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

The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Law Enforcement degree is designed for anyone who currently works as law enforcement, corrections or probation officers and wish to move into management or leadership roles. A master’s degree in criminal justice can help you expand your understanding and application of laws, social order and the concept of justice.

Whether as a law enforcement officer or other public service employee, you can enter this criminal justice program and help justify publically-funded crime prevention programs by using database software to become more efficient in both covering areas and examining crime trends. The criminal justice degree program also provides you opportunities to enhance your skills in leadership, public relations and risk management.

Available 100 percent online for the flexibility and convenience to continue working, the Master of Science in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Law Enforcement degree focuses on: criminology theories, research analysis and evaluation of criminal justice topics; criminal investigative procedure, collection and preservation of evidence; psychology’s role 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.

Through these public policy, rehabilitation, research, ethics, law and psychology courses, you can not only be proactive in helping the criminal justice system be more effective and efficient, but explore ways of preventing and minimalizing criminal activity in our communities moving forward.

A capstone class concludes your online criminal justice degree program to better focus your professional portfolio. You will research and write a proposal on how you plan to use your knowledge and skills to improve the criminal justice system in your community, state or country. The portfolio also contains your curriculum vitae, writings from your graduate courses, a statement of your criminal justice philosophy and a five-year plan of your professional goals.

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.