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Master of Science in Criminal Justice

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.

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What you will learn

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program prepares you for a professional career 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 your 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. Upon completion of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program, you will be able to:

  • Analyze the major systems of criminal justice and how the functions of police, prosecution, courts, and corrections are interrelated
  • Evaluate the issues and management of personnel administration in criminal justice
  • Analyze the judicial processes of the U.S. Constitution
  • Explain ethical issues within the criminal justice system
  • Evaluate research regarding criminal justice and public policy and its effect on society, victims, and rehabilitation
  • Apply forensic methods and crime scene investigation to real-world situations
  • Assess research and methods used to investigate a key empirical or theoretical issue relating to criminal justice

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Your Courses in Criminal Justice

Serve the greater good – earn your Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Ashford University. Your online courses cover advanced topics in law, ethics, forensics, and corrections. You will also add a specialization to your master’s program to provide further focus to your studies.

Major Course Requirements (30 credits, all courses are 3 credits.)

Specializations in Criminal Justice

Delve into other areas of criminal justice with a specialization added to your Criminal Justice Master’s program. A specialization consists of three (3), three (3) credit courses. Choose from the following specializations:

Cybercrime & Technology

Forensic Science

Homeland Security

Law Enforcement & Corrections Administration

MS in Criminal Justice

Discover the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program. In this video, Dr. Wendy Hicks, Chair of the MS in Criminal Justice program, explains what you can expect to learn during this master program and how it will prepare you for a rewarding career in criminal justice.

Careers in Criminal Justice

When you graduate with your Master of Science in Criminal Justice, you will be prepared for a career in which a broad background and specialized knowledge are required. Take a look at your potential career options.

Criminal Justice Careers

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Are you currently a licensed RN?

This program requires you to be a current licensed registered nurse. Please check out other programs to reach your education goals such as the BA in Health and Wellness.