Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice

Rising concern over homeland security and increasing emphasis on education within law enforcement agencies have led to a greater demand for qualified criminal justice administrators and instructors nationwide. If you already have a bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college and want to further your career, Kaplan University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice program offers a convenient, flexible opportunity to earn a criminal justice master’s degree.

Criminal Justice Master’s Program Highlights

Our online criminal justice master’s degree program is designed to provide you with the credentials for advancement in a rapidly evolving career field. Through our convenient courses, you can interact with industry professionals who are dedicated to helping you:

  • Analyze the causes of criminal behavior in various cultures around the world, with an emphasis on the causes of social deviance
  • Focus on organizational behavior; management and leadership of human resources; and design and structural processes in criminal justice organizations
  • Explore various research methods and focus on developing the skills needed to design and conduct applied research and evaluate data
  • Study recent legislation and case law at the state and federal levels in areas such as law enforcement, criminal procedure, civil and criminal liability, civil rights, employment law, and substance abuse
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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

As a graduate, you can be prepared to pursue a variety of job opportunities within public and private sectors, including the following:

  • Federal, state, and local government agencies
  • Courtrooms
  • Postsecondary educational institutions
  • Fieldwork
  • Police departments
  • Regional loss prevention departments

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.



Online Start Date

October 11, 2017



Online Start Date

November 29, 2017



Online Start Date

January 17, 2018



Online Start Date

March 07, 2018



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April 18, 2018



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June 06, 2018



Online Start Date

July 18, 2018



Online Start Date

September 05, 2018



Online Start Date

October 17, 2018



Online Start Date

December 05, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

Curriculum in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice focuses on criminological and management theories, organizational behavior, and research methods related to the field. The program culminates with an applied research project. Courses include:

  • Criminological Theory  
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Critical Issues in Criminal Justice       
  • Applied Research in Criminal Justice       
  • Academic and Professional Communications in Public Safety  
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits30
  • Major Credits 20
  • Open Elective Credits5
  • Total Credits55

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin
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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$420.00 cost per credit
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Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

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*Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued graduate- or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any graduate or doctoral programs.