Online Master’s Degrees in Criminal Justice
Upon completion of the criminal justice program, students may seek employment or enroll in a doctoral degree program. Master’s level graduates may seek employment in federal law enforcement, private investigation, local law enforcement, security, and corrections.
- Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree
- Program Length: One to two years to complete
- Post-Grad Options: Employment or Doctoral Program
- Projected Employment Growth: 21% (2010-2020)*
The curriculum for master’s-level criminal justice programs may include core courses as well as electives in the student’s chosen specialty. These classes may teach students how to evaluate different explanations for criminal behavior, analyze the response to white collar crime, and make critical decisions regarding criminal punishment. Core criminal justice courses may include the following:
- Youth Crime
- Crime and Punishment
- Forensic Behavior Analysis
- Criminal Justice Systems
Master’s-level graduates may seek career opportunities in local law enforcement, corrections, investigation, private security and federal agencies. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, private detective and investigation employment opportunities are projected to increase by 21% from 2010-2020.*
Possible careers include:
- Bail Enforcement Agent
- Crime Scene Investigator
- Federal Probation Officer
- Immigration Officer
- Criminal Investigator
Students who successfully complete a master’s program may wish to further their studies by enrolling in a doctoral degree program. A doctoral degree in criminal justice may provide students with enhanced knowledge behind theories of crime prevention and how to create and implement public policy.
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education. Eligible students can receive college credit for prior military experience and coursework—up to 75 percent of the credit needed for a Kaplan University undergraduate degree.*
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- MS in Criminal Justice - Global Issues in Criminal Justice
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For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.
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