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Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration

Program Details

Criminal justice and law enforcement agencies actively encourage officers and staff to pursue higher education degrees and actively seek to hire new associates who have advanced degrees.  Members with graduate education have expertise in criminal justice, advanced training and prestige in their field. Law enforcement agencies seek officers, special agents, sheriffs, and other members of local and state law enforcement with these degrees to perform the administrative and expert tasks that educated inpiduals can perform. In addition, federal organizations like the FBI seek inpiduals with a strong educational and experience background almost exclusively, especially as demands for homeland security continue to grow.

Columbia Southern University offers the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration degree for those seeking growth as professionals in law & law enforcement. Columbia Southern University’s curriculum is available entirely online. Online classes benefit students who are either unable or unwilling to give up their careers or personal lives in pursuit of education, because at this point, students are professionals who may not be able to meet the needs of a normal class schedule. By taking classes out of the home or other location, instead of a traditional classroom environment, students can choose their own schedules for completing classes, allowing students to have versatility in completing their learning. The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration program from Colombia Southern University can typically be completed in three years. 

The curriculum involved in this course is for students who are now experienced professionals, seeking advanced education in crime & criminology theory, criminal justice administration computer applications, criminal justice administration critical analysis, juvenile justice administration & delinquency, research methodology for criminal justice administration, training & development in criminal justice, constitutional law, criminal courts & ethics, and public budgeting among other courses necessary for a well-rounded and comprehensive education in criminal justice. The master’s degree is a prestigious degree and represents the intelligence, diligence, and dedication of the holder.


The minimum requirement for graduate acceptance is a conferred bachelors degree.

Accreditation & Licensing

Distance Education Accrediting Commission

CSU is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The DETC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


May not be approved for every state. Students should check for state authorization in their state of residence prior to enrollment.