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If you’re looking to advance your career in criminal justice or start a new path, Xavier is the place for you. Xavier University’s online Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program emphasizes criminal justice administration, training students to provide effective and efficient oversight in matters related to criminal justice and criminal justice research. This flexible online criminal justice master’s program is specifically tailored to students who have set their sights on careers in middle and upper management in the criminal justice system and for students looking to pursue advanced study in a doctoral program or law school. As part of their online master’s degree training, students will study criminal justice work-related topics, and develop leadership and management skills valuable in the justice system, such as public relations, accounting, finance, human resources, policy formulation, budgeting, human interaction, crisis strategies, organizational behavior and writing skills.
In addition to the best online program for a criminal justice master’s degree, Xavier University also offers a 9-credit, fully-online Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration that can be completed in as little as one year! This online criminal justice master’s program is designed for busy professionals with an undergraduate degree who want to advance in the criminal justice system and possibly apply credits towards a master’s degree in criminal justice. The online master’s program in criminal justice prepares professionals with a graduate degree looking to enhance their administration skills and credentials for career advancement.
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Xavier University’s online Master of Science in Criminal Justice consists of 30 credit hours, which can be completed in as little as 1 year (attending full time). The master’s degree in Criminal Justice online is structured for working professionals. Because of this, courses are offered in online or online blended formats where students will be face-to-face with an instructor on selected weekends throughout the semester. For the master’s degree in criminal justice program, online coursework consists of 10 core courses designed to provide comprehensive coverage of the field of criminal justice online with an emphasis on administration.
The Master’s in Criminal Justice online will only be granted to those who have completed 30 credit hours, including research requirements. At the end of the Master’s in Criminal Justice degree program, a comprehensive written exam on the field is required. In order to graduate, students must also maintain an overall grade point average of 2.800. Students with a Master’s in Criminal Justice are required to take ten core courses that provide a comprehensive knowledge base of criminal justice with an administrative concentration. The classes required for a Master’s in Criminal Justice are:
The online Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration is a 9-credit program that consists of 3 administration-focused courses that can be taken on your schedule. (Credits might also apply toward a master’s degree should you decide to pursue further studies.)
Our online Criminal Justice program offers a flexible student experience, giving learners the option to start the program at multiple times throughout the year.
To apply for official acceptance as a degree-seeking student of the Criminal Justice (M.S.) program, submit the following:
One official transcript directly from all colleges or universities that you have attended for any undergraduate and graduate course work. Applicants must have a degree from a regionally accredited university. Send transcripts to:
ATTN: Admission Processing Center
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45207-5131
For electronic transcripts, send to:
GPA Requirements are:
Applicants not meeting the GPA requirements can submit official test scores for the GRE, MAT or LSAT.
Students may complete an application form and register for up to 6 graduate credit hours as a “non-degree seeking graduate student” before they are formally admitted in the program.
Xavier University is authorized to offer this fully online degree program in all states.
View the complete list of approved states on the State Authorization page.
Dr. Hurst’s interests center on juvenile perceptions and experiences related to the criminal justice system, and issues surrounding gender and crime. Recent research with youths in the Midwest has led to a series of articles on the determinants of juveniles’ attitudes towards the police, and a comparative analysis of black and white youths’ attitudes and perceptions of police treatment. Dr. Hurst has also published articles related to the criminal justice ideology of youths and the experiences and attitudes of teenage girls as they relate to the justice system. Dr. Hurst’s research on women in the criminal justice system includes a book chapter and a current research project that explore rehabilitative programs available to women.
Criminal justice professions in law enforcement careers deal with the protection of the community and people. Law enforcement agents respond to emergencies, work on crime prevention and apprehend criminals. Some of the most common jobs in the criminal justice system for this category include:
Criminal justice professions in criminology combine sociology and criminal specializations to examine criminal behavior in society, cultures and organizations. Some of the most common jobs in the criminal justice system for this category include:
Both of these positions involve criminal justice theory, investigating crimes, undercover work and testimony. District Attorneys may also serve warrants and collaborate with other agencies on cases.
A victim advocate provides information and notification of court proceedings, offers emotional support and victims rights information.
This role works with convicted criminals to help rehabilitate and reintroduce them to the community.
Criminal justice professions in homeland security deal with the security of our people and borders. Some of the most common jobs in the criminal justice system for homeland security include:
An intelligence analyst gathers and analyzes data from a multitude of sources such as law enforcement databases, surveillance, intelligence networks and GIS systems. This career in homeland security focuses on using information gathered to anticipate and prevent organized crime like terrorist attacks.
ICE agents prevent illegal trafficking across the nation’s borders as well as illegal immigration. These agents work with Homeland Security and US Customs and Border Protection.
FBI agents investigate drug trafficking, terrorism, white-collar crime, extortion, and foreign counterintelligence at a national level.
DEA agents are focused specifically on illegal drug trafficking and can be a national or international position.
Cyber investigation is the process of tracking criminals via the computer. Cybercrimes such as internet fraud, pornography, hacking, copyright infringement, and malicious viral attacks can be performed locally or worldwide. Cybersecurity investigators use a wide variety of techniques and tools to search for and apprehend cybercriminals.
People entering the criminal justice system have often already earned associates or bachelors degrees in another field. Corrections officers, court advocates, paralegals and cybercrime specialists may all have a bachelor’s degree in a field such as social work, psychology, law, or IT. No matter the college degree, a Master’s in Criminal Justice will help you begin or further your career in the public or private sector as a criminal justice professional and prepare you for leadership positions in the future.
The tuition rate for the online Criminal Justice program is $655 per credit hour. The total cost of the online master’s in criminal justice program will vary, depending upon transfer credits awarded, additional fees and the cost of textbooks/materials. See the Tuition page for more information.
You will need to review the syllabus for each of your criminal justice courses to determine how to obtain materials (print and digital) you will need for your online criminal justice course. The Xavier Bookstore and/or Library will be happy to assist you in finding course materials. Some readings or media lessons may be posted digitally within the online course itself or in Xavier’s E-Reserves system.
If you are new to online learning at Xavier University, we encourage you to go through the student orientation for online courses.
The Technology Services website offers great resources to support online students.
We encourage you to take advantage of the library’s online resources.
Xavier University prides itself on upholding the value of “cura personalis,” or “care of the whole person,” in its classes. University faculty maintain those values in our online courses by constructing activities that build a sense of community among participants and by making themselves available for questions and instructional support.