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Master of Science in Criminal Justice online

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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.

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Program Overview

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.

icon $8,250* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 12 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours
icon $$8,250* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 12 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours

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.

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Tuition

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$8,250 Total program cost. Price includes distance learning fee.

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

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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!

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8-Week Courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring I 2019 1/22/2019 1/6/2019 1/17/2019 3/8/2019
Spring II 2019 3/20/2019 2/27/2019 3/18/2019 5/14/2019
Summer 2019 5/28/2019 5/7/2019 5/23/2019 7/19/2019
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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.

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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.

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  • Complete online application and pay a one-time application fee of $25.
  • 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 field 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 field 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.
  • Satisfactory completion of at least one statistics course and one social science research course.

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.

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Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710

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.

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9 credit hours required from below.

CRIJ 5320: Theoretical Foundations of Crime Control

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.

CRIJ 5331: Quantitative Methods in Criminology

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.

CRIJ 5340-15: Criminal Justice Capstone

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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6 credit hours required from below.

CRIJ 5310: Criminal Justice System and Policy

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.

CRIJ 5345: Criminal Justice Leadership

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.

CRIJ 5330: Planning and Evaluation

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An indepth 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.

CRIJ 5321: Constitutional Law

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.

CRIJ 5323: Homeland Security

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.

CRIJ 5324: Serial Murder

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.

CRIJ 5340-1: Special Studies 1 Applied Criminology - Ethics

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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CRIJ 5340-2: Special Studies 2 Applied Criminology - Corrections

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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CRIJ 5340-3: Special Studies 3 Applied Criminology - Race and Crime

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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CRIJ 5340-4: CRIJ 5340-4 Special Studies 4 Applied Criminology - Federal Criminal Justice System

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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CRIJ 5340-5: Special Studies 5 Applied Criminology - Police Law

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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CRIJ 5340-6: Special Studies 6 Applied Criminology - Correctional Administration

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.

CRIJ 5340-7: Special Studies 7 Applied Criminology - Cybercrime

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.

CRIJ 5340-8: Special Studies 8 Applied Criminology - Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice Management

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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CRIJ 5340-9: Special Studies 9 Applied Criminology - Class, Race and Gender

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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CRIJ 5340-10: Special Studies 10 Applied Criminology - Constitutional Law

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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CRIJ 5340-11: Special Studies 11 Applied Criminology - Comparative Juvenile Justice

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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