Online Criminal Justice Master's Courses

Anna Maria College's online Master of Science in Criminal Justice consists of 36 credit hours and 12 total courses. It is delivered in a flexible online format and can be completed in one year or less.

Required courses are focused on areas most relevant to experienced criminal justice professionals including ethics, research design, statistical analysis and criminology. At the end of your program, you will also complete either a capstone project or a research-based thesis.

Program Options

  • You can customize your studies by adding a specialization to your program. Options include Leadership and Administration, Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
  • Students who have previously completed a master's degree also have the option to pursue a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies.
  • Certified law enforcement professionals with four or more years of field experience can enroll in the Mid-Career Track, where their previous work experience can count for up to six credits toward their degree. These students complete a streamlined curriculum and can finish their degree in 10 months.


When you finish your online master's in criminal justice, you'll be able to:

  • Evaluate and analyze contemporary criminal justice issues with advanced knowledge of criminal justice terminology, major topic areas/issues in criminal justice and criminological theory, and ethical issues in crime and justice.
  • Design a research proposal and conduct computer-based statistical analysis at a basic (descriptive) level.
  • Integrate valid, reliable and ethical research to inform policy and decision-making in the field of criminal justice.
  • Communicate in a scholarly, professional manner that is consistent with the expectations for members of the criminal justice profession.

Required Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CRJ 710Research Design and Methodology3
CRJ 711Statistical Analysis3
CRJ 806Ethics in Criminal Justice3
CRJ 816Criminological Thought3



Seven elective criminal justice courses are required. You can choose to use these electives toward a specialization or certificate.

With program director approval, students may choose to take up to three courses (nine credit hours) in elective graduate coursework from related disciplines.

Capstone/Thesis Requirement (Choose one)

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PSA 891Policy and Strategy3
PSA 892Thesis3


Specialization Options

Leadership and Administration

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CRJ 806Ethics and Criminal Justice3
CRJ 822Criminal Justice and Public Policy3
CRJ 798Special Topics in Criminal Justice (Seminar in Criminal Justice Leadership)3
CRJ 816One elective course as approved by the director3


Homeland Security

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
HLS 701Foundations of Homeland Security3
HLS 702Domestic Threat and Policy Analysis3
HLS 703International Threat and Policy Analysis3
HLS 704Partnership for Homeland Security3


Emergency Management

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EPR 516Emergency Management Operations Framework3
EPR 511Special Topics in Emergency Management3
EPR 609Capstone Project3
EPR 609 or
EPR 611
Capstone Project or Applied Research3


Certificate Option

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (12 credits)

To pursue this certificate, applicants must have a master's degree. There are no required classes. Instead, students choose four courses from areas of study such as:

  • Leadership in law enforcement
  • Criminal justice administration and leadership
  • Fraud investigation
  • Financial crimes
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Restorative justice
  • Juvenile justice
  • Corrections and rehabilitation
  • Research, statistics and methodology


Transfer Credits

We accept up to six transfer credits into the online master's in criminal justice program. Transferring in your previously earned credits can help you save time and money by finishing your degree faster.

You can learn more by calling us at 877-265-3201 to speak with one of our program managers about a personalized evaluation of your transcripts.

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