Advance Your Career in Criminal Justice
The bedrock principles of our criminal justice system may remain unchanged, but the criminal justice field is always evolving. New challenges to public safety arise with every passing year… and new challenges demand new solutions.
When you pursue your Criminal Justice Master’s degree online at Monroe’s King Graduate School, you’ll learn from the people devising those solutions now — so that you can be ready to meet the challenges of the future.
The way you learn will be as forward-looking as what you learn. Year after year, U.S. News and World Report ranks us as one of the country’s best criminal justice master’s programs online. Using state-of-the-art learning technology, we give you the flexibility to build your future in a way that works with your life now.
Why Get a Master’s in Criminal Justice?
There are hundreds of criminal justice careers out there. To rise through the ranks — to really make an impact — you need two things: experience and education. Earning your Master’s Degree (MS) in Criminal Justice won’t just pave the way for your career advancement. It will give you the tools to advance the criminal justice field itself.
Monroe’s fully accredited online MS in Criminal Justice is designed for students at all levels, from recent college graduates to mid-career professionals. You’ll do more than gain an advanced understanding of the theory behind public policy. You’ll learn how those policies play out in the real world, from instructors who’ve seen it with their own eyes. Their experience becomes your education.
The MS Criminal Justice Online Curriculum
Your criminal justice online classes will cover all the same material as our on campus program. You’ll learn about law enforcement principles and practices; community-based crime prevention; the psychology of criminal behavior; and much, much more, including:
- Criminological Theory
- Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
- Terrorism & Counterterrorism
- Research Methods and Data Analysis
In addition to the general criminal justice track, MS Criminal Justice candidates may chose to focus on one of three (3) concentrations:
- Human Services
- Urban Crime Policy
- Homeland Security
Each concentration offers specialized online electives, including:
- Child Development, Trauma, and the Sociology of Juvenile Delinquency
- The Psychology of Criminal Behavior
- Crisis Management and Disaster Preparedness
- Urban Poverty and the Family
- Organized Crime & Transnational Crime
- Cybercrime, Intelligence Systems and National Security
You’ll also undertake required internships and professional work experience — so the experiences you learn from can be your own.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice?
You can earn your Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice online in just four (4) semesters — less than a year if taken consecutively and full-time.
H3: Master’s in Criminal Justice Requirements:
- 36 total credits*
- 24 credits of required core courses, including a capstone course
- 12 elective credits, including the option to complete a master’s thesis
- Students are required to complete a three (3)-credit internship in the criminal justice field.
- Candidates who wish to add professional work experience to their academic course load can opt to enroll in the Professional Experience Track. Students in this track must complete at least two (2) additional single-credit internships.
Learn more about the requirements for the Criminal Justice Master’s Degree online.
* Depending on their prior education, some MS Criminal Justice students may be required to take a foundation course in statistics.
Crime Scene Investigation
Developments in forensic science have revolutionized crime scene investigations in the 21st century. In order for fingerprints, blood samples, DNA, and other forms of physical evidence to hold up in a court of law, it is essential that crime scene investigators, forensic scientists, and others follow strict protocols. This course will examine the principles behind the procedures for the collection, examination, cataloging, and preservation of evidence.
Candidates for Monroe’s Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice must fulfill the following requirements:
- Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution of higher education.
- Candidates must submit:
- A completed application for admission.
- A 500-word essay describing your career goals and why you want to pursue a master’s degree.
- A current résumé.
- A transcript from all prior educational institutions attended.
- Two (2) professional letters of recommendation.
- Criminal Justice candidates must also participate in a pre-admission interview.
Tuition and Financial Aid
How Much Does an Online Criminal Justice Degree Cost?
U.S. News & World Report ranks Monroe as one of the Best Value Schools in Regional Universities North. In addition to our affordable tuition and fees, Monroe’s financial aid office works hard to secure every student the maximum possible financial aid package: a combination of grants, scholarships, and loans. We also offer select Corporate Partnership Grants to students employed by one of our 400-plus partner companies and organizations.
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What Can I Do With a Master’s in Criminal Justice?
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that in many specialties — for example, forensic science and homeland security — Master’s in Criminal Justice jobs will grow at a pace well above the national average.**
Here are just some of Master’s in Criminal Justice careers you’ll be ready to pursue:
- Homeland Security Agent
- Emergency Planning and Management
- DEA Agent
- FBI Agent
- Secret Service Agent
- Cybersecurity Investigator
- Police Detective Supervisor
- Correctional Officer Supervisor
- Criminal Investigator
- Forensic Accountant
- Forensic Science Technician
- Victim Advocacy
- Correctional Counselor
- Juvenile Counselor
By building practical experience directly into the curriculum, Monroe’s program stands apart from other online criminal justice master’s degrees. Every student must complete at least one (1) internship in the criminal justice field, and in the best training ground in the world: New York. You’ll also take a rigorous capstone course, where you’ll apply everything you’ve learned to craft real-world policy proposals. And Monroe’s dedicated faculty will be there to mentor you every step of the way.