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Master of Science in Criminal Justice online

Lamar University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice online degree program gives you the depth and breadth of knowledge in law enforcement you need to pursue upper-level positions in criminal justice. Graduates of this program emerge fully prepared for upper-level staff, administrative, management, treatment and planning positions in criminal justice agencies.

About the Program

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in as few as 18 months
36 credit hours
$275 per credit hour*

Designed for current law enforcement or criminal justice professionals who want to progress to careers in the FBI, CIA or other federal security agencies, the M.S. in Criminal Justice program focuses on both practical skills and theoretical knowledge.

Coursework is focused on the U.S. criminal justice system and policy, as well as theoretical foundations of crime control. You will gain an understanding of analytical tools, planning and evaluation, correctional issues, homeland security, police and constitutional law, ethics and criminal justice leadership.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

Online Courses

Courses in the M.S. in Criminal Justice online program include intensive studies in various areas of applied criminology as well as explorations of the criminal justice system and policy and theoretical approaches to the understanding of crime and delinquency. The program also includes courses designed to develop planning, evaluation and leadership skills specific to criminal justice professions.

CRIJ 5310 Criminal Justice System and Policy

A critical review and analysis of the role of governmental and non-governmental organizations in the prevention, control and punishment of crime and delinquency. An emphasis is placed on policy analysis and recommendations for change.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CRIJ 5320 Theoretical Foundations of Crime Control

A comprehensive overview of various theoretical approaches to the understanding of crime and delinquency, including selected biological, psychological sociological, legal and/or political theories.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CRIJ 5330 Planning and Evaluation

An in-depth examination of information gathering and analysis: planning and evaluation. Emphasis on the analytical tools useful in criminal justice agencies.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CRIJ 5331 Quantitative Methods in Criminology

Coding and analysis of research data, the application of statistical methods common to criminology and the presentation of research findings to policy makers.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CRIJ 5340-2 Special Studies 2 Applied Criminology - Ethics

Coming soon.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CRIJ 5340-3 Special Studies 3 Applied Criminology - Corrections

Coming soon.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CRIJ 5340-4 Special Studies 4 Applied Criminology - Race and Crime

Coming soon.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CRIJ 5340-7 Special Studies 7 Applied Criminology - Police Law

This course is designed to explore and expand the leadership qualities in each student. Combining lecture and self-guided research, students will learn about the theory and skills of leadership. Leaders in the field of criminal justice and related organizations will be examined to determine how they influenced others to shape their profession.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CRIJ 5345 Criminal Justice Leadership

This course is designed to explore and expand the leadership qualities in each student. Combining lecture and self-guided research, students will learn about the theory and skills of leadership. Leaders in the field of criminal justice and related organizations will be examined to determine how they influenced others to shape their profession.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Calendar

Lamar University's online Master of Science in Criminal Justice online offers multiple opportunities per year to enter your program. So once you're ready to start, you won't have wait long!

Upcoming Start Dates:

June 5, 2017

Apply by May 8, 2017

August 28, 2017

Apply by July 31, 2017

October 23, 2017

Apply by September 25, 2017

Tuition & Financial Aid

For nearly a century, Lamar University has been committed to offering a high quality education that is also accessible to students at all levels of financial need.

Tuition

Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.

$275

Per Credit Hour. Price includes distance learning fee.

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online, but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.

Admissions

Lamar University's online programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For specific questions or more details, view our admission FAQs.

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.

Bachelor's Degree

Undergraduate degree from an accredited university in criminal justice, criminology, sociology or equivalent.

Undergraduate GPA

Unconditional acceptance is granted to students whose GPA is 3.0 or above. Those falling below the 3.0 GPA may face additional entrance requirements.

Program-Specific Requirements

Verify the departmental and program-specific admission requirements for this program.