Criminal Justice

Online Master's Degree with a Concentration in Homeland Security and Emergency Management


Criminal justice professionals who can take leadership roles in homeland security will always be in demand.

Prepare yourself to be one of those leaders by earning an online Master of Science in Criminal Justice (Homeland Security and Emergency Management) from Excelsior College.

Designed specifically for working adults—especially criminal justice professionals and adults with a military background—Excelsior's master's in criminal justice enables you to balance your education with work and family commitments.

You'll take all your classes online, whenever you can fit them into your schedule. And you'll also benefit from:

  • Generous transfer credit policies: Master of Science in Criminal Justice requires 30 credits regardless of concentration choice. Excelsior offers a generous transfer policy and will allow up to 15 credits in transfer.
  • Work/life balance: Excelsior's online criminal justice classes are online 24/7, so you can fit them in comfortably alongside work and family activities.
  • Affordability: You can afford to study homeland security and emergency management at Excelsior, thanks to  our budget-friendly tuition and student fees.
  • Outstanding support: Our award-winning academic advisors provide our students with superior, personalized guidance.
  • First rate academics: Excelsior's innovative criminal justice degree programs have a sterling reputation and are well respected by employers.

Take an in-depth look at Excelsior College's online criminal justice master's degree with a concentration in homeland security and emergency management.

A Master's Degree for Future Leaders in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. (Learn more about the MSCHE accreditation programs and specialized accreditations on our accreditation page.)

Our online criminal justice master's degree with a concentration in homeland security and emergency management meets the same high academic benchmarks that govern more traditional MS in criminal justice degree programs. You'll study with highly qualified faculty who are experts or teach in homeland security and emergency management fields across the United States, cultivating advanced expertise in:

  • International and domestic terrorism
  • Disaster response and mitigation
  • Risk assessment in homeland security
  • Multicultural issues
  • Criminal justice systems and policies
  • Criminal justice responses to homeland security


Students who complete the Masters in Criminal Justice will be able to:

  1. Integrate the evolution of important criminological theories with the development of contemporary criminal justice policy.
  2. Critique the criminal justice system including the legal, theoretical and public policy issues that impact it.
  3. Compare and contrast contemporary CJ issues through the application of current theories and literature as they impact the American CJ system .
  4. Construct and evaluate research designs and methods that evaluate agency programs, or investigate empirical or theoretical issues relating to criminal justice.
  5. Articulate knowledge and appreciation for diversity (including, but not limited to, race, culture, ethnicity, gender, religion) and its effects within the context of the criminal justices system.
  6. Analyze and evaluate contemporary homeland security issues as they relate to criminal justice based on an understanding of the domestic and international processes affecting homeland security.
  7. Construct an argument for the relationship between current theories of emergency management and their practical application within the American criminal justice system.

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program requires 30 credits (semester hours) of interdisciplinary study in criminal justice divided between the core requirements and concentration. All students take 18 credits of core courses which provide students with graduate-level understanding of criminal justice. Students complete 9 credits of courses in the concentration. Students must complete a 3-credit capstone course at the end of the program.

See the credit requirements in chart form.

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