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25 Master of Art Programs in Criminal Justice

A master’s degree is a graduate degree typically earned after students have completed a bachelor’s degree. A Master of Arts (MA) can be earned in a variety of areas and usually requires an examination, research paper, thesis or project to be completed before the degree is awarded. Programs typically last one to two years. What is an MA in Criminal Justice? This degree program is usuall… Read more

A master’s degree is a graduate degree typically earned after students have completed a bachelor’s degree. A Master of Arts (MA) can be earned in a variety of areas and usually requires an examination, research paper, thesis or project to be completed before the degree is awarded. Programs typically last one to two years.

What is an MA in Criminal Justice? This degree program is usually suitable for students who wish to pursue an even higher degree in the criminal justice area. Coursework may cover a selection of topics such as ethics, law and society, criminal justice administration, organizational behavior and more. A thesis is often required to be written before graduation. The entire program usually takes around a year and a half to complete. It is a particularly useful degree for those who wish to pursue a doctorate.

Earning a master’s degree gives students an even more thorough look into the criminal justice system. An advanced degree may make graduates more competitive in the career field. The MA is particularly useful as a gateway degree for those looking for a more advanced education. 

The cost of earning a master’s degree in criminal justice differs depending on the institution and length of the program. Students are encouraged to contact the admission office for their program of choice in order to find out current tuition rates and other costs associated with earning their degree.

Although earning an MA in Criminal Justice is great for those who wish to pursue a doctorate, graduates may be able to find work soon after graduation. Each criminal justice career has particular requirements that must be met, but possible positions include compliance officer, computer forensics, police officer, crime scene investigator, criminologist, and agent in the DEA, ATF, CIA and more. By pursuing even higher degrees, graduates may also qualify for jobs as lawyers, judges and other officials in the criminal justice system.

Online courses in criminal justice may be available for international students, current working professionals or students in need of distance learning options. To learn more, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Unicaf - Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool, United Kingdom

The aim of this programme is for students to gain academic and intellectual progression in a number of areas of law and criminal justice, together with the acquisition of spec ... +

The aim of this programme is for students to gain academic and intellectual progression in a number of areas of law and criminal justice, together with the acquisition of specific knowledge and skills. Within the context of the University's mission statement and responsiveness to national and international needs, curriculum innovation and continuous quality enhancement, the programme objectives are to provide students with the knowledge and critical analysis of key themes of law and criminal justice; provide advanced legal knowledge and skills directly relevant to law and criminal justice through the delivery of intellectually stimulating course content underpinned in many areas by internationally recognised research; provide critical analysis of the complexities arising in the fields of law and criminal justice using challenging and informing global and comparative perspectives. The course is underpinned by the significance of engagement with existing and emerging research and advanced scholarship. Develop originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline. Alternative Exit/ Interim Award Learning Outcomes - Postgraduate Certificate A student who is eligible for this award will be able to: Show originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry may be used to create and interpret knowledge in relevant areas of law. Have a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current problems and contemporary issues and/or insights into the changing nature of the UK and international corporate business organisations operating within a multi-national framework. Demonstrate skills associated with problem-solving and decision making based on own research and analysis demonstrated through legal writing and communication skills. Develop an ability to exercise initiative when faced with novel and/or complex problem situations. Apply critical and analytical skills associated with legal analysis to identified scenarios and situations. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Online
 
University of Sussex
Brighton, United Kingdom

Explore an exciting blend of criminology and criminal justice subjects and address key contemporary questions and debates. By studying criminological theory and policy you’ll ... +

Explore an exciting blend of criminology and criminal justice subjects and address key contemporary questions and debates. By studying criminological theory and policy you’ll see how conceptual frameworks can be applied to thinking about crime and society. Our MA is underpinned by our research expertise. You’ll be taught by experts who shape the field of criminology and criminal justice studies. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English (UK)
Sep 2022
01 Aug 2022
Campus
 
University of Lincoln
Lincoln, United Kingdom

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qua ... +

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications. Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. This qualification must have been obtained prior to submitting your application. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page. If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 

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Southern University at New Orleans
New Orleans, USA

The Criminal Justice graduate program is designed to serve as a stepping stone to further graduate work, administrative research, or management careers in the criminal justice ... +

The Criminal Justice graduate program is designed to serve as a stepping stone to further graduate work, administrative research, or management careers in the criminal justice system or the private sector. -
MA MA
Full-time
Part-time
4 semesters
English
Aug 2022
01 Jul 2022
Campus
 
University of Texas Arlington
Arlington, USA

The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UTA provides students with an academically rigorous education and prepares them for leadership positions in private, stat ... +

The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UTA provides students with an academically rigorous education and prepares them for leadership positions in private, state, or federal agencies; in addition, the department also prepares students for advanced graduate-level degrees and careers in non-traditional fields. -
MA
Full-time
18 - 24 months
English
Dec 2022
Campus
 
