Master of Criminal Justice (Online Program)

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program has been designed for working professionals or practitioners who desire to improve their current level of proficiency or develop enhanced capabilities to become more marketable in today's criminal justice workforce. Students completing the program will accomplish the following learner outcomes:

  • Demonstrate effective written skills through completion of written assignments and online interaction with peers and faculty.
  • Demonstrate proficiency and understanding of the technology and skills needed for effective collaboration in contemporary criminal justice systems.
  • Identify and discuss the essential theoretical and practical concepts used in the criminal justice system.
  • Interpret and analyze scholarly research related to the criminal justice field and apply it to real world issues and contemporary practice.
  • Understand and articulate the role of critical stakeholders in the criminal justice system and how these roles and interactions influence desired outcomes in criminal justice systems.
  • Discuss and describe the role and function of criminal justice managers in contemporary criminal justice agencies.
  • Demonstrate and articulate understanding of a range of special topics related to existing criminal justice systems and how they influence the effective administration of justice.
  • Discuss the importance of community collaboration and partnerships in achieving positive criminal justice system outcomes.
  • Demonstrate cognitive skills and capabilities when analyzing historical or current problems related to the criminal justice field.

Program Design

The program is designed to be completed using a synchronous online format. All of the coursework will be completed online using a learning management system.

The curriculum is tailored to provide a balance of theoretical, practical, and analytical instruction and experience which is intended to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities that confront leaders and decision makers in contemporary criminal justice organizations. The program is structured so that students will complete three four-credit hours courses each quarter for four consecutive quarters which would allow students to satisfy degree requirements in one year. Local criminal justice professionals provided input and constructive feedback on program curriculum which helped to shape the design, focus, and sequencing of courses.

The program requires successful completion of 48 quarter credit hours and is designed to be delivered in four consecutive quarters over a period of 1 year (12 months). For each quarter credit hour assigned to a course, students should expect 10 hours of classroom or direct faculty instruction, which will occur in an electronic environment, and a minimum of 20 hours of out-of-class student work on their own. Classroom instruction may include, but is not limited to, lectures, discussions, forums, chat sessions, blogs, presentations, projects, online group interaction, and other activities. Out-of-class work may include, but is not limited to, study and reflection, completion of assignments, reading and review of assigned materials, completion of necessary research, group meetings for study or project completion, and completion of tutorials or simulations.

In order to provide flexibility and to accommodate the schedules of working professionals, all of the coursework will be completed in a synchronous online format using a learning management system. Course materials and assignments will emphasize collaboration, critical thinking, and student accountability.


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Consumer Information: Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. The information included here is estimated for a full-time student.* South College follows the required methodology provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the reporting of employment information for graduates. This information is compiled on an annual basis and submitted to the Commission by October 15 each year for graduates during the most recently completed reporting year (July 1-June 30). For more detailed information related to the calculation of graduate employment rates, please click here.