U-M-Dearborn announces new Master's in Criminology and Criminal Justice degree

Starting this fall, the University of Michigan-Dearborn will offer a new graduate Master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. The program is aimed at both current criminal justice professionals who want to advance their careers and at recent criminal justice graduates who want to further their education.

“Criminology and Criminal Justice at UMD is one of the fastest growing fields at the university, with over 350 majors,” said Dr. Donald Shelton, a former Washtenaw County Circuit judge. “This graduate degree is an exciting extension of that program that has been in the planning stages for the last two years.”

The graduate program aims to strengthen the professional qualifications of those employed in the fields of criminal justice; to help develop research, program planning and evaluation skills in criminology and criminal justice; to enhance knowledge about working in the organization and administration roles of public criminal justice systems; and to prepare for doctoral study in criminology and criminal justice.

“It will serve both those looking for advancement in a professional setting as well as in academia,” said Shelton. “Because of this, there is a thesis and non-thesis option and classes are offered both on campus and online.”

The U-M-Dearborn also offers 20 percent tuition assistance to employees of public safety agencies who are partners with the university through the Community Service Personnel Scholarship. There are currently 22 public safety partner agencies that range from local—like the Detroit Police Department, the Washtenaw, Wayne and Oakland Circuit Courts, to state - like the Michigan State Police, to national—like the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.

“Our goal is to give those who are, or will be, serving our justice system the best education we can. A graduate degree from the University of Michigan sends a message to the world that those public safety professionals have achieved the outstanding education that the block ‘M’ on their diploma signifies,” said Shelton, who is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.

For further information, visit the University of Michigan-Dearborn website at www.umdearborn.edu or contact Judge Shelton at desjd@umich.edu.