Master's Degree in Criminal Justice: Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Concentration

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Criminal justice organizations need leaders who have a deep understanding of diversity and inclusion principles. These experts can implement effective training programs, improve community outreach efforts and create inclusive workplace cultures.

Saint Joseph's University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in diversity, inclusion and belonging delivers the knowledge and experience you need to lead ethically and collaborate in increasingly diverse environments.

The comprehensive curriculum provides a specialized study of social identity, group dynamics and organizational change. You will examine the psychological and neuropsychological constructs that result in implicit bias, discrimination and marginalization. And because you're earning your master's degree in diversity and inclusion online, you can study in a flexible format as you learn from a faculty of criminal justice experts.

This diversity, inclusion and belonging degree concentration is designed for learners who are ready to advance their criminal justice careers as diversity and inclusion specialists. When you finish the program, you'll have the skills to facilitate inclusive conversations and create change in criminal justice and law enforcement organizations of all types.

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Curriculum

Along with the advanced criminal justice curriculum you'll complete through the master's degree, this concentration features 12 credits of focused coursework in the following:

  • Social identity and belonging
  • Organizational culture and change
  • Inclusive conversations
  • Applications of diversity, inclusion and belonging at work

As a student, you will develop enhanced cultural competence and inclusive leadership skills to make a positive impact in your organization and community. The fully online curriculum emphasizes hands-on skill development and essential diversity and inclusion competencies to help you excel in your chosen career path.

Be a Change Maker

The diversity, inclusion and belonging degree concentration from Saint Joseph's University will prepare you for criminal justice leadership by increasing your self-awareness, communication, collaboration and system awareness skills. You will learn to lead in diverse criminal justice environments and bring out the best in others.

By applying theories of social identity, you'll be able to establish forward-thinking and progressive workplace policies. Graduates are also able to conduct research and evaluate diversity and inclusion initiatives for effectiveness.

Earning a master's degree in diversity and inclusion online qualifies you to advance as a culturally competent professional in law enforcement, criminology, the federal government and other professional paths.

Possible careers for graduates include:

  • Criminal investigator
  • Police chief
  • Federal law enforcement officer
  • Customs and border protection officer
  • Detective

Financial Aid

You may be eligible to receive federal financial assistance in the form of student loans or grants. Saint Joseph's University Online uses the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to determine award amounts.

For more information about this concentration or financial aid, call us today at (610) 660-3400 or request information below.

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