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Online Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration

Program Ranked #7 in the nation by US News & World Report

(No GRE Required)

If you’re looking for an online criminal justice master’s degree program that will help you serve others honorably while achieving your career goals, University of the Cumberlands has the expertise, curriculum, and integrity you need to succeed.

What is a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration?

The online criminal justice master's degree program builds upon UC’s long tradition of community service and our commitment to ethical leadership. Our online master's in justice administration provides opportunities for rural and local criminal justice agency personnel to interact with other professionals employed in criminal justice administration jobs throughout the nation and gain a first-hand perspective of how larger agencies operate, including state and federal authorities. 

Developed by law enforcement professionals for law enforcement professionals, our online criminal justice MS degree program curriculum is planned with an awareness of the common prerequisites and academic preparation needed for students to pursue leadership roles in the field. This master’s in criminal justice online degree program is designed to accommodate both pre-professional students who wish to further their education and those already working in criminal justice careers who aim to advance within their respective agencies. 

The faculty leading our online criminal justice master's degree programs have extensive experience and are aware of the risks and pressures faced by personnel in the field. We are committed to working with non-traditional students in this master’s in criminal justice online degree program by allowing students to work, study and interact with faculty as permitted by their professional schedules. Our commitment extends to include students in the Ph.D. in Leadership with a Concentration in Criminal Justice, should you choose to continue your education.

The MS in criminal justice administration offers core areas of study, including criminology theory, ethical issues in justice administration, criminal law, and leadership fundamentals. From there, students choose a specialization track to follow with their online master's degree in criminal justice programs:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital Forensics
  • Corrections
  • Homeland Security
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Investigations
  • Addiction Studies
  • KLEC or equivalent

How Long Does a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Take?

How long it takes to complete an MS in criminal justice administration depends on you and your lifestyle. There are 31 credit hours required to complete the program, but you have up to four years to complete them. Our program is designed to accommodate working professionals, so you can build your class schedule around your work schedule. It’s possible to complete the program in as little as a year. An undergraduate criminal justice major is not required for admittance to the program, but it is possible to transfer credits awarded for criminal justice college courses from other accredited institutions. This can further reduce the cost and time necessary to complete the program.

Careers with a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration

A master’s degree in criminal justice administration prepares you for a variety of jobs in the security field, including:

  • Police Officer
  • Shift Supervisor
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Chief of Police
  • Criminal Justice Professor
  • Adjunct Professor

Two of the highest paying jobs you could pursue with this degree are in protective services and postsecondary instruction. Protective services include professions like police officers and detectives. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 7% job growth with an average salary of over $66,020 per year. Postsecondary instructors have the chance to live a quieter life, passing along what they’ve learned to future generations rather than fighting crime themselves. The BLS projects 8% job growth over the next decade, with an average annual salary of $96,910. Alternatively, you could consider any jobs requiring the foundation of critical thinking and people skills a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration would provide.


Costs for programs of study at University of the Cumberlands are competitive and affordable. Click here to view tuition rates and fees. 


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If you're researching online master's degrees in criminal justice, criminology, or justice administration in Kentucky, look no further. At University of the Cumberlands, not only do we offer one of the best master’s degrees in criminal justice programs in the nation, but you can stay at UC and further your education with a Ph.D. in Leadership with a Concentration in Criminal Justice. Call 855.791.7201 or simply fill out the form on this page for more information.

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