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.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 03/11/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 11

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

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.

A master’s in criminology tends to focus on the psychological aspects of criminal behavior and often leads to research and lab positions. In comparison, a master’s in criminal justice focuses on the legal aspects within the criminal justice system and leads to careers in the courtroom or on a law enforcement team.

Will my diploma say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

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.


Core

Applied Data Analysis in Criminal Justice


Core

Criminal Justice Planning and Program Evaluation


Core

Seminar in Criminal Justice


Core

Seminar in Criminology


Elective

Internship


Elective

Seminar in Corrections


Elective

Seminar in Policing


Elective

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:

Child and family services supervisor

Corrections supervisor

Court administration manager

Economic security manager

Government liaison

Homeless outreach supervisor

Intelligence analysis manager

Law enforcement supervisor

Online or cybersecurity manager

Learn from professionals in criminal justice

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Learn from professionals in criminal justice

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

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.

Application requirements

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Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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