Benefits of a Master’s in Criminal Justice for Police Officers

Criminal justice is one of the largest-growing industries in the country. Most positions are expected to see at least an 11% increase in job opportunities by 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Due to the recent increase in globalization and terrorism, many industries in the country are growing more conscious of their security. Because of this concern, the demand for highly qualified candidates in the criminal justice industry has dramatically increased. With this increase in job opportunities, there has also been a steep rise in the competitiveness for State and Federal-level law enforcement jobs, with more qualified applicants vying for the openings.

Earning your Criminal Justice degree from the University of New Haven provides the necessary skills to gain a competitive edge in the job market. It assures that you are in a good position for advancement in rank, higher compensation, and even a transfer to a new division. UNH’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a professional practice program — that is, it prepares you to go into a career, unlike the master’s programs in some other schools, which are less professionally focused. We have the second-largest Criminal Justice faculty in the country with a broad range of specializations and an expert faculty. Our online format offers flexibility within a structured weekly class environment to appeal to your busy schedule. This format allows for focused, rigorous discussions and an emphasis on class participation.

For Police Officers looking to advance their career, there are often many criteria that must be met before qualifying for higher-level positions. Of these criteria, it is often imperative to have a graduate degree. Our Master’s in Criminal Justice will help fulfill this requirement and also prepare you to efficiently and effectively manage the situations that arise in your advanced career. You can customize your studies based on your new desired career path by selecting courses in the following areas:

  • Criminal Justice Management – Offered in conjunction with the Public Administration Program, this concentration prepares students for successful careers in the administration and management of public safety agencies
  • Victimology – Analyze the role of victims’ rights in the justice system with coursework that focuses on serving and understanding victims of crime, their families, and the community at large.
  • Computer Crime
  • Corrections