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.
Our MS in Criminal Justice program prepares students to be leaders in the criminal justice field through experience-based learning, best practice approaches and field collaborations. The program is designed for criminal justice professionals seeking to advance their career to the next level. This MS in Criminal Justice program delivers a comprehensive understanding of how conceptual and theoretical frameworks apply to real-world situations in a wide range of criminal justice career paths.
The University of Cincinnati’s online Master’s in Criminal Justice program is ranked 9th best in the country by U.S. News & World Report (2023). Between 2018 to 2022 the program had a 93% first term retention rate, meaning that 93% of new students returned for their second semester.
The University of Cincinnati’s online criminal justice master’s program is designed to achieve several core objectives:
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.
“I was a non-traditional student and I wanted to make a change in life. When I decided to go to graduate school, I chose the University of Cincinnati’s Online Masters of Criminal Justice Program for several reasons. The first reason was that many of my professors in my undergraduate program obtained their PhD in Criminal Justice from UC and they had glowing reviews of the program. The second reason was that I am a native Cincinnatian and the University of Cincinnati’s Criminal Justice program is a program that is internationally known so I wanted to be associated with that program.
As an Army Reservist, I knew that my unit was going to be activated for a mobilization later that year. I chose the online option for graduate school because I knew that I could get a majority of the coursework done before I went to Iraq and I was able to take three classes while I was in the war zone. The deployment did not stop me from continuing my education while serving my country.
The instructors are very knowledgeable, and they can be tough, but fair. The level of instruction is not watered down because of the online designation, an online student is getting the quality education as a student who is in the in-house program. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who is looking for a challenge. It exceeded my expectations and I am proud of the fact that my degree came from the University of Cincinnati.”
“I took my undergraduate degree at UC and I knew the faculty were the top in their field, so I wanted to receive advanced training from them in the Online Master's program. It was impossible for me to attend classes on campus, but I needed to continue my education. The online program was the perfect solution. I could work on my weekly assignments on my own time without worrying about child care or a long commute. It certainly helped me get ready for my job. I ended up coming back to UC in the doctoral program because of the Master's experience.”
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Programs can be completed full-time or part-time. Many programs are set up to be part-time, with most containing fewer than 10 credit hours in any given semester. We know you have a lot going on, so want to make sure that school can fit into your schedule. Note: There are some exceptions.
No. your degree will be conferred by the University of Cincinnati, which will also be reflected on your transcripts and degree.
Yes. Many of our students qualify for some type of financial aid.
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