Our Criminal Justice Master's Degree Program

Online Program

Next Start Date: 
August 23, 2021

Opportunities in public service and law enforcement are growing rapidly, and higher education is the key to achieving greater earning potential and command level positions.

Our Master of Arts in Criminal Justice is completed entirely online. Each class is eight weeks long and the average student takes twenty (20) months to finish their degree while working full-time. A new cohort begins every two months.

A minimum of thirty (30) semester hours of graduate work, including a six (6) hour capstone project, is required to earn your Master of Criminal Justice Degree. Graduate work completed at accredited institutions may be eligible for transfer credit, pending evaluation. Each class lasts eight weeks and they are completed sequentially with your cohort.

Application Requirements & Deadline

An essay is required for admissions, find more about the admissions process and essay.

Access the latest schedules for our online graduate programs below.

Online Graduate Schedule


The FBINAA's Academic Alliances is a program designed to offer NAA members the opportunity to further their education in a manner that is affordable, and convenient. All the schools that are a part of this program are either nationally and/or regionally accredited universities offering degree programs that would interest and benefit law enforcement executives.

  • 100% online.
  • Classes are 8 weeks long.
  • Only 10 courses required.
  • Transfer up to 9 credit hours.
"I have been promoted as the new Chief of Police for my Department since graduating. This is in large part of me completing the program."  Gregory Allen

After Graduation

Career Opportunities

A master’s degree in criminal justice is the standard for command level positions in law enforcement, corrections, homeland security, emergency management, and related areas. Many of our students already have established careers in criminal justice. By earning an advanced degree, individuals build on this to expand opportunities in leadership positions including:

  • Police Chief or Police Commissioner
  • Warden of Corrections Facilities
  • Director of Statewide Criminal Justice Agencies
  • Federal Law Enforcement Officer
  • Criminal Profiler
  • Criminologist
  • Attorney General Investigator
  • Consultant and Legislative Liaison for Policy Decisions
  • Forensic Examiner
  • Professor

Job Placements

Some recent job placements for our graduates include:

  • SLED (SC Law Enforcement Division)
  • SC Highway Patrol
  • Connecticut State Police
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Criminal Justice Areas of Study