Careers: Master of Science in Criminal Justice

January 12, 2020

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Are you someone who values community, laws and serving others? If so, a master’s degree in criminal justice may be the right fit for you.

From police executive to FBI special agent to a criminal justice policy analyst or professor, earning your Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree opens the door to a wide variety of different job opportunities stretching across a multitude of fields. The best part about completing our online Master’s in Criminal Justice program is having the ability to uphold your values by serving others throughout your career.



Past graduates have found our online criminal justice master’s program to be extremely valuable in obtaining a wide range of employment within the criminal justice system. Some of our alumni are currently employed in such positions and agencies as:

  • State Police Lieutenant
  • City Police Officer
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Homeland Security Officer
  • Chief of Police
  • Probation Officer
  • U.S. Marshal
  • Customs and Board Protection (CBP)
  • Secret Service
  • Research Analyst for a Federal Agency
  • Drug Enforcement Agent (DEA)
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Specialized Instructor
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
  • Private Investigator
  • And many more

Criminal Justice Salaries

Because of the significant challenges inherent in many law enforcement careers, as well as the vital importance of this field to the fabric our society, many criminal justice and law enforcement disciplines tend to be well-compensated in terms of salary and benefits;  with some employers offering pay increases to those who earn an advanced degree. In addition, a master’s degree in criminal justice also gives you a competitive edge when applying for a wide variety of senior staff and leadership roles.

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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