Give back to your community when you earn your Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree online from Ashford University. This graduate degree program develops your skills in victimology, forensics, and cybercrime. Analyze how the functions of police, prosecutors, courts, and corrections are interrelated.
Currently the Chair of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program, Dr. Hicks became part of the Ashford University community in September 2014. Dr. Hicks holds expertise in policing and law enforcement administration. Read her full bio.
Online MS Criminal Justice Degree Focus
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program prepares students for professional careers in the field of criminal justice. The rapid advance of technology and the specter of terrorism have created an expanding need for criminal justice professionals with advanced skills to grapple with the criminal justice issues of the 21st century. This program develops students’ knowledge and skills in the areas of criminal law, criminal justice, forensics and crime scene investigations, cybercrime and technology, management, constitutional processes, ethics, victimology, comparisons of criminal justice systems, and other current and related topics. The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program also provides students with an understanding of social problems and social responsibility perspectives.
Criminal Justice Degree Specializations
Personalize your MS in Criminal Justice with a specialization. Each specialization focuses on a unique element that will further enhance your skills and prepare you for a larger range of responsibility. Choose from the following specializations:
- Cybercrime & Technology
- Forensic Science
- Homeland Security
- Law Enforcement & Corrections Administration
Special Terms and Conditions
Successful completion of this program by itself may not qualify a student for employment with a federal, state or local law enforcement agency. State and local police agencies require training and certification specified by the individual state’s Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Board and are often provided post-hire at a police academy. Other federal, state and local agencies as well as private entities have individualized requirements. Prospective students are advised to contact individual agencies and states’ P.O.S.T. boards for additional information relating to these requirements. Students seeking licensure or certification in a particular profession are strongly encouraged to carefully research the requirements prior to enrollment. Requirements may vary by state. Further, a criminal record may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure, certification, or employment in this field of study.
Please note: The Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science specialization is not intended to prepare students for direct employment as forensic investigators or analysts. The Forensic Science specialization is not a pathway to employment as a forensic scientist. In addition, the Forensic Science specialization is not intended to prepare students for professional examinations required as a function of employment in the capacity of forensic investigator or analyst.
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If the MS in Criminal Justice degree fits your personal and professional goals, contact Ashford University at 866.711.1700 to learn more, or request additional information.