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Online Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Programs
(found programs from 88 schools)


Below is a list of all of the Online Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Programs we could find, from over 1,800 schools across the US.

Criminal justice careers can span from law enforcement to corrections, law offices and even psychology practices. A master's degree in criminal justice will help you focus on a specific subsection of criminal justice, advancing your career prospects and earning potential.

School Profiles

Below, we speak with Dr. Jeff Lee, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Troy University and Brendan Hardy of the University of Colorado, Denver.




How can you get to the next level in your career?

There are many practical reasons to pursue a master's degree in criminal justice. It is possible to pursue employment opportunities at local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies with just a bachelor's degree; however, come promotion time, a master's degree can provide a much needed edge in advancing within the field. The master's degree in criminal justice offers an interdisciplinary combination of liberal arts, ethics, social science research, and science in criminal justice, deepening your understanding of the field and potentially opening up new career opportunities.

Why go online for your master's degree in criminal justice? Most master's degree programs in criminal justice are designed for working criminal justice practitioners who already possess a bachelor's degree in the field. An online master's degree is uniquely suited to this type of student because it offers the flexibility to pursue education at your own pace, while working. This is not only financially beneficial, but it also has an educational benefit. Students can apply what they learn in class directly to the field.

Can you get hired with an online master's degree?

A question that often emerges when people consider getting an online master's degree in criminal justice is "how will employers perceive my online degree?" Top notch employers like the Central Intelligence Agency are familiar with most virtual institutions. A 2006 New York Times article revealed that between 5-10 percent of new employees at the agency had completed some or all of their coursework online. A 2007 article in Distance Learning Today revealed that 62 percent of employers actually view online degrees in a positive light and equal to degrees earned on campus. For some there is a benefit to attending an online program at a school that also has well-known on-campus programs. Many of these schools confer the exact same degree whether you pursue your master's on campus or online.

How will you know which program to pursue?

The three different types of master's degree programs in criminal justice - Master of Arts (MA) degree in criminal justice, Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) degree, Master of Science (MS) degree in criminal justice - each provide a more expansive understanding of criminal justice theories. The programs offer students the chance to expand into topics such as victimology and the investigative use of forensic science, among others. In the process, the degree opens up a variety of career opportunities.

The degree allows students to advance to leadership positions within law enforcement agencies, move into career opportunities like managing a private security consulting firm, pursue opportunities within criminal justice research, or, in the case of the Master of Science degree, continue on to study in a doctoral degree program. The job website monster.com has listed the salaries of a number of jobs for those with master's degrees in criminal justice, and salaries range from as low as $38,946 per year for a position as a Deputy Sheriff to as much as $72,000 for a position as an agent with the FBI.

Getting into an online criminal justice master's program is just as tough as getting into a traditional criminal justice master's program. Generally, a bachelor's degree and GRE test scores are required. Online criminal justice programs vary between those that are exclusively online and those that have brief on-campus components. Verify the program's structure early.

Where can you find more information?

Resources for students contemplating a master's degree in criminal justice include The Crime Report (http://www.thecrimereport.org/), a comprehensive news service covering the diverse challenges and issues affecting criminal justice. Criminal Justice Ethics (http://www.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/cje/) is a semi-annual journal housed at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. It focuses on the ethics of the field. The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (http://www.acjs.org/) fosters professional activities along with criminal justice education, research and policy analysis within the criminal justice field.

Please feel free to contact the schools using the links below. You should try to contact multiple schools to get a good range of programs to compare, since they often differ widely in terms of tuition, admissions requirements, and even how truly "online" they are. We tried to restrict this list to the programs that appeared to be all, or nearly all, online, but it’s still best to confirm the details directly with the schools.


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Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science - Conflict Resolution (online)
American Public University System (Charles Town, WV)
Programs Offered:

Master of Arts - Criminal Justice (online), Master of Arts - Emergency and Disaster Management (online), Master of Arts - Homeland Security (online), Master of Arts - National Security Studies (online), Master of Arts - Security Management (online)
Anna Maria College (Paxton, MA)
Programs Offered:

