Gain essential skills for a high-demand field with a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Webster University. Take classes online and on-campus and complete your degree within two years. Graduate with the knowledge and preparation to:
Apply theories of crime to the extent, causes, and prevention of crime, the process of criminalization, and the practices and reforms of the criminal justice system, in the U.S. and around the world.
Identify quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze crime and crime control systems.
Articulate the ways issues of diversity affect the operation of criminal justice organizations and actors, including differences by race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sex, gender and age.
Why the MS in Criminal Justice?
Designed for criminal justice professionals
The nature of crime—in the U.S. and around the world—has changed dramatically over the past few decades. And with heightened concerns of 21st-century terrorism, along with the challenges found in the world of cyberspace, the demand for criminal justice professionals continues to rise. Gain the knowledge and experience to advance in an in-demand career that needs compassionate, ethical, detail-oriented professionals like you leading the charge.
Enhance your skills for today's world
As the field of criminal justice changes, Webster helps you stay ahead. Our MS in Criminal Justice puts an emphasis on helping you enhance your technical knowledge, critical-thinking skills, decision-making processes and analytic capabilities.
Leverage your technical talents and skills so you can predict and prevent crime and victimization.
Keep up with the latest practices and reforms of the criminal justice system, both nationally and globally.
Develop the necessary ability to understand how diversity issues, such as race and gender, and socioeconomic issues affect the operation of criminal justice organizations and the populations they serve.
Classes built for the future of criminal justice
You must complete 36 credit hours to graduate with your MS in Criminal Justice.
Ethics and Decision Making in Criminal Justice
Theories of Crime and Justice
Complete at least 18 elective hours from the lists below.
Complete up to 6 hours of any approved graduate-level elective courses.
Administration of Justice
American Constitutional Law
Institutional and Community Corrections
Organization and Administration of Criminal Justice
Policing and Law Enforcement
Computer Crime and Fraud
Introduction to Cyber Forensics
Investigation of Financial Fraud
White Collar Crime
Cybersecurity - Threat Detection
Cybersecurity Law & Policy
Cybersecurity Threat Detection
Introduction to Cybersecurity
International and Regional Security
African Area Studies
Asian Area Studies
Central and Eastern European Area Studies
Food and Water Security
International Disaster Law
Issues in International Politics (with security focus)
Latin American Area Studies
Middle East Area Studies
South and Central Asia Area Studies
Terrorism in World Politics
US Foreign Policy or Comparative Foreign Policy
War and Diplomacy
Western European Area Studies
Customize your Criminal Justice degree to fit your needs by selecting a minor, graduate certificate or dual-degree option: MA in National Security Studies/MS in Criminal Justice.
Balance your education with work and life commitments. Learn on your schedule with a mix of online and on-campus classes. Military credits easily transfer. Choose how quickly you want to finish with part-time and full-time options. Plus, no prerequisite classes or pre-testing are needed. Classes for this program are available at the following campuses:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of law enforcement professionals is projected to grow at least 7% from 2020 to 2030. Graduate with your MS in Criminal Justice prepared for positions like:
Webster is committed to your success, and you'll never be alone as you pursue your MS in Criminal Justice.
Enrollment coaches help you navigate the application, financial aid and enrollment process so you can start your classes with confidence.
Faculty members provide personalized support, thanks to Webster's intentionally small classes.
Tutors and other academic support staff can help you tackle particularly tough assignments and classes.
An education nationally recognized for quality
Earn your MS in Criminal Justice from Webster, a private, non-profit university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)—and a designated military-friendly school.
Learn from experts in the field
Collaborate with professors who have years of experience as law enforcement professionals. Our faculty have real-world connections and on-the-job knowledge. They serve as mentors who are willing and eager to support your career goals.
Hear from one of our professors
Courses in the criminal justice program are designed to give students the academic background they need to solve problems in crime and criminal justice. Students have designed proposals to improve prison conditions for marginalized populations—such as transgender prisoners, improve police officer training in use of force or handling domestic violence cases, and reduce particular kinds of crime, such as human trafficking, gang violence, and white collar crime.
- Danielle MacCartney, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Sociology Associate, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Fellow, Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies College of Arts & Sciences