Master of Arts inCriminal Justice Leadership

Program Details:

  • Credit Hours: 36
  • Course Length: 7 weeks

This program can be taken:

  • Online

Criminal 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.

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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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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 or higher with an accreditor that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or a comparable degree from outside the U.S., with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.
  3. Personal statement that includes the following requirements:
    • The statement falls between 400 and 1000 words.
    • Includes a beginning (introduction), middle (body), and end (summary/conclusion).
    • This statement is original (no plagiarism) and reflective of the applicant’s experiences and traits. No outside work (citations and references) is allowed.
    • The submission is professional with no spelling, grammar, or sentence structure errors.
    • The statement should address the following:
      • Describe your employment history and why you are choosing to pursue a graduate degree at this time in your career.
      • Describe a personal and/or professional goal that you hope you will fulfill through earning your graduate degree.
      • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

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Proven Results

Concordia’s online and on-campus programs deliver relevant skill sets and real-world career outcomes for professionals in a variety of fields and industries.

95% 95% of CSP grads receive job offers within one year of graduation.

*First Destinations survey administered by Concordia University, St. Paul

$57,736 Highest average salary among MN private school grads (bachelor’s) four years after graduation.

*salary data source:

44% CSP graduates earn 44% more than the national average.

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Career Potential

Earning a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Leadership will provide the opportunity for career advancement. Options go beyond leadership roles in police and corrections; someone with a Master’s in Criminal Justice Leadership is prepared for exciting work in private, corporate, and local, state, and federal government organizations, criminal investigations, forensics, security, emergency management, and many other leadership careers. This broader 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

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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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