Earning a master's degree in criminal justice online can open doors to career advancement and wider employment opportunities in the criminal justice field. Learn from faculty with decades of firsthand experience at the local, state, and governmental levels. Study the latest theories and practices for preventing criminal activity, explore how the system works both inside and outside the courts, and examine the ethics at play every day in this dynamic field.
Expand your career possibilities with a criminal justice minor online.
Gain an understanding of this field's incredible reach and enrich your undergraduate degree. This criminal justice minor will expose you to the fascinating and timely topics that impact the field and beyond.
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Do police officers and criminal investigators need a college degree? What are the benefits of a graduate criminal justice degree? After 20 years in the field, I believe I know the answer. But before I give you my advice, I’d like to share my personal journey with you.
How it All Begins
For those of you who have been in the criminal justice profession for a while or those just beginning a search in the profession, it begins internally with a desire to answer a calling.
“Everyone thinks that the only thing you can do with the criminal justice degree is get involved in law enforcement and be a police officer,” JWU Professor Paul Sylvestre said. But in fact, a degree in criminal justice will prepare graduates for a wide array of career opportunities ranging from law enforcement to court advocate to private security.
“Private security is a growing industry right now”, Sylvestre says. “We’re talking about hotel security, loss prevention, and asset protection.”
Earn your master's faster with JWU Online.
Jump-start your graduate degree during your senior year!
While completing your BS – Criminal Justice, you can begin your MS – Criminal Justice degree online through the JWU College of Online Education. There's no additional cost, only the benefit of getting one step closer to your goals.
Deepen your expertise in the public sector and stand out in the criminal justice field.
This Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree with a concentration in criminal justice provides an in-depth study of effective criminal justice practices and public administration methodologies—and delivers a targeted knowledge of logistics strategy, operations management, and systems analysis. This body of knowledge will serve as a benchmark for achievements and a common roadmap for continuous improvement and workforce development.
At Johnson & Wales University’s College of Online Education, our classes are taught by skilled professionals who have real-life work experience. Our MS – Criminal Justice program is no exception. One of our professors — Murray Widener, DPA — is a seasoned law enforcement veteran and academic scholar who brings life-like scenarios into the online classroom.
At Johnson & Wales University College of Online Education, our classes are taught by industry professionals.
While studying in the MS – Criminal Justice program, students learn from seasoned practitioners, who bring their experience to life in the online classroom.
Our online Criminal Justice master’s degree program combines criminological and organizational theory with policy and practice to help prepare you for leadership roles in the criminal justice field. During the program, you’ll participate in academically rigorous coursework designed to help you develop a comprehensive understanding of the public and private sides of today’s criminal justice landscape.