Master of Science in Juvenile Justice

The Master of Science in Juvenile Justice (MSJJ) is designed to prepare candidates who want to work in education, law enforcement, probation, social work, etc. with the skills necessary to develop specific strategies and solutions that are practical and effective when working with juveniles with disabilities. Juvenile justice degree candidates will integrate theory with practice to address the complex issues and challenges of the juvenile justice system, and to conduct in-depth research, write behavior plans, develop a network with cooperating agencies, and conduct interviews to better prepare themselves as professionals guiding youth with disabilities who have a delinquent and neglectful background.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Develop professional level written, verbal communication, and presentation skills.
  • Assess critical thinking skills when designing interventions, functional behavioral assessments, and behavior management plans to mitigate youth behavioral problems.
  • Create a reference guide of professionals from interacting and coordinating agencies to network with.
  • Analyze the Individuals with Disabilities and Education Act, federal, and state law requirements in non-public and residential placements.
  • Design interventions and best practices for students in the juvenile justice system that are culturally relevant.
  • Design strategies for working with individuals with emotional/behavior problems.


To receive a Master of Science in Juvenile Justice, students must complete at least 46.5 quarter units of graduate work. Students may transfer in up to 6 quarter units of graduate credit that may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and if the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. Course equivalence cannot be granted for life experience.
Core Requirements (11 courses; 46.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):