What You'll Learn

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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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

The Columbia College Difference

You'll be introduced to a wide variety of Criminal Justice topics which will give you the solid foundation you need to advance your career after graduation.

Course Requirements

View degree requirements including concentrations and electives for this program of study in our course catalog.

Graduate Course Catalog

Your Enrollment Option


  • Get your degree in less than a year.
  • Apply anytime, courses start every five weeks.
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