Royal Roads University
Victoria, Canada

In a changing and increasingly interdependent justice sector, expanding your knowledge is key to success in an evolving justice landscape. Founded on a Transdisciplinary appro ... +

In a changing and increasingly interdependent justice sector, expanding your knowledge is key to success in an evolving justice landscape. Founded on a Transdisciplinary approach to justice studies for solving complex social issues, our unique program is problem-focused, drawing from diverse disciplines to help you deal with ever-evolving problems in action-oriented, solution-focused and context-specific ways. -
MA
Part-time
2 years
English
10 Jan 2023
01 Sep 2022
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Swansea University
Swansea, United Kingdom

Crime, its causes, and how we should deal with it, are never far from the headlines, and expertise in this area is increasingly valued by employers in government and other sec ... +

Crime, its causes, and how we should deal with it, are never far from the headlines, and expertise in this area is increasingly valued by employers in government and other sectors. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
University of South Florida Sarasota–Manatee
Sarasota, USA

Do you want to make a difference in your field and become a leader in your profession? Do you have a desire for understanding current issues facing the criminal justice system ... +

Do you want to make a difference in your field and become a leader in your profession? Do you have a desire for understanding current issues facing the criminal justice system? Do you believe critical thinking and decision making are crucial parts of the learning process? Are you looking for an online degree that gives you the flexibility you need in a master’s degree program? If so, then USFSM’s master degree in Criminal Justice might be the right fit for you. -
MA
English
Online
 
Open University
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

This masters degree explores new perspectives and ways of thinking about crime, harm and justice. It is concerned with examining problematic areas of social life, transgressio ... +

This masters degree explores new perspectives and ways of thinking about crime, harm and justice. It is concerned with examining problematic areas of social life, transgression, ‘crime’, social harm and justice. You will consider the significance of power, social structure, and economic and social inequalities in understanding ‘crime’, and processes of criminalisation in local, transnational and global contexts. Studying this qualification will enhance your ability to think critically about problems of crime, social harm and the delivery of justice. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
01 Oct 2022
Online
 
University of Roehampton
London, United Kingdom

The University of Roehampton's MA Criminology and Criminal Justice will help you gain the skills required to explore and develop your research and your employability. The cour ... +

The University of Roehampton's MA Criminology and Criminal Justice will help you gain the skills required to explore and develop your research and your employability. The course content draws on a diverse range of Social Science disciplines such as criminology, law and socio-legal studies, psychology, sociology and human rights. Our programme comprises five core modules - including a dissertation - and a number of optional modules based on the research specialisms of our high profile academic staff. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2022
28 Sep 2022
Campus
 
Concordia University, St. Paul Online
Saint Paul, USA

Graduates from the M.A. in Criminal Justice Leadership program at Concordia University St. Paul earn the highest salaries among alumni from Minnesota colleges and universities ... +

Graduates from the M.A. in Criminal Justice Leadership program at Concordia University St. Paul earn the highest salaries among alumni from Minnesota colleges and universities. This powerful program positions you for leadership opportunities in criminal investigation, forensics, security management, and many other areas. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2022
Online
 
Claremont Graduate University School of Educational Studies
Claremont, USA

The MA in Education with a concentration in Student Affairs and Educational Justice (SAEJ) prepares emerging and current student affairs practitioners to successfully lead and ... +

The MA in Education with a concentration in Student Affairs and Educational Justice (SAEJ) prepares emerging and current student affairs practitioners to successfully lead and transform higher education environments to promote teaching and development in and outside of the classroom. Student service professionals and the offices they run have the capacity to positively impact the educational experiences of college students, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups. Through policy, practice, and research, student affairs practitioners foster environments that are inclusive, respect diversity, and promote learning and success. -
MA
English
 
Kean University College of Business and Public Management
Union, USA

With threats to domestic and national security looming, the need for criminal justice professionals who can keep pace with the changing environment is real.

With threats to domestic and national security looming, the need for criminal justice professionals who can keep pace with the changing environment is real. -
MA
English
Campus
 
California State University San Bernardino College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
San Bernardino, USA

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice is designed to serve the growing number of individuals in the criminal justice system who desire post-baccalaureate education, as well a ... +

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice is designed to serve the growing number of individuals in the criminal justice system who desire post-baccalaureate education, as well as those in more traditional public and private employers who may wish to acquire further education in criminal justice. The degree program offers two options. One is a thesis option designed for students who intend to pursue graduate studies beyond the M.A. level and those students who have special research interests in the criminal justice system. The examination option is for those with administrative and management goals. -
MA
English
Campus
 
Western Oregon University
Monmouth, USA

Where this degree can take you: Management roles within criminal justice field Teaching at the community college level Preparation for doctoral programs To start, you need: A ... +

Where this degree can take you: Management roles within criminal justice field Teaching at the community college level Preparation for doctoral programs To start, you need: A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or social science Background in criminal justice (not required, but desired) Desire to further your professional career -
MA
English
Online