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Further your understanding of the law while advancing your career in criminal justice.

You not only understand the law, but also have desire to learn how to enforce it. Coursework in this program focuses on developing your skills in the criminal justice field, and focusing on your leadership and decision-making skills.

In this program, you will study criminal justice topics and theories, as well as criminal justice policy, ethics, administration, and practical application.

This program consists of four online criminal justice leadership courses for a total of 12 credit hours.

  • CRJ500: Criminological Theory

    This course surveys the major schools of thought about crime causation (sociological, psychological, and biological), identifies the primary positions of each theoretical approach, examines the role of theories in reasoning and organizing studies of crime and control, and discerns policy implications of various theories. In completing the course, students will gain/improve their library research skills and acquaint themselves with APA style and citing sources.

  • CRJ530: Ethics, Justice, and Social Control

    This course explores the theory, practice, and application of ethics to the field of criminal justice. Students explore the role ethics plays in law enforcement, in the courts, and in corrections, to gain a basic understanding of how ethics meshes with the practice of criminal justice. The course further examines the ways in which ethics and popular constructions of ethics have influenced and continue to impact justice policy.

  • CRJ540: Criminal Justice Policy Development and Analysis

    This course explores the process of policy making in the justice system, including an examination of the ways policy decisions impact criminal justice organizations. Students will learn the fundamentals of the policy process, including agenda setting, implementation, and evaluation. Students will also explore the impact of media and other external forces on setting the policy agenda at the local, state, and federal levels. This course will prepare the student for further inquiry into policy making and the policy process, providing a solid foundation for students to understand the role of policy in justice system practices.

  • CRJ550: Administration and Management of Criminal Justice Organizations

    This course links theories of organizational behavior to the management of justice organizations. Students will examine challenges facing criminal justice leaders who manage resources and employees and who are responsible for public safety. Class discussions will expand students' understanding of what differentiates criminal justice organizations from private and other public organizations.

You have two options for completing your online criminal justice leadership program:

#1 - Certificate of Completion or #2 Specialization


A Non-Degree Certificate of Completion

Quickly enhance your resume by gaining knowledge and skills in a specific area that meets your career goals.

If you decide you’re interested in earning your full degree at a later date, the credits you earned in your Certificate of Completion program can count towards your degree!

Call us and learn more about getting started as a non-degree seeking student.


A Specialization in Your Master's Degree

Add an area of focus to your degree that can help you stand out to future employers.


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