Minneapolis—May 18, 2011—Faced with an ever-changing landscape of domestic and international crime—including illegal acts committed using the latest technologies—the need for today’s criminal justice professionals to focus on an approach to policing that includes an emphasis on technology and policy analysis becomes increasingly evident. Walden University is now offering two new online master’s degrees in criminal justice to help these professionals meet the challenges of their daily work, advance their careers in criminal justice or prepare for an executive leadership role.

Walden’s new M.S. in Criminal Justice program is designed for criminal justice professionals interested in studying a unique blend of criminal behavioral theory, human services, technology, homeland security and management skills applicable to the challenges facing the law enforcement community. Students will evaluate the root causes of crime and their impact on criminal justice practices and procedures and also analyze how law enforcement, courts and corrections function and interact at the local, state and federal levels.

The M.S. in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management program can help law enforcement professionals prepare for executive management roles in criminal justice or transition into a career in higher education or as a consultant. Students in this program learn about management philosophies as well as the budgeting and communication skills that criminal justice professionals require in order to create and influence policymakers.

Both programs include an emphasis on bridging the digital divide of technology and its use in functional areas of policing. The programs also relate policy analysis to the real world of policing to help prepare individuals to work closely with policymakers. Each program offers specializations in Emergency Management, Homeland Security Policy, Homeland Security Policy and Coordination, Law and Public Policy, Policy Analysis, Public Management and Leadership, and Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace as well as a Self-Designed option.

The new online master’s degrees join Walden’s portfolio of criminal justice programs and specializations including the B.S. in Criminal Justice, which uses the latest interactive media such as lifelike, computer-generated scenarios from crime scenes; the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.); and the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 42,500 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 55 campus-based and online universities in 28 countries.

Walden offers more than 50 degree programs with more than 225 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.