Master of Science in Juvenile Justice

Justin G.
Justin G. Class of 2019, Military Veteran


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The MS in Juvenile Justice program includes four-week classes.
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Program Overview

On Campus

If you’d like to work in the fields of education, law enforcement, probation, social work, or other areas with juveniles, consider a Master of Science in Juvenile Justice degree. The juvenile justice courses are designed to develop your skills in applying practical and effective strategies and solutions for problems facing troubled or challenged juveniles. Throughout the MSJJ program, you’ll learn to integrate theory with practice and develop plans to address the complex issues and challenges of the juvenile justice system. You’ll learn to conduct in-depth research, write behavior plans, and develop a beneficial network of cooperating agencies. Working closely with juveniles, you’ll also learn to conduct interviews and provide guidance to youth with disabilities who have a delinquent and neglectful background.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Develop professional level written, verbal communication, and presentation skills.
  • Assess critical thinking skills when designing interventions, functional behavioral assessments, and behavior management plans to mitigate youth behavioral problems.
  • Create a reference guide of professionals from interacting and coordinating agencies to network with.
  • Analyze the Individuals with Disabilities and Education Act, federal, and state law requirements in non-public and residential placements.
  • Design interventions and best practices for students in the juvenile justice system that are culturally relevant.
  • Design strategies for working with individuals with emotional/behavior problems.

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Why Choose National University?

We’re proud to be a veteran-founded, San Diego-based nonprofit. Since 1971, our mission has been to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 170,000 alumni worldwide.

Four-Week Classes

Focus on one subject at a time — one month at a time — and finish your degree faster.

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Study when and where it’s convenient for you with evening, weekend, and 100% online classes.

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Apply or transfer any time. Classes start monthly, and applications are accepted year round.

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Attend class onsite at one of over 20 campus locations across California or in Nevada.

Military Friendly

As a Yellow Ribbon school, we offer tuition discounts to servicemembers and dependents.

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