Online Masters in Criminal Justice
Additional Program Offerings
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program at Aurora University Online prepares graduates for advanced careers in the field through courses focused on policy, research design/analysis, administration and ethics. In elective courses, you’ll explore the issues of juvenile intervention, crime analysis, white-collar crime, police administration, terrorism, emergency preparedness, forensic science and corrections. We also offer an interdisciplinary concentration in leadership and community justice. In these concentrations, you’ll take courses in our Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Social Work (MSW) programs alongside required criminal justice classes. At the end of the program, you have the option to finish the graduate degree through comprehensive exams, writing a policy paper or completing a research thesis.
The online Master’s in Criminal Justice degree requires 38 semester hours, including 20 hours of required core courses and 12 semester hours of electives.
Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Additional admission requirements include a resume or curriculum vita, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation and all transcripts from previously attended institutions. The GRE is not required for admission.
Aurora University’s graduate program offers interdisciplinary concentrations in leadership and community justice. In today’s economic environment, employers seek candidates who have an advanced degree for leadership roles. AU offers professionals an affordable degree that gives them an edge in the job market. Check out some additional information about different careers in criminal justice.
CRJ5010 Criminal Justice in America (4 hours)
CRJ5030 Design and Analysis of Criminal Justice Research (4 hours)
CRJ5050 Crime Causation Theory (4 hours)
CRJ5070 Criminal Justice Administration and Leadership (4 hours)
CRJ5090 Ethics and Diversity in Criminal Justice (4 hours)
Electives (12 hours)
Choose one of the following options below to complete (6 hours):
- A Comprehensive Exam and two electives
- A Policy Paper and one elective
- A Master Thesis