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Online Criminal Justice Master's Degree

Gain Specialized Skills to Serve Your Community

100% Online

SACSCOC Accredited

Affordable Tuition

  • Duration 1 year
  • Cost per Credit $500
  • Credit Hours 36

Program Benefits

  • 100% online
  • No application fee
  • No GRE/GMAT Required
  • Transfer up to nine semester hours

An Online Degree for Ethical Innovators

Methodist University’s 100% online MS in Criminal Justice prepares students with a comprehensive understanding of criminology, correctional philosophy, victimology, and more. Taught by top experts in the field, this program equips graduates for advancement in this competitive industry.

After completing MU’s flexible, affordable MS in Criminal Justice program, you may qualify for leadership roles in policing, corrections, victim advocacy, and cybercrime.

Pursue Criminal Justice Leadership Positions

Earning your MS in Criminal Justice from Methodist University can open doors to advancement in your career. Whether you pursue leadership roles in policing, victim advocacy, or another area in the criminal justice industry, you will be prepared for success at any level of federal, state, or local government.

Careers and Salaries

Curriculum: Build a Holistic Understanding of Criminal Justice

Methodist University’s 100% online master’s program in criminal justice offers students the opportunity to learn under the guidance of top industry experts. Explore topics such as criminological theory, policy and ethics, modern policing, and data analysis, and complete a capstone project to further solidify your learning. MU’s program emphasizes the study of emerging trends, including digital forensics, cybercrime, and juvenile justice.

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Program Outcomes

After completing the master’s program in criminal justice, you will be able to:

Admissions Requirements

To apply for the online MS in Criminal Justice from Methodist University, you’ll need the following:

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Tuition Details

MU’s online MS in Criminal Justice costs $500 per semester hour and has 36 total semester hours. About 97% of MU students qualify for financial aid. If you or a family member are a veteran or active-duty service member, your education at Methodist University could be even more affordable. Visit our Military Support page to learn more.

Tuition and Fees

Why Study Online?

Enjoy an online learning environment that offers the same quality as in-person courses, including dedicated faculty members and an overall caring, friendly atmosphere for achieving your professional and personal goals.

You’ll also have access to all of MU’s academic support services. That means you’ll get personalized assistance you need, such as access to the tutoring and writing centers. Experience a distinctive education in a flexible environment that fits your schedule.

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Financial Aid

You can earn a high-quality education from a private institution without worrying about the cost. As a Yellow Ribbon school and a university where 97% of students qualify for financial aid, Methodist is committed to affordability.

Learn more about federal student loans and grants, military benefits, and scholarship opportunities. We’re proud to make your goals as affordable as possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have other questions not answered here? Request more information or call 910-212-4956.

You can complete the program in just 12 months. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

The MS in Criminal Justice is designed for working professionals with busy lives, so if something interrupts your planned course of study, you don’t have to worry about losing the credits you’ve completed. You can take up to two years to finish the degree, if needed. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

The first step is to start your application.

The requirements for the MS in Criminal Justice include:

  • Complete application
  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university before starting the first term of the program
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • Two letters of recommendation (one letter must be from a professor or employer)
  • A typed personal statement including your background, interest in attending Methodist University, interest in the program, and your career goals

You can learn more about requirements on our admissions page.

You’ll complete 12 courses to earn the MS in Criminal Justice degree. You can learn more about coursework for the MS in Criminal Justice at Methodist University on our courses page.

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