Online Masters in Criminal Justice

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Offered Online?
Classes meet entirely online.

Offered In-Class?
Classes meet face-to-face at our St. Paul campus or other off-campus location.

Offered Blended?
Course work is completed through a combination of in-class and online class meetings.

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Leadership

Course Length: 7 Weeks
Total Credit Hours: 36
Cost Per Credit Hour: $475


The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Criminal Justice Leadership program consists of 36 credit hours and is offered fully online.  The online masters 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.

The online masters 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 and social service, and corrections.

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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.


Accessing CJ Resources

This course familiarizes students with online academic and professional criminal justice leadership periodical indexes. Students will employ secondary research techniques in a criminal justice topic area of their choice. Students will evaluate and ethically report the body of research and informational landscape related to the topic in APA style. Students will learn to integrate knowledge navigation into academic, professional, and personal application. Students will also reflect on program objectives and personal learning and identify a direct link between the new knowledge they have acquired and their career field. Students will also begin steps to set up their final project (E-folio) due at the end of the master


Research Methods in CJ

This course will provide an understanding of the dynamics of problem-solving with special attention to research methodologies which result in finding creative and productive solutions.


Admin of Criminal Justice

This course is a scholarly consideration of the concepts, principles, and analytical tools for effectively administering criminal justice agencies. Students will examine the critical application of strategic management skills in operational environments that are ever-changing, under intensive scrutiny by the public and media, and limited by legal, financial, and political constraints.


Legal and Legislative Issues

Those in leadership positions find themselves with a greater duty to recognize and respond to legal issues. This course examines how law defines policy in areas impacting the business of criminal justice, including due process, civil rights, equal protection, employment law, civil liability, and criminal procedure. In addition to identifying emerging law, this class addresses the political science of public policy at jurisdictional levels, including the United States Supreme Court.


Correctional Design

The philosophies, roles, and designs of juvenile corrections continue to evolve. This course expands upon the basics of institutional and community corrections by exploring modern research and trends in modern corrections. Students will address leadership, legal, political, and financial issues impacting the effectiveness of corrections in a society with increasing demands and expectations of the criminal justice system.


Applied Ethics in CJ Ldrshp

This course will review and analyze popular models of ethical decision making and problems criminal justice professionals face every day.  Readings, case studies, and written assignments will provide opportunities to investigate current ethical issues facing criminal justice leaders and managers in organizational settings, as well as critically apply various ethical theories and decision-making frameworks.  Discussions relative to Christian vocation, applied ethics, and value-centered leadership will be explored.  Weekly written assignments will demonstrate the integration of a personal and vocation ethic.


Contemp Issues in CJ Ldrshp

This course examines stress from a leadership perspective by asking why and how employers should respond to mental health issues.  Theory, research, and trends in employee assistance are discussed as students consider how employers can help prevent, mitigate, and respond to emotional issues impacting personnel on the job.


Criminal Justice Capstone

The Capstone course is the concluding event of the program. This course assists students in synthesizing previous coursework and research leading to greater self-reflection, application to their career field, and an assessment of their learning throughout the duration of the program. The student will present and discuss the final M.A. Capstone E-folio.


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 their field through work and should demonstrate this involvement on their resume.

Technology Requirements
Students enrolling in a graduate 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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Start Dates

Spring 2015 Term

Start Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015
Delivery: Online
Class Day: Thursday
Class Time: 6:30-7:15 p.m. CST

Summer 2015 Term

Start Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015
Delivery: Online
Class Day: Thursday
Class Time: 6:30-7:15 p.m. CST