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MS in Criminal Justice

Trine University Student AchievementsThe Master of Science with a Major in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program from Trine University is an accelerated one-year program for adults with a bachelor degree that provides education for both pre- and mid-career individuals  serving their communities as law enforcement, corrections, or court practitioners. The curriculum is designed to prepare these professionals to assume key leadership roles within the justice system or the private sector.  

The Experience

The program prepares students to assume key leadership roles as professionals working in fire safety, law enforcement, social work, and other related fields. Students will learn to analyze criminal justice issues and implement change within the criminal justice system by developing skills in program planning and evaluation, policy formation and analysis, and critical thinking.

The Results

A MSCJ degree could open doors for students to pursue a variety of opportunities. Whether they plan to enhance their career in criminal justice, teach, or pursue their doctorate, a degree from Trine will give students the competitive edge they need to be successful.

Degree Course Requirements

Designed for working professionals, the program consists of 13 courses (36 credit hours) offered online or on campus that may be completed in 14 months with students completing six credits per eight-week term.  Students are required to take a series of core and capstone classes while the remaining 12 credits are electives. 


The Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree requires 36 credit hours:

Criminal Justice Major Area Core (21 Credit Hours)
Capstone and Electives (15 credit hours)

Additional Information

This program is available on campus at any of our education centers and online.
Information about tuition can be found at Cost and Investment.