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Master's Degree in Criminal Justice: Federal Law Enforcement Concentration
One industry that doesn’t face the threat of outsourcing is federal law enforcement. Our federal government employs law enforcement officers throughout 70 departments and independent agencies around the nation to protect citizens and corporations from the threat of criminal activity. The large number of agencies that employ law enforcement officers also means that there are a great many different career paths in federal law enforcement you can pursue. Whether you want to serve on the front lines as a federal agent or solve crimes against civilians and the U.S. government as a federal criminal investigator, there is a world of possibilities for anyone interested in working in federal law enforcement.
While the nature of the concentrations varies, professionals in this field use cognitive skills and methodologies, interpersonal and communication abilities, management techniques, and strategic planning to solve crime.
Your Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a Federal Law Enforcement Concentration from Saint Joseph’s University will prepare you to lead in this rapidly growing and coveted field of security and investigation, allowing you to differentiate yourself as an authority among your peers. Traditional departments students strive to work within include CIA, DHS, and the FBI. To learn more about what you can expect, check out the FBI profiler job description.
The Federal Law Enforcement Concentration provides advanced knowledge of criminal investigation, criminology and apprehension at the federal level. Specialized courses develop essential cognitive skills and methodologies, including critical thinking, analytical reasoning and legal procedures, in order to excel in careers focused on investigation, prosecution support, conviction, and criminal corrections control. Students will also take courses in forensic financial analysis, terrorism, and homeland security to gain an understanding of the current issues in federal law enforcement as well as an understanding of the tools, strategies, and techniques used by federal law enforcement officers.
The 30-credit online curriculum requires degree candidates to take four (4) core courses, two (2) required concentration courses, two (2) specialized courses and two (2) electives. Electives may be chosen from any of our online course offerings, excluding Behavior Analysis.
Federal Law Enforcement Education Requirements
Most entry-level federal law enforcement positions require a four-year bachelor’s degree and/or prior experience in law enforcement or military service. Applicants without prior experience must either demonstrate superior academic achievement in their undergraduate college degree program or possess a master’s degree or higher in criminal justice, sociology, political science, or a closely related field. Federal law enforcement jobs at the GL-9 paygrade require applicants with no prior experience to possess a master’s degree regardless of undergraduate academic achievement.
Why Specialize in Federal Law Enforcement?
Within law enforcement and criminal justice communities, some of the most desirable jobs are found in the federal government. Concentrating your graduate-level criminal justice studies in federal law enforcement will make you a more desirable candidate for competitive positions at the top agencies. If you want to work in federal law enforcement, Saint Joseph’s University’s specialized Federal Law Enforcement track will give you an edge over your peers as well as a foundation on which you can build a successful career as a federal law enforcement officer. Click here to learn more.
You may be eligible to receive Federal Financial Assistance in the form of student loans or grants. Saint Joseph's University Online uses the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to determine award amounts.