Institute for the Study of Human Services, Health & Justice

The Nova Southeastern University Institute for the Study of Human Services, Health & Justice seeks to enhance the knowledge base of current criminal justice professionals, to equip future such candidates, and to foster career marketability in the burgeoning fields of criminal justice and child protection.

We welcome you to browse our website where you can learn about each of our online graduate
program offerings:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Human Services in Child Protection
  • PhD in Criminal Justice

The unique curriculum approach within each of our degree programs was developed to meet the needs of a dynamic and challenging professional environment. Our "Specialty Track" approach allows students to focus on an area(s) of interest within their chosen field of study giving the student an opportunity to develop expertise and provide alumni of the NSU Institute for the Study of Human Services, Health & Justice with a distinct career advantage over graduates from other institutions offering such majors.

Don't delay! The Institute for the Study of Human Service, Health & Justice can help you transform your goals into accomplishments.

The M.S. in Criminal Justice trains individuals through an interdisciplinary focus in an online environment. The program prepares students through the core curriculum and allows for specialty training through various tracks. This facilitates choice for students and fosters the development of specialized expertise. Students will complete the thirty-six hour program that includes core courses, specialty track, and electives.

Curriculum

Core Courses: Required of all Criminal Justice Students (15 credits)

  • Survey Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Social Administration of Criminal Justice
  • Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Program Evaluation in Criminal Justice
  • Investigative Processes

Specialty Tracks: Choose one track among the following:

Track 1 - Legal Perspectives
Track 2 - Behavioral Science
Track 3 - Business Administration
Track 4 - Public Administration
Track 5 - Substance Abuse
Track 6 - Strategic Community Planning
Track 7 - Information Systems
Track 8 - Conflict and Crisis Management
Track 9 - Child Protection and Juvenile Justice
Track 10 - Information Security
Track 11 - Forensic Investigative Technologies
Track 12 - Emergency Preparedness Leadership

Electives: Choose one or a combination of the following elective options (6 credits)

  • Courses (two 3-credit classes)
  • Practicum placement: gain hands-on experience within the field of criminal justice
  • Master’s thesis: work with NSU faculty members creating your own research project

Fees and Tuition (2013-2014)

MS/MHS $628 per credit
PhD $945 per credit

Fees
Registration Fee $25 per term
Student Service Fee $300 per term (students enrolled in 4 or more credits)
$150 per term (students enrolled in fewer than 4 credits)
Books $70 - $200

*Curriculum, fees and tuition are subject to change.

The Ph.D. in Criminal Justice trains individuals through an interdisciplinary focus in an online environment. The program prepares students through the core curriculum and allows for specialty training through various tracks. The Ph.D. in Criminal Justice opens opportunity in areas of research, academia, and management to those who are ready to advance as well as to individuals considering a career change.

The program facilitates choice for students and fosters the development of specialized expertise. The Ph.D. in Criminal Justice requires successful completion of 60 credit hours that includes core courses, specialty track courses and dissertation.

Curriculum

Core Courses: 11 Courses (33 Credits)

  • Theories of Crime
  • The Police and Society
  • Criminal Law
  • Applied Statistics I and II
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Research Methods I and II
  • Program Evaluation I and II
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation

Specialty Tracks: Choose one track - five courses (15 Credits)

Track 1 - Organizational Leadership
Track 2 - Behavioral Science
Track 3 - Juvenile Justice

Dissertation: 4 Courses (12 Credits)

At the completion of the degree, the student will establish expertise on theories that have influenced the development of the criminal justice system, systematically evaluate current methods of crime control and prevention, identify weaknesses and strengths of each, apply scientific research methods to examine issues and questions of significance in the criminal justice field, and evaluate research results for validity and document these findings by successfully developing and defending a doctoral dissertation that serves future learning.

Fees and Tuition (2013-2014)

MS/MHS $628 per credit
PhD $945 per credit

Fees
Registration Fee $25 per term
Student Service Fee $300 per term (students enrolled in 4 or more credits)
$150 per term (students enrolled in fewer than 4 credits)
Books $70 - $200

*Curriculum, fees and tuition are subject to change.

The Master of Human Services in Child Protection will provide competency-based child protective services instruction aimed at closing the gap between ground level on-the-job training and scientifically grounded best-practices. It will develop the critical knowledge, values, and skills necessary for child protection professionals to respond effectively to complex problems confronting children and families in the child protective services system.

The program prepares students through the core curriculum and allows for specialty training through various tracks. This facilitates choice for students and fosters the development of specialized expertise.

Students will complete the forty-two credit hour program that includes core courses, specialty track, and electives courses.

Curriculum

Core Courses: 6 Courses (24 Credits)

  • Foundations in Child Protective Law
  • Foundations in Family Diversity and Conflict
  • Foundations in Child Development
  • Foundations in Child Placement Risk and Protective Factors
  • Foundations in Assessment and Case Planning
  • Program Evaluation

Specialty Tracks: Select at least one track and complete four courses within chosen track
(12 Credits)

Track 1 - Psychological Foundations in Child Advocacy
Track 2 - Child Protection and Juvenile Justice
Track 3 - Conflict and Crisis Management for the Child Protective Case Worker
Track 4 - Legal Perspectives of Child Protective Services
Track 5 - Advocating for the Child as a Behavioral Analyst
Track 6 - Advocating for the Special Needs Child’s Education
Track 7 - Family Systems and Support
Track 8 - Administration for Child Protective Services
Track 9 - Public Health and Child Protection
Track 10 - Emergency Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations

Electives: Choose one or a combination of the following elective options (6 credits)

  • Courses (two 3-credit classes)
  • Practicum placement: gain hands-on experience within the field of child protection
  • Master’s thesis: work with NSU faculty members creating your own research project

Fees and Tuition (2013-2014)

MS/MHS $628 per credit
PhD $945 per credit

Fees
Registration Fee $25 per term
Student Service Fee $300 per term (students enrolled in 4 or more credits)
$150 per term (students enrolled in fewer than 4 credits)
Books $70 - $200

*Curriculum, fees and tuition are subject to change.

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and the Broward County Sheriff's Office (BSO) are pleased to announce a partnership between the largest independent institution of higher education in Florida and the nation’s largest full service public safety agency. This partnership, which includes the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County, was initially developed as a way to create educational opportunities for Broward County’s finest men and women: BSO’s 5,800 employees. However, the scope of the relationship has broadened to include a multitude of other opportunities to improve the quality of life for public safety officials and citizens, on a local, national, and global level. Since its inception, this unique partnership has developed and fostered several programs and initiatives in the following areas:

  • Certificate & Degree Programs
  • Conferences/Professional Development
  • Research
  • Community Outreach

On behalf of NSU’s staff, students, and BSO’s employees, we are proud of all efforts to improve the criminal justice system and the lives of Broward County residents. We encourage you fill out the form above to receive more information about this exciting partnership.

Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, Telephone number: 404-679-4501) to award associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees. Nova Southeastern University was first accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) as Nova University in 1971.

At NSU, we pride ourselves on preparing our graduates for success beyond the classroom. Our Alvin Sherman Library is Florida’s largest and we boast some of the top graduate programs in the nation. Our alumni include accomplished doctors, lawyers, business executives, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, mediators, computer scientists, marine biologists, and educators.

Whether pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge technology, and distinguished faculty members who remain actively engaged in their fields.

And no matter the degree program you choose, you’ll have opportunities for internships, clinical experiences, and practicums—allowing you to apply the theories you learn in class to the real world.

NSU is also founded on the principle of providing a first-class education at times and places convenient to our students. So if you’re a working adult, we make it possible for you to advance your career without compromising your current obligations.


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