M.S. in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration

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Online Master's Degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement

To be a successful professional in criminal justice and law enforcement administration, you will need to understand how criminal justice organizations function, how to manage the people and issues that you will face regularly, and how to build programs and policies through community involvement and collaboration. Our online Master of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement degree prepares you for all of this and more. U.S. News & World Report ranks CSU Global as the #18 Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Program.

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine crime and control from a range of theoretical perspectives and from a global spectrum.
  • Identify and read research studies in academic and scientific sources and understand them in terms of design, data collection, and analytical method.
  • Assess and synthesize scientific evaluation research in policy analysis and recommendation.
  • Discuss the roles, strategies, and impacts of effective leadership and management.
  • Evaluate the role of community-based justice in preventing crime and the “revolving door” and explore strategies of engaging community in justice planning.
  • Appreciate professional ethics for criminal justice organizations and professionals and demonstrate the ability of exercising ethical judgment in the events emerging in professional fields.
  • Show current knowledge of high-tech and occupational crimes in cause, detection, investigation, prosecution, and prevention.
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  • Our rates haven’t risen once since 2011.
  • We charge the same for in-state and out-of-state students.
  • Tuition rates won’t change as long as you’re a student.
  • No student fees, no hidden fees.

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At CSU Global, we know it’s pretty hard to climb up the career ladder when you’re weighed down with student debt. That’s why we haven’t raised our rates since 2011. We’re committed to staying affordable and putting education before tuition.
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100% Online

  • Complete your degree on your own schedule.
  • Work from anywhere.
  • Access student support and any resource online.

How Online Education Works for You

The life of a modern learner is a juggling act. When you’re juggling a full-time job and a family, we know it can be easy to drop the ball on your education. But with our flexible, 100% online system, we’ve set you up for success. Complete your schoolwork on your work breaks, after the kids go to bed, whenever -- earn your degree from anywhere, on your own schedule.
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  • We’re regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
  • Our business programs are ACBSP-accredited. (Excludes MBA)
  • 84% of our faculty hold a terminal or doctoral degree.
  • 95% of our alumni would refer a friend or family member.

Accreditation Information

CSU Global is not just any online university. We’re regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our business programs are ACBSP-accredited. With a world-class faculty and programs designed to bring students career success, it’s no wonder that 95% of our alumni would refer a friend or family member to us.


We will help you customize your online degree in criminal justice and law enforcement administration by adding a specialization. Similar to a degree concentration, each specialization consists of four courses in your chosen area of interest.

  • Accounting
  • Applied Business Management
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Business Intelligence
  • Criminal Justice Leadership
  • Cyber Security
  • English K-12 Educators
  • English Language Learning (ELL)
  • Finance
  • Fraud Management
  • Global Management
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Performance
  • Information Technology
  • International Management
  • Math K-12 Educators
  • Online Learning Innovation and Design
  • Organizational Leadership and Change Management
  • Organizational Learning and Performance
  • Population Health
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Innovation and Change Management
  • Teacher Leadership

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration Courses

CSU Global’s accredited Online Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration is designed to provide you with practical knowledge of the field. The program consists of eight three-credit core courses as part of a full 36-credit master’s degree.

RES501*: Fundamentals of Research and Writing
CRJ500: Criminological Theory
CRJ530: Ethics, Justice, and Social Control
CRJ540: Criminal Justice Policy Development and Analysis
CRJ545: Restorative Justice: A Social Movement
CRJ550: Administration and Management of Criminal Justice Organizations
CRJ570: Applied Research for Criminal Justice Professionals
CRJ575: Analytical Methods
CRJ580: Criminal Justice Capstone Experience
CRJ595**: Criminal Justice Internship


*Master’s Plus - Some Master of Criminal Justice students may also be required to take RES501 as part of their program if they have an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. In this case, the degree is 39 credits.

**CRJ is an optional course that students may select if they currently work in a criminal justice setting. Students will be required to pass a criminal background check, including fingerprinting, prior to taking CRJ. This course may not be available in all states; see the State Specific Authorization Policy Under Admissions Policies.

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"The pride I have in achieving a Masters Degree from CSU Global provided me with the confidence to attain the career plan I had envisioned."
- Scott Ryder