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Master of Science in Criminal Justice Without Concentration

Master's in Criminal Justice Degree

A master's in criminal justice can give you more opportunities for employment in an exciting field and can help advance your career.

With an online Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Excelsior College, you can earn a graduate degree that's been designed specifically for adults working as criminal justice professionals and for people with previous military experience.

A Realistic Way to Earn Your Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Online

Earning your master's in criminal justice at Excelsior allows you to balance your education with your job and personal responsibilities. Take 8-week online courses that work with any schedule, as you benefit from:

  • Generous transfer credit policies - Transfer up to 15 prior credits—half of the 30 credits required for the MSCJ—from criminal justice programs at other accredited colleges.
  • 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 earn your master's in criminal justice at Excelsior, thanks to our budget-friendly tuition and low 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.

A Master's Degree for Future Leaders in Criminal Justice

Our online criminal justice master's degree with no concentration meets the same high academic benchmarks that govern more traditional MS in criminal justice degree programs. The non-concentration allows opportunity to tailor electives to meet personal career goals. You'll study with highly qualified faculty who work and teach in criminal justice fields across the country and develop advanced expertise in criminological theories, multicultural issues, and criminal justice systems and policies.

You'll learn how to:

  • Apply theory and evolution of various criminal justice systems to inform policy.
  • Use a multidisciplinary perspective in the development of criminal justice public policy.
  • Understand research methods to interpret statistics for criminal justice decision-making.
  • Integrate theory and practice to design criminal justice research.
  • Analyze theories of moral reasoning and ethical decision-making.
  • Drive change in the criminal justice system by studying case scenarios.

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MS in Criminal Justice Credit Requirements

MS in Criminal Justice Credit Requirements

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.

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Program Outcomes

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

  • Integrate the evolution of important criminological theories with the development of contemporary criminal justice policy.
  • Critique the criminal justice system including the legal, theoretical and public policy issues that impact it.
  • Compare and contrast contemporary CJ issues through the application of current theories and literature as they impact the American CJ system .
  • Construct and evaluate research designs and methods that evaluate agency programs, or investigate empirical or theoretical issues relating to criminal justice.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Construct an argument for the relationship between current theories of emergency management and their practical application within the American criminal justice system.

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Review degree requirements, learning outcomes, core courses, and more in the Public Service Catalog.

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Institutional Accreditation

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Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

All of Excelsior College's academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.

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