Today’s criminals are more sophisticated than those of the past, engaging the latest technologies to commit—and get away with—illegal acts.

Modern criminal justice professionals must be equally savvy to stay at the forefront with the ever-changing landscape of domestic and international crime. In Walden’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice program, you will study a unique blend of criminal behavior theory along with technology, homeland security, and management skills applicable to the challenges facing the law enforcement community. You will evaluate the root causes of crime and its impact on criminal justice practices and procedures and analyze how law enforcement, courts, and corrections function and interact at the local, state, and federal level.

If you are a criminal justice professional interested in gaining the skills necessary to assume a more senior role or to transition into a second career as an educator or consultant, consider Walden’s MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management program.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Utilize theory and research to analyze historical trends and current perspectives in criminal justice. 
  2. Use research to evaluate factors related to crime and the impact of crime on criminal justice policies, practices, and procedures. 
  3. Evaluate the impact of U.S. constitutional policy and procedures on the criminal justice system. 
  4. Analyze the impact of the criminal justice process on victims and perpetrators. 
  5. Synthesize principles from criminal justice theories, processes, and practices to promote social justice and positive social change. 
  6. Compare the structural functions and interactions of law enforcement, courts, and corrections within the criminal justice system at the local, state, and federal level. 
  7. Discuss how criminal justice laws and policies are adopted, implemented, and evaluated.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.


Seth Barnett

Seth Barnett

MPA Graduate
Walden University allows me to gain the skills I need to grow as a professional and the credentials to make more positive social changes in my community. That’s why I am continuing my education at Walden University by enrolling in the PhD in Criminal Justice program.
I wish to pursue a PhD in Public Policy and Administration. It will be very beneficial to me because I can complete the program faster than normal based on my academic achievements in the same department.
I have been using my degree to write grants to help special needs children in my community.
Cathy Logan-Davis BS/MS in Criminal Justice Graduate / PhD in Criminal Justice Student
Gabirel Takang MPA Graduate
Gabriel Takang
Elizabeth Brown MPA Graduate
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