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It’s a field that can be intensely fulfilling, often challenging, and always to the benefit of the public good. As a leader in criminal justice, your job responsibilities could include the following:
Evaluating community-based justice in preventing crime.
Fraud prevention and management.
Address cybercrime, terrorism, or forensics.
Evaluate how technology is used as a crime-fighting tool.
The online master’s in criminal justice provides an advanced understanding of theory and best practices of individuals in management positions of both public and private sector organizations. The curriculum addresses topics including ethics, decision-making, and the impact of crime in society to improve the effectiveness of criminal justice systems. Students can choose a number of specialization areas to complete the degree requirement after taking the core courses, depending on the personal interest and professional need, including Fraud Management -- a fast-growing industry in crime prevention and investigation, especially in the private sector.
The program consists of eight three-credit core courses as part of a full 36-credit master’s degree. Some Master of Criminal Justice students may also be required to take RES501 as part of their program if they have an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. In this case, the degree is 39 credits.
*Master’s Plus - Some Master of Criminal Justice students may also be required to take RES501 as part of their program if they have an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. In this case, the degree is 39 credits.
**CRJ is an optional course that students may select if they currently work in a criminal justice setting. Students will be required to pass a criminal background check, including fingerprinting, prior to taking CRJ. This course may not be available in all states; see the State Specific Authorization Policy under Admissions Policies.
Regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) means your degree comes from a top quality, trusted university.
Best Colleges has ranked CSU Global #3 for its Online Master's in Law Enforcement program.
Online Masters has ranked CSU Global #5 for its Online Master's in Criminal Justice program.
In Best Colleges’ Schools of Distinction standings, CSU Global earns one of only 15 gold rankings, out of more than 2,000 online degree programs.
Guide to Online Schools identifies CSU Global as one of the top military-friendly online institutions.
“The pride I have in achieving a Masters Degree from CSU Global provided me with the confidence to attain the career plan I had envisioned.”
Earning your online master’s degree through CSU Global provides you with more than just the diploma you need to get noticed. With an emphasis on real world concepts and career-relevant skills, you get training and experience along with your credit hours. Additionally, CSU Global strives to make your education as affordable as possible. With our Tuition Guarantee, your tuition rate won’t increase over time! Instead, you’ll enjoy the same low rate for the duration of your enrollment at CSU Global.
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This program provides an advanced understanding of theory and best practices of individuals in management positions of criminal justice, fraud management, and law enforcement organizations. The curriculum addresses topics including technology, cyber crime, international crime, terrorism, ethics, decision making, and the impact of crime in society to improve the effectiveness of criminal justice systems. Additional learning outcomes include:
Job titles you might achieve with a master’s degree in criminal justice.
Expected related job openings in criminal justice due to growth, replacement, and retirement through 2026, according to the BLS.
According to the BLS, the average salary for police officers, investigators, and corrections supervisors is more than $60k annually.
More available career paths for criminal justice professionals, as reported by O*NET OnLine.