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MS in Criminal Justice - Criminal Investigation

Saint Leo University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Criminal Investigation is designed to help professionals and aspiring professionals advance their criminal justice careers and learn more about the role of criminal investigations within the criminal justice system. Learn more about the Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University here.

Official Program Name:

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

School Offering Program:

Saint Leo University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program with a specialization in Criminal Investigations is for both aspiring and current criminal justice professionals who want to advance their careers. All applicants to Saint Leo University graduate programs must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a Criminal Investigation specialization program aims to equip law enforcement officers, government officials, first responders, and aspiring criminal justice professionals with an advanced understanding of investigative techniques. Coursework is designed to introduce students to theories on the causes of violence, juvenile crimes, sexual deviance, and environmental crimes. In addition, students are asked to learn methodologies and advanced techniques for conducting investigations, and gain a better understanding of the role investigation plays in the criminal justice system. The program concludes with a capstone project that demonstrates the student's ability to apply the curriculum to a professional career.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

36 Credits.

Financial Aid:

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

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Criminal Investigation:

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a Criminal Investigation specialization includes 36 total credits hours. These credits are divided among five core criminal justice courses, four courses in the specialization and six more 500-level credits chosen at the student's discretion. Applicants to Saint Leo University should have a high school diploma or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions prerequisites.

Core Curriculum (36 credits)

  • Criminal Sexual Behaviors
  • Investigative Methodologies of Violence
  • Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Legal Issues in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Public Policy Making in Criminal Justice
  • Environmental Crimes
  • Leadership Applications in Criminal Justice
  • Causes & Control of Juvenile Delinquency
  • Applied Project in Criminal Justice Administration
  • 6 additional credits from 500-Level criminal justice courses

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who want to continue their law enforcement education after completing the criminal justice master's degree program at Saint Leo University have a variety of options. The next step for most will be a doctoral degree in a criminal justice-related field, which could prepare them for advanced leadership positions, teaching careers, or jobs in criminal justice research or policy making. Here are a few possibilities:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice
  • Ph.D. in Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • Doctor of Business Administration in Criminal Justice

Career Paths:

Saint Leo University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Criminal Investigations degree is designed to equip students with the investigative skills and ethical standards to help them prepare for advanced positions in the criminal justice field. What they learn here can translate into a variety of professions, including:

  • Criminal justice practitioner
  • Loss prevention investigator
  • State, county, or local law enforcement officer
  • Federal law enforcement officer