Walden’s MS in Criminal Justice program prepares you to step forward into leadership roles—and make an even greater impact in the evolving landscape of domestic and international crime.

Explore trends. Protect lives. Impact the future of the criminal justice system. Are you looking to transition to a more senior position—or a second career—in the criminal justice field? Walden’s MS in Criminal Justice program is designed to give you a competitive edge while empowering you to influence positive, meaningful change in your organization and community. In this program, you can:

  • Gain skills that you can apply immediately on the job through media-rich coursework that integrates current events through innovative technology.
  • Learn from distinguished faculty, including Dr. Jessie Lee, former executive director of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).
  • Focus your studies on what interests you most by choosing one of eight highly relevant and in-demand specializations.

Walden’s criminal justice degree programs also include the BS in Criminal Justice, MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management, and PhD in Criminal Justice. Partnerships with the Fraternal Order of Police and NOBLE underscore Walden’s commitment to delivering relevant education offerings in this field of study.

Learning Outcomes

The online Master’s in Criminal Justice program helps prepare its graduates 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 levels.
  7. Discuss how criminal justice laws and policies are adopted, implemented, and evaluated.

Career Impact

Graduates of the MS in Criminal Justice program will be well-prepared to seek leadership roles across an array of areas, including law enforcement, courts, corrections, and probation. Possible job titles include:

  • Police or detective administrator
  • First-line supervisor of police or detectives
  • Transit or railroad police officer
  • Corrections officer or jailer
  • Detective or criminal investigator
  • Probation officer/correctional treatment specialist
  • Private detective or investigator

Learn more about the career outlook for graduates with a MS in Criminal Justice.

Career positions may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

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

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