Online Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
Arizona State University’s Master of Arts in criminal justice prepares you to advance your criminal justice career. You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of crime, its causes and its impact on society. You’ll also gain a stronger grasp of the intent of the legal system and how it’s used in many criminal justice contexts, enabling you to successfully apply it to challenges in the field.
Next start date: 03/11/2024
Total classes: 11
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 33
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What you’ll learn in this criminal justice master’s program
In the master’s in criminal justice program, you’ll study the larger context of crime, why it exists and its impact on society, as well as gain a detailed understanding of the concept of justice and how it’s applied. You’ll also learn the facets of the justice system such as criminology, policing, corrections and the courts.
This program prepares you to:
- Analyze societal and economic factors that contribute to crime.
- Demonstrate proficiency in program evaluation, statistical analysis and academic research and writing.
- Learn best practices and appreciate where change in the justice system is needed.
- Synthesize research findings that address critical questions in the field of criminal justice.
The jobs a master’s in criminal justice prepares you for
The online master’s in criminal justice prepares you for senior leadership roles in both the public and private sectors of the criminal justice industry, including inspector, sergeant and profiler. Degree requirements vary based on the agency, job position and location you’re seeking employment. As a student in this program, you'll study causes of crime, societal impacts of crime and criminal justice management concepts, all of which can make you more competitive for advanced roles in the field.
Master’s in criminology vs. criminal justice: What are the differences?
While both a master’s in criminology and a master’s in criminal justice can lead to careers in law enforcement and feature curriculum in crime and justice, there are noteworthy differences between the two.
Online criminal justice classes
You can gain additional knowledge tied to your preferred career path by selecting electives in areas such as corrections, management and policing. This program concludes with a capstone course that ties together your educational experience and, if applicable, prior experience in the field.
Applied Data Analysis in Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Planning and Program Evaluation
Seminar in Criminal Justice
Seminar in Criminology
Seminar in Corrections
Seminar in Policing
Seminar on Homeland Security
Career paths for criminal justice master’s graduates
Upon graduation, you’ll be equipped with the educational foundation needed to seek leadership positions in justice organizations or in addressing issues of public safety, security, and justice reform. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some academic or clinical positions. Experiential requirements also may apply. Positions include, but aren’t limited to:
How to apply
Applicants to the Master of Arts in criminal justice program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.
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The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a comprehensive public service college dedicated to addressing social problems through teaching, research and service. Our public service programs, from public policy, to social work, to criminal justice, to emergency management, are designed to help prepare our diverse student body to make a difference in the community.
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