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Criminal Justice Master's Degree in Public Administration
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online, 8-Week Courses
Transfer Credits
Up to 50% of the Degree Total can be Transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
May 13, 2019
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice – Public Administration Progam Equips You to Ensure a Fair Justice System

Liberty University’s 100%  online Master of Science in Criminal Justice – Public Administration degree program is designed to help you build strong leadership and management skills to lead a successful career in the Criminal Justice System. Our online Master’s program is structured to give you a well-rounded education so you can enter your career with confidence. If you are already established in a criminal justice role and want to move up to a management role, the online MS in Criminal Justice – Public Administration will give you the skill set and credentials you need.

You will learn from our experienced instructors and study graduate-level criminal justice foundational courses, explore topics in criminal justice ethics, and develop critical leadership techniques so you will be prepared to take on the challenges of the Criminal Justice System.

Why Choose Liberty’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice – Public Administration Online Program?

Liberty University is the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation and the largest university in Virginia. While you are a student in the online Masters of Criminal Justice degree program, you will get access to an abundance of resources that we offer as an established university with a brick-and-mortar campus. Our professors have years of experience in the field and are dedicated to helping you succeed in your career. As you dig deep into criminal justice studies, your professors will give you valuable insights into the workings of the Criminal Justice System. As an online student at Liberty University, you will become a part of a growing community of Christian professionals and develop important connections for your career.

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What Will You Learn in the Online Master of Science in Criminal Justice – Public Administration Program?

Our online Master of Science in Criminal Justice – Public Administration degree is designed to prepare you for the various situations you will face in the criminal justice field. You will gain a full understanding of the discipline of public administration and the major theories and practices that lead to effective leadership in public service roles. Topics such as the politics of government bureaucracy, managing, and leading public organizations, and the core functions of government administration will be thoroughly discussed to ensure you have a strong understanding of how the theory is put into practice.

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Military Benefits
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Admission Requirements

Program Highlights for the Online Masters in Criminal Justice – Public Administration

  • By earning your online Masters in Criminal Justice – Public Administration degree from a nonprofit 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 all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university.
  • Complete an optional thesis project to demonstrate your expertise in a hands-on, practical project, or choose two additional electives to broaden your criminal justice studies!
  • Students can complete the Master of Science in Criminal Justice – Public Administration in under two years.

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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 a First Responder (less than $625 per course).
  • 8-week courses, eight different start dates each year and no set login times.

Potential Career Options for Graduates of the Online M.S. in Criminal Justice – Public Administration Degree Program

  • Elected Official
  • Homeland Security
  • Police Administration
  • Urban and Social Policy
  • Social Services
  • Sustainable Resource Development Management

Admission Requirements for the Online MS Criminal Justice Program

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*
  • Unofficial college transcripts and submit a 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.