MPA - Emergency Management (online), MPA - Homeland Security (online), MPA - Justice Admin (online), Masters Degree - Criminal Justice (online)
Argosy University (Alameda, CA / Arlington, VA / Atlanta, GA / Chicago, IL / Dallas, TX / Denver, CO / Eagan, MN / Farmers Branch, TX / Honolulu, HI / Los Angeles, CA / Nashville, TN / Orange, CA / Phoenix, AZ / San Bernardino, CA / San Diego, CA / Santa Ana, CA / Santa Monica, CA / Sarasota, FL / Schaumburg, IL / Seattle, WA / Tampa, FL)
Programs Offered:

MA - Forensic Psychology (online), MA - Forensic Psychology (online), MPA - Homeland Security (online)
Ashford University Online (San Diego, CA)
Programs Offered:

MS Criminal Justice (online)
Bellevue University (Bellevue, NE)
Programs Offered:

M.S. - Security Management (online)
Benedictine University (Lisle, IL / Naperville, IL / Springfield, IL)
Programs Offered:

MPH - Disaster Management (online)
Bethel University (McKenzie, TN)
Programs Offered:

Masters in Criminal Justice (online)
Boston University (Boston, MA)
Programs Offered:

Master of Criminal Justice - Criminal Justice (online), Master of Criminal Justice (online)
Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH)
Programs Offered:

MS - Criminal Justice (online)
California Coast University (Santa Ana, CA)
Programs Offered:

MS - Criminal Justice (online)
California State University-Dominguez Hills (Carson, CA)
Programs Offered:

Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice Administration (online)
California University of Pennsylvania (California, PA)
Programs Offered:

MS - Legal Studies - Homeland Security (online), MS - Legal Studies - Public Policy (online), Master of Arts in Applied Criminology (online)
Champlain College (Burlington, VT)
Programs Offered:

MS in Digital Forensic Science (100% Online) (online)
Colorado Technical University (Colorado Springs, CO)
Programs Offered:

MS in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (online), MS in Criminal Justice (online), MS in Cybersecurity Policy - Online (online), MS in Homeland Security - Cybersecurity Policy (online), MS in Homeland Security - Emergency Management and Public Health - Online (online), MS in Homeland Security - Emergency Mgmt and Public Health (online), Masters of Science in Management in Homeland Security (online)
Colorado Technical University Online (Colorado Springs, CO)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy (online), Master of Science in Homeland Security - Emergency Management and Public Health (online), Masters of Science in Management in Homeland Security (online)
Columbia Southern University (Orange Beach, AL)
Programs Offered:

MS of Criminal Justice Administration (online), MS of Emergency Services Management (online), MS of Occupational Safety and Health (online)
Delta State University (Cleveland, MS)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
DeSales University (Center Valley, PA)
Programs Offered:

Master of Arts - Criminal Justice Digital Forensics (online), Master of Arts - Criminal Justice Investigative Forensics (online)
Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond, KY)
Programs Offered:

MS Safety - Emergency Management (online), MS Safety - Ergonomics (online), MS Safety - Fire/Emergency Services (online), MS Safety - Homeland Security (online), MS Safety - Occupational Safety (online), MS Safety (online), Master of Science - Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies (online), Masters Degree - Criminal Justice (online)
Excelsior College (Albany, NY)
Programs Offered:

MS in Criminal Justice (with a concentration Homeland Security & Emergency Management) (online)
Fayetteville State University (Fayetteville, NC)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Florida International University (Miami, FL)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
Programs Offered:

Master of Arts - Criminology (online)
George Washington University (Washington, DC)
Programs Offered:

MPS in Security and Safety Leadership (online), MS - Paralegal Studies (online)
Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, AZ)
Programs Offered:

M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology (online)
Grand Canyon University (AM) (Phoenix, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Masters Degree - Criminal Justice (online)
Henley-Putnam University (San Jose, CA)
Programs Offered:

MS - Intelligence Management (online), MS - Personal Protection (online), MS - Terrorism Studies (online)
Hodges University (Naples, FL)
Programs Offered:

MS in Criminal Justice (online), Master of Legal Studies (online)
Kaplan University (Cedar Falls, IA / Cedar Rapids, IA / Chicago, IL / Council Bluffs, IA / Davenport, IA / Fort Lauderdale, FL / Greenacres, FL / Hagerstown, MD / Lincoln, NE / Mason City, IA / Miami Lakes, FL / New York, NY / Omaha, NE / S Portland, ME / St. Petersburg, FL / Urbandale, IA)
Programs Offered:

