Master of Science in Criminal Justice
A Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) at NCWU educates new practitioners and provides professional education necessary for those seeking career advancement. The degree is designed with concentrations in both criminal justice practice and criminal justice administration. The practice area focuses on understanding specific methods, techniques, and skills utilized in the criminal and juvenile justice systems when interacting with victims, offenders, and other professionals. The administrative area emphasizes the formulation and implementation of policies, laws, and management issues such as decision making, fiscal responsibility, program evaluation and performance evaluation. The MSCJ degree is a pivotal link in the region, as currently no other private higher education non-profit school offers an online MSCJ degree.
- Correctional Officer Supervisor
- Police Supervisor
- Detective Supervisor
- Security Manager
- Lead Criminal Investigator
- District Attorney Investigator
- Lead Probation Officer
- Director of Court Services
- Criminal Profiler
- U.S. Marshal
- Federal Agent
- College Level Professor
- Criminal Justice Manager
Program Features & Highlights:
Take classes from anywhere! The MS in Criminal Justice Program is 100% online in accelerated 8-week terms.
Complete your degree at your pace with a full-time or part-time schedule. Multiple start dates and earn your degree in as little as 12 months.
NCWU’s graduate tuition rates are extremely competitive compared to other graduate schools in the U.S.
Our engaging faculty have real-world professional experience to ensure you are challenged and supported through practical coursework.
CJ Master Program Overview
Applicants seeking admission to the MSCJ program must meet these four requirements:
- An undergraduate degree in subject or related field
- Resume with two references (Must be able to provide reference letters upon request)
Note: MSCJ students require two years of experience in criminal justice or related field. Students not meeting this criteria will be required to complete an internship once admitted to the program
- Complete a statement of purpose
- Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5
Note: Graduate school applicants with a cumulative GPA below 2.5 may still be considered based upon other factors submitted in the application
Fall Semester: June 1
Spring Semester: November 1
Summer Session: March 1
Criminal Justice Administration
The administrative area emphasizes the formulation and implementation of policies, laws, and management issues such as decision making, fiscal responsibility, program evaluation, and performance evaluation. Students have the opportunity to apply this knowledge to practical exercises within their employment setting or other criminal justice agency.
Criminal Justice Practice
The practice area will focus on understanding specific methods, techniques, and skills utilized in the criminal and juvenile justice systems when interacting with victims, offenders, and other professionals. Students have the opportunity to explore best practices when dealing with terrorism, human trafficking, and chemical dependency.
- JUS 600: Overview of Criminal Justice
- JUS 610: Victimology
- JUS 620: Criminological Theories
- JUS 630: Research Methods
- JUS 640: Current and Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
- JUS 690: Capstone
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice requires the completion of 33 semester hours of credit (18 hours core courses and 15 semester hours elective courses).