MS Criminal Justice

May 18, 2019
June 26, 2019

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Our online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program approaches the study of crime and criminal justice from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing insights from sociology, criminology, psychology and law. As a master’s degree student in Criminal Justice, you will graduate with an understanding of the conceptual and theoretical frameworks that (1) inform the study of crime and criminal justice, (2) assess problems through a rigorous research approach and (3) facilitate improved policy analysis.

Graduates of our Master of Science in Criminal Justice program are adept at understanding research-based knowledge and how it applies to real-world situations. Although our students follow a variety of career paths, the skills learned in this advanced criminal justice degree program help them with information gathering, processing and problem solving regardless of their chosen career.


FOP members are eligible for a tuition discount. Contact an Enrollment Advisor to find out more.

What is Criminal Justice?

The online Master in Criminal Justice degree curriculum teaches criminological and criminal justice theories that inform the practices of crime analysis, crime prevention, offender rehabilitation, and how the criminal and juvenile justice systems can work more effectively and efficiently. Our program is designed to achieve several core objectives:

  • Provide students with the conceptual and research skills needed to undertake advanced analyses of crime and the criminal justice system
  • Furnish law enforcement, corrections and court practitioners with knowledge of justice administration, social science perspectives of human behavior, policy analysis and criminal justice theory
  • Train those who will become leaders in the criminal justice system by providing the skills needed to upgrade levels of professional practice, improve standards, initiate fresh perspectives and act as agents of change

Best Online Programs U.S. News Badge for the Grad Criminal Justice Program 2019

Our Criminal Justice Grad School is ranked #8 and is one of the BEST Online Programs in U.S. News & World Report for 2019. The School of Criminal Justice is consistently ranked among the top 15 Best Criminal Justice Schools by US News & World Report.

Is UC Online right for me?

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UC Advantage & Special Opportunities
Eleven total courses (33 semester hours) — graduate in as few as two years of dedicated part-time study or one year of full-time study Take only one course at a time in the part-time program or two courses at a time in the full-time program Access courses and assignments any time, 24 hours a day, from any computer in the world Curriculum that combines cutting-edge theory with real-world application

Career Opportunities

Former students have found our online Master’s in Criminal Justice degree to be useful in obtaining a wide range of employment with the criminal justice system.


Student Testimonials
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“Every course was applicable in my current role as a Probation and Parole Officer. I was able to incorporate some of the evidence-based practices in my everyday work and apply my own experience to my course work.”

Ryan L.
Probation and Parole Officer

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