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MS in Criminal Justice - Cybercrime Investigation

Those interested in preparing for a career that combines technical skills with a career in criminal investigations could consider Liberty University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Cybercrime Investigation program. Get more details about this online MS program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Cybercrime Investigation

School Offering Program:

Liberty University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Liberty University requires that aspiring MS in Criminal Justice students hold an accredited bachelor's degree and at least a 3.0 GPA. Students might also display strong analytical and organizational skills. All applicants to Liberty University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

From current trends in cybersecurity to tools used in digital forensics, Liberty University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Cybercrime Investigation program is designed to cover most aspects of technologies and practices in cybercrime investigation. In specialization courses, students could expect to learn more about the challenges in cybercrime investigations, the legal and public policy impacts of cybercrimes, technological procedures in cybercrime investigations, network security technologies, and digital forensics processes. Core classes discuss such topics as the integration of various criminal justice systems, the evaluation of criminal justice programs, organizational and ethical leadership in criminal justice, and National Institute of Justice research trends in, among other areas, homeland security and white collar crime. An optional two-part thesis project allows students to research and defend a criminal justice topic.

Learning Format:


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 Cybercrime Investigation:

Students are required to earn a total of 36 credit for this program; this total reflects 18 credits in the core curriculum, 12 credits in specialization courses, and a two-part thesis or two electives. 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

Cybercrime Investigation Specialization Courses (12 credits)

  • Cybercrime Law and Public Policy
  • Advanced Cybercrime Investigation
  • Overview of Computer Security
  • Digital Forensics

Thesis or Elective Courses (6 credits)

  • Thesis Proposal and Research
  • Thesis Defense

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Although one seeking a supervisory or upper-level administrative position could qualify with the MS degree in Criminal Justice - Cybercrime Investigation, those intending to pursue an academic or research career might need a doctorate. A doctoral degree program could provide study in more advanced theories and processes to prepare graduates to teach or assume executive positions in postsecondary institutions or research centers.

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 - Homeland Security

Career Paths:

Completion of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Cybercrime Investigation program could lead graduates to pursue supervisory or managerial roles in government law enforcement agencies, corporate security or IT departments, security firms, or law enforcement organizations. They might oversee the design and implementation of digital threat prevention and protection programs, the updating of existing programs to align with new cybersecurity software, and develop an emergency data recovery plan for corporations or government offices.

Some career paths that graduates might pursue include:

  • Cybercrime investigator
  • Cybercrime instructor
  • Cybercrime victim advocate
  • Cybercrime intelligence analyst
  • Special agent

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