Master of Science in Criminal Justice Online Degree Program

Master of Science in Criminal Justice Online Degree Program

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Answer Your Calling to be a Protector of the People by Earning a Master’s in Criminal Justice Degree Online!

Liberty’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree is great for students who want to advance in or begin a career in the criminal justice system. Aspiring post-secondary instructors and prospective or current civil servants will thrive in our Master’s in Criminal Justice online degree program. Our Criminal Justice degree online provides academically rich course content, training students with thorough knowledge of the criminal justice system and giving them the opportunity to develop original scholarship through the Thesis degree track. Students will learn about the integration of ethics, criminal justice, and management with biblical principles, to set a firm Christian foundation of knowledge within the Criminal Justice degree online.

The pursuit of becoming a leader in the Criminal Justice field can become a reality in less than two years for students completing our Master’s in Criminal Justice degree online. Liberty professors teaching the classes within the Criminal Justice degree online are professionals in their field who understand the critical components career civil servants need to be successful in the criminal justice system and are here to prepare you for your future career.

Why Choose Our Online Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice?

As the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation and the largest university in Virginia, Liberty University continually strives to uphold and surpass this honor through its academic advancements to promote student success. If you are looking for a university that extends training further than generic law enforcement classes, then Liberty University is your school! In our online degree in Criminal Justice, we offer three specialized degree tracks that allow you to focus on the particular portion of the criminal justice field where your passions lie.

For those who wish to explore the forensic side of the criminal justice field, Liberty’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree online, focusing on Forensic Psychology, provides you with courses that cover the areas of crisis intervention, psychology and the legal system, and rehabilitation of offenders in detail. If you are interested in Homeland Security, you will learn about the Homeland Security organization and administration, legal issues of the organization, and complete an exciting Homeland Security capstone. If Public Administration is your calling, Liberty’s Public Administration specialization in our Criminal Justice degree online will train you in public policy analysis, politics, and communication and conflict. Liberty offers all of these specializations to maximize your options.

The highlights of our Criminal Justice Master’s online degree include:

  • By earning your Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree online from a non-profit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for our Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree online has not increased in three straight years. While many other colleges offering Criminal Justice degrees online have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university. 
  • You will have access to a plethora of online resources through Liberty University's library portal throughout their pursuit of obtaining a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree online.
  • Finish your Master’s in Criminal Justice degree online in under two years!
  • Able to personalize your degree to fit your schedule and needs best.

Benefits of Choosing Liberty University's Master’s in Criminal Justice

To create a well-rounded and rewarding educational experience while pursuing a Master’s in Criminal Justice online, Liberty University is continually seeking new advancements and methodologies to improve and promote successful career outcomes. As a result, you will benefit from:

  • Increased job opportunities in the vast field of criminal justice.

  • Experienced professors who have gained mastery of the content from first-hand experiences.

  • Transfer in up to 50% of your required classes from another accredited college.

Master’s in Criminal Justice Featured Courses

Military Benefits

Are you a service member, veteran, military spouse, or Department of Defense employee? We are proud to support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts - $275 for graduate (per credit hour)
    • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder (less than $625 per course).

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Criminal Justice Program Format

  • 100% Online
  • 36 total hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may transfer if approved and allowable.
  • Optional Thesis
  • Thesis Guide
  • This program falls under the Helms School of Government.
  • Download and review our general Degree Completion Plan for our Master’s in Criminal Justice. We offer four specializations, each with their own unique DCP.
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Potential Career Options in Criminal Justice

Entering into the field of criminal justice can bring about new and exciting career opportunities. If you so choose this career path, you have the potential to pursue careers in some of the following areas:

  • Homeland Security

  • Police Administration

  • Social Services

  • Corrections Officer

  • State and Local Law Enforcement Officer

  • Probation and Parole Officer/ Manager


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