Our Master of Science in Criminal Justice gives you the know-how to apply the latest research, leadership strategies and criminological theories for effective decision-making in the U.S. justice system. Whether you're looking to advance your career in local law enforcement, aiming to work for a federal government agency or want to help set public policy, a master's in criminal justice can help you gain the skills you need to lead in today's ever-changing criminal justice field.
Students may either pursue a general track - ideal for those who want to craft their own focus using available electives - or choose between concentrations in Public Safety Administration or Advanced Counterterrorism and Homeland Security.
Graduates will be well prepared for a wide range of careers and advancement opportunities. You'll come away with the skills you'll need to stand out during the hiring process in both public and private sectors. Key skills you'll learn: Resource Planning, Consensus Building, Ethical Leadership and Business Management.
The master’s in criminal justice online degree is a 36-credit program that focuses on management, leadership, data analysis and budgeting skills. Depending on your electives, your criminal justice program may also touch on business law and ethical business practice.
Through your courses in the master’s in criminal justice online program, you’ll:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your master’s in criminal justice online at SNHU include:
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 5 graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 7% growth in employment of police officers and detectives through 2026, roughly on pace with all occupations.* Demand may vary by location, but a continued need for public safety bodes well for new openings.
A master's in criminal justice can be a significant advantage in career advancement and promotion to senior responsibility roles in public safety organizations. Graduates of the criminal justice online program find a wide variety of positions available to them, including those in:
The curriculum for the master’s in criminal justice online has been designed by working criminal justice professionals and is taught by faculty members with years of practical experience. Many courses include field-authentic assignments with videos, simulations, national data and role-playing exercises. The program’s capstone allows students to work on relevant research projects with law enforcement or other agencies, ensuring real-world experience prior to graduation.
Total Credits: 36
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed Annually.
$40 Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education as well as several other accrediting bodies.