Criminal Justice, MS

Be the change you wish to see in the world with a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. This program is a 100 percent online program and meets the needs of both traditional graduate students and working professionals. Full-time students can earn their degree in one year, while part-time students can do so in two years.

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What Will I Learn?

The program's major strengths are its applied perspective and strong emphasis on theory, policy, research and analysis. Courses provide you with the knowledge and skills to undertake independent, critical investigation of issues related to crime control and justice policy.

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

You will work with and learn from faculty who are leaders, scholars and professionals in criminal justice, assuring the best possible education. 

Although this is an online program, you still have the ability to obtain great hands-on experiences through internships and research opportunities.

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What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

This program is ideal for those working toward leadership or management positions within the field of criminal justice and other related human service fields. The methodological and theory components are also highly suitable as a preparation for entering advanced graduate studies and other professional programs.

The Master of Science in Administration of Juvenile Justice program represents a unique collaboration between the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges' Commission, its Center for Juvenile Justice Training and Research and the Criminal Justice Department of Shippensburg University. This one-of-a-kind program offers classes through a hybrid format, combining face-to-face sessions and online course content. Classes meet three weekends each semester during the fall and spring semesters. During the summer terms, all coursework is completed online.



Criminal Justice, M.S. Degree Plan

Full-Time (30 Credits)

First Year

Fall Semester: 9 Credits


Spring Semester: 9 Credits


Summer Semester: 3 Credits

Second Year

Fall Semester: 6 Credits

  • CRJ Elective Credits: 3 
  • CRJ Elective Credits: 3  


Spring Semester: 6 Credits

  • CRJ Elective Credits: 3
  • CRJ Elective Credits: 3   


Planning Notes for all students:

  1. 30 total credits required
  2. For list of electives, see program Criminal Justice, M.S. 
  3. Students can being in any semester or term, including, fall, spring, winter or summer.