Master’s in Criminal Justice – Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of answers to frequently asked questions about earning a master’s in criminal justice. If you have additional questions, feel free to reach out to us directly using the form at the end of this page.

Criminal Justice is related to the justice system and how it reacts to crime, while criminology is the study of criminal behavior on a philosophical and social level. Read more about the history of these related, but different fields of study.

A master’s degree in criminal justice can help law enforcement officers gain a competitive edge for being promoted to leadership positions. It can also provide the necessary advantage for individuals who are interested in federal agency positions or other competitive jobs in law enforcement. This degree can also be a great fit for people working in an adjacent field such as social work or journalism who would like to better understand how the criminal justice system works. In those cases, the master’s degree provides necessary skills and working knowledge that can be applied in a field other than criminal justice. 

In addition to offering students a better understanding of crime and the criminal justice system, a master’s degree may provide a competitive advantage for promotional opportunities or career shifts to federal agencies. Discover additional benefits here:  

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