Explore law enforcement leadership for the 21st century with National University’s Master of Criminal Justice.
This online criminal justice degree is an engaging program that integrates theory with practice to prepare you for today’s complex criminal justice issues. You’ll develop problem-solving and research skills as well as the technological expertise necessary to analyze cases and develop practical and effective solutions, while earning a criminal justice master’s degree in as few as 12 months.
Graduates of the online criminal justice master’s program are prepared for challenging and demanding careers in local, state, and federal law enforcement management, correctional administration, security administration, criminal justice research, and teaching or training assignments.
With four-week online classes and a flexible schedule, this criminal justice graduate program is excellent for working adults who wish to further their career in law enforcement.
Online Master of Criminal Justice & Certificate Options
Students completing the Master of Criminal Justice program are exposed to both theoretical and applied models and concepts in criminal justice administration, as well as qualitative and quantitative research methods. The Master of Criminal Justice program integrates theory with practice to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to address the complex issues and challenges of criminal justice in the 21st century. Students in this program develop the problem-solving and research skills as well as technological expertise necessary to analyze reality-based cases and assignments to develop strategies and solutions that are both practical and effective.
Online Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration
In NU’s Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration, you will gain insight into some of the most important pillars of the criminal justice field. When you enroll you will learn about the problems, principles, and solutions of supervision and management of personnel in criminal justice agencies.
Throughout National University’s Undergraduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration program, you’ll address the theories and issues surrounding the field of corrections: psychological, behavioral, and sociological motivational factors of criminality; and you will study the judicial process of criminal justice.
For detailed information on course requirements, electives & degree requirements visit the Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice program page, linked below
Online Curriculum Highlights and Program Outcomes
The Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) is designed to provide students with the required knowledge and competence in administration, management and problem-solving skills in the challenging and demanding careers of criminal justice in the fields of criminal justice administration and criminal justice research and development. This program is offered online, for your convenience.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Analyze the management practices that shape criminal justice professionals.
- Examine court decisions that deal with criminal justice agencies in terms of criminal sanctions.
- Understand contemporary issues of police morale, motivation, retention, selection, and recruitment.
- Determine the consequences of unethical conduct by police officers.
- Compare the American criminal justice system with other countries.
- Evaluate disciplinary, theoretical, criminological, and philosophical foundations in the management of criminal justice.
- Develop oral, written, and technological communication for criminal justice professionals.
- Utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills to identify quality scholarship and research in the field of criminal justice.
Admission & Transfer Requirements for Online Programs
National University accepts and reviews applications year-round, so you can begin class any month of the year, depending if you’re studying online or the availability of course offerings at your chosen learning facility. At NU we offer evening, weekend, and 100% online classes so you can study when and where it’s convenient for you.
Admission to graduate programs at NU is based on evidence, including a student’s academic record at other institutions, test scores, interviews, professional experience, motivation, and educational objectives.
Accreditations and Accolades
Founded in 1971, National University is San Diego’s largest private nonprofit university. NU is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), which ensures you have access to the proper technology, resources, and student services to deliver a high caliber online learning experience.
National University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Accreditation is especially crucial for a student’s success as it means having access to the proper technology, resources, and student services to deliver a high caliber online learning experience.
Learn more on why it’s important to attend an accredited college from our Vice Provost of Academic Services, Dr. Joseph Hoey.
Criminal Justice Degree Career Options & Applications
A master’s degree in criminal justice can prepare you for a wide variety of careers in law enforcement, including corrections, administration, and federal. For more information, check out the articles linked below.