M.S. (online), M.S. in Criminal Justice - Leadership and Executive Management (online), MSCJ - Global Issues in Criminal Justice (online), MSCJ - Policing (online)
Keiser University (Daytona Beach, FL / Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Programs Offered:

MA - Criminal Justice (online), Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (online), Masters Degree - Criminal Justice (online)
Keiser University eCampus (PF Online)
Programs Offered:

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (online)
Lewis University (Romeoville, IL)
Programs Offered:

Masters Degree - Criminal Justice (online)
Loyola University New Orleans Online (New Orleans, LA)
Programs Offered:

MS - CJ Admin - Forensic Admin (online), MS - CJ Admin - Justice Admin (online)
Lynn University (Boca Raton, FL)
Programs Offered:

MS - Administration - Criminal Justice (online), MSA - Emergency Planning and Administration (online)
Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Programs Offered:

Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice (online)
Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
Programs Offered:

Masters in Criminal Justice - Specializations available in Judicial Administration and Security Management (online), Masters in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis (online)
Missouri Southern State University (Joplin, MO)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Missouri State University (Springfield, MO)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science in Criminology (Accelerated, Traditional, or Online) (online)
National University (La Jolla, CA)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science - Homeland Security and Safety Engineering (online)
New England College (Henniker, NH)
Programs Offered:

MS-Accounting - Forensic Accounting (online)
New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, NJ)
Programs Offered:

MS - Emergency Mgmt & Business Continuity (online)
New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Northcentral University (Prescott Valley, AZ)
Programs Offered:

M.B.A. - Criminal Justice (online), M.B.A. - Homeland Security (online)
Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
Programs Offered:

Executive Master of Science - Criminal Justice Leadership (online)
Notre Dame College (South Euclid, OH)
Programs Offered:

Master of Arts in Security Policy Studies (online)
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (Tulsa, OK)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science - Forensic Science Administration (online)
Regis University (Denver, CO)
Programs Offered:

MS in Criminology (online)
Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science - Environmental, Health and Safety Management (online)
Saint Joseph's University (Philadelphia, PA)
Programs Offered:

MS - Behavior Analysis (online), MS - Criminal Justice (online), MS - Homeland Security (online)
Saint Peter's University (Jersey City, NJ)
Programs Offered:

MA - CJ Admin - Police Administration (online)
Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Master of Arts - Human Resources Training and Development for Law Enforcement Officers (online)
Slippery Rock University (Slippery Rock, PA)
Programs Offered:

Master of Arts - Criminal Justice (online)
South University Online (Columbia, SC / Montgomery, AL / Savannah, GA / Tampa, FL / West Palm Beach, FL)
Programs Offered:

MS - Criminal Justice - Corrections (online), MS - Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (online), MS - Criminal Justice (online), MS CJ - Cyber Crime (online), MS CJ - Public Administration (online)
Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Girardeau, MO)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Southern New Hampshire University (Manchester, NH)
Programs Offered:

MBA - Justice Studies (online)
Sullivan University (Louisville, KY)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science - Conflict Management (online)
Texas A&M University Commerce (Commerce, TX)
Programs Offered:

Masters in Applied Criminology (online)
The University of Louisiana at Monroe (Monroe, LA)
Programs Offered:

Master of Arts - Criminal Justice (online)
Tiffin University (Tiffin, OH)
Programs Offered:

MS - Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (online), MSCJ - Crime Analysis (online), MSCJ - Criminal Behavior (online), MSCJ - Justice Administration (online)
Towson University (Towson, MD)
Programs Offered:

M.S. in Integrated Homeland Security Management (online)
Troy University (Troy, AL)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science in Criminal Justice (online)
University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Little Rock, AR)
Programs Offered:

Master of Arts - Criminal Justice (online), Master of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
Programs Offered:

MS - Criminal Justice (online)
University of Cincinnati - Online (Cincinnati, OH)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science in Criminal Justice (online)
University of Colorado-Denver (Denver, CO)
Programs Offered:

Master of Criminal Justice (online), Master of Public Administraton - Public Administration (online)
University of Louisville (Louisville, KY)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science of Criminal Justice (online)
University of Maryland-University College (Adelphi, MD)
Programs Offered:

Masters Degree - Criminal Justice (online), Masters Degree - Homeland Security (online)
University of Massachusetts-Boston (Boston, MA)
Programs Offered:

M.A. - Criminal Justice (online)
University of Massachusetts-Lowell (Lowell, MA)
Programs Offered:

