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MS in Criminal Justice

Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare students for leadership and professional positions in the criminal justice field. Students have the opportunity to specialize in a specific area of criminal justice, such as corrections, law, policing, global issues in criminal justice, or leadership and executive management. Read more about the Purdue University Global Master of Science in Criminal Justice program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Students applying to Purdue University Global's MS in Criminal Justice should have an interest in law practices and trends in criminal justice. Students must first provide evidence of bachelor's degree completion with an accredited school in order to apply to Purdue University Global's MS in Criminal Justice program.

Program Description:

Students in the MS in Criminal Justice program at Purdue University Global will have the opportunity to engage in professional competencies related to criminal justice. These include using qualitative and quantitative research to evaluate criminal justice trends, applying criminological theory to create community policies around crime, and applying management theory to affect positive change in organizations in charge of criminal justice. Additionally, the program offers the opportunity to complete an applied research course of study.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

55 credit hours.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice:

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

Core Requirements (30 credits)

  • Criminological Theory
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Critical Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Applied Research in Criminal Justice
  • Academic and Professional Communications in Public Safety
  • Applied Research Project

Major Requirements (20 credits)

  • Students must complete at least 20 credits of major electives. Students may use up to 10 quarter credits if independent study to satisfy requirements.

Open Elective Requirements (5 credits)

  • Students must complete at least 5 credits of open electives.

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Criminal Justice program may be interested in pursuing doctoral level degrees in criminal justice or law.

Examples of such doctorate level degrees include:

  • Juris Doctor
  • Executive Juris Doctor
  • Ph.D in Criminal Justice

Career Paths:

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is designed to offer students training on criminal justice theory and application. Students have the opportunity to engage in scholarly discourse about criminal justice and apply theoretical learning to address community problems.

After graduation from the MS in Criminal Justice program, some students may choose to pursue careers as:

  • Detectives
  • Criminal investigators
  • Criminologists
  • Police captains

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