The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) degree is designed for professionals within the legal system who want to advance their career or strengthen their knowledge.
Offered by the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Louisville, the criminal justice online master’s degree delivers a forward-thinking curriculum that emphasizes ethics, responsibility and social dynamics in addition to the theory and practice of criminal justice procedures and research methods helping you move yourself, and our society, forward. You will learn from award-winning faculty with extensive expertise in the criminal justice system, justice administration, theories of crime and delinquency, legal issues in criminal justice, and advanced statistics and research methods.
Tuition rate does not include costs associated with a specific course or program, such as textbooks
Complete your degree on your own time through fully online and accelerated classesLearn More
Earn your degree in 12 courses: 5 core, 6 electives and 1 professional research paper.Learn More
Accelerated 8-week courses, help you balance your education, career and personal life.
"Getting a master’s degree in criminal justice helps you elevate yourself in whatever trajectory that you’re in. Learning the leadership skills, and the legal parameters and ethical parameters within criminal justice, certainly will put you ahead of those who don’t have that."
The expertise you’ll develop as a student in the criminal justice master’s program will enable you to become an advocate of justice. You’ll develop a deeper understanding of ethics, history, personnel management, corrections, cybercrime, juvenile justice, international terrorism and more. Specific expertise gained from the program includes:
Some of the career opportunities available to M.S. in Criminal Justice graduates are:
Relevantly, the 2019-2029 occupational outlook for police officers and detectives is expected to grow 5% nationwide, which is faster than the average national occupation growth rate and have a median annual salary of $67,290 (bls.gov). The occupational outlook for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists within the same timeframe is expected to grow 4% nationwide, which is as fast as the national average and has a median annual salary of $55,690 (bls.gov).
|Priority Deadline*||Term||Start Date|
|July 1||Fall I||August|
|September 1||Fall II||October|
|December 1||Spring I||January|
|February 1||Spring II||March|
Note: We admit students on a rolling basis. The preferred deadlines help you complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance and enroll before the term begins. We review applications as they become complete, and admit students for a specific term up to the day classes start. We recommend you work on and submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time.
With 8-week terms and multiple starts per year, admission to the UofL online criminal justice master’s program is granted on a rolling basis. We encourage applicants to submit all required credentials 6 weeks prior to the beginning of a term (January, March, May, August, October).
Use the MSCJ Application Checklist [PDF] to review the requirement and steps you must take to complete your application.
For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send all materials to:
University of Louisville
2211 S. Brook Street
Louisville, KY 40292
You may transfer up to six credit hours of coursework from an accredited college or university.*
*See the Graduate School Transfer of Credit Policy for more information.
The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a 36-credit hour program that requires 15 credit hours in core criminal justice courses, 18 credit hours in electives and one professional research paper (worth 3 credit hours).
|CJ 621 The Criminal Justice System||3|
|CJ 625 Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice Management||3|
|CJ 643 Theories of Crime and Delinquency||3|
|CJ 649 Applied Statistics in Criminal Justice||3|
|CJ 650 Research Methods in Criminal Justice||3|
|Total Core Credits Required||15|
|CJ 698 Professional Research Paper||3|
|Course [choose 6]||Credit Hours|
|CJ 500 Crime and Criminal Justice in the Cinema||3|
|CJ 505 International Terrorism||3|
|CJ 507 Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design||3|
|CJ 509 Crime Analysis||3|
|CJ 516 Juvenile Justice Issues||3|
|CJ 519 Domestic & Family Violence||3|
|CJ 520 Capital Punishment||3|
|CJ 521 White Collar Crime||3|
|CJ 522 Serial Murder||3|
|CJ 523 Race and Gender Issues in Criminal Justice||3|
|CJ 530 Introduction to Homeland Security||3|
|CJ 531 Covert Operations in Policing||3|
|CJ 576 Managing Organization Performance||3|
|CJ 578 Criminal Justice Leadership||3|
|CJ 580 International Service Learning: CJ Seminar||3|
|CJ 596 Seminar in Criminal Justice||3|
|CJ 597 Ethics in Criminal Justice||3|
|CJ 602 Criminal Justice History||3|
|CJ 605 Police and Society||3|
|CJ 606 Personnel Management in Criminal Justice System||3|
|CJ 607 Seminar in Law and Justice||3|
|CJ 609 Economic Analysis of Crime||3|
|CJ 610 Theoretical Foundation of Corrections||3|
|CJ 611 Critical Issues in Corrections||3|
|CJ 612 Criminal Justice Administration: Police||3|
|CJ 613 Advanced Comparative Criminal Justice Systems||3|
|CJ 614 Seminar in Policing||3|
|CJ 626 Emergency Management||3|
|CJ 627 Computer & Cyber Crime||3|
|CJ 630 Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience||3|
|CJ 644 Seminar in Juvenile Justice||3|
|CJ 652 Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice||3|
|CJ 653 Communities and Crime||3|
|CJ 655 International Perspectives on Violence||3|
|CJ 656 Crime Mapping||3|
|CJ 665 Special Topics in Justice and Criminology||3|
|CJ 670 Directed Studies/Readings||3|
Lambda Alpha Epsilon and Alpha Phi Sigma stream all of their meetings as well as their lunch and learns. Visit our website to learn of any additional new ways that you, as an online student, can be connected with our on-campus students and faculty.
The Department of Criminal Justice faculty actively engage in community service. These partnerships provide opportunities for internships and networking that enhance the student experience.
Our faculty has been awarded research grants totaling more than 4.5 million dollars. Granting agencies include:
The faculty are active members in the following professional organizations: