UHD Masters of Criminal Justice

UHD Masters of Criminal Justice Connect to the Masters of Criminal Justice degree program at the University of Houston-Downtown. Get connected with Alumni and current students of your Masters program.
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Visit our website for information on the program requirements. https://www.uhd.edu/academics/public-service/criminal-justice/Pages/cj-graduate.aspx

Mission: The mission of the Department is to prepare students for public service careers in the fields of criminal justice and social work. In furtherance of this mission, the faculty recognize the connection between excellence in education, research, scholarship, and service with applied, theoretical, and policy relevance. Thus the Department strives to provide students with knowledge, skills and values that are sufficient to serve in social service and criminal justice systems, prepare them for professional and managerial careers as well as research and advanced study.

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09/25/2020
CITI - Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative

Need human subjects research training for a project, thesis, or independent study? Get access to free trainings from the CITI Program by selecting UHD as your institutional affiliation. https://www.citiprogram.org/index.cfm?pageID=14

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Dr. Nina Barbieri heads up the new Lab for Equity in Action, and one of the first initiatives is a book club that severa...
08/11/2020
Virtual Book Club Puts Focus on Implicit Bias

Dr. Nina Barbieri heads up the new Lab for Equity in Action, and one of the first initiatives is a book club that several faculty and community leaders have been participating in over the summer. Want to learn more? Email [email protected]

To understand individual prejudice, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) has developed a virtual Implicit Bias Book Club for faculty members and community partners to participate in virtually.

Timely research on officer-involved shooting data transparency finds a great deal of variation that limits usefulness of...
08/07/2020
An Assessment of Officer-Involved Shooting Data Transparency in the United States - Matthew C. Matusiak, Michael R. Cavanaugh, Matthew Stephenson, 2020

Timely research on officer-involved shooting data transparency finds a great deal of variation that limits usefulness of the data -
Dr. Mike Cavanaugh co-authored https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0886260520913646

Although researchers and the public intuitively know that the lack of available data on the topic of officer-involved shootings (OIS) is a problem, the scope of...

Are you ready for your capstone project course?  Don't forget that you need to complete this google form with your facul...
07/18/2020
MSCJ Project Proposal Form

Are you ready for your capstone project course? Don't forget that you need to complete this google form with your faculty supervisor in order to get registered: https://forms.gle/87tXQzRjLKDkhyB68

This form should be filled out by the student in consultation with the Project Chair (faculty member). Once approved by the Program Director, the student will be allowed to register for CJ 6301.

Check out this new publication co-authored by two of your MSCJ faculty, Dr. Jace Valcore and Dr. Kevin Buckler: https://...
07/09/2020
An act of terror and an act of hate: national elite and populace newspaper framing of pulse nightclub shooting: Criminal Justice Studies: Vol 0, No 0

Check out this new publication co-authored by two of your MSCJ faculty, Dr. Jace Valcore and Dr. Kevin Buckler: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/1478601X.2020.1786283?casa_token=cMrqPzrnKhcAAAAA:QsS3HkOgYsMwFrjDhcpek7p8FRwjyuHZ9mfQzDhfuletk68L3vE4Uhfw0ZRSdLj2YsgtR5nKr3-W8w

The Pulse nightclub mass shooting is a defining event for the LGBTQ and Latinx communities. It signified that much remains to be done to achieve true equality and equitable treatment over and above...

07/09/2020

The fall course schedule is in flux and will be finalized soon. Check your gatormail for updates!

Both CJ 6320 Methods and 6330 Advanced Crim now have the option for in -person or Zoom (online interactive).

CJ 6314 Issues in Law Enforcement is going to be offered online and taught by adjunct instructor Dr. Stephen Morrison.

Have questions or need advising? Contact Mr. Kilgore or Dr. Valcore

And once more, congratulations and best wishes to our spring graduates, Oscar, Jessie, and Ping-Jung!
05/30/2020

And once more, congratulations and best wishes to our spring graduates, Oscar, Jessie, and Ping-Jung!

Today we highlight two more spring graduates. Congratulations to Jacqueline and Linda!
05/28/2020

Today we highlight two more spring graduates. Congratulations to Jacqueline and Linda!

