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Prepare to take on leadership roles.

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.

A degree on your terms

Opt for our course-based format or choose our flexible, competency-based format designed to work around your busy schedule.

Readily Applicable Skills

Gain skills that you can apply immediately on the job through media-rich coursework that focuses on current events, challenges, and opportunities in the criminal justice field.

Distinguished Faculty

Learn from distinguished faculty, including Dr. Jessie Lee, former executive director of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).

Eight Specializations

Focus your studies on what interests you most by choosing one of eight highly relevant and in-demand specializations.

Program Savings

Course-Based: Receive a $2,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our enrollment specialists to learn more.

Tempo Competency-Based Learning™: Receive a $2,400 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 2, 2020. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Two Ways to Learn

Choose from two degree completion options.

The course-based format may be a good option for you if you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule.

Tempo Competency-Based LearningTempo Competency-Based Learning is an alternative way to earn your Walden degree. It’s different from our standard course-based learning because you can work at a pace that makes sense for you, and progress once you’ve shown you understand a subject. With Tempo Learning®, you have the flexibility of online learning, plus the ability to personalize and control the length, cost, and pacing of your program. See below which specializations are offered in Tempo Competency-Based Learning in addition to our standard course-based learning.

General Program and Specializations

General Program

Gain a unique blend of technology, homeland security, and management skills that you can apply immediately on the job or use to advance your career.

Course-Based Learning Tempo

Behavioral Sciences

Explore the various theories and research that aim to answer the “why” behind criminal behavior.

Cybercrimes

Learn how technology is used in the commission of various crimes such as child sexual exploitation, cyberstalking, cyberbullying, and human trafficking.

Emergency Management

This specialization prepares you to build confident and capable teams and guide others during times of crisis.

International/Global Criminal Justice Issues

Gain skills and knowledge that are essential to operating effectively in regions seeking to develop and modernize.

Homeland Security Policy and Coordination

This specialization provides a foundation for evaluating and creating protective measures and policies that do not compromise individual rights and freedoms.

Law and Public Policy

Examine the vital legal knowledge available to public policy practitioners as you examine legal concepts, cases, and current trends in law and policy.

Public Management and Leadership

This specialization prepares you to develop strategies for managing change in public organizations.

Course-Based Learning Tempo

Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace

This specialization provides a foundation for understanding anti-terrorism legislation and its impact on public policies.

Admissions Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Learning Outcomes

The online Master’s in Criminal Justice program helps prepare its graduates to:

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

What's the Career Impact of Earning Criminal Justice Master's Degree? 

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

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

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