Master of Science

Criminal Justice Online

Enhance your impact in practice or administration.

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Learn from prominent scholars and professionals in the field
Gain key knowledge and skills across theory, administration, research and data analysis
Courses offered in both synchronous and asynchronous formats

Criminal Justice, M.S. Overview

The University of West Florida’s online M.S. in Criminal Justice helps you pursue advancement in the practice or administration of criminal justice, or to pursue doctoral-level studies. You’ll learn more about theory, administration, research and data analysis from a dynamic faculty made up of prominent scholars and professionals.

Earning your master’s degree can help you pursue a wide variety of rewarding careers at the federal or state level. Whether you’d like to enter federal law enforcement, crime analysis, private security, college-level teaching or a leadership position, there are several doors that open to you with an M.S. in Criminal Justice. That’s what makes it such a useful credential for an array of professionals.

Exceptional funding opportunities are available for qualified students, and you can apply for Graduate Assistantships positions at the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Courses are offered in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. You’ll also be able to choose between an area paper or internship to complete the M.S. in Criminal Justice.

Candidates for This Program Include:

  • Working professionals seeking career advancement in a criminal justice field
  • Students who have recently completed a bachelor’s in criminal justice, criminology or a related field
  • People interested in starting an academic career in criminal justice

You Will Be Able To:

  • Describe and critique the various theoretical explanations of crime, delinquency, and criminal justice
  • Interpret, design, and apply scientific research using appropriate methods
  • Describe and evaluate the structures and processes of the CJ organizations
  • Critically evaluate the operations and functions of criminal justice and the causes and consequences of crime
  • Author logical, articulate, and structurally sound papers and oral presentations