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Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MS)

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice at Fisher College is designed to prepare professionals for career advancement and for positions in specialized units.  Our program also prepares students for doctoral programs by enhancing their academic research and professional knowledge. The Masters of Science in Criminal Justice helps students develop the necessary problem-solving skills to address contemporary and evolving problems with innovative, ethical, and evidence-based solutions.  

This program is completed entirely online. This is a 30-credit program, so it can be completed in a few as 15 months.  A unique quality of this program is that students do not need to have a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or work experience in criminal justice to gain admission or succeed in the program.  Therefore, this program is for criminal justice professionals and aspiring criminal justice professionals alike.     

Learning Outcomes and Program Details

After completing the Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ), students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Comprehension of criminological theory, its relationship to criminal justice practices, and its ties to social, political, and economic factors
  • Proficiency in research design, both quantitative and qualitative, as well as, the ability to use research design to evaluate criminal justice policies and programs
  • Comprehension of ethical theories and their application to criminal justice practices, policies, programs and research, as well as, the ability to evaluate and resolve ethical issues in the field of criminal justice.
  • The ability to synthesize scholarly sources to evaluate criminal justice programs and policies, recognize policy and program implications, and guide policy and program decisions.
  • An understanding of leadership theories and their role in managing and leading criminal justice agencies.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills to address contemporary problems in criminal justice using innovative, ethical, and evidence based solutions.

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program consists of 10 3-credit courses for a total of 30 credits.

Program Format

Courses will be offered online in four 12-week terms. Students with continuous enrollment may complete the program in as little as 5 terms.


CJ501 Criminal Justice Administration
CJ510 Ethics in Criminal Justice
CJ516 Research Methods
CJ517 Descriptive and Inferential Statistics
CJ520 Criminological Theory
CJ602 Correlates of Crime
CJ603 Criminal Profiling
CJ610 Violence in America
CJ620 Criminal Justice Management
CJ625 Law and Social Control
CJ640 Contemporary Topics