Master of Science in Criminal Justice
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program educates new practitioners and provides professional education necessary for those seeking career advancement in both administration and practice. The administrative area emphasizes the formulation and implementation of policies, laws, and management issues such as decision making, fiscal responsibility, program evaluation and performance evaluation. The practice area focuses on understanding specific methods, techniques, and skills utilized in the criminal and juvenile justice systems when interacting with victims, offenders, and other professionals.
This 12-month MSCJ degree program is a pivotal link in the region, as currently no other private higher education non-profit school offers an online MSCJ degree.
One of the Most Affordable Online MSCJ Programs in the Southeast
The NCWU online MSCJ graduate degree is one of our most popular degrees at NC Wesleyan. Students enroll in the Master of Criminal Justice program for a very good reason! It’s one of the best and most affordable compared to other programs in the southeast. This 33-credit hour graduate program is taught by world-class faculty and includes one-on-one mentoring with faculty & staff, applied learning opportunities, low tuition, and tutoring and career counseling. We offer concentrations in Criminal Justice Administration and Criminal Justice Practice.
Explore the MSCJ degree TODAY and begin your journey to practicing administrative duties in the criminal justice sector.
Program Features & Highlights:
Take classes from anywhere! Balance work, home and school with this 100% online, accelerated 8-week term program.
Complete your degree at your pace with a full-time or part-time schedule. Featuring multiple start times per year, begin when you are ready.
NCWU’s graduate tuition rates are extremely competitive compared to other graduate schools in the U.S.
Our engaging faculty have real-world professional experience to ensure you are challenged and supported through practical coursework.
MSCJ Program Overview
Applicants seeking admission to the MSCJ program must meet these four requirements:
- An undergraduate degree in subject or related field
- Resume with two references (Must be able to provide reference letters upon request)
Note: MSCJ students require two years of experience in criminal justice or related field. Students not meeting this criteria will be required to complete an internship once admitted to the program
- Complete a statement of purpose
- Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5
Note: Graduate school applicants with a cumulative GPA below 2.5 may still be considered based upon other factors submitted in the application
Fall Semester: June 1
Spring Semester: November 1
Summer Session: March 1
Criminal Justice Administration
The administrative area emphasizes the formulation and implementation of policies, laws, and management issues such as decision making, fiscal responsibility, program evaluation, and performance evaluation. Students have the opportunity to apply this knowledge to practical exercises within their employment setting or other criminal justice agency.
Criminal Justice Practice
The practice area will focus on understanding specific methods, techniques, and skills utilized in the criminal and juvenile justice systems when interacting with victims, offenders, and other professionals. Students have the opportunity to explore best practices when dealing with terrorism, human trafficking, and chemical dependency.
- JUS 600: Overview of Criminal Justice
- JUS 610: Victimology
- JUS 620: Criminological Theories
- JUS 630: Research Methods
- JUS 640: Current and Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
- JUS 690: Capstone
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice requires the completion of 33 semester hours of credit (18 hours core courses and 15 semester hours elective courses).
What are the courses like in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice at NCWU?
Check out our latest university catalog for learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plans of study for NC Wesleyan University’s MSCJ Program.
- Correctional Officer Supervisor
- Police Supervisor
- Detective Supervisor
- Security Manager
- Lead Criminal Investigator
- District Attorney Investigator
- Lead Probation Officer
- Director of Court Services
- Criminal Profiler
- U.S. Marshal
- Federal Agent
- College Level Professor
- Criminal Justice Manager