M.S. in Criminal Justice - Self-Designed

Walden University

Program Description

M.S. in Criminal Justice - Self-Designed

Walden University

M.S. in Criminal Justice - Self-Designed

Today’s criminal justice professionals benefit from a broad range of skills and experience. The self-designed specialization allows you to create a unique learning program to deepen your understanding of criminal justice theories and issues. This flexible program may include coursework in homeland security; policy analysis; or terrorism, mediation, and peace. You complete your studies by choosing any three specialization courses in the M.S. in Criminal Justice program.

Completion Requirements

61 total quarter credits

  • Foundation course (1 cr.)
  • Core courses (45 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.

Note: M.S. in Criminal Justice students must complete the Foundation course, nine required core courses, and three selected specialization courses to complete the Self-Designed specialization.


  • CRJS 6000 Foundations of Graduate Study
  • CRJS 6137 The Nature of Crime and Criminology
  • CRJS 6215 Controversies in Criminal Justice
  • CRJS 6420 Organizational Management and Leadership
  • CRJS 6216 Criminal Justice Research
  • CRJS 6405 Ethics and Social Justice
  • CRJS 6511 Special Populations
  • CRJS 6217 Technological Solutions and 21st-Century Crime
  • CRJS 6203 Victimology
  • CRJS 6218 Applied Communications
  • CRJS 6XXX Specialization course
  • CRJS 6XXX Specialization course
  • CRJS 6XXX Specialization course


As a student in Walden’s criminal justice program, you can choose when, where, and how you learn thanks to our online format and MobileLearn®. Through this education technology, you can listen to coursework on your MP3 player, access your classroom from your iPhone, download coursework to your laptop, and more.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Utilize theory and research to analyze historical trends and current perspectives in criminal justice.
  2. Use research to evaluate factors related to crime and the impact of crime on criminal justice policies, practices, and procedures.
  3. Evaluate the impact of U.S. constitutional policy and procedures on the criminal justice system.
  4. Analyze the impact of the criminal justice process on victims and perpetrators.
  5. Synthesize principles from criminal justice theories, processes, and practices to promote social justice and positive social change.
  6. Compare the structural functions and interactions of law enforcement, courts, and corrections within the criminal justice system at the local, state, and federal level.
  7. Discuss how criminal justice laws and policies are adopted, implemented, and evaluated.
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Online
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Sept. 2016
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21,620 USD
Start date Sept. 2016
USA Auburn, Alabama
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Price 21,620 USD