Criminal Justice Master's Degree
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Jan 13, 2020
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

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

Liberty’s master’s degree in criminal justice online 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 online criminal justice master’s degree 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 optional thesis degree track. You will learn about the integration of ethics, criminal justice, and management with biblical principles, to set a firm Christian foundation of knowledge within our master’s in criminal justice online. 

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

The pursuit of becoming a leader in the criminal justice field can become a reality in less than 2 years by completing one of our online master’s degree in criminal justice. Liberty professors teaching our criminal justice master’s online classes are professionals in their field who understand the critical components career civil servants need to be successful in the criminal justice system. With the real-world insight and advanced training you gain in our master’s in criminal justice degree, you can prepare for a successful, rewarding career!

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

To create a well-rounded and rewarding educational experience while pursuing our master’s in criminal justice online, we are 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.

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What Will You Learn in Our Master’s in Criminal Justice Online Degree?

Liberty University continually strives to uphold and surpass its academic advancements to promote student success. If you are looking for a university with online degrees in criminal justice that extend training further than generic law enforcement classes, then Liberty University is for you! Through our online degrees in criminal justice, we offer specialized degree tracks that allow you to focus on the area of the criminal justice field where your passions lie.

Liberty’s M.S. in Criminal Justice offers courses that cover many essential topics in crisis intervention, psychology and the legal system, and the rehabilitation of offenders. You can also choose courses that help you understand important principles in law enforcement and the security of our nation.

You can study the organization and administration of security departments, legal issues of the organization, and complete an exciting capstone course. You can also gain expertise in public policy analysis, politics, and communication and conflict.

See our full list of specializations for our online degrees in criminal justice below to see how you can maximize your options and achieve your career goals.

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Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Online Specializations

Customize your degree with one of these specializations:

Cybercrime Investigation

Forensic Psychology


Homeland Security

Law Enforcement Leadership

Public Administration

Highlights of Our Master’s in Criminal Justice Online

  • By earning your master’s in criminal justice degree online from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top 1% 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’s in criminal justice degree online has not increased in 4 straight years. While many other colleges offering criminal justice degrees online have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 
  • You will have access to a wide variety of online resources through our library portal throughout your pursuit of obtaining one of our online degrees in criminal justice.
  • You can complete our master’s in criminal justice degree online in under 2 years!
  • Able to personalize your degree to fit your schedule and needs best.

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Potential Career Options in Criminal Justice

Entering into the field of criminal justice can bring about new and exciting career opportunities. If you 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

Master’s in Criminal Justice Online Degree Information

  • This program falls under the Helms School of Government.
  • Review our Thesis Guide for the optional thesis in this program.
  • Review additional course guides for this program. (login required)
  • Download and review the Degree Completion Plan for the general track of our master’s degree in criminal justice. 
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times.

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Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Online Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from all over the world. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course).
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Admission Requirements for the Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice

A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form.**
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.