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Master of Arts inCriminal Justice Leadership

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Leadership program consists of 36 credit hours and is offered fully online.  The online master's in criminal justice format is designed for busy adult students who are interested in obtaining their degree and require the flexibility of attending class on their schedule.

Area of Study: Criminal Justice

  • Next Start Date: 01/14/2016
  • Start Time: 6:30-7:15 p.m. CST
  • Credit Hours: 36
  • Course Length: 7 weeks

This program can be taken:

  • Online
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Criminal Justice Leadership
Curriculum Overview


The online M.A. in Criminal Justice coursework is more challenging, self-directed and creative than its undergraduate counterpart. The courses are designed to enhance current professionalism and position students for leadership opportunities. Current students in the program come from a variety of backgrounds, including law enforcement, military, social service and corrections.

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Course Name
  • Reflective Adult Learner & Ldr4
  • Accessing CJ Resources4
  • Research Methods in CJ4
  • Admin of Criminal Justice4
  • Legal and Legislative Issues4
  • Correctional Design4
  • Applied Ethics in CJ Ldrshp4
  • Contemp Issues in CJ Ldrshp4
  • Criminal Justice Capstone4
CJU-505 - Reflective Adult Learner & Ldr

The premise of this course is leaders must have an understanding of who they are and why they are here. Students will devote considerable time to self-examination and reflection to gain greater awareness and understanding of who they are, and how their life and professional experiences influence their paradigms and leadership qualities. There is an emphasis on attitude and emotional intelligence and how they influence leadership effectiveness and results.

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  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail, email or fax.Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).
    • Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
    • What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.
  4. Submit a current, professional resume.

Applicants must be a practitioner in a field related to Criminal Justice through work and should demonstrate this involvement on their resume.

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling in an adult undergraduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University’s technology requirements. Contact Concordia’s Help Desk at or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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Career Potential

Earning a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Leadership will open the doors to career advancement. Options go further than just leadership roles in police and corrections; someone with a Master’s in Criminal Justice Leadership is prepared for exciting work in criminal investigation, forensics, security and emergency management, as well as many other areas. This wider scope means that graduates have the power to choose a career that fits their strengths and interests.

Here are a few positions for which degree holders are qualified:

• Forensic Psychologist
• Criminal Sociologist (Criminologist)
• Corrections Supervisor
• Criminal Profiler
• District Attorney or Attorney General Investigator
• Police and Detective Supervisor
• Forensic Examiner
• Emergency Management Director

Earning Potential and Career Advancement

Two common careers graduates pursue are criminal sociologists and private investigators/detectives.

Criminal sociologists study society and behavior by considering the groups, cultures, organizations, social institutions and processes people develop. They often work in research organizations, colleges and universities, state and local government or consulting firms. Also referred to as “criminologists,” criminal sociologists find answers to the questions: What makes people commit crime? What can be done to mitigate or decrease criminal activity? What is the most effective sentence for preventing repeat offenses?

Private detectives and investigators explore facts and examine data about legal, financial and personal matters; they offer a variety of services, including authenticating background checks, finding missing people and investigating cyber crime. There isn’t a typical job environment or workplace for people in this career, as detectives and investigators will go where their current case is. Some spend the majority of their time in offices during computer work, and others are more often in the field observing and directing interviews.

While salaries for these positions will vary depending upon location, a person’s experience, the size of his or her employer and other factors, the median annual wage for private detectives or investigators was $45,740, and $74,960 for sociologists in May 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS projects that private detectives and investigators can expect an average of 11 percent job growth by 2022, while sociologists can expect 15 percent. The demand for private detectives/investigators and sociologists will remain high, but competition for both positions within the field will as well.

  • Private Detective$45,740
  • Sociologist$74,960

Student Success Stories

Noah Krienke - MBA

I’m proof that the program affects students’ lives, personally and professionally. If it wasn’t for the faculty at Concordia, I wouldn’t have the job I have now.

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Tuition and Financial Aid Information

Concordia University, St. Paul online provides an affordable educational choice for adult learners. Concordia online offers program credits at a competitive rate.

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