Online Master’s in Criminal Justice

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Time to completion:

1.5 Years

The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program from Saint Joseph’s University is a dynamic, top-to-bottom examination of the criminal justice system delivered from the perspective of industry leaders. The online criminal justice master’s program curriculum is designed to create scholar/practitioners – students who not only understand the latest research trends and administrative strategies in the criminal justice system, but also are working criminology professionals who can put those strategies into action.

Coursework in five career-focused concentrations emphasize criminological theory and research to provide you with foundational knowledge regarding the causes of crime and factors affecting it. You will also learn about ethics and the importance of equal justice for all, gain writing skills that will help with your communication abilities, and promote elevate your profile as an effective leader. You can apply what you learn in a wide variety of careers, from social work to law enforcement.


There are 1 million youth offenders brought before the court yearly.1 You can improve the juvenile justice system and help rehabilitate young offenders.


In 1824, the world saw its first juvenile-only house of reform open after recognizing that long-term behavior change is the result of rehabilitation, not punishment2.

The online master’s in criminal justice from Saint Joseph’s University is administered by a team of distinguished faculty sourced directly from the criminal justice field. The credentialed faculty provides feedback to ensure the education you receive at Saint Joseph’s University is the latest and most relevant and aligns with your professional goals.

Criminal Justice MS Curriculum Online

For students of SJU’s online master’s degree in criminal justice, four core courses must be taken to fulfill the requirements of the degree. In addition to the core criminal justice curriculum, you are offered a choice of career-building, criminology concentrations to match your interests and career goals:

General Track – Custom build your program by opting for the general track. Take the four core classes, then tailor your degree to your specific career goals with a selection of courses from the other concentrations.

Behavior Analysis - With applications in a variety of fields, from criminal justice and rehabilitation to education and professional development, this concentration focuses on preparing and qualifying you to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam. The Behavior Analysis concentration is ideal for educators, mental health experts, school resource officers, and others who examine and address the underlying causes of human behavior. This concentration is also offered as a post-graduate certification.

Behavior Management - Learn about therapeutic techniques and other strategies for modifying destructive behaviors, including those related to addiction and violence, among all populations, but particularly minors. Coursework emphasizes stress management, treatments for anti-social behavior, and the legal aspects of this type of treatment. This concentration is well suited for those interested in working with adjudicated youth, parolees, and special needs individuals in a therapeutic support setting.

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging - In this concentration, you will learn to apply forward-thinking diversity and inclusion principles in criminal justice contexts. You'll also gain a deep understanding of the social dynamics and constructs that result in implicit bias, discrimination and marginalization.

Federal Law Enforcement - This program provides advanced knowledge of criminal investigation and apprehension at the federal level. Specialized courses develop essential cognitive skills and methodologies, including critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and legal procedures, in order for students to excel in careers focused on investigation, prosecution support, conviction, and criminal corrections control.

Intelligence and Crime Analysis - This program focuses on researching the contemporary functions of strategic, tactical, and operational intelligence, and understanding its influence upon crime prevention policy. Students will examine how law enforcement intelligence relates to organizational relationships, planning, and decision-making.

Homeland Security - The Homeland Security concentration goes beyond terrorism to cover all areas of citizen safety, from emergency management and natural disaster relief to border protection and counterintelligence. This concentration is ideal for front-line criminal justice professionals who want to pursue high-ranking positions at the local, state, and federal levels.

For it is here at Saint Joseph's that our minds have been cultivated.

Laurie Sacerdote

In all of our criminology concentrations, exceptional faculty again set Saint Joseph’s University apart. In fact, multiple members of our online faculty are board certified behavior analysts (BCBAs) at Saint Joseph’s University, meaning you’ll learn from those who drive the industry.

Take a moment to gain more insight on this growing field by visiting Saint Joseph’s University’s content resource center where you will find articles, interactive curriculum experiences, and student testimonials specific to criminal justice.

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Saint Joseph’s University and what it can do for your career, call (215) 473-2695 to speak with a program manager or request more information.



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