What will I learn?

As crime becomes increasingly transnational, its causes can no longer be viewed solely through the prism of local circumstances. Understanding criminal justice and social conditions on a global scale is now vital to stopping the proliferation of crime and injustice.

UB’s Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Human Security degree program is designed to help you attain expertise in the worldwide political, cultural, and socioeconomic conditions that contribute to crime and its attenuation. Our program will help you gain insight into the cultural, ethnic, religious and ideological differences often discovered at the root of criminal acts, violence, and terror.

Among some of the in-depth topics covered in this program: domestic, international, and comparative criminal law; transnational crime; cybercrime, and cyber terrorism—all taught by experienced faculty from UB’s College of Public and International Affairs.

Human security, as it relates to modern threats such as terrorism, human trafficking, and ethnocentric violence, will also be explored. This broader understanding of human rights and its connection to history, global policy, international peace and security, and humanitarian affairs provides a strong foundation on which you will be able to draw correlations and build solutions towards a safer world.

Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Our Criminal Justice and Human Security (M.A.) graduates will:

  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to excel in professional careers in federal, state, and international law enforcement agencies where intercultural communication skills, foreign language skills, and insights into other cultures are increasingly important both to address criminal activity and to take needed steps to prevent it.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation of the rule of law, law enforcement’s role in the securing and protection of civil and human rights, and an understanding of the social conditions and circumstances that foster or discourage criminal behavior.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Human Security and its role in the realization of a just and lawful society and the impact that this understanding of security has upon the existing notions of national, regional and international security.
  • Demonstrate the intercultural literacy skills needed to relate to an increasingly globalized population where norms and values may differ.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of non-state actors in international crime and justice, in such fields as norm creation, deviance, terrorism, and crime prevention.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interpretations of religion, ideology, and culture that contribute to the proliferation and/or the deterrence of violence and crime.

Which department am I in?

School of Public and International Affairs

Study options

Full Time (36 semester-hours)

Tuition fees
USD $740 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

26 August 2019, 21 January 2020

Venue

School of Public and International Affairs

126 Park Avenue,

BRIDGEPORT,

Connecticut,

06604, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. English Language Requirements: A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (IBT); A minimum IELTS Band score of 6.5; A minimum Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) score of 53; A grade of “C” or better from an accredited American university for one semester of college English Composition; Critical Reading SAT score of 400 or above or ACT English score of 19 or above; An official letter certifying completion of ELS (English Language Service) Level 112; An official “O” level or “A” level Certificate indicating a grade of “C” or better in English; An EIKEN Grade Pre-1 or above.

For international students

Student must have: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or recognized international institution; Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher; Two years of college-level language study or fluency in a second language; Students who have not completed this requirement but feel that they have language competency to this level may take an oral and written exam, confirming such competency or they may complete the language requirement at the University of Bridgeport or at another regionally accredited institution of higher education prior to the conclusion of the degree program.

Those whose native language is not English are also required to show English language proficiency. You can demonstrate proof of English Language competency by meeting any one of the criteria listed below: A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT), or 80 (IBT) for graduates (postgraduates); A minimum IELTS (Cambridge Testing) Band score of 6.5 for graduates (post-graduates); An official letter certifying completion of ELS (English Language Service) through level 112; An official letter certifying completion of CSE (The Center for English Studies) through level 7.5; A Michigan English Assessment Battery (MELAB) score of 77 or above for graduates; A Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA) English achievement score of 500 or above; Minimum PTE Academic score of 53 for graduates (postgraduates).

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About this uni

The main campus stretches over 50 acres, overlooks the Long Island Sound and boasts spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Bridgeport is located close to Boston and New York City
  • 3rd in the region for percentage of international students
  • 17th highest in the region for most diverse student body
  • Small class sizes with 16:1 student-faculty ratio