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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 online master’s program is designed to prepare you to go into the field of criminal justice, either the academic field or a more pragmatic oriented field such as law enforcement or corrections. This master’s in criminal justice develops your skills in victimology, forensics, and cybercrime. Pursuing criminal justice online will allow you to analyze how the functions of police, prosecutors, courts, and corrections are interrelated and decide if a career in criminal justice is right for you.

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What you will learn

The online criminal justice master’s degree 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 professionals with advanced skills to grapple with the criminal justice issues of the 21st century. This criminal justice online 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 your master’s degree in criminal justice, 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’s 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 online 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 with a specialization added to your degree in criminal justice. Each specialization is designed to provide you with exposure to that particular field and nuance of the criminal justice discipline. These specializations can provide you with the valuable information needed to expand your knowledge. 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

Careers in Criminal Justice

When you graduate with your master’s in criminal justice, you will be prepared for a career in which a broad background and specialized knowledge are required. The critical skills you will learn from this program can benefit you even if you don’t end up pursuing a career in law enforcement, as criminal justice teaches a variety of skills that can be valuable for any employer. You can learn transferable skills such as the ability to critically think, and the ability to synthesize information, that should transfer to any employment opportunity. Take a look at your potential job options below that can be achievable with your online master’s in criminal justice.

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.

Why Pursue Master’s in Criminal Justice

If you are planning to work or are currently working in the law enforcement field, pursuing a master’s in criminal justice can increase your competitiveness for this particular job sector. From the hiring perspective, those who possess a master’s degree in criminal justice, are considered to bring less liability to the agency where they would be working. With your master’s in criminal justice, you will learn stronger decision-making skills, better problem-solving skills, and become a more well-rounded candidate.