Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Request More Information

Request School Information

Complete the form below to request specific information regarding questions you have including course cost and course length.

Would you like to pursue positions of leadership in the field of criminal justice? Purdue University Global offers an online Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program that you might want to investigate. Read on for program details.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Purdue University Global's online Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program is designed to encourage the growth of leadership skills and prepare students for roles as public servants who create criminological policies and procedures. Once enrolled, you could learn about the importance of ethics in corrections and law enforcement. You could also take courses that focus on current issues in criminal justice theory. This program includes an applied research project as well.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Great communication skills and leadership abilities are among the qualities you'll need as an applicant to the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program offered by Purdue University Global. Applicants to Purdue University Global's master's degree programs should already have a bachelor's degree. Some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program at Purdue University Global includes 55 credits. As a student, you will have to accumulate 30 core credits, 20 major credits, and 5 elective credits.

Core Requirements (30 credits)

Course Code Course Title
CJ501 Criminological Theory
CJ503 Organizational Behavior
CJ505 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice
CJ525 Applied Research in Criminal Justice
CJ526 Academic and Professional Communications in Public Safety
CJ598 Applied Research Project

Major Requirements (20 credits)

Course Code Course Title
Major Electives

Elective Requirements (5 credits)

Course Code Course Title
Open Elective Courses

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

With a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree from Purdue University Global, you could apply for positions in courts, loss prevention departments, or educational institutions. Jobs with state, local or federal law enforcement agencies; social services; and corrections agencies are other areas of potential opportunity. Positions of leadership could require previous work experience, but the following are possible career choices:

  • Federal law enforcement agent
  • Probation officer
  • Victim advocate
  • Custodial officer
  • Crime analyst

Advanced Degrees

A doctoral program in criminal justice or a related discipline could help you learn more about criminal justice theory and policy implementation after you've finished the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program at Purdue University Global. An advanced knowledge of criminal justice could be especially useful if you are planning to apply for such positions as criminal justice researcher, administrator, or professor. Some potential terminal degree program options could include a:

  • Doctor of Criminal Justice
  • Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Ph.D. in Justice Administration