Kaplan University

MS in Criminal Justice - Law

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Law offers students the opportunity to study skills and knowledge of the criminal justice system, including criminal theory, research methodologies, and critical thinking skills. Learn more about the Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a Law specialization here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Law Specialization

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Master of Science

Program Description:

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Law is designed to help students learn the legal issues, theoretical perspectives, and research methodologies that are part of the criminal justice system. The program is intended to help students prepare for professional and leadership roles in the contemporary justice system. The Law specialization allows students to complete four additional courses focused on topics such as criminal procedure, evidentiary issues, and employment and policy law. Students can choose to follow an applied research track or comprehensive exam 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, Law Specialization:

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

Law Specialization

  • Choose four of the following:
    • CJ 506: Advanced Topics in Criminal Law (5 credits)
    • CJ 508: Evidentiary Issues in Criminal Cases (5 credits)
    • CJ 509: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (5 credits)
    • CJ 510: Specialized Criminal Statues and Complex Investigations (5 credits)
    • CJ 511: Employment and Policy Law (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 Exam (0 credits)

Applied Action Research Track

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

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of the MS in Criminal Justice - Law program at Kaplan University could gain an understanding of research methodology, data analysis, and criminological theory that are applicable to a variety of careers and fields. Coursework in the law specialization could help students gain further knowledge of criminal statutes, criminal justice systems, court procedure, and evidentiary issues.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Law enforcement
  • Court clerk
  • Private security
  • Legal assistant

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