3 Reasons to Earn a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice

By Jessalyn Johnson
English and Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

If you have an undergraduate degree in a justice studies field, you may be interested in furthering your education and earning a master’s degree. By choosing to earn a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Legal Studies, you will gain a competitive edge as you enter the workforce. There are many reasons to enroll in a master’s degree in criminal justice program, including the following:

Explore the Many Career Options

With a master’s degree in criminal justice, there are many career paths to choose from. By earning this degree, you may pursue opportunities in the areas of law enforcement, government and certain management jobs. Having a master’s degree may qualify you to advance to higher positions, as well as increase your chances to earn higher pay.

Prepare for Law School

If you have the desire to go to law school, enrolling in a criminal justice program can put you on the right track! In your coursework, you will learn the essential information to succeed as a law school applicant. Your knowledge about legal issues, law enforcement management, criminal activity and prevention and conflict resolution can give you a competitive edge as you apply for law school.

Learn About Important Subjects

By earning a master’s degree in criminal justice, you can become educated about important subjects, such as constitutional issues and rights under the law including due process, freedom of speech and religion and equal protection. Not only can having this knowledge benefit you personally, but your expertise can also equip you to foster healthy community and preserve a sense of safety and security, which is important in today’s world. All in all, pursuing a criminal justice degree can prepare you to fill an important role in society!

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Grand Canyon University offers a wide range of degree programs. To learn more about earning an education from GCU, visit our website or use the Request More Information button at the top of this page. 

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.

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