MS in HDL Criminal Justice Concentration

The Master of Science in Human Development and Leadership prepares individuals for leadership roles and functions to successfully work with individuals, groups and teams in for-profit and nonprofit business and organizations at the local, regional, national and global levels.

The 21 core course hours provide a solid foundation of information and skills for anyone with leadership responsibilities in organizations. Twelve hours of concentration area courses expand the individual's knowledge and skill base to focus on his/her career path. The trandisciplinary approach of human development and leadership provides a broad base of leadership development courses with depth achieved through application of core course assignments to the concentration area and current and future career goals.

Careers of Interest

  • Federal, state and local law enforcement officers
  • Criminal and private investigators
  • Business and industrial security officers
  • Adult and juvenile corrections officers
  • probation and parole officers

The M.S. in Human Development and Leadership (Criminal Justice Concentration) degree is helpful for individuals who wish to advance through the ranks in their chosen careers. The program also fits perfectly with the needs of nontraditional students - those who are already in professional positions and/or have family responsibilities.


The M.S. in Human Development and leadership program totals 33 semester hours. Admission is based on a combination of the applicant's academic record, career goals and ability to communicate through writing. Applicants should submit both an Murray State graduate application and a departmental application.

Conditional admission may be granted to applicants who do not meet university (a grade point of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale), but who demonstrate a capacity to succeed as evidenced through the department application.

All students admitted to the program must maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Failure to do so results in academic probation or academic suspension, as per university policy.

For information about the HDL program contact:

Dr. Susana Bloomdahl, chair
Murray State University
Department of Educational Studies,
Leadership and Counseling
3227 Alexander Hall, Murray, KY 42071
Phone: 270.809.6471

For information about the Criminal Justice Concentration or the CRJ program overall, contact:

Dr. Daniel Hepworth, Director
Murray State University
Criminal Justice Program
101 South Applied Science Building, Murray, KY 42071
Phone: 270.809.6290