Become a force of justice with your criminal justice master’s degree from Ashford University. The Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program is an ideal choice for criminal justice professionals looking to advance in their field or for individuals who are looking to move into an exciting new career. Discover what a criminal justice master’s degree can do for you. 

What You Can Do with a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice

A criminal justice master’s degree prepares you for professional careers in various branches of criminal justice, including law enforcement, corrections, and even academics. When you graduate with a master’s in criminal justice, you will have the skills to take on criminal justice leadership roles such as detective or correctional officer supervisor. You will also develop transferable skills – like critical thinking and the ability to synthesize information – that can be valuable to employers in many different fields. 

What You’ll Learn in Your Criminal Justice Graduate Program

The master’s in criminal justice will develop the skills you’ll need to address criminal justice concerns in the 21st century. In your courses, you will explore topics like criminal law, criminal justice, forensics and crime scene investigations, cybercrime and technology, management, Constitutional processes, ethics, victimology, and comparisons of criminal justice systems.

Add a Specialization to Your Criminal Justice Master’s Degree

You will have an opportunity to add extra focus to your criminal justice master’s degree with a specialization. Each specialization includes three courses that dive deep into a specific criminal just topic. Select from the following four specializations: cybercrime & technology, forensic science, homeland security, or law enforcement & corrections administration.

The Ashford Advantage

Built for working professionals, Ashford’s criminal justice master’s program is offered entirely online, giving you the flexibility to fit college into your busy life. As a student, you’ll also enjoy all the benefits of the Ashford experience:

  • Accredited – Ashford University is WSCUC accredited
  • Transfer Credits* – Transfer up to 9 approved credits toward your criminal justice graduate program
  • Convenient & Flexible – An online master’s in criminal justice allows you to balance work, life, family, and college
  • Affordable – Tuition and books may cost less than at other universities
  • 6-Week Classes – Take online classes one at a time and still be considered full time
  • 24/7 Support – Communicate with librarians, writing consultants, and tech support whenever you want
  • Ashford Promise – No charges or debt incurred until the fourth week of your first course
  • Tuition Assistance – Scholarships and financial aid are available to those who qualify

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*The transferability of credits is subject to Ashford University's transfer credit policies, and requires the submission of official transcripts. The official transcripts will be evaluated to determine the credits that will officially apply toward an Ashford University degree program.

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Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wscuc.org. WSCUC is a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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