As strategies and policies to combat crime become more complex, the need for specialized executive leadership continues to grow. 

Walden’s MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management program will prepare you to:

  • Pursue criminal justice-related executive leadership and management roles, or for a career in higher education or consulting.
  • Utilize the management philosophies and communication and budgeting skills that criminal justice professionals require.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of how to develop policy and influence policymakers.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: May 30, 2017

Duration: 24 months

Transfer Credits: Up to 23 credits

Choose from the General Program, or the specializations below:

  • Policy Analysis

    In this specialization, you will examine strategies for building and assessing policy objectives.

  • Public Management and Leadership

    Learn how to manage change in public organizations, and how to lead, motivate, and inspire people within organizations.

  • Self-Designed

    Design your own specialization to match your career goals, by choosing courses from a variety of specializations.

  • Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace

    Explore how terrorism policies are drafted and enforced, and how ethical issues related to human rights are treated.

Take part in an in-depth understanding of the field of criminal justice. Study the management, communication, policy, and budgeting skills that can position you to take on a more senior role at your agency or organization. Explore ways to work effectively with policymakers and decision-makers.

A few of the core courses you will take include:

  • Controversies in Criminal Justice
  • Organizational Management and Leadership
  • Strategic Planning: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination
  • Ethics and Social Justice

More about our MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management program

  • Career Options

    Depending on your specialization, you will be prepared for a variety of career options in areas like law enforcement, courts, corrections, and probations. Possible job titles include:*

    • Higher education professor
    • Sentencing analyst
    • Public relations officer
    • Court Administrator

    *Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

  • Entry Requirements

    A bachelor's degree or higher is required for entrance into the MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

    Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855.203.3398, to learn more about tuition costs for the MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management program and financial aid options.

    Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education. 

  • How to Apply

    To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.203.3398.

Why earn your MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management at Walden?

  • Learn With Leaders

    Our faculty are all qualified professionals with relevant experience in the field.

  • Exceptional Student Services

    Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.

  • Relevant Curriculum

    Coursework is based on the latest research and current best practices.



“Walden is a unique platform of education. They have mastered the art of nontraditional education."

Seth Barnett | Master of Public Administration (MPA) Graduate