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MS in Criminal Justice

Explore the causes and impact of crime by studying criminal behavior theory.
Criminal innovations are constantly evolving—how can you keep pace and provide new solutions? Gain the knowledge and leadership clout you need to advance your career and the future of criminal justice. 


In Walden's MS in Criminal Justice program, you can:

  • Build vital competencies that you can use immediately on the job with media-rich coursework that integrates current events through innovative technology.
  • Learn from leaders like Dr. Jessie Lee, former executive director at National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), with real-world professional experience in the criminal justice field.
  • Tailor your studies to your area of interest by choosing one of eight specializations. 

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: February 25, 2019
Transfer Credits: Contact one of our enrollment advisors to learn more.

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Explore the various evolving theories and research that aim to answer the “why” behind criminal behavior. 
Learn how technology is used in the commission of various crimes such as cyberstalking, child sexual exploitation, and cyberbullying.

Gain the skills needed to confront and manage teams and aid victims in times of crisis.

Gain an understanding of the foundations for evaluating and creating protective measures and policies.
Study the techniques for managing public and nonprofit entities in international settings.
Explore current trends in law and policy and ethics and social justice, as well as controversies in criminal justice.
Learn how to manage unexpected change in public organizations, and how to lead, motivate, and inspire people within organizations.
Explore how terrorism policies are drafted and enforced and how ethical issues related to human rights are treated.

In this program, you will gain broad exposure to the field of criminal justice. Study the latest theories and explore today’s increasingly sophisticated criminal justice issues. This program can help teach you a unique blend of technology, homeland security, and management skills that you can apply immediately on the job or use to advance your career.

A few of the core courses you will take include:

  • The Nature of Crime and Criminology
  • Ethics and Social Justice
  • Technological Solutions and 21st-Century Crime
  • Special Populations

More about our MS in Criminal Justice program

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:*

  • Border patrol agent
  • Customs agent
  • Deputy sheriff
  • Detective
  • Gang crimes investigator
  • Narcotics officer
  • Private investigator

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

A bachelor's degree or higher is required for entrance into this 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 costs will vary depending on your previous education. Get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling , to learn more about tuition costs for this 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.
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Why earn your MS in Criminal Justice at Walden?

Seth Barnett

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

Seth Barnett | Master of Public Administration (MPA) Graduate