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Colorado State University-Global Campus | Master of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration

Colorado State University-Global Campus' Master of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration program is designed to help police officers and other criminal justice professionals prepare for possible career advancement. Read on to find out more about this master's degree program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration

School Offering Program:

Colorado State University-Global Campus

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Program Prerequisites:

Applicants are eligible for admission into a CSU-Global master's degree program if they have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Program Description:

The curriculum of Colorado State University-Global Campus' Master of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration program offers advanced studies in leadership, criminology and justice administration. Course topics might include crime theories, policy-making processes, organizational management principles and community roles in various criminal justice systems. Other required courses might focus on organizational theory, change management, professional ethics, research methodologies and leadership practices. An additional writing course will be required for those students with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0. Students will have the opportunity to integrate various concepts and methods of policy management and justice administration in the development of the program's capstone project.

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Program Length:

Colorado State University-Global Campus master's degrees require that students successfully complete at least 36 semester hours of credits. A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of credits from a regionally accredited institution may be transferred and applied to a CSU-Global master's degree, provided that each transferred course has a grade equivalent to B- or higher and that the credits have not been applied to the student's previous degree(s).

Financial Aid:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify in the forms of student loans and grants. CSU-Global students may also be eligible for military and veteran benefits, payment plans, employer reimbursement and scholarships.

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Required Courses for a Master of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration:

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration Major - 9 Courses (Credit Hours):

  • Fundamentals of Research and Writing (3)
  • Effective Organizations - Theory and Practice (3)
  • Criminological Theory (3)
  • Ethics, Justice and Social Control (3)
  • Criminal Justice Policy Development and Analysis (3)
  • Leadership, Administration and Management of Criminal Justice Organizations (3)
  • Communities and the Administration of Justice (3)
  • Applied Research for Criminal Justice Professionals (3)
  • Criminal Justice Capstone Experience (3)

Specialization Areas - Upper Division Courses:

Students may complete a specialization that consists of four (4) upper division courses (12 credits) as a supplement to their program major. Specializations allow students to select a series of courses in a career-relevant field based on professional and personal interests.

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Once they have completed CSU-Global's Master of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration, graduates might apply to executive or directorial positions in police departments, prisons, security firms or government agencies. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ( reports that employment of police and detectives is expected to increase by 7% from 2010-2020. Additional fields graduates might consider are:

  • Fraud Management
  • Business Management
  • Human Resource Management

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