Master of Science in Criminal Justice Online

This 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.

Apply by: 12/21/22
Start class: 1/17/23

Program Overview

Learn what our online M.S. in Criminal Justice can do for you

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 at Lamar University focuses on both practical skills and theoretical knowledge.

Coursework is focused on the U.S. criminal justice system and policies, 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 through this online degree.

In this program, you will learn:

  • The U.S. criminal justice system and policy
  • Theoretical foundations of crime control along with an understanding of analytical tools, planning and evaluation
  • Correctional issues, homeland security, police and constitutional law, ethics and criminal justice leadership
  • The U.S. criminal justice system and policy
  • Theoretical foundations of crime control along with an understanding of analytical tools, planning and evaluation
  • Correctional issues, homeland security, police and constitutional law, ethics and criminal justice leadership

Career outcomes for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program include:

  • Chief Investigator
  • Criminologist
  • Criminal Profiler
  • FBI Special Agent
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Chief Investigator
  • Criminologist
  • Criminal Profiler
  • FBI Special Agent
  • Intelligence Analyst

Total Tuition $9,735*
Duration As few as 12 months
Credit Hours 30
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Tuition

Choosing our online program is cost-effective

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Science in Criminal Justice online. Our tuition is affordable and can be paid by the course.

Financial Aid

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Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $9,735*
Per Credit Hour $324
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Calendar

View the upcoming dates and deadlines for our online criminal justice degree

Our Master of Science in Criminal Justice online program features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Find the start date that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

8 week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Spring I1/17/2312/21/221/3/231/9/233/7/23
Spring II3/8/232/15/232/22/232/27/235/2/23

Now enrolling:

Apply Date 12/21/22
Class Starts 1/17/23

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Admissions

These are the qualifications for our online Master’s in Criminal Justice Program

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice online program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • Official Transcripts

  • Complete online application and pay a one-time application fee of $25
  • Submit official transcripts from all high schools, colleges, and universities you have attended
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in criminal justice, criminology, sociology or the equivalent. Students with undergraduate degrees in other fields but with substantial work experience in criminal/juvenile justice may be admitted with special approval. Those without substantial work experience and with undergraduate degrees in other fields may be admitted after taking specified undergraduate courses.
  • GPA Requirements:
    • Those with a GPA of 3.00 or higher on their last 60 Undergraduate hours will be admitted unconditionally
    • Those with a GPA of 2.50-2.99 on their last 60 Undergraduate hours will be admitted provisionally and must maintain minimum grades of "B" in nine hours of CRIJ courses
    • Those with a GPA of 2.49 or below on their last 60 Undergraduate hours must meet Lamar University's Graduate admissions formula with the GRE and GPA:
      • Undergraduate GPA (or last 60 hours, whichever is higher) x 50 + GRE Verbal + GRE quantitative =/or greater than 428

Applicants who do not meet all admission requirements may enter as Pre Graduate, pending full admission to the program. Under Pre Graduate status, the student must make up all deficiencies and earn at least a "B" average. No more than 6 hours of graduate credit may be earned prior to full admission.

Students may transfer in up to 6 hours of approved courses for this degree.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710

OR

Submit electronically to [email protected]

*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Lamar University Office of Admissions will no longer require or college community college transcripts for graduate applicants. Official transcripts from all other institutions will be required. However, if a department or program wishes to review a community college transcript for decision purposes, the department or program may directly request the applicant to submit the official community college transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions for processing.


Courses

Read about our online criminal justice classes

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.

9 credit hours required from below.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
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
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
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6 credit hours required from below.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
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
Application of leadership theory and development of management skills important to criminal justice agencies. Personnel practices, organizational behavior, and decision-making models will be reviewed in context with positive leadership traits.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An in-depth examination of information gathering and analysis; planning and evaluation. Emphasis on the analytical tools useful in criminal justice agencies. Prerequisite: an undergraduate course in research methods, an undergraduate course in statistics, and competence in the use of personal computers.
15 credit hours required from below.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides in-depth, graduate-level analysis of the history, structure, and content of the United State Constitution and focuses on specific constitutional amendments, doctrines, and landmark Supreme Court cases as they relate to criminal justice and criminal justice professionals. Particular emphasis is given to the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course seeks to examine the history of terrorism and its manifestations in the contemporary world. It examines issues of nationalistic terrorism, religious terrorism and domestic and special interest group terrorism. The course concludes with an examination of the political and ethical implications of the "global war on terror" and homeland security.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Murder, and serial murder in particular, is one of the most frightening types of crimes imaginable. Fortunately, it is an extremely rare occurrence. Nevertheless, criminologist, sociologist, and psychologists have long been interested in the psychology of multiple murderers and how their behaviors affect the social fabric of society. This course focuses on serial murderers, their methods, and their madness.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
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Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
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Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
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Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
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Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
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Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
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
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
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Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
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Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
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Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
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