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Are you ready to make a difference in your community and increase your effectiveness in the field of criminal justice? Embark on earning a master’s degree, and take your criminal justice career to the next level*. Capella’s online master’s program will expand your skills and knowledge of all the facets involved in working with courts, corrections, and policing. Taking the theoretical knowledge gained through the coursework, you can step confidently into applying that knowledge while working with individuals, groups, and communities. Expand your leadership abilities through real-world simulations that require adept critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

*Certain criminal justice fields may require prerequisites beyond the Capella MS, such as other degrees or certifications.

The courses in Capella’s online Master’s in Criminal Justice, focused on developing leaders, are taught by expert faculty providing evidence-based instruction. Coursework delves into human behavior, the corrections and judicial systems, social change and public policy, ethnic and cultural awareness, intelligence-led policing, and psychopathy and criminal profiling. A majority of the master’s courses fold directly into the Capella PhD in Criminal Justice program, saving you time and money if you decide to pursue a Capella PhD in Criminal Justice degree.

To learn more about this program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

Personalize Your Degree With a Concentration

A concentration gives you a unique learning path based on your personal and career goals. Concentrations are designed to integrate theory with real-world application for personalized learning without adding additional coursework to your program. Concentrations are available in:

  • Corrections—Learn the philosophy of punishment and the scope of corrections programs, such as probation, parole, incarceration, and treatment.
  • Criminology—Deepen your understanding of crime prevention, treatment programs, and criminal justice system interventions.
  • Higher Education—Prepare to teach in either traditional or online formats, and apply ethical decision-making, multicultural competence, and knowledge of diverse student populations to your personal philosophy of teaching.

Degree Outcomes

With your online Master's in Criminal Justice from Capella, you'll apply professional and personal ethics to make sound and ethical decisions in the field. You'll also hone your critical thinking and writing skills, applying theories and practices to help facilitate social change. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

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Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online Master's in Criminal Justice include: probation/parole officer, forensic investigator, police chief, sheriff, adjunct or part-time faculty, correctional counselor, criminal investigator, private investigator, court officer, drug enforcement officer, law enforcement officer/detective/investigator, probation, parole, and correctional administrator or commissioner, and prison warden. Potential workplaces include correctional facility or prison, federal government agency, law enforcement organization, municipal court system and state government agency.

To learn more, call 877.291.9265, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.