Bring Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation to Your Community with Liberty’s MS in Criminal Justice – Restorative Justice
When crimes are committed, individuals and communities suffer. Not only do criminals pose a threat to public safety and stability – they also inflict pain and loss on their victims. As a criminal justice professional, one way you can help mitigate the effects of crime is to enforce the restorative justice system of criminal justice. This system seeks to rehabilitate and reintegrate criminals into society by helping them make amends with their victims.
Restorative justice can complement other criminal justice methods by providing a way for victims and offenders alike to be actively involved in the justice process. Not only does it treat crime as disregard for society’s laws – it also considers how crime can seriously impact individual people. By learning this process, you can prompt criminals to take responsibility for their actions and reconcile with their victims. Through methods such as mediation and face-to-face meetings, you can help offenders and victims come together to deal with the aftermath of a criminal offense and determine how to repair the harm caused by it.
If you want to gain a deeper understanding of the restorative justice process, Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice – Restorative Justice degree may be for you. This program can help equip you to facilitate the reentry of former offenders into society and promote constructive reform of the American criminal justice system. Partner with us and learn how to protect and heal your community.
Why Choose Liberty’s Master’s in Restorative Justice Online?
If you’re seeking flexible and affordable restorative justice training online, Liberty can help! Our MS in Criminal Justice – Restorative Justice program is a great option for current and aspiring leaders in law enforcement, the court system, and corrections. Whether you want to work in the public, private, or nonprofit sector, this online degree can help you pursue management positions at all levels of criminal justice.
As a pioneer in distance education since 1985, we know how to create online programs that blend accessibility, affordability, and high-quality academics. Our master’s degree in restorative justice is offered 100% online with 8-week courses and no set login times – giving you the freedom to earn your degree on your schedule. Additionally, Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) – so you can pursue your degree with confidence.
In this restorative justice online training program, you’ll study under professors with unimpeachable credentials and expertise. Our faculty have terminal degrees in criminal justice or related fields as well as years of real-world experience. With their guidance, you can learn how to advocate for victims and restore former offenders to productive and positive lives.
Generous Discount for Active Duty Law Enforcement and Other First Responders
Liberty University is committed to providing world-class education and aims to help students achieve their educational goals, in whatever way we can. The First Responder Tuition Discount was created to take some of the financial burdens of tuition off the men and women who work in public service.
As Liberty University’s way of saying ‘Thank You,’ we proudly provide you with the following benefits:
- A 25% tuition discount
- Potential college credit for training and life experience
- Personalized service throughout your educational journey
- Potential stacking with other tuition benefits (Corporate Advantage Program or Military Benefits)
For more information on eligibility and claiming this discount, please visit the First Responder Discount page.
What Will You Learn in Our Master’s Degree in Restorative Justice?
This restorative justice master’s degree is broken down into 3 parts: core criminal justice courses, the restorative justice specialization, and thesis or elective courses. Within the core courses, you’ll explore leadership, ethics, and policing as well as human resource management in criminal justice organizations. You’ll also learn about the interdependent, multidisciplinary nature of the criminal justice system. Other topics of study include criminal justice program evaluation, topics and trends in criminal justice, and administration of justice organizations.
The restorative justice specialization focuses on the philosophical and practical underpinnings of the restorative justice movement and its role within the criminal justice system. You’ll learn about various strategies for the implementation of restorative justice and explore the impact of crimes on individuals and communities. By understanding how victims, criminals, and members of the community each play a part in the restorative justice process, you can help provide restitution to victims and effectively reintegrate offenders into society.
Lastly, you will either complete a thesis or mix and match elective courses to round out your degree. The thesis provides a valuable opportunity for you to conduct research and contribute to the current base of knowledge in your field. If you instead decide to pursue the elective track, you can choose from a wide range of courses offered by our Helms School of Government – allowing you to study the topics you’re most passionate about.
- CJUS 645 – Introduction to Restorative Justice*
- CJUS 647 – Restorative Justice in the Community*
- CJUS 649 – Victimology*
- CJUS 650 – Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Offenders
*Course guide coming soon
Highlights of Our Restorative Justice Master’s Degree
- We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of Niche.com’s best online schools in America. Earning your online restorative justice degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
- 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 our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.
- Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
- You may be able to earn course credit for relevant life experience through Liberty’s Experience Plus program.
- You can complete this MS in Criminal Justice – Restorative Justice degree in as little as 1.5 years!
- This master’s degree serves as an excellent stepping stone to pursuing Liberty’s Doctor of Criminal Justice or PhD in Criminal Justice.
MS in Criminal Justice – Restorative Justice Program Information
- This program falls under the Helms School of Government.
- Download and review the Degree Completion Plan.
- View the Graduate Government Course Guides (login required).
Military Benefits for Our Master’s in Criminal Justice – Restorative Justice Degree Program
Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. 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 (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)
Potential Career Opportunities for Graduates of the Restorative Justice Master’s Program
- Director of restorative justice
- Police chief
- Restorative justice coordinator
- Restorative justice development officer
- Victim advocate
- Victim/witness coordinator
Admission Requirements for Liberty’s Master’s in Restorative 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*
- Official college transcripts
- Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
- Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)
*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.