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Master’s in Criminal Justice, MS

Master’s in Criminal Justice

Ready to take the lead in serving justice and your career? A Master’s in Criminal Justice can prepare you for a leadership role in the courts, law enforcement, or corrections.  

Designed for professionals currently serving in the field, this 100% online degree builds on expertise in criminal law and theory and constitutional law, as well as leadership topics in criminal justice, such as ethical practices, critical thinking, and decision making within criminal justice settings.

Graduates are equipped to pursue roles in criminal justice at the local, state, and federal levels.

Program at a Glance

33-39

Credit Hours

$551

Cost per Credit

100%

Online

Global

Accelerated Learning

Global Spotlight

At Lindenwood, we’ve designed a more accelerated, career-focused education model rooted in a 190-year-plus history of academic excellence, propelled by the aspirations of students like you.

  • Accelerated
  • Personalized
  • Accessible Learning
  • Student-Focused

Course Spotlight

Your master’s in criminal justice online coursework can further develop your current approach to your specialty within criminal justice. Strengthen your understanding of mechanics of law enforcement and the legal system, alongside supportive topics such as the following: 

  • Public Policy and Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Leadership Theory
  • Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • Labor Management Relations in Criminal Justice Organizations

Career Outlook

Graduates can pursue criminal justice career paths at the local, state and federal levels, in areas such as emergency management. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), emergency management directors can earn a median annual salary of $76,730.

Admissions Requirements

For admission to your program, you will need to complete your online application and submit the following documents:

  • Online Application
  • Résumé
  • Letter of intent/personal statement, including a personal statement regarding your interest in the program and career goals
  • Official undergraduate transcript(s) as well as official transcript(s) from any graduate school(s) attended
  • Transcripts demonstrating completion of undergraduate degree in related field with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in all major coursework.
  • The official results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be required if GPA is below 3.0.  
  • Contact information for three academic and/or professional references.  
  • 1,000-word statement of purpose describing applicant’s goals.  
  • Specific deliverables depending on area of study, such as a writing sample and/or portfolio of work. 

Tuition Details

The cost per credit hour for this program is $551. Besides affordable tuition, we offer a generous transfer policy of up to nine credits toward your degree completion to further offset tuition costs—to save you time and money on your education!

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, earning your master’s in criminal justice degree online can give you the flexibility to learn at your own pace and transfer your classroom learning immediately to the field, so you can take on new challenges in your current role or pursue career advancement.

People earn a master’s in criminal justice for a number of reasons, including advancement in a current role or to a new field within criminal justice

There are a number of vital hard skills necessary for success in criminal justice, including the following: research, physical fitness, computer skills, and statistical analysis.

Why Choose Lindenwood University Online?

Since 1832, Lindenwood University has served students worldwide with affordable, high-quality academic programs providing real experience and real success. After nearly 200 years of academic excellence, Lindenwood is committed to a set of core values, including integrity, dedication, excellence, creativity, and community.

Quality

Quality

We evolve our online degree programs to reflect the latest in academic research and innovation and to meet the top standards of higher education.

Affordability

Affordability

We are committed to offering our students studying online low tuition rates on top of multiple ways to save on your education.

Career-Focused

Career-Focused

Our programs align curriculum to industry realities from experienced instructors who share real-world insights.

Support

Support

We employ experts who are dedicated to helping our students with financial aid planning, enrollment counseling, tutoring services, and more.

We are committed to helping you succeed.

Throughout each step of your online degree program, you will receive support. From enrollment and tuition planning to staying on the right track, your support team is there to ensure your success.

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