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Criminal Justice (online)

Master of Science

Pursue your future

Do you want to hone the skills you've developed as an undergraduate while broadening your professional network? This online master's degree in criminal justice will help you obtain the credentials necessary to move into a higher-level position. In this program, you’ll examine fundamental principles involved in political terrorism—ranging from low-level threats to large-scale acts of violence—and gain an understanding of the global nature of criminal justice.

What you’ll learn in the criminal justice program

  • Terrorism, theories, crime and more
  • Advanced problem-solving skills
  • An understanding of the global nature of criminal justice

Get your degree online

Working full time? Have family obligations? Earn your master's degree completely online and get the flexibility you need.

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Curriculum & requirements

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Career opportunities

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Estimated tuition per credit

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Step outside the classroom and enjoy hands-on learning opportunities and real-world experiences.

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Learning is more than sitting in a classroom

Complete one three-week J-Term course and explore innovative ideas, topics and experiential learning.

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Criminal justice administration curriculum

This program is a combination of administration foundation courses and criminal justice specialization courses. The master’s in criminal justice degree is available online, making it convenient for students with work and family obligations.

Course preview

CRJ 636 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Analyze the legal, philosophical and social interests surrounding issues of freedom, liberty and the fundamental rights granted by the Constitution of the United States. Explore freedom of speech, assembly, religion and equal treatment before the law.

CRJ 656 Conflict Resolution in Criminal Justice
Study the practice of conflict resolution across the different components of the criminal justice system, including coercion, negotiating and bargaining, adjudication, mediation and arbitration. Examine theory, including individual characteristics theory, social process theory, social structure theory, formal theories and human needs theory.

CRJ 657 Criminal Justice and the Community
Discover relationships between criminal justice agencies and the communities they serve. Analyze various definitions and the nature of community as a concept, and relate the roles (real and perceived) of diverse agencies to each community. Review how issues of public policy, service provision and victimization are related to how people define themselves and are defined by others on the basis of community.

Graduates must complete a total of 37 credits.

Criminal justice jobs and careers

Your new master’s degree in criminal justice will give you access to many impressive career opportunities, including:

  • Federal agent
  • Police chief
  • Correctional administrator
  • Court administrator

You’ll also gain valuable field experience and new professional connections to take your career to the next level.

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