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Online Master of Science in Management: Criminal Justice Management

Management: Criminal Justice Management
Master's Concentration
  • 36 credits
  • Transfer up to 12 credits
  • All courses available online
  • $534 per credit (in-state)
  • $659 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $336 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Earn an online Master of Science in management with a concentration in criminal justice management at University of Maryland Global Campus. This program is designed to help you develop advanced management skills that you can apply to your work in criminal justice organizations right away. Take courses in our online classroom with knowledgeable professors who are leaders in the field. Learn the newest industry standards with a curriculum that is regularly refreshed.

Develop Advanced Knowledge in Criminal Justice Management

This master’s concentration is designed to combine advanced courses in criminal justice administration, leadership, and management with our core graduate-level management curriculum. You will take industry-focused courses that deal with leadership, legal issues, intelligence systems, law enforcement, research methods, and more. You will also gain critical experience in business-related courses in areas such as project management, data analysis, finance, and statistics. This program is a good fit for current or recent law enforcement professionals looking to develop more well-rounded skillsets or advance in their careers to a leadership or management position within criminal justice administration.

Here are a few of the ways we’ve geared the curriculum toward working professionals:

  • Our program faculty have more than 40 years of combined experience in law enforcement and consistently refresh the curriculum with up-to-date industry knowledge.
  • This program culminates in a strategic management capstone course that allows you to demonstrate your expertise in corporate- and business unit-level strategy.
  • An accelerated pathway may allow you to transfer 6 credits of undergraduate criminal justice credits over to this program.

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Build In-Demand Skills in an Online Program 

Gain knowledge and skills that are applicable to leadership and management positions in a variety of organizations in the criminal justice field, such as correctional facilities, police departments, parole and probation agencies, and federal law enforcement agencies. Learn about the ecosystem of criminal justice management; look at criminal justice policy, the justice system, and criminal justice professionals with a wider lens; and gain writing, research, critical thinking, and analytical skills that may help you boost your career potential and be more proactive within the industry. 

UMGC’s faculty members and program directors stay up-to-date and refresh the curriculum regularly, with a focus on helping students achieve these learning goals: 

Unlock Your Career Potential

This program is designed to help you prepare for a career in criminal justice or meet the degree requirement for advancement in law enforcement agencies. In addition, federal law enforcement agencies often base promotion on factors that include education and previous experience. Potential job titles include program manager, program officer, intelligence analyst, and special agent. 

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Job Postings
More than 60,000 job postings for police and detectives are projected annually from 2022 to 2032.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | “Occupational Outlook Handbook” | 2023
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The intelligence community ranked no. 3 in the Best Place to Work in the Federal Government employer rankings in 2022 and has ranked top 5 for 11 consecutive years.
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Practice Real-World Skills in Your Criminal Justice Courses 

Throughout your curriculum, your instructors will assign projects that will help you develop and practice in-depth, industry-specific knowledge. In past courses, students have been able to complete the following course projects: 

  • Analyze data concerning the efficacy of criminal justice programs (like crisis intervention teams), draw conclusions, and report your findings.   
  • Conduct research on one of the many challenges facing correctional facilities and administrators; develop best practices for dealing with that particular challenge; and report your findings. 
  • Analyze a use of force incident and assess the appropriateness of the law enforcement officer’s actions, using a framework based on law, public policy, and ethics. In addition, determine the actions of police administrators that must follow, according to best practices. 
  • Conduct legal research and develop legal guidance for administrators dealing with criminal justice issues such as uses of force, vehicle pursuits, and employee relations challenges.    

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