Get a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice

Advancing your career in any area of criminal justice requires a combination of work experience and education. Many law enforcement professionals choose to speed up their career advancement by earning a master's degree in criminal justice. Combined with work experience, a master's degree can act as a catalyst for promotional opportunities—and is often required for many higher-level jobs. Master's programs provide a way to broaden your skill set and prepare for leadership positions in the field. A master's may also prepare you for doctoral programs and university teaching positions.

You can even earn your master's degree in criminal justice online from one of the country's leading online accredited criminal justice schools. All the online colleges and universities below are regionally or nationally accredited. Complete your masters in criminal justice without quitting your current job or interrupting your home life. Even if you're a working parent, an online master's degree can be completed at your own pace with structured curriculum options. 

The schools below offer a great criminal justice education and have attracted some of the most noted and respected leaders from government and state agencies, including police chiefs and police officers, counter-terrorism experts, DEA agents, highway patrol officers, CIA Agents and FBI agents.

The following schools also offer a variety of online master degrees in criminal justice, with specialty areas so that, once you complete your required courses, you can focus on the criminal justice specialties that are closest to your heart. Request information from the schools that interest you most. Start your future today!

Online Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Social Work (Virtual Academic Center) (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Concentration
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science in Human Services

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MPA in Public Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Addiction Counseling (Online)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling (Online)
  • Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Human Services (Online)
  • Master of Science in Social and Community Services (Online)
  • Master of Science in Information Assurance and Security (Online)
  • MPH in Health Management and Policy (Online)
  • MPH in Public Health (Online)
  • MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences (Online)
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice (Online)
  • Master of Science in Emergency Management (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology - Non-Licensure Track (Online)
  • Master of Public Health
  • MA Clinical Mental Health Counceling

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Business Administration - Public Sector Management (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Online)
  • Master of Science in Human Services (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MSPY - Addictions
  • MPA - Health Care Management
  • MS in Criminal Justice
  • MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • MSCJ - Corrections
  • MSCJ - Global Issues in Criminal Justice
  • MSCJ - Law
  • Master of Public Health
  • MPA - Criminal Justice
  • MPA - Emergency and Disaster Management
  • MPA - General MPA
  • MPA - Governmental Management
  • MSCJ - Leadership/Executive Management
  • MSIT - Information Security and Assurance

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • M.S. in Addiction Counseling (Online)
  • Master of Public Health (Online)
  • Master of Public Administration - Government and Policy (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Administration (Online)
  • Master's - Human Services (Online)
  • Master's - Human Services: Drug and Alcohol Counseling (Online)
  • Master's - Human Services: Forensic Mental Health Counseling
  • Master's - Human Services: Non-Profit Management (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Human Services - Community Health (Online)
  • Master of Human Services - Generalist (Online)
  • Master of Human Services - Human Services Leadership and Management (Online)
  • Master of Public Health - Community Health Education (Online)
  • Master of Public Health - Health Policy and Administration (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration
  • Master of Arts in International Development

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Administration (Online)
  • Master of Public Administration - Human Resources Management (Online)
  • Master of Public Administration - Public Affairs Administration (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Individualized Master of Arts - Public Health Policy
  • Master of Arts - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Masters of Social Work

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Health (MS)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Criminal and Social Justice - (Online)
  • Master of Science in Criminal and Social Justice - Homeland Security (Online)
  • Master of Science in Information Security - Managerial Track (Online)
  • Master of Science in Information Security - Technical Track (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance - Managing Cyber Forensic & Digital Incidents

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Criminology (Online)
  • Master of Science in Information Assurance (Online)

Florida Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Pembroke Pines, Tampa, Fort Myers, Orlando, Sarasota, Lakeland, Miami, Tallahassee, Melbourne

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (Online)
  • Master of Science in Information Security
  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Campuses: Sarasota, Tampa

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Concentration

Campuses: Pompano Beach, Tampa, Jacksonville

Degrees Offered:

  • Master's - Criminal Justice

Campuses: Royal Palm Beach, Tampa

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Health

Tennessee Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Nashville

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Illinois Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Schaumburg

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Arizona Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Phoenix

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Concentration

Campuses: Flagstaff, Phoenix

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Health (MS)

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Campuses: Phoenix

Degrees Offered:

  • M.S. in Addiction Counseling
  • Master of Public Administration - Government and Policy

Utah Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Draper

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Concentration

Campuses: Layton, Provo, Murray, Ogden, Logan

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Health (MS)

Colorado Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Denver

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Concentration
  • Master of Science in Human Services

Campuses: Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Denver

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Health (MS)

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Campuses: Aurora

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Management - Homeland Security
  • Master of Science in Management - Information Systems Security

California Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Concentration

Campuses: Thousand Oaks, Oxnard

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA)
  • M.S. in Quantitative Economics

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Campuses: Los Angeles

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Health

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Campuses: Irvine

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Administration (Organizational Leadership)
  • Master of Public Administration

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Campuses: Los Angeles

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Counseling Psychology - Mental Health Administration

Georgia Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Atlanta

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Concentration
  • Master of Science in Human Services

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Campuses: Savannah

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Public Administration

Texas Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Farmers Branch

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Concentration

Virginia Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Arlington

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Concentration

Campuses: Glen Allen, Virginia Beach

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Minnesota Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Eagan

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Concentration

Ohio Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Warrensville Heights

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

North Carolina Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: High Point

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

South Carolina Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Columbia

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Public Administration

Alabama Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Montgomery

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Administration

New York Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Buffalo, Rochester

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling

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Campuses: Rochester

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Computer Security

Washington Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Seattle

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Human Services

Wyoming Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Cheyenne

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Health (MS)

Idaho Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Idaho Falls, Boise, Nampa

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Health (MS)

Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Philadelphia

Degrees Offered:

  • Disaster Medicine and Management - Master's

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