MA in Criminal Justice
Mount Mercy’s online criminal justice master’s degree program strengthens your professional talents as a critical thinker, ethical problem solver, effective communicator, and informed evaluator of criminal justice policies and programs.
Coursework focuses on helping you develop a deep understanding of the complex issues surrounding crime and justice, with elective courses focused on current and emerging issues in your area of interest.
When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to effectively address social needs by working with communities through preventive and proactive interventions. When you receive your Master of Criminal Justice degree, you’ll be ready to work towards achieving fair, ethical, and responsible justice.
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When they go back to the workplace, [students] can use their knowledge to help guide and direct policy.
— Dr. Amanda Humphrey
Criminal Justice Program Director
Applications are accepted year round. No entrance exams (GRE, GMAT) are required.
You can view your classes any time during a given week, and weekly deadlines help you stay on track.
Classes are offered online in accelerated 5- and 10-week courses. Full-time Master of Criminal Justice students can finish in 15 months.
You’ll complete your coursework entirely within Mount Mercy’s application-based online portal while enjoying opportunities to connect with your instructors and classmates through:
Course content is delivered through a variety of formats:
When you graduate, you will be better able to:
This program prepares you to launch or advance a career within law enforcement, corrections, parole, probation, and other areas in the criminal justice field. It is an educational degree, so additional qualifications may be necessary when seeking employment with a law enforcement agency.
Graduates from Mount Mercy’s criminal justice program have followed a variety of paths, pursuing careers in organizations such as:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2016 median annual salary for police and detectives was $61,600. The number of these jobs is projected to grow by 7 percent through 2026.
Elective courses provide options for focusing on your specific areas of interest. They change each year to focus on emerging issues. Example courses include:
You can elect to earn credit for your fieldwork, and you may choose to take certain special-topics courses from Mount Mercy’s MBA, MSL, and/or MFT programs (not all courses are available online). Sample special topics electives include:
Mount Mercy encourages you to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.
Transfer up to 12 graduate credit hours from another accredited institution.
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