M.Sc. Criminal Justice (online)

Walden University
In the M.S. in Criminal Justice program at Walden University, you will learn about the causes of criminal activity and its influence on law enforcement, courts, and correction on major levels of government. Benefit from a unique curriculum that explores criminal behavior in the context of hot topic issues such as criminal activity using modern technology and homeland security. Receive a 20% tuition reduction when you start on February 29, 2016.
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The M.S. in Criminal Justice program at Walden University offers a unique blend of criminal theory, human services, technology, homeland security, and management content that provides a useful base of practical knowledge and skills. Explore complex criminal justice issues and gain knowledge in the broad field of criminal justice, including how law enforcement, courts, and corrections function and interact at the local, state, and federal level. Choose from a wide array of available specializations.

  • Global Leadership
  • Emergency Management
  • Homeland Security Policy
  • Homeland Security Policy and Coordination
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Policy Analysis
  • Public Management and Leadership
  • Self-Designed
  • Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace
Why choose Walden’s M.S. in Criminal Justice program?

Present day criminals have developed new ways to conduct illegal acts using the latest technologies. Modern criminal justice professionals must be prepared to adapt to these techniques in order to appropriately react to criminal activity. Walden’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice program offers a unique blend of criminal behavior theory along with technology training, homeland security, and management skills applicable to modern challenges. Evaluate the causes of crime and their impact on the criminal justice system.

Walden’s M.S. in Criminal Justice program addresses the needs of early to mid-career professionals who aspire to develop their knowledge and take advantage of future opportunities.

Study outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Analyze historical trends in criminal justice.
  2. Evaluate factors related to the impact of crime on criminal justice practices.
  3. Analyze the impact of the criminal justice process on victims and perpetrators.
  4. Synthesize principles from criminal justice theories to promote positive social change.
  5. Compare the interactions between law enforcement, courts, and corrections within the criminal justice system at all levels of government.
  6. Discuss how criminal justice laws and policies are adopted, implemented, and evaluated.
Career opportunities

M.S. in Criminal Justice program at Walden University opens the way to a variety of career opportunities such as:

  • Ballistics expert
  • Border patrol agent
  • Deputy sheriff
  • Detective
  • Narcotics officer
  • Private investigator
  • Courthouse security officer
  • Federal probation officer
  • Sentencing analyst
  • Correctional officer
  • Parole officer
  • Placement officer
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officer
  • National Park Service ranger
  • Postal inspector
  • University police officer
  • Victim’s assistance provider

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Anytime
Start date Any time
Duration full-time 21 months
Delivery mode Online
Educational variant Part-time
Intensity Flexible
Part-time variant Flexible
Structure Fully structured
Student interaction No interaction at all
Attendance No Attendance
Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Courses include

Quarter 1
  • Foundations of Graduate Study
  • Criminal Behavior
Quarter 2
  • Controversies in Criminal Justice
  • Organizational Management and Leadership
Quarter 3
  • Criminal Justice Research
  • Ethics and Social Justice
Quarter 4
  • Special Populations
  • Technological Solutions and 21st-Century Crime
Quarter 5
  • Victimology
  • Applied Communications


Admission requirements for Walden’s programs vary but generally include the following:

  • Official transcript(s)
  • A bachelor degree or higher
  • Applicable test scores
  • Completed online application
  • Employment history
  • List of transfer credits

Applicants must have successfully completed a higher education/ university-level degree or a comparable university degree. Additional academic qualifications may also be considered.

Applicants who do not have graduated yet at the time of the application deadline, but who expect to graduate before the beginning of the program, can also apply for admission subject to timely graduation.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Technological Requirements

Computer and internet access.

More Information


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Founded in 1970, Walden University is a global leader in student-centred online education. A regionally accredited institution in the United States, Walden University attracts a community of extraordinary students and faculty from around the world.

Our quality online programs feature nationally recognized experts, accomplished faculty, and visionary leaders—all professionals who are dedicated to upholding the university’s high academic standards.


Walden University’s mission is to provide a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change. Three values—quality, integrity, and student-centred approach—are at the core of the university. A commitment to these values demands high standards of excellence, uncompromising openness and honesty, and primary attention to the progress of our students.


Accreditation is an important hallmark of quality. When evaluating credentials, employers and universities often look for applicants who earned their degrees from accredited universities.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. The North Central Association is one of the six regional accrediting associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The North Central Association is a U.S. membership organization for educational institutions that was created to develop and maintain high standards of academic excellence.

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