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Columbia College Master of Science in Criminal Justice

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.

Cutout portrait of Barry Langford teaching Criminal Justice at Columbia College.

Barry Langford

"[Students will] know how to write and express themselves verbally. They’ll know how to think critically about issues. They’ll be aware of what’s going on currently in the field."

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  • Core requirements 15 credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 36 credit hours

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