Move Up the Chain of Command

Keeping others safe is your calling - but to make the most impact, you need to stand out from the rank and file. Master the skillset that law enforcement professionals need to become the next link in the chain of command.

With your master’s degree in criminal justice, you’ll have a wide array of employment opportunities available to you, including leadership roles in police and corrections departments, criminal investigation, forensics, security, and emergency management. You can protect and improve your community while earning more.

Our curriculum gives you a competitive advantage to advancing your career. In addition to taking core courses, you’ll gain expertise in one of our 12 specialty concentrations. By choosing the concentration that best aligns with your career goals, you’ll set yourself up for success after graduation.

Concentrations

  • Legal Perspective in Criminal Justice
  • Behavioral Science
  • Business Administration
  • Public Administration
  • Substance Abuse
  • Strategic Community Planning
  • Information Systems
  • Conflict and Crisis Management
  • Child Protection and Juvenile Justice
  • Information Security
  • Investigative Forensic Technology
  • Emergency Preparedness Leadership
Apply now for NSU’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice.

Quick Facts

Tuition
Tuition for the degree program is $755 per credit hour. Financial aid options are available for qualifying students.
Curriculum
NSU’s M.S. in Criminal Justice program is 30 total credits to complete.
Delivery Options
Coursework for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice is conducted entirely online, allowing you to earn your degree without work disruption or long commutes.
Application Deadlines
Applications for admission are accepted online and on a rolling basis throughout the calendar year.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Core Curriculum (15 credits)
Credits
CJI 0510
Survey Issues in Criminal Justice ( CJI 0510 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 0520
Social Administration of Criminal Justice ( CJI 0520 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 0530
Legal Issues in Criminal Justice ( CJI 0530 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 0540
Program Evaluation in Criminal Justice ( CJI 0540 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 0550
Investigative Processes ( CJI 0550 / Credits: 3 )
3
Required Courses (Choose 4; 12 total credits)
Credits
CJI 6110
Criminal Evidence ( CJI 6110 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6120
Advanced Criminal Procedure ( CJI 6120 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6130
Criminal Law ( CJI 6130 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6140
Legal Research and Writing for Non-Lawyers ( CJI 6140 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6150
Selected Issues in Forensic and Social Science ( CJI 6150 / Credits: 3 )
3
Required Courses (Choose 4; 12 total credits)
Credits
CJI 6210
Law Enforcement and the Mentally Disordered Offender ( CJI 6210 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6220
Police Psychology and Criminology ( CJI 6220 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6230
Behavioral Criminology ( CJI 6230 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6240
Police Stress and Mental Health ( CJI 6240 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6250
Forensic Psychology ( CJI 6250 / Credits: 3 )
3
Required Courses (Choose 4; 12 total credits)
Credits
CJI 6301
Managing Legal, Ethical, and Social Challenges ( CJI 6301 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6302
Influencing People for Organizational Effectiveness ( CJI 6302 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6303
Marketing Decisions for Managers ( CJI 6303 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6304
Managing Human Resources ( CJI 6304 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6305
Leading Creativity and Innovation for Sustainability ( CJI 6305 / Credits: 3 )
3
Required Courses (12 total credits)
Credits
CJI 6410
Administrative Law and Ethics in the Public Sector ( CJI 6410 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6420
Public Administration in Theory and Practice ( CJI 6420 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6440
Public-Sector Human Resource Management ( CJI 6440 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6460
Public and Non-Profit Strategic Management ( CJI 6460 / Credits: 3 )
3
Required Courses (Choose 4; 12 total credits)
Credits
CJI 6510
Psychopharmacology of Illicit and Licit Drugs ( CJI 6510 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6520
Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment in the Criminal Justice System ( CJI 6520 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6530
Substance Abuse Treatment in the Community ( CJI 6530 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6540
Cultural Factors in Treatment ( CJI 6540 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6550
Special Topics in Substance Abuse Services & Criminal Justice System ( CJI 6550 / Credits: 3 )
3
Required Courses (Choose 4; 12 total credits)
Credits
CJI 6610
Human Factors ( CJI 6610 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6620
Critical Incidents Response ( CJI 6620 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6630
Conflict and Crisis Management Theory and Practice ( CJI 6630 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6640
Family Violence: The Effects on Families, Communities and Workplaces ( CJI 6640 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6650
Strategic Community Planning and Partnership ( CJI 6650 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6660
Race and Ethnic Relations in America ( CJI 6660 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6670
Metropolitan Conflict ( CJI 6670 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6680
Transformational Narratives ( CJI 6680 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6690
Federalism and Intergovernmental Conflict ( CJI 6690 / Credits: 3 )
3
Required Courses (Choose 4; 12 total credits)
Credits
CJI 6710
Information Security Management ( CJI 6710 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6720
Information Privacy and Ethics ( CJI 6720 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6730
Electronic Commerce on the Internet ( CJI 6730 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6740
Database Systems ( CJI 6740 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6750
Telecommunication and Computer Networking ( CJI 6750 / Credits: 3 )
3
Required Courses (Choose 4; 12 total credits)
Credits
CJI 6810
Violence Prevention ( CJI 6810 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6820
Human Factors ( CJI 6820 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6830
Conflict & Crisis Negotiation ( CJI 6830 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6840
Conflict and Crisis Management Theory and Practice ( CJI 6840 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6850
Critical Incidents: Response, Management, and Resolution ( CJI 6850 / Credits: 3 )
3
Required Courses (Choose 4; 12 total credits)
Credits
CJI 6910
Theory of Child Protection, Investigation, and Advocacy ( CJI 6910 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6920
Juvenile Justice: Systems, Structure, and Process ( CJI 6920 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6930
Family Dynamics: Motivation, Support and Communication ( CJI 6930 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6940
Victimology: Child Abuse and Exploited Children ( CJI 6940 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6950
Safe Schools: Climate and Culture ( CJI 6950 / Credits: 3 )
3
Required Courses (Choose 4; 12 total credits)
Credits
CJI 6101
Fundamentals of Security Technologies ( CJI 6101 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6102
Information Security Operations Management ( CJI 6102 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6103
Information Security Governance ( CJI 6103 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6104
Information Systems Auditing ( CJI 6104 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6105
Information Security Management Project ( CJI 6105 / Credits: 3 )
3
Required Courses (Choose 4; 12 total credits)
Credits
CJI 6111
Firearms, Fingerprints and Other Impression Evidence ( CJI 6111 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6112
Forensic Analysis of Trace and Drug Evidence ( CJI 6112 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6113
Crime Scene ( CJI 6113 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6114
DNA Technology that Revolutionized Criminal Investigations ( CJI 6114 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6115
Overview of Crime Laboratory Management ( CJI 6115 / Credits: 3 )
3
Required Courses (Choose 4; 12 total credits)
Credits
CJI 6121
All-Hazards Preparedness ( CJI 6121 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6122
Communicable Diseases and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive (CBRNE), Challenges ( CJI 6122 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6123
Inter-agency Disaster Communication ( CJI 6123 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6124
Community Disaster Preparedness ( CJI 6124 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 6125
Special Topics in All-Hazards Preparedness ( CJI 6125 / Credits: 3 )
3
Required Credits (Choose One; 3 Credits)
Credits
One, three (3) credit class ( / Credits: 3 )
3
Practicum Placement ( / Credits: 3 )
3
Master's Thesis ( / Credits: 6 )
6

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