MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management

Transition into a career as an educator or consultant.

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.

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Next Start Date: January 8, 2024

Transfer Credits: Up to 23 credits

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

Study the techniques for managing public and nonprofit entities in international settings.

Gain an understanding of the foundations for evaluating and creative protective measures and policies.

Explore current trends in law and policy, ethics and social justice, and controversies in criminal justice.

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

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

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

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

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.

Program Admission Considerations: All specializations require a bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

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

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

Seth Barnett | Master of Public Administration (MPA) Graduate

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Enrollment Restrictions by State

Walden currently cannot enroll residents of the following states/districts into the MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management program: Kentucky and New Mexico.


A 15% tuition reduction for servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and their spouses.*

*A 15% tuition reduction is available to new students who are servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, or employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This tuition reduction is also available if you are a spouse of a servicemember, veteran, or employee of the VA. This tuition reduction cannot be retroactively applied. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course.

Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.

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