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MS Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Leadership

Students seeking to prepare for administrative roles in law enforcement agencies or organizations could get the advanced education they need in Liberty University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Law Enforcement Leadership program. Get more details about this MS program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Law Enforcement Leadership

School Offering Program:

Liberty University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 are needed to enroll in this MS program. Students might also have strong leadership, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. Applicants to Liberty University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Personnel management, leadership strategies, and administrative practices in homeland security are among the main topics explored in Liberty University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Law Enforcement Leadership program. Specialization courses offer study in civil rights, intelligence strategies, and perspectives for law enforcement leaders. In core courses, students could expect to learn more about integrative practices among various criminal justice systems, such as courts and law enforcement; administrative practices in criminal justice organizations; criminal justice program evaluation; and ethical leadership principles in policing. Students who elect to complete a thesis draw on concepts studied throughout the program to produce an extensively researched project.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

36 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

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

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Law Enforcement Leadership:

Of the 36 credits required to earn this degree, 12 credits are taken in the area of specialization and 18 credits in required core coursework. The remaining six credits can be taken in electives or a thesis project. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Liberty University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (18 credits)

  • Criminal Justice Integration
  • Administration of Justice Organizations
  • HR Management in Criminal Justice Organizations
  • Topics & Trends in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Program Evaluation
  • Leadership, Ethics, & Policing

Law Enforcement Leadership Specialization Courses (12 credits)

  • Human Resources and Civil Rights for Law Enforcement Leaders
  • Strategic Intelligence for Law Enforcement Leaders
  • Perspectives in Law Enforcement Leadership
  • Homeland Security Organization and Administration

Thesis or Elective Courses (6 credits)

  • Thesis Proposal and Research
  • Thesis Defense

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

While the Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Leadership would be a terminal degree for those seeking administrative roles in police departments or federal law enforcement agencies, careers in academics or criminal justice research might require a doctorate. Doctoral degree programs could further explore leadership and criminal justice theories and systems as well as research processes.

Doctoral degrees graduates might be prepared to pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • PhD in Criminal Justice
  • PhD in Public Policy
  • PhD in Criminal Justice - Leadership

Career Paths:

After completing the Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Law Enforcement Leadership program, graduates might pursue supervisory or executive-level positions in policing, corrections, or security. They might work for police departments, federal law enforcement agencies, security firms, or private investigation firms.

Possible careers for graduates of this MS-Criminal Justice program include:

  • Criminologist
  • Chief of police
  • Senior police officer
  • First-line police supervisor

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