Major problems such as drug enforcement, organized crime, sexual assaults on campus, the war on terrorism and cooperation among law enforcement, first responder and health officials provide the core focus of student efforts.


Violence and Society

This course will allow students to examine the nature and extent of crime, as well as causes and prevention. Particular attention will be given to the role of police questioning and investigative techniques, theories and typologies which attempt to explain deviant behavior, the relation between forensic experts and the criminal justice system, and the utility of correctional rehabilitation.


White Collar Crime

This Master level course provides students an opportunity to examine criminal activity in communities as well as business and corporate enterprises. Students will examine the various types of white-collar crime, methods of detection, investigative techniques, and social impact. They will further review specific cases and examine articles relating to this sophisticated crime contravening our privacy and social values.


Forensic Scientific Evidence

This course provides a comprehensive review of the general forensic topics with technical and scientific detail. The topics include the historical development of science’s interaction to the law. The steps in processing a crime scene including documentation through notes, sketches and photography, detection and collection procedures of physical evidence, laboratory examinations will be examined. Different forensic disciplines used in crime scene reconstruction will be examined while exploring the concepts of admissibility of that evidence in the courtroom. The legal aspects of Computer Forensics and the Internet in regards to national and international laws will be evaluated.


Survey of Forensic Sciences

The master’s level course provides an introduction of different sciences and technology applied in criminal investigations. The history of Forensic Science, the practical application in crime scene investigations and the scope and duties of the Forensic Scientists will be discussed. The criminalist topics include fingerprint technology, forensic photography in digital and 35mm photography, ballistics, firearms and Toolmark impression examinations, bloodstain pattern analysis, serology and DNA, trace evidence and microscopy, and questioned documents. The forensic biology section consists of anthropology, forensic pathology, odontology, and entomology. Forensic Chemistry will present the specifics of illicit drugs, toxicology, fibers, paints and polymer examination, glass and soil, and fires and explosives, Duties of the expert witness in court and other legal aspects of Forensic Science will be discussed.

The Program Capstone Course (3 credit hours) will be complete as the last course in the degree program.

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Strategic Planning

This course provides an overview of effective strategic planning formulation and correct application for use in real life situations. Students will develop skills in operational business strategies as well as being introduced to the entire strategic planning process

The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. Learn more about the NCU’s MBA costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $850
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $2,550
  • Program cost: $25,850-$28-400
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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ACBSP Accredited Online MBA Degree Program

ACBSP Accredited

In addition to NCU’s regional accreditation from the HLC, our business programs in the School of Business and Technology Management have received programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP promotes continuous improvement and recognizes excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.