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Advance your criminal justice career at Columbia College
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Columbia College builds administrative skills specifically designed for the criminal justice field. Graduates are better prepared to take on leadership roles. Students may select a management emphasis in Law Enforcement Administration based on their specific career goals.
Analyze criminal justice
The master's degree in criminal justice at Columbia College provides a strong foundation for handling critical issues confronting today's criminal justice administrator. The program emphasizes four foundational areas: trends, policy development and analysis, research design and ethics. Take courses in crisis intervention, budgeting and planning and emergent issues. You can also focus on law enforcement management with an emphasis.
Bachelor's vs. Master's: What's the difference?
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.
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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Available program formats
- General education requirements 12 credit hours
- Core requirements 15 credit hours
- Electives 9 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 36 credit hours
Some courses you may take
Examination of public sector budgeting from the perspective of agency and departmental managers. Analysis of the issues involved in planning, developing, tracking and implementing an agency or departmental budget. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Examination of the development, implementation and analysis of public policy. Students identify and evaluate public policies as they relate to the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Examination of criminal justice systems worldwide. Includes exploration of means of establishing cooperation toward mutual goals despite structural, historical and ideological differences. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Selected readings that allow the student to pursue areas of particular interest or need not covered in established courses or programs. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of required graduate foundation courses.
Examination of the organizational human resource function and contemporary techniques for managing human resources. Discussions focus on EEO law, work force diversity, managing change, staffing, training and development, compensation and benefits, EEO/AA and other human resource topics. Cross-listed as MSCJ 526.
The study of policy making processes and procedures as it relates to the development of standard operating procedures for police departments. Included are issues relating to officer conduct on and off duty and how lack of such regulations or inadequate regulations can become a source of legal liability for police jurisdictions.
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"The day I walked into Columbia College, I felt more at home than any of the previous colleges I attended ever made me feel."
— Lauren Custer, Criminal Justice student
Value Colleges listed Columbia College as the No. 2 school in Missouri for online programs in 2020.
July 24, 2018
"[The Criminal Justice program at Columbia College] showed me some of the potential I had. It showed me that I was interested in law."
— Landon Miller '18