Kaplan University

MS in Criminal Justice - Corrections

Students in Kaplan University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice program with a Corrections specialization have the chance to learn about the practice of, the theory of, and contemporary issues in criminal justice and corrections. Students can gain skills in professionalism, ethics, and researching. Learn more about the Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Corrections specialization here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Corrections specialization

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Master of Science

Program Description:

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Corrections program is designed to afford students the opportunity to develop extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system, criminological theory, research methods, and data analysis. The program is also designed to help students build their critical thinking and analytical skills. The Corrections specialization provides students with the opportunity to study the theory and practice of corrections and the juvenile justice system. To graduate, students must complete all courses listed below for either the comprehensive exam track or the applied research track.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

55 credits. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete 24 credit hours in 30 weeks.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Corrections Specialization:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Corrections Specialization Requirements

  • CJ 521: Critical Issues in Corrections (5 credits)
  • CJ 522: Comparative Correctional Systems (5 credits)
  • CJ 523: Critical Issues in Juvenile Justice (5 credits)
  • CJ 524: Community-Based Corrections (5 credits)

Core Requirements

  • CJ 550: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Public Safety (5 credits)
  • CJ 501: Criminological Theory (5 credits)
  • CJ 503: Organizational Behavior (5 credits)
  • CJ 526: Academic and Professional Communications in Public Safety (5 credits)

Comprehensive Exam Track

  • CJ 502: Research Methodology (5 credits)
  • CJ 505: Critical Issues in Criminal Justice (5 credits)
  • CJ 602: Comprehensive Examination (0 credits)

Applied Research Track

  • CJ 525: Applied Research in Criminal Justice (5 credits)
  • CJ 598: Applied Research Project (5 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

The MS in Criminal Justice - Corrections program is designed to prepare students to pursue a wide variety of positions in the criminal justice field. Students will have the opportunity to gain valuable work-related skills, including research methodology, critical thinking, and ethics.

Positions that graduates of this program could pursue include:

  • Corrections officer
  • Warden
  • Parole officer
  • Probation officer