MS - Criminal Justice
Are you ready to make a difference in your community and increase your effectiveness in the field of criminal justice? Capella’s online master’s program will expand your skills and knowledge of all the facets involved in working with courts, corrections, and policing. Taking the theoretical knowledge gained through the coursework, you can step confidently into applying that knowledge while working with individuals, groups, and communities. Expand your leadership abilities through real-world simulations that require adept critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
The courses in Capella’s online Master’s in Criminal Justice, focused on developing leaders, are taught by expert faculty providing evidence-based instruction. Coursework delves into human behavior, the corrections and judicial systems, social change and public policy, ethnic and cultural awareness, intelligence-led policing, and psychopathy and criminal profiling. A majority of the master’s courses fold directly into the Capella PhD in Criminal Justice program, saving you time and money if you decide to pursue a Capella PhD in Criminal Justice degree.
With your online Master's in Criminal Justice from Capella, you'll apply professional and personal ethics to make sound and ethical decisions in the field. You'll also hone your critical thinking and writing skills, applying theories and practices to help facilitate social change.
Common jobs with an online Master's in Criminal Justice include: probation/parole officer, forensic investigator, police chief, sheriff, adjunct or part-time faculty, correctional counselor, criminal investigator, private investigator, court officer, drug enforcement officer, law enforcement officer/detective/investigator, probation, parole, and correctional administrator or commissioner, and prison warden. Potential workplaces include correctional facility or prison, federal government agency, law enforcement organization, municipal court system and state government agency.
Degree Level: Master
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accelerated Degree: No
Accreditation & Licensing
Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
- Higher Learning Commission: www.hlcommission.org.
- Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402.
Your program of enrollment determines the admission requirements.
Basic requirements for all programs:
- Admission application and non-refundable $50 application fee
- Acknowledgement agreement
- All applicants must understand, read, speak, and write fluently in English
- Official transcript(s) from previous institutions for degree and post-degree coursework, if applicable
- Minimum GPA as defined by your program
Minimum level of education required:
- Must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution
An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our competency-based curriculum delivers both foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so that what you’re learning in your courses is immediately applicable to your career goals.
Respected programs that move you forward
Organizations around the world have acknowledged Capella’s commitment to quality education with accreditations, state approvals, certifications, awards, recognitions, and designations. Right now, more than 37,000 students are expanding their opportunities with Capella programs.
Online education. Two ways.
Our FlexPath format lets you set your own deadlines and move at your own pace. Our GuidedPath format offers extra structure for those who need it.
Explore options in key professions
- Criminal Justice
- Education (K–12 & Higher Education)
- Emergency Management
- Health Care Administration
- Human Services
- Information Assurance and Security
- Information Technology
- Public Administration
- Public Health
- Social Work
Multiple ways to help you save
- Employer and association discounts
- Military discounts
- Transfer credit
- Streamlined programs
- Guides (online resource)
- Credit for real-world learning
Online flexibility and personalized support
At Capella, online learning means you can take your courseroom anywhere, learning when and where it fits your life. And if you need backup, support services are available every step of the way.
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