MS in Criminal Justice – Legal Studies Degree Hone Your Legal Knowledge


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Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Do you have a passion for justice and a desire to deepen your understanding of the law? Maybe you want to advance in your criminal justice organization, and you need a degree that can help you stand out. With a Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice – Legal Studies from Liberty University, you can further your legal knowledge and prepare for advanced positions in the criminal justice sector. As you pursue your criminal justice and legal studies degree, you can take an in-depth look at the inner workings of the law while bolstering your résumé and taking the next step toward achieving your career goals.

There is an ongoing need for strong police and criminal justice organizations – and by honing your legal knowledge, you can help ensure that these organizations effectively protect the public. At Liberty, you’ll have the opportunity to sharpen your criminal justice skills and develop new methods for handling a wide range of challenges posed to criminal justice organizations.

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What Sets Us Apart?

  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

We know that you have a passion for both the law and justice, and at Liberty, our professors share that passion. Throughout your criminal justice degree, you can lean on their expertise and years of real-world experience as you seek to develop an advanced understanding of criminal justice and the legal system.

At Liberty, you don’t have to sacrifice quality for flexibility. With courses that are offered 100% online and no set login times, you can pursue your criminal justice and legal studies degree online while remaining involved with your family, career, and other commitments. You can take courses wherever you are at times convenient for you.

Our professors have terminal degrees and years of experience in fields related to law and criminal justice – so you can be confident that you are receiving a world-class education. Our faculty are not only leading experts in academia – many of them have also worked with or for agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), police departments, and other professional law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, and local levels.

You will begin this program by taking courses in human resource management, criminal justice administration, leadership, ethics, and policing. You will also take legal studies courses that focus on constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, and foundations of law.

In our constitutional law course, you will dive into topics like the framework for the Constitution, judicial review, due process, and equal protection. You will also study topics such as the elements of crime and Western legal tradition.

In addition to the wide variety of courses that you will take, you are also able to either complete a thesis or complete elective courses to further sharpen your legal and criminal justice knowledge.

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Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

Graduate Full Time $565/Credit
Graduate Part Time $615/Credit
Military Graduate $275/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service 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 (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

*Not applicable to certificates.