M.A. - Criminal Justice (online), Master of Arts - Criminal Justice and Criminology (online)
University of Northern Colorado (Greeley, CO)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
University of Phoenix (Albuquerque, NM / Ann Arbor, MI / Arlington, TX / Arlington, VA / Atlanta, GA / Augusta, GA / Aurora, CO / Austin, TX / Bakersfield, CA / Baton Rouge, LA / Beachwood, OH / Beale AFB, CA / Birmingham, AL / Bossier City, LA / Braintree, MA / Brookfield, WI / Cedar Rapids, IA / Chandler, AZ / Charlotte, NC / Chattanooga, TN / Cheyenne, WY / Chico, CA / Chula Vista, CA / Clearfield, UT / Clearwater, FL / Clinton Township, MI / Colorado Springs, CO / Columbia, MD / Columbia, SC / Columbus, GA / Columbus, OH / Concord, CA / Cordova, TN / Costa Mesa, CA / Culver City, CA / Dallas, TX / Dayton, OH / Daytona Beach, FL / Denver, CO / Des Moines, IA / Des Peres, MO / Detroit, MI / Diamond Bar, CA / Dunwoody, GA / East Lansing, MI / El Paso, TX / Elk Grove, CA / Fairfax, VA / Fairfield, CA / Florence, KY / Fort Collins, CO / Franklin, TN / Fremont, CA / Fresno, CA / Ft. Lauderdale, FL / Gardena, CA / Grand Rapids, MI / Greenbelt, MD / Greenwood, IN / Harrisburg, PA / Henderson, NV / Honolulu, HI / Houston, TX / Hurst, TX)
Programs Offered:

MS - Administration of Justice and Security (online), MS - Administration of Justice and Security< (online)
University of the Rockies (Colorado Springs, CO)
Programs Offered:

MA Psych - Criminology/Justice (online)
University of Wisconsin-Platteville (Platteville, WI)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Upper Iowa University (Fayette, IA)
Programs Offered:

MPA - Government Administration (online), MPA - Justice and Homeland Security (online)
Urbana University (Urbana, OH)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science - Criminal Justice Administration (online)
Utica College (Syracuse, NY)
Programs Offered:

MBA- Fraud Management (online), MS - Economic Crime Mgmt (online), Master of Science - Criminal Justice Administration (online), Masters Degree - Criminal Justice (online)
Virginia College (Birmingham, AL / Huntsville, AL / Pensacola, FL)
Programs Offered:

M.S. - Criminal Justice (online), Master of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Master of Science - Cyber Security (online)
Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)
Programs Offered:

Master of Arts - Homeland Security (online)
Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:

MPA Homeland Security Policy & Coordination (online), MPA Terrorism/Mediation (online), MPP - Emergency Management (online), MPP - Homeland Security Policy & Coordination (online), MPP - Homeland Security Policy (online), MPP - Terrorism, Mediation, & Peace (online), MS CJ - Homeland Security Policy & Coordination (online), MS CJ - Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace (online), MS CJ Ldrshp & Exec Mgmt - Emergency Management (online), MS CJ Ldrshp & Exec Mgmt - Homeland Sec Policy (online), MS CJ Ldrshp & Exec Mgmt - Law and Public Policy (online), MS CJ Ldrshp & Exec Mgmt - Policy Analysis (online), MS CJ Ldrshp & Exec Mgmt - Self-Designed (online), MS CJ Ldrshp - Terrorism, Mediation, & Peace (online), MS CJ Leadership - Homeland Security Pol & Coord (online), MS Criminal Justice - Emergency Management (online), MS Criminal Justice - General (online), MS Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Policy (online), MS Criminal Justice - Self-Designed (online), MS For (online), MS Forensic Psych - Psych/Legal Systems (online), Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice (online), Master of Public Policy - Criminal Justice (online)
Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:

M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Forensic Consulting (online), Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice (online), Master of Public Administration - Homeland Security Policy and Coordination (online), Master of Public Administration - Homeland Security Policy (online), Master of Public Administration - Law and Public Policy (online), Master of Public Administration - Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice - Emergency Management (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice - Law and Public Policy (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice - Public Management and Leadership (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Human and Social Services - Criminal Justice (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology - Crisis Management & Response (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology - Terrorism & Security (online)
Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY)
Programs Offered:

Master of Arts - Criminology (online)

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