Criminal Justice (M.S.) | AUM

Criminal Justice (M.S.)

Program Description

The Criminal Justice Master's degree is designed to be completed in one year, with a total of 30 semester hours.

Now more than ever before, the world needs committed and capable criminal justice managers. With a Master's Degree from AUM's program of Criminal Justice, you'll be qualified for a variety of criminal justice management and executive jobs at the local, state, and federal levels. You will have the ability to specialize in law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, and security administration.

Points of Pride

  • The Department Head is an experienced former Deputy Chief of Police of a Southern California Police Department.
  • Our full-time faculty have published scholarly books and numerous peer-reviewed articles in prestigious journals, including Criminal Justice StudiesPolice QuarterlyInternational Journal of Police Science & Management, Homicide StudiesInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, and Criminology & Penology.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

The job outlook for criminal justice occupations is expected to be about average from 2014 to 2024, growing 5 percent and adding 64,000 jobs. The most recent median annual wage for criminal justice occupations was $76,860 – more than twice the median annual wage for all occupations.

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample


Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024

Police Officers and Detectives

$60,270 per year

4% (33,100 more jobs)

Crime and Intelligence Analysts

$58,550 per year

8% (21,200 more jobs)

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

$49,360 per year

4% (3,300 more jobs)

For More Information

Department of Criminal Justice
Auburn University at Montgomery
Clement Hall 319

Soaring Warhawks

  • Dr. Rodney Ellis is chancellor of Southern University at Shreveport in Louisiana.
  • Paul Register is Chief of Police of the Auburn Police Department.
  • Louis Franklin is the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama
  • Kevin Murphy served as Montgomery’s Police Chief and is now Chief Deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

For entrance into this program, applicants are required to submit their undergraduate transcripts. If the applicant has an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher the MAT or GRE entrance exams are waived.

Course sampling specific to the Criminal Justice concentration includes:

Required Courses 27 Semester Hours

Course #

Course Name

JUST 6403

Advanced Criminal Justice Information Systems

JUST 6510

Criminal Justice Planning and Budgeting

JUST 6642

Criminal Justice Writing

JUST 6700

Research Methods

JUST 6850

Personnel Administration

JUST 6410

Law Enforcement Administration

JUST 6220*

JUST 6750*

Ethics in Criminal Justice*

Survey of Crime Theories*

JUST 6420*

JUST 6430*

Correctional Administration*

Community Corrections*

JUST 6370*

JUST 6580*

Security Administration*

Loss Prevention*

JUST 6610*

JUST 6670*

Juvenile Justice Administration*

Family Law*


Elective Courses 3 Semester Hours

Course #

Course Name

JUST 6630


JUST 6924


JUST 6932

Directed Research

JUST 6972

Special Topics (i.e. Research in Violent Crimes)

JUST 6250

Cyber & White Collar Crime

JUST 6819

Cold Case Investigations

JUST 6400

Crime Analysis

JUST 6105

Women in Criminal Justice

JUST 6200

Comparative Criminal Justice

JUST 6505