M.A. in Criminal Justice

Online