MS in Criminal Justice: Law

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Kaplan University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Law program is a graduate program focused on the research and methodology of criminal issues with an orientation towards law. You can learn more about the Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Law here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Law program is an online program designed to help students grasp the scope of challenges confronting criminal justice professions. The program covers theory and research methods, and enrolled students are given a choice of two study tracks: applied research or comprehensive exam. The curriculum includes courses in critical legal issues, criminological theory, organizational behavior, and public safety communications. Law specialization classes may include policy law, comparative criminal justice systems, evidentiary issues, or criminal procedures and law. The program gives students the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to pursue a position in some aspect of teaching, public safety, or law enforcement.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you are interested in applying to Kaplan University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Law program, you should have a bachelor's degree and an active interest in learning about criminal justice, legal studies, or law enforcement. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should 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?

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Law consists of 55 credits. Credit requirements are divided between 30 core credits and 25 elective credits. You must complete at least four law electives as part of the specialization. Specific course requirements could change. If you are interested in enrolling in Kaplan University, speak to an Admissions Representative.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Law 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

Law Specialization Requirements

  • Choose four from the following:
    • Advanced Topics in Criminal Law
    • Evidentiary Issues in Criminal Cases
    • Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
    • Specialized Criminal Statutes and Complex Investigations
    • Employment and Policy Law

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After successfully completing Kaplan University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Law program, you could pursue employment opportunities with various government, non-profit, or public agencies. You could pursue these types of positions:

  • Internal affairs investigator
  • Police officer
  • Security officer
  • Paralegal
  • Probation officer
  • DEA agent

Advanced Degrees

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Law program could help prepare you to pursue employment, or you may choose to further your education at the doctoral degree level. Here are several possibilities you might consider:

  • Doctor of Criminal Justice
  • Doctor of Public Administration
  • Doctor of Public Policy
  • Doctor of International Criminal Justice
  • Doctor of Public Safety Administration