Master of Science in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Law Enforcement

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Law Enforcement is designed for individuals who currently work as law enforcement, corrections or probation officer and wish to move into management or leadership roles. Students seeking a criminal justice masters degree are looking to expand their understanding of the law, social order, and justice.

Law enforcement officers and others who enter this program will learn how to justify crime prevention programs that are publically funded by using database software to become more efficient in covering areas, and examine crime trends. Students in the criminal justice masters program will also gain skills in leadership, public relations, and risk management.

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Law Enforcement focuses on topics including: criminological theories focused through contemporary peer-reviewed resources; fundamental analysis of research and a methodological evaluation of criminal justice topics; criminal investigative procedure, collection and preservation of evidence; the many roles psychology plays in the legal system; comparisons of the traditional goals of punishment with the concepts of restorative justice; ethics and liability for policing and corrections; organizational behavior and leadership in criminal justice; exploration of law and public policy; and historical causes, strategies, and tactics of terrorism.

A capstone class concludes this criminal justice masters program and focuses on professional portfolio development and a final written proposal by the graduate. The portfolio contains the graduates curriculum vitae, examples of writing from graduate courses, a statement of criminal justice philosophy, a 5-year plan for professional goals, and a research topic paper/written proposal.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.

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* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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