MS in Criminal Justice

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Kaplan University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice program offers an education in theory and research to help prepare you for supervisory or leadership positions in the criminal justice field. Continue reading for more information about Kaplan University's online MS in Criminal Justice program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice online program is designed to help students understand and expand their knowledge of criminal justice theories, practices, and legal issues. The program's core curriculum offers discussions regarding law enforcement procedures, corrections, judicial decisions, causes of criminal behavior, research processes in criminal justice, and the structure and management of criminal justice organizations. Students can opt to pursue an area of specialization within criminal justice. Specialization areas include:

  • Law
  • Corrections
  • Global Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Leadership and Executive Management

What Are the Prerequisites?

You should currently be employed in a criminal justice environment, or have a strong interest in working in law enforcement, security, or a similar setting. Previous courses in criminology and law can be helpful. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should have a high school diploma or GED and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Since the program is offered online, applicants should have access to a computer.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Students of the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice at Kaplan University have the option to pursue a comprehensive exam or applied research project track of study. Both tracks require the completion of 55 credits, which combines the core curriculum and electives or specialization courses. Students can also choose to complete a thesis if they do not select a specialization. Specific course requirements are subject to change.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice Requirements

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in Public Safety
  • Criminological Theory
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Academic and Professional Communications in Public Safety

Comprehensive Exam Track

  • Research Methodology
  • Critical Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Comprehensive Examination

Applied Research Track

  • Applied Research in Criminal Justice
  • Applied Research Project

Thesis Track

  • Research and Thesis I
  • Research and Thesis II

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Once you have successfully met all the requirements of Kaplan University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice program, you could pursue management positions in law enforcement organizations, government agencies, security firms, courts, or prison systems. You could assume jobs that utilize your knowledge of criminology and leadership, organizational, and communication skills you might have developed in the program. Positions you could pursue include:

  • Drug enforcement administrator
  • Criminal investigator
  • Warden
  • Criminologist
  • Court administrator