At the University of New Haven, we know how vital a graduate degree can be to career advancement, which is why we’ve built a program customizable to your career goals, whether your goals are higher-ranking positions or pivoting to careers within government agencies.
Our 100% online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program consists of 36 credit hours, including a wide range of elective courses unique to your interests. This program is ideal for working law enforcement and adjunct professionals as it offers no set schedule, 24-hour access to classes and course materials, built-in deadlines to help keep you on target, and rolling starts every six weeks.
If you’re looking to make a lasting impact on your career, join us and earn your master’s degree from our expert faculty in just two years!
- A bachelor’s degree
- Official transcripts
- Statement of purpose
- 2 letters of recommendations
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Our online, 36-credit-hour Master’s of Criminal Justice Program covers a core curriculum of modern theories and research methods relevant to the industry. These courses are offered in short 6-7.5-week terms and account for 12 credit hours.
- CJST 6610 Administration of Justice
- CJST 6605 Theories of Criminal Behavior
- CJST 6611 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
- CJST 6613 Quantitative Applications in Criminal Justice
Students without an undergraduate background in criminal justice will also be required to take CJST 6610 – Administration of Justice.
Many of our students have a specific career path in mind; as such, we have created three concentrations that align with the most popular pathways.
- Crime Mapping and Analysis
- Quantitative Applications in Criminal Justice
- Problem-Oriented Policing
Police Behavioral Studies
- Police Behavioral Sciences
- Police Behavioral Investigations
- Mental Health and the Law
Leadership and Management
- Criminal Justice Management
- Leadership Issues in Policing
- Principles of Public Administration
Should the above concentrations not align with your unique career goals, we offer a wide variety of elective courses. In addition to the core curriculum, students are required to complete eight elective courses.
- CJST 6612 Criminal Justice Management
- CJST 6658 Leadership Issues in Policing
- CJST 6656 Problem-Oriented Policing
- CJST 6600 Computer Crime: Legal Issues & Investigative Procedures
- CJST 6604 Network Security, Data Protection, And Telecommunications
- FORS 6632 Advanced Investigation I
- CJST 6651 Criminal Procedure
- CJST 6617 Advanced Victimology
- CJST 6618 Crime Victims’ Rights and Services
- CJST 6637 Criminal Justice Policy
Transfer credits from other institutions may be permitted.
Additionally, students are required to complete and pass the M.S. comprehensive examination. This may be written, oral, or both, and is based on the core curriculum as outlined above.
Your advisor can assist you with transfer credits and can provide additional information on the final exam.