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Whether you are looking to enter the field of criminal justice or advance your career, Kaplan University's criminal justice programs are designed to help you achieve your goal. Our master's, bachelor's, and associate's degree and certificate programs offer comprehensive training in criminal justice to prepare you for a career in law enforcement, corrections, or private security.* Some of our criminal justice programs offer you an opportunity to gain hands-on experience working on real cases.
* Additional police academy training may be required for law enforcement jobs.
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If you already have a bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college and want to earn an advanced degree to further your career in criminal justice, Kaplan University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice program offers a convenient, flexible opportunity to help achieve your goal. In addition to developing a broad foundation in criminal justice, this master's program is designed to enhance your knowledge in the area of emphasis that best fits your career and educational goals.
Learning Method: Online
Total Degree Credits: 55
Time to Complete: 12 to 18 months full-time or 24 to 33 months part-time
The Kaplan University Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s curriculum focuses on the legal, social, business, economic, and political aspects of the industry. You will explore how societal institutions, government agencies, lawmakers, businesses, and other organizations find sustainable security and emergency management solutions on a local, regional, national, and global level.
Time to Complete: 12 to 18 months full-time or 24 to 33 months part-time
In addition to a providing a broad liberal arts education, this baccalaureate program combines professional skills training with courses designed to help you develop a solid foundation of criminal justice knowledge. In this program you will have an opportunity to gain an understanding of the philosophy and development of the U.S. criminal justice system, its agencies and institutions, and the issues and challenges they face and examine the development of criminal law, the elements and types of criminal offenses, and the principles of criminal culpability.
Learning Method: Online (nationwide); or Campus (blend of online and onsite instruction - select locations only)
Total Degree Credits: 180
Time to Complete: 4 years or less (full-time)
This program is designed to help you develop a broad liberal arts knowledge base and the skills sought by employers in the criminal justice industry. Highlights include an overview of the philosophy and development of the U.S. criminal justice system, its agencies and institutions, and the issues and challenges they face as well as a strong focus on criminology, criminal investigation, criminal law, domestic and international terrorism, and methods of countering terrorism.
Learning Method: Online (nationwide); or Campus (blend of online and onsite instruction)
Total Degree Credits: 90
Time to Complete: As little as 12 months and up to 2 years (full-time)
If you want to pursue entry-level positions in a corrections facility, or want to advance in your current corrections career, Kaplan University's online Corrections Certificate program may provide you with the necessary skills and credentials to excel in this rapidly growing, increasingly complex career field.
Total Degree Credits: 36
When you enroll in the Crime Scene Technician Certificate online program at Kaplan University, you could study to acquire the practical skills required to pursue a career in crime scene investigation, such as observing minute details at the scene and relating them to the crime; visually identifying and describing persons, vehicles, and locations; and giving expert testimony about evidence in criminal court cases.
Total Degree Credits: 44
This innovative program is intended to teach you to identify and understand management theories and functions central to criminal justice organizations. Your online coursework will focus on the roles managers play in establishing a successful social framework, including analyzing the role of supervisors and managers in criminal justice with a focus on leadership development and management practices.
The online Private Security Certificate curriculum is designed to help you develop the fundamental skills required for preventing and investigating various types of crime, including white-collar crime and fraud, and understand the U.S. criminal justice system and the processes for juvenile and adult offenders.
Total Degree Credits: 53
Time to Complete: 5 quarters or 15 months