Each day this week we will highlight 2 of our spring graduates!  Congratulations and best wishes to them all!
05/27/2020

Each day this week we will highlight 2 of our spring graduates! Congratulations and best wishes to them all!

Congratulations to the class of 2020!  Some of our awesome spring graduates took a minute to share their thoughts, thank...
05/26/2020

Congratulations to the class of 2020! Some of our awesome spring graduates took a minute to share their thoughts, thanks, and goals. We are proud of them and wish them the best as they go on to careers in public service, federal law enforcement, corrections, and PhD programs!

05/15/2020

We reached 100 likes on our page! Thank you to all the students, faculty, alumni, and other followers!

05/13/2020

Monday evening CPS held its annual Student Awards Ceremony via Zoom. Approx. 130 people were in attendance. Congratulations to the MSCJ students who were honored and recognized for their hard work and achievements!

Outstanding MSCJ Student Award: Richard Wille

Frank. P (Trey) Williams Book Scholarship: Julie Wyble

Excellence in Service: Diana Rodriguez

05/13/2020

We survived the spring 2020 semester! Current students should check Blackboard after 5pm today for their final grades, and then communicate with faculty if they wish to take advantage of the S/U option.

FYI!! Consider joining in and submitting any questions you may have in advance.
03/26/2020

FYI!! Consider joining in and submitting any questions you may have in advance.

๐Ÿšจ Attention Graduates ๐ŸšจHave questions about graduation or commencement? Attend our Virtual Town Hall today at 6:30 pm via Facebook Live on the UHD Registrarโ€™s page. Send in your questions to [email protected] by noon today. The session will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube. Remember that we are here for you #uhdgatorstogether

03/13/2020

Take care of yourselves and your families! Current students: Email your professors or Mr. Kory Kilgore if you have concerns about transitioning to online courses, or need any other assistance during this time.

Way to go! Several of our MSCJ program we're also in attendance!
02/20/2020

Way to go! Several of our MSCJ program we're also in attendance!

PSCJS members were proud to serve in partnership with Urban Education faculty at the House of Tiny Treasures.

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02/13/2020

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UHD Masters of Criminal Justice
02/11/2020

UHD Masters of Criminal Justice

02/10/2020

Don't forget tomorrow's grad student club meeting:

February 11, 4:00-5:00pm in C350. Come be a part of creating a student club focused just on graduate student needs! ๐ŸŠ

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01/15/2020

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We're proud to announce that UHD's online Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelor's programs ranked among the nation's best for the second consecutive year by @usnewseducation #BestOnlinePrograms. https://bit.ly/3ad0aNE

The grad students came together to celebrate each other and their newest addition!
11/20/2019

The grad students came together to celebrate each other and their newest addition!

Several of our MSCJ presented their own research at the annual Southwestern Academy of Criminal Justice conference. Way ...
10/23/2019

Several of our MSCJ presented their own research at the annual Southwestern Academy of Criminal Justice conference. Way to go Gators! ๐ŸŠ

A little career-help never hurts!
08/27/2019

A little career-help never hurts!

UHD's Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) Job Fair Prep is here! Career development coaches and liaisons for our various academic colleges will help students prepare for upcoming career fairs. Bring your computer to work on developing or updating your resume, research employers, and job search. Find out more! https://bit.ly/2Hj9ClO #UHDCHSSAdvising #UHDCPS #uhdcst #UniversityCollegeUHD #uhdcareer

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The MSCJ program at the University of Houston Downtown offers relevant courses aimed at working professionals and aspiring researchers in the field of criminal justice and criminology. Our faculty are engaged and offer hands-on experiences for students to develop research and analytical skills to make them strong public service leaders. Join hard-working officers, agents, administrators, case workers, and more who are currently completing their degree either online or in evening classes. Meet and network with illustrious alumni serving in agencies across Houston and Texas.

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Check our some of our MSCJ students, along with members of Alpha Phi Sigma, volunteering at the Urban Enrichment Institute! We discussed consent and healthy boundaries, a seemingly ever increasingly important topic.