MS in Criminal Justice

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Adapt to the evolving world of criminal justice

Gain essential skills for a high-demand field with a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Webster University. Take classes online and in person and complete your degree within two years. Graduate with the knowledge and preparation to:

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.

Classes built for the future of criminal justice

You must complete 36 credit hours to graduate with your MS in Criminal Justice.

Required Courses
  • Capstone
  • Criminal Actions
  • 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

Fraud Investigation
  • Computer Crime and Fraud
  • Introduction to Cyber Forensics
  • Investigation of Financial Fraud
  • White Collar Crime

Cybersecurity - Threat Detection
  • Cybersecurity Infrastructures
  • Cybersecurity Law and Policy
  • Cybersecurity Threat Detection
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity

International and Regional Security
  • African Area Studies
  • Area Studies
  • Asian Area Studies
  • Central and Eastern European Area Studies
  • Energy Security
  • Food and Water Security
  • International Disaster Law
  • International Securit
  • 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.

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Convenient and flexible options for your life

Balance your education with work and life commitments. Learn on your schedule with a mix of online and in-person 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:

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Advance your career in criminal justice

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:

Cybercrime Investigator


Average annual salary (National, May 2020)

Criminal Investigator


Average annual salary (National, 2020)

Federal Agent


Average annual salary (National, 2020)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Achieve personal and professional success

Support every step of the way

Webster is committed to your success, and you'll never be alone as you pursue your MS in Criminal Justice.

An education nationally recognized for quality

Earn your MS in Criminal Justice from Webster, a private, nonprofit 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, PhD
Associate Professor, Sociology
Associate, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Fellow, Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences