M.S. Criminal Justice Administration
Columbia Southern University

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M.S. Criminal Justice Administration

Court operations, corrections facilities, and law enforcement agencies actively encourage officers and other personnel to pursue criminal justice degrees as a means of gaining advanced training, improved salaries, and prestige in the field. Increasingly, federal, state, and local criminal justice operations employing criminal justice personnel, including law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and court personnel require college degrees as a condition of employment with promotion into higher-ranking leadership positions depending upon advanced degrees. This program promotes a commitment to continued scholarship and service among graduates as professional members of the Criminal Justice System thereby enhancing professionalism in a diverse community.

To achieve the objective of this program, the following learning outcomes have been established:

  1. Students will be able to explain how criminal justice theories and technologies impact the commission and solution of crime.
  2. Students will be able to evaluate criminal justice strategies, policies, and procedures to determine best practices.
  3. Students will be able to analyze research methodologies, training, and development techniques that result in effective management of criminal justice programs.
  4. Students will be able to examine causes, methods, and criminal justice agency counteractions to terrorism.

Estimated time of completion of this program is 3 years.

AccreditationDistance Education and Training Council
RequirementsMust have a bachelor's degree
On Campus RequirementThere are no on campus requirements.
Delivery FormatEntirely Online
Education LevelMaster
Cost Per CreditUndergraduate: $200 per credit hour, Graduate: $265 per credit hour, Doctorate: $300 per credit hour. Textbooks included.
Credits Required121
Credits to Complete121