Our Master of Criminal Justice Program
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.
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One of 16 Schools Recognized by the FBI National Academy
The FBI National The FBINAA's Academic Alliances is 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% on line
- Classes are 8 weeks long
- Only 10 courses required
- Transfer up to 9 credit hours
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
- Attorney General Investigator
- Consultant and Legislative Liaison for Policy Decisions
- Forensic Examiner
Recent Job Placement
- SLED (SC Law Enforcement Division
- SC Highway Patrol
- Connecticut State Police
- Florida Department of Law Enforcement
"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
Module 1: Application Deadline - Monday, December 30, 2019
Class Starts on Monday, January 6, 2020
Class Ends on Sunday, March 1, 2020
Module 2: Application Deadline - Monday, February 24, 2020
Class Starts on Monday, March 2, 2020
Class Ends on Sunday, April 26, 2020
Module 1: Application Deadline - Monday, April 20, 2020
Class Starts on Monday, April 27, 2020
Class Ends on Sunday, June 21, 2020
Module 2: Application Deadline - Monday, June 15, 2020
Class Starts on Monday, June 22, 2020
Class Ends on Sunday, August 16, 2020
Course Requirements (30 credits)
CJ 700/CJ 202 Administration of Organizations in Criminal Justice
This course will provide students with the knowledge to conduct general systems-based analysis of criminal justice organizations and to develop programs to improve the efficiency of such organizations and focuses on the court system.
CJ 705 Criminal Law
This course is intended to provide a functioning knowledge of constitutional law as it pertains to law enforcement and criminal justice.
CJ 710/CJ 401 Criminological Theory
This is a survey course on theories of the causes, prevention and punishment of crime. The course examines philosophical, biological, psychological and sociological theories and current integrative approaches. Emphasis will be given to key concepts for understanding crime in its social context.
CJ 715/CJ 402 Diversity in Criminal Justice
This course examines the interrelationship of race, class, and gender with the criminal justice system in law enforcement and the correctional system.
CJ 725/CJ 403 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
This course is designed to provide advanced social science research skills and to allow students to put those skills into practice with a required research project.
CJ 735 Crime Mapping
This course will provide students with the theoretical, analytical, and technical skills necessary for studying crime in a geographic context. The course will involve a combination of approaches to the subject, including development of base maps, geocoding (pin mapping), hot spot and choropleth mapping, special analysis, and layouts, including map books.
CJ 745 Leadership Strategies
Provides students with an opportunity to investigate, analyze and apply various theories of leadership and associated concepts. These include, but are not limited to, effective leadership qualities and human relations, power of vision, leadership ethics, communication, and empowerment of personnel through goal-oriented professional development.
CJ 750 Topics in Criminal Justice
This course is a survey of current topics in criminal justice including such issues as diversity, ethics, and homeland security.
CJ 795 Capstone Course 1: Organizational Development
This is a project-based course in which the student will identify an opportunity for organizational improvement through analysis of the chosen organization. Students will complete a literature review to identify alternatives to improve the organization and collect data to further inform the development of an implementation plan.
CJ 796 Capstone Course 2: Implementation Plan
Under the guidance of the faculty adviser, the student will complete the development of an implementation plan for the project.