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Criminal Justice

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice focuses on developing the professional skills necessary to assume leadership positions within the criminal justice field. This online master’s program addresses national and local security issues as well as effective countermeasures and subsequent changes in the U.S. criminal justice system. You will explore criminal law, juvenile and delinquent behavior, security, and terrorism in a post-9/11 world. Our criminal justice programs are among the most popular at the university, bringing you peer interactions and an expanded network of criminal justice professionals who are dedicated to safeguarding their communities and nation.

This program is taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who hold key positions in government agencies or criminal justice organizations.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Distinguish between the major systems of criminal justice and how the functions of police, prosecution, courts, and corrections interface.
  • Analyze the various biological and psychological theories and philosophies of criminal behavior as they influence modern developments in punishment, sentencing, and corrections.
  • Evaluate the various definitions, objectives, and issues of new or emergent criminal threats, such as terrorism, and how they compare and contrast with traditional criminal behavior theories.
  • Assess the rule of law and changes to it as it pertains to direct and indirect influence and impact on social reactions to crime, corrections, and victims of crime.
  • Critically examine landmark criminal justice cases, from the Supreme Court down to local levels, and determine their cultural, social, and economic impact.
  • Apply the concepts of professional and ethical behavior within the criminal justice system.

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Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Business Administration

Layers on business skills required for effective leadership and management in criminal justice organizations. Covers concepts of accounting principles, financial tools, and economic analysis for effective managerial decision making, while exploring the role of decision-making models and tools for resolving business problems.

BUSN602

Managerial Analysis

BUSN603

Quantitative Analysis

BUSN625

Applied Decision Making

BUSN620

Strategic Management

MGMT605

Leadership

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Emergency Management and Disaster Management

Probes emergency management principles and theory, including hazard analysis, mitigation, planning, communication, response, recovery, terrorism, and the capabilities and limitations of the emergency management system. Covers effective interagency cooperation at the federal, state, and local levels.

EDMG501

Emergency Management and Public Law

EDMG560

Crisis Action Planning

EDMG503

Emergency and Disaster Planning and Management

EDMG509

Interagency Disaster Management

EDMG502

Emergency and Disaster Theory

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General

This general concentration allows you to select from more than two dozen different concentration courses offered within this program, enabling you to create your own focused area of study. View course catalog for details.

EDMG501

Emergency Management and Public Law

BUSN602

Managerial Analysis

BUSN603

Quantitative Analysis

BUSN625

Applied Decision Making

EDMG560

Crisis Action Planning

EDMG503

Emergency and Disaster Planning and Management

EDMG509

Interagency Disaster Management

INTL623

Human Intelligence (HUMINT)

INTL650

Counterterrorism

BUSN620

Strategic Management

EDMG502

Emergency and Disaster Theory

EDMG541

Mass Casualty Incident Management

PADM530

Public Policy

PADM612

Public Finance

CMRJ515

Sexual Exploitation/Children

CMRJ518

Deviant Behavior

CMRJ524

Organized Crime

CMRJ525

Negotiations: Crisis and Hostage

CMRJ526

Drug Cartels and the Narcotics Threat

CMRJ527

Crime and Mental Disorders

CMRJ531

Criminal Profiling

CMRJ535

Victimology

INTL631

Criminal Intelligence Analysis

INTL646

Transnational Crime and Narcotics

CMRJ522

Forensics

CMRJ620

Policing and Corrections in Homeland Security

CMRJ601

Cases in Executive Decision Making

ACCT620

Forensic Accounting

MGMT600

Organizational Management

MGMT605

Leadership

SCMT529

International Terrorism

SCMT537

Computer Crime

LSTD510

Constitutional Law

SSGS690

Independent Study

MATH530

Applied Statistics

CMRJ504

Drugs, Justice, and Society

CMRJ523

Gangs and Gang Prevention

CMRJ591

Seminar on Juvenile Justice and Behavior

Admission Requirements

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.

An AMU admissions representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation after you complete the enrollment application.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an AMU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, AMU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

AMU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.

School of Security & Global Studies


School of Security & Global Studies

This program resides in the American Military University School of Security & Global Studies where many of the university’s flagship programs were created by experts from the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, the intelligence community, and private businesses throughout the world. The programs taught in the School of Security & Global Studies truly embody our Educating Those Who Serve motto because many of our students come from active-duty military and federal, state, and local government agencies.

The AMU faculty is committed to helping you apply educational theories to real-world challenges in preparation for leadership opportunities in criminal justice, public safety, public administration, national security, and more. Many of our professors are highly credentialed and respected leaders in their fields and currently work in the U.S. government.

At AMU, we understand your need for flexibility because most of our students are working adult learners who balance school around work and service commitments. This is why we offer 8-week or 16-week online courses that start monthly. Through an online virtual classroom, you’ll communicate with classmates and professors in forum communities as you work to complete your weekly assignments on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. And with our mobile application, you can work offline and upload your assignments when you reconnect – a strong benefit for deployed personnel.

We encourage you to browse the School of Security & Global Studies webpage to learn more about  what’s happening in the school and to find a program that’s right for you