Master of Science in Criminal Justice

September 01, 2019
October 16, 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.

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 in Criminal Justice program is ranked 8th best in the country by U.S. News & World Report (2019). Our widely respected School of Criminal Justice is consistently ranked among the top 15 Best Criminal Justice Schools by U.S. News & World Report.


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

What is Criminal Justice?

The University of Cincinnati’s online criminal justice master’s 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
  • Prepare social scientists to pursue careers in university and research settings
  • Equip graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue advanced leadership roles in a range of law enforcement and criminal justice disciplines

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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