Master of Science in Criminal Justice

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Why Study Criminal Justice?

Our master’s degree program enhances your Criminal Justice knowledge so you can make the meaningful difference you envision. Our expert faculty and immersive courses will give you the insight you need to take on leadership roles in law enforcement, security, investigation, juvenile services, or corrections.  

What You'll Learn 

Gain a deeper understanding of how to balance the nuances of law, ethics and morality with the complexities of the justice system. Our forward-looking program emphasizes four foundational areas: trends, policy development and analysis, research design and ethics. You’ll learn critical skills in crisis intervention, budgeting and planning and emergent issues.

Program Details

Professionals who hold a master’s degree are often the first considered for advancement and managerial roles. View the core requirements and electives needed to earn a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Columbia College.

A master's degree furthers your education upon completion of a bachelor's degree. A master's program requires a shorter period of study with a more concentrated focus on a specific subject matter. Oftentimes, a master's degree provides additional leadership opportunities and may increase earning potential.

We believe in the power of online programs to help you create your future on your terms. Because our students are all over the world living their real lives, holding down jobs and caring for others, while learning their way to something better. That’s why we’ve developed a master’s program that’s 100% online. Because a flexible degree should have flexible options, so you can make a real difference for yourself and others, starting today.

Careers & Outcomes 

Having a master's degree in criminal justice can open up various career opportunities in the criminal justice field: 

  • Chief of Police Operations 
  • Correctional Program Director 
  • Probation and Parole Administrator 
  • Juvenile Justice Manager 
  • Counterterrorism Analyst 
  • Security Director

Flexible Education

Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.


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