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Criminal Justice, MS

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is for anyone contemplating careers in the criminal justice field. The program serves both full-time graduate students and working professionals alike, who want create change and help establish a just society. Earn your degree full-time in one year or part-time in two years.

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What Will I Learn?

This 33-credit program is 100 percent online, providing students with the knowledge and skills to undertake independent, critical investigation of issues related to crime control, crime prevention, and criminal justice policies. Students can expect to learn through applied perspective with a strong emphasis on theory, policy, research, and analysis. Also, courses are taught by faculty who are leaders, scholars and professionals in criminal justice, ensuring the highest quality of education. While completely online, students still have opportunities for hands-on experience through internships and research.

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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.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Woman standing in front of a police carThis 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.

Career Path

  • Federal law enforcement
  • Federal corrections
  • Federal probation
  • State law enforcement/state corrections (adult and juvenile)
  • State probation and parole/county police
  • County probation and parole (adult and juvenile)
  • City police and other local agencies
  • City corrections
  • Federal, state, and local courts
  • Private corrections agencies (adult and juvenile)
  • Special service and related agencies
  • Victimology service providers
  • Private security organizations
  • Research institutions
  • Policy analysis and evaluation


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.
Contact the Criminal Justice Department 321 Shippen Hall, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1558 Fax: (717) 477-4087