If you’re working in law enforcement or interested in branching out into a new field and looking to pursue your master’s, you may have wondered what you can do with a criminal justice degree.
A master’s in criminal justice can help a law enforcement officer get promoted, sharpen critical skills for someone in a criminal justice-related field or serve as an entry point for a competitive job, such as a position at a federal agency.
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is designed to provide advanced preparation for those interested in professional careers in the justice and public safety field or those who wish to pursue doctoral study. The degree is designed to be completed in one year, with a total of 30 semester hours.
Depending on their career objectives, candidates for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree have three options to demonstrate competence:
The Criminal Justice Department also offers a master’s degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
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 nationally.
The most recent median annual wage for criminal justice occupations was $76,860 – more than twice the median annual wage for all occupations. You can explore potential available careers through the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample
Median Annual Pay
Job Growth through 2028
Police Officers and Detectives
Detectives and Criminal Investigators
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
Department of Criminal Justice
Auburn University at Montgomery
Clement Hall 319
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:
Survey of Crime Theories*
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