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 Criminology

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

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

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Computer and Information Security (Online)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Public Administration (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Concentration
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology - Assessment Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology - Homeland Security Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology - Law Enforcement Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology - Treatment Concentration
  • Master of Science in Human Services
  • Master of Public Health

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • 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)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology - Non-Licensure Track (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • M.S. in Addiction Counseling (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master's - Criminal Justice (Online)
  • Master's - Cybersecurity (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Health (MS)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Diplomacy (Online)
  • Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice (Online)
  • Master of Public Administration - International Development and Influence (Online)
  • Master of Public Administration - Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Public Administration - Public Works Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance - Managing Cyber Forensic & Digital Incidents

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Administration - Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • Master of Public Administration - General Study
  • Master of Public Administration - Government Administration
  • Master of Public Administration - Health and Human Services
  • Master of Public Administration - Nonprofit Organizations
  • Master of Public Administration - Public Personnel Management

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MEng in Energetic Concepts (Online)
  • MEng in Fire Protection Engineering (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Economics - Applied Economics (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master's - Business Administration: Public Administration (Online)
  • Master's - Organizational Management: Public Administration (Online)
  • Master's - Public Administration (Online)

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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:

  • Master of Public Management - Healthcare Management (Online)
  • Master of Science - Conflict Management (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MBA - Law Enforcement & Corrections
  • MSEd - Mental Health Counceling

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

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

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MA in Human Service
  • MA in Human Services - Mental Health Administration
  • MA in Psychology - Criminology and Justice Studies
  • MA in Psychology - Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • MA in Psychology - Mental Health Administration

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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)

Illinois Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Chicago

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Emergency Management Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration: Human Rights Advocacy Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration: Urban Mental Health Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Campuses: Chicago

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology

Florida Criminal Justice Schools

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

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Campuses: Sarasota

Degrees Offered:

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

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Campuses: Royal Palm Beach

Degrees Offered:

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

Campuses: Tampa, Orlando, Palm Beach Gardens, Ft. Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Maitland, Jacksonville, Miami

Degrees Offered:

  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Forensics Management
  • Master of Business Administration - Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Security Management

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
  • Master of Public Administration in State and Local Government
  • Master of Public Administration in Homeland Security
  • Master of Science in Human Services
  • MBA - Public Administration Specialization

Campuses: Flagstaff, Phoenix

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Health (MS)

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
  • Master of Public Administration in Homeland Security
  • Master of Public Administration in State and Local Government

Campuses: Layton, Provo, Murray, Ogden, Lehi, 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 Public Administration in Homeland Security
  • Master of Public Administration in State and Local Government

Campuses: Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Denver

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Health (MS)

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Campuses: Denver

Degrees Offered:

  • MA in Psychology - Mental Health Administration
  • MA in Human Service
  • MA in Human Services - Mental Health Administration
  • MA in Psychology - Mediation and Conflict Resolution

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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, Alameda, San Bernardino, Orange

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Concentration
  • Master of Public Administration in Homeland Security
  • Master of Public Administration in State and Local Government

Campuses: Thousand Oaks, Oxnard

Degrees Offered:

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

Campuses: Los Angeles, Irvine

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology

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Campuses: Los Angeles

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Counseling Psychology - Mental Health Administration

Campuses: San Marcos, San Diego, National City

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Health (MS)

Georgia Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Atlanta

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Concentration

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Campuses: Savannah

Degrees Offered:

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

Campuses: Savannah, Morrow, Roswell, Lithonia, Augusta, Atlanta, Douglasville, Columbus

Degrees Offered:

  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Forensics Management
  • Master of Business Administration - Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Security Management
  • Master of Science in Information Assurance

Texas Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Farmers Branch

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Concentration
  • Master of Public Administration in State and Local Government
  • Master of Public Administration in Homeland Security

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Campuses: Round Rock

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Campuses: San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Plano, Cedar Hill, Stafford

Degrees Offered:

  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Forensics Management
  • Master of Business Administration - Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Security Management
  • Master of Science in Information Assurance

Virginia Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Arlington

Degrees Offered:

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

Campuses: Glen Allen, Virginia Beach

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Campuses: Woodbridge, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Richmond, Glen Allen, Fredericksburg, Various Locations, Ashburn, Manassas, Chesapeake, Midlothian, Arlington, Alexandria

Degrees Offered:

  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Forensics Management
  • Master of Business Administration - Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Security Management

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Campuses: Arlington

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Forensic and Legal Psychology
  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Minnesota Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Eagan

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Concentration
  • Master of Public Administration in State and Local Government
  • Master of Public Administration in Homeland Security

Tennessee Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Nashville

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Administration in Homeland Security
  • Master of Public Administration in State and Local Government

Campuses: Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville

Degrees Offered:

  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Forensics Management
  • Master of Business Administration - Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Security Management
  • Master of Science in Information Assurance

Washington Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Seattle

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Administration in Homeland Security

District of Columbia Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Washington

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology

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Campuses: Washington

Degrees Offered:

  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Forensics Management
  • Master of Business Administration - Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master of Science in Information Assurance
  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Security Management

Ohio Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Warrensville Heights

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

North Carolina Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: High Point

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Campuses: Huntersville, Charlotte, Concord, Greensboro, Raleigh, Morrisville

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Business Administration - Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Security Management

Michigan Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Novi

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

South Carolina Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Columbia

Degrees Offered:

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

Campuses: Greenville, North Charleston, Columbia

Degrees Offered:

  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Forensics Management
  • Master of Business Administration - Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Security Management

Alabama Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Montgomery

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Administration

Campuses: Birmingham, Huntsville

Degrees Offered:

  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Forensics Management
  • Master of Business Administration - Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Security Management
  • Master of Science in Information Assurance

West Virginia Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Scott Depot

Degrees Offered:

  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Forensics Management
  • Master of Business Administration - Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master of Science in Information Assurance
  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Security Management

New Jersey Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Willingboro, Cherry Hill

Degrees Offered:

  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Forensics Management
  • Master of Business Administration - Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Security Management
  • Master of Science in Information Assurance

Maryland Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Baltimore

Degrees Offered:

  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Forensics Management
  • Master of Business Administration - Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Security Management
  • Master of Science in Information Assurance

Louisiana Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Metairie

Degrees Offered:

  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Forensics Management
  • Master of Business Administration - Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Security Management
  • Master of Science in Information Assurance

Delaware Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Newark

Degrees Offered:

  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Forensics Management
  • Master of Business Administration - Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master of Science in Information Assurance
  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Security Management

Mississippi Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Jacksonville

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Business Administration - Public Administration

Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Springfield, Philadelphia, Warrendale, Center Valley, King of Prussia, Trevose, Pittsburgh

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Business Administration - Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master's - Information Systems - Computer Security Management

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Campuses: Philadelphia

Degrees Offered:

  • Disaster Medicine and Management - Master's

Iowa Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Cedar Falls, IA

Degrees Offered:

  • MS - Criminal Justice
  • MS - Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Master of Public Health
  • MS - Environmental Policy
  • MS - Legal Studies
  • Master of Public Administration

New York Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Buffalo, Rochester

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Campuses: Rochester

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Computer Security

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)

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