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MS in Criminal Justice

Apply ButtonThe Master of science with a major in criminal justice (MSCJ) program through Trine University's TrineOnline is an online program for adults with a bachelor degree. The degree provides education for both pre- and mid-career individuals serving their communities as law enforcement, corrections, or court practitioners. 

The Experience

The program is designed to prepare professionals to assume key leadership roles within the justice system or the private sector including 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.



Additional Information

The Master of science in criminal justice requires 36 credit hours.

Criminal Justice Core Program - 18 credit hours

ENG 501 Research and Writing for Professional Success
CRJ 502 The American System of Justice
CRJ 503 Seminar in Law and Social Control
CRJ 513 Criminology
CRJ 533 Criminal Justice Policy Formation and Analysis
CRJ 553 Applied Statistics for Criminal Justice
CRJ 563 Planning, & Program Evaluation

Capstone - 6 credit hours

CRJ 593 Demonstration Project Capstone

Taken last term (choose one)
FPY 693 Forensic Psychology Demonstration Project
 or LAW 693 Law Concentration Demonstration Capstone
 or LE 693 Law Enforcement Leadership Demonstration Capstone

Select four classes from the following electives - 12 credit hours

CRJ 643 Law and Public Policy
FPY 603 Theory & Practice of Forensic Psychology
FPY 613 Psychopathology
FPY 623 Evaluation & Treatment of Specialized Populations
FPY 643 Victimology
LAW 603 Advanced Employment Law
LAW 613 Advance Criminal Procedure: Investigation & Adjudication
LAW 623 Children and the Law
LDR 5083 Conflict Resolution for Leaders
LE 603 Theory and Philosophy of Leadership for Law Enforcement
LE 613 Ethics, Culture and Politics
LE 643 Budget and Finance for Law Enforcement Leadership

For a complete description of the above requirements, please go to the Course Catalog.

TrineOnline is an entirely online format which allows you to complete your degree in the comfort of your home and, for international students, home country. With new classes starting every eight weeks, you can complete your degree in as little as a year, or at a slower pace if you want.
Information about tuition can be found at Cost and Investment.

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