Master of Science in Criminal Justice


“For in all the states of created beings, capable of laws, where there is no law there is no freedom.”

–John Locke

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

A Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) at NCWC 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.

Career Options:

  • Correctional Officer Supervisor
  • Police Supervisor
  • Detective Supervisor
  • Security Manager
  • Lead Criminal Investigator
  • District Attorney Investigator
  • Lead Probation Officer
  • Director of Court Services
  • Criminologist
  • Criminal Profiler
  • U.S. Marshal
  • Federal Agent
  • College Level Professor
  • Criminal Justice Manager

Program Features & Highlights:

Convenient

Take classes from anywhere! The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program is 100% online in accelerated 8-week terms.

Flexible

Complete your degree at your pace with a full-time or part-time schedule. Featuring three different start dates, begin when you are ready and earn your degree in as little as 12 months.

Affordable

NCWC’s graduate tuition rates are extremely competitive compared to other graduate schools in the U.S.

Experienced

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 Criminal Justice or a related field
  • Two years of experience in Criminal Justice or a related field (Students who do not meet this criteria will be required to complete an internship once admitted.)
  • Resume with two references must be provided (Must be able to provide reference letters upon request)
  • Completed statement of purpose

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.

Major Requirements:

  • 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).

For more information, contact:

Dani Somers
Director of Adult Studies & Graduate Admissions

p: 252.955.2181
f: 1.866.428.5830

DSomers@ncwc.edu