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Your leadership role in criminal justice or law enforcement awaits, and earning your master’s degree might just be what you need to stand out from the crowd.


It’s more than just the piece of paper you need, though. You need a better understanding of how criminal justice organizations function, and how to manage the people and issues faced in daily operation. You need to learn how to build programs and policy through community involvement and collaboration.

Building upon your strong foundation, this online criminal justice master’s degree program is designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools that you need to advance professionally. In this program, you will evaluate the role of an effective criminal justice manager, untangle the ethical issues facing criminal justice organizations and employees, examine issues of diversity, and find solutions to common law enforcement and criminal justice problems.



Earning your master’s degree shows you have excellent critical thinking and decision making skills. Earning it at CSU-Global means you're already pretty good at it. Our promise to you is an affordable education with low tuition rates guaranteed not to increase for as long as you are enrolled, with no student fees or out-of-state tuition up charges.

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We know you’re busy, but school can fit into your professional, family, and other life obligations. Our year-round, 100% online classes give you the flexibility to learn and study when it’s most convenient for you.

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CSU-Global’s accredited Online Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration is designed to provide you with practical knowledge of the field. The program consists of eight three-credit core courses as part of a full 36-credit master’s degree. (Some Master of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration 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.)

  • RES501: Fundamentals of Research and Writing
    This course is only required for students who are accepted into this program with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00.

    The primary purpose of this course is to help students entering graduate level programs at CSU-Global develop awareness of current and effective research and writing practices with the goal of implementing such practices into their writing and research projects. Students will learn what constitutes graduate level writing and research as well as how to communicate with colleagues in online professional forums. Students will also learn to effectively integrate writing and research skills into the writing projects they will pursue throughout their graduate level programs.
  • CRJ500: Criminological Theory
    This course surveys the major schools of thought about crime causation (sociological, psychological, and biological), identifies the primary positions of each theoretical approach, examines the role of theories in reasoning and organizing studies of crime and control, and discerns policy implications of various theories. In completing the course, students will gain/improve their library research skills and acquaint themselves with APA style and citing sources.
  • CRJ530: Ethics, Justice, and Social Control
    This course explores the theory, practice, and application of ethics to the field of criminal justice. Students explore the role ethics plays in law enforcement, in the courts, and in corrections, to gain a basic understanding of how ethics meshes with the practice of criminal justice. The course further examines the ways in which ethics and popular constructions of ethics have influenced and continue to impact justice policy.
  • CRJ540: Criminal Justice Policy and Analysis
    This course explores the process of policy making in the justice system, including an examination of the ways policy decisions impact criminal justice organizations. Students will learn the fundamentals of the policy process, including agenda setting, implementation, and evaluation. Students will also explore the impact of media and other external forces on setting the policy agenda at the local, state, and federal levels. This course will prepare the student for further inquiry into policy making and the policy process, providing a solid foundation for students to understand the role of policy in justice system practices.
  • CRJ550: Administration and Management of Criminal Justice Organizations
    This course links theories of organizational behavior to the management of justice organizations. Students will examine challenges facing criminal justice leaders who manage resources and employees and who are responsible for public safety. Class discussions will expand students' understanding of what differentiates criminal justice organizations from private and other public organizations.
  • CRJ560: Communities and the Administration of Justice
    Understand the role communities play in the administration of justice and the responsibility of criminal justice organizations to involve communities in justice planning.
  • CRJ570: Applied Research for Criminal Justice Professionals
    The course aims to develop students' practical understanding of and experience in applying the most common research tools and techniques used by criminal justice organizations. Students are able to contextualize criminal behavior while developing skills using tools for resource allocation within criminal justice agencies.
  • CRJ575: Analytical Methods
    The course provides a foundation for the quantitative analysis of the relationship between variables. Students gain a working knowledge of conducting, critically evaluating, and reporting statistical analyses for studies in criminology and the criminal justice fields. The emphasis will be on hypothesis testing with bivariate statistical methods and the linear regression model.
  • CRJ580: Criminal Justice Capstone Experience
    This course provides an opportunity for understanding and integrating research and components of crime and justice administration/management as learned throughout the Master of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration program. Students evaluate a social intervention or justice policy by reviewing research evidence and making proper recommendations. The course centers on the completion of an evidence-based capstone work that will serve as the essential foundation of a professional portfolio.
  • CRJ595 Criminal Justice Internship*
    In this course, students participate on the staff of a criminal justice or related service agency under the co-supervision of faculty and agency personnel. Weekly journals and a mid-term report are required and combine theory and observation of professional practice. Other course requirement include a mid-term conference with the faculty internship coordinator and evaluation of the on-site supervisor. On-site hours are determined by credit hours.
    * CRJ595 is an optional course that students may select if they currently work in a criminal justice setting. See the Academic Catalog for additional information.


We will help you customize your online degree in criminal justice and law enforcement administration by adding a specialization. Similar to a degree concentration, each specialization consists of four courses in your chosen area of interest.

  • Accounting
    The accounting program is ideal for students interested in pursuing advanced business opportunities in financial planning, bookkeeping, or accounting fields.

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  • Applied Business Management
    Gain a competitive advantage and increase career prospects through this specialization or certificate of completion with a focus on practical business and management skills in accounting, financing, strategic development, organizational change, and more.

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  • Business Intelligence
    This program focused on utilizing data and interpreting trends in information to accomplish company objectives and goals.

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  • Finance
    In this program, students are prepared for careers as financial managers and leaders in the corporate world. Advanced financial areas of study include economics, decision making, risk and return, global market analysis, strategic planning, reporting, and more.With a master’s degree from CSU-Global featuring a specialization in finance, students are prepared for careers as financial managers and leaders in the corporate world. Advanced financial areas of study include economics, decision making, risk and return, global market analysis, strategic planning, reporting, and more.

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  • Fraud Management
    The Fraud Management program is ideal for financial specialists focused on the prevention of deceitful practices and activity through the effective management and protection of sensitive information.

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  • Healthcare Administration
    Professionals interested in the management of healthcare facilities and departments should consider CSU-Global's online Healthcare Administration program in order to acquire knowledge and best practices for effective supervision and decision making in the healthcare field.

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  • Human Resource Management
    Students interested in furthering their careers in the field of human resources should consider this program, which provides organizational management skills with an emphasis on personnel, staff training and development, policy and procedures, and more. This program is designed as an HRCI certification prep course.

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  • Human Resource Performance
    Students who aim to improve an organization’s effectiveness through human resources should consider the Human Resource Performance program. Emphasis is on the successful management of organized labor employees in dynamic environments.

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  • Information Technology
    Managers, directors, and senior executives in information technology can gain vital knowledge to increase an organization’s efficiency and effectiveness in the marketplace through the advanced IT strategies and implementation training provided by this program.

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  • International Management
    In today’s global marketplace, effective leadership in any industry requires special skills. Students interested in pursuing a career with multi-national strategic vision benefit from the skills and application of knowledge obtained in the International Management program.

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  • Organizational Leadership and Change Management
    Managers, at any level or tenure, must be able to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of business. Students in this program gain the tools for career advancement by learning to thrive through market innovations and handle rapid organizational growth and change.

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  • Organizational Learning and Performance
    Learn to apply essential learning strategies and instructional design techniques in order to increase performance and accomplish organizational goals. Key topics include performance and delivery systems, assessment and evaluation, the use of learning technologies, and strategic planning and leadership.

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  • Project Management
    This graduate level program in project management offers extensive leadership and skill development regarding improved organizational efficiency and performance. These courses include topic areas, practical skills, and knowledge aligned to professional certifications associated with the Project Management Institute (PMI) including the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® and the Project Management Professional (PMP)®.

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  • Strategic Innovation and Change Management
    This program focuses on enhancing one’s ability to efficiently manage though the strategic implementation of change and evolution within a business or organization. Managers who effectively adapt to meet the needs of their environment are more likely to succeed.

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All CSU-Global courses are taught by qualified instructors with current industry experience to ensure that you are learning the criminal justice and law enforcement practices that are relevant today. All instructors at the graduate level hold doctoral degrees in their fields and are specially trained to teach online, so that you and your fellow students can think more critically about how the subject matter applies to real-world situations.

Program Coordinator M.S. in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration
Dr. Olivia Yu

Olivia Yu received her master’s degree and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University at Buffalo in 1993 with a comparative focus on deviance. She has a bachelor's degree in English-English Literature.

Dr. Yu spent a year as a Visiting Professor with the Department of Sociology at Saint Joseph’s University-Philadelphia in 1992 and 1993 before completing her Ph.D. works. Her full-time career in higher education started as a member of the criminal justice faculty at the Utica College of Syracuse University (UC), New York in 1993.

She accepted the offer to become a member of the Criminal Justice faculty at the University of Texas – San Antonio (UTSA) in 2001 – an escape from the long, snowy cold months of upstate New York. She served as the department chair at the UC, the Graduate Adviser of Record at UTSA, and is currently leading the criminal justice programs at the CSU-Global. In research, she has served as the principle investigator with large and small research grants. Her main research interest and publications address comparative criminal justice/social control and white-collar/economic crimes.

Dr. Yu’s experience with distance learning and online programs in higher education started in the late 1990s; she has designed a number of online courses for undergraduate and graduate programs. In recent years, she has taught both ground and online undergraduate and graduate courses in Sociology, Criminal Justice, Public Administration and quantitative research methods in higher education. Dr. Yu joined the faculty of CSU-Global in 2011.

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