Master of Criminal JusticeNational University
Master of Criminal Justice
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Master of Criminal Justice
Learn law enforcement leadership for the 21st century by earning National University’s Master of Criminal Justice degree in as soon as 12 months. This engaging program integrates theory with practice to prepare you for today’s complex criminal justice issues. You’ll develop problem-solving and research skills as well as the technological expertise necessary to analyze cases and develop practical and effective solutions. Graduates of the master’s in criminal justice administration program are prepared for challenging and demanding careers in local, state, and federal law enforcement management, correctional administration, security administration, criminal justice research, and teaching or training assignments.
- All entering undergraduate students without prior college level English and/or Math courses must take the ACCUPLACER mathematics and English evaluation as part of the admissions process. The results of the evaluation are printed immediately and a copy is provided to the student. Read more about Placement by Evaluation. The ACCUPLACER may be taken once at no charge. Subsequent examinations can be repeated after 14 days for a $5 fee. Applicants who have not earned an Associate’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or who have completed fewer than 90 quarter (60 semester) units of transferable college credit must have graduated from high school, passed a high school level proficiency test or received a Certificate of Proficiency from a state Department of Education.
- Applicants who are considered first time students based on the criteria below must attend an orientation course through WES Training and Development prior to enrolling.
- Never attended a college or university
- Education experience is limited to:
- Competency based education
- College level courses completed during high school
- Advanced Placement (AP) credit
- Military service or training
- Prior learning credit (CLEP, Dantes, Excelsior, portfolio assessment, etc.)
- High school graduates transferring from regionally accredited colleges and universities are admitted as degree students if their cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher. Applicants with a GPA below 2.0 may be admitted on probationary admission if the Committee on the Application of Standards (Committee) judges that there is sufficient evidence of potential to complete college studies. Applicants below a 2.0 may submit a petition letter to their advisor for review by the Committee.
- Individual degree programs may have additional admission requirements.
- Complete an application for admission and enrollment agreement.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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- Theory, Practice & Policy
- Critical Issues in CJ
- Legal Issues in CJ
- Professional Ethics in CJ
- Comparative CJ Systems
- Advanced Criminological Theory
- Advanced Research Methods
- Research Project Thesis
On Campus or Online
Study when and where it’s convenient for you with evening, weekend, and 100% online classes.
Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Evaluate the managerial practices that have shaped the criminal justice professions.
- Analyze court decisions involving police or criminal justice agencies in terms of criminal sanctions.
- Analyze issues of police morale, motivation, retention, selection and recruitment.
- Evaluate and determine what should be the consequences of unethical conduct by police officers.
- Evaluate and compare the American criminal justice system with other criminal justice systems.
- Evaluate disciplinary, theoretical, criminological, and philosophical foundations in the management of criminal justice.
About this institute
Since 1971, National University (NU) has been dedicated to meeting the needs of our students by providing accessible, affordable, and achievable higher education opportunities. Since its founding, the NU community has grown to 25,000 students (400 international students from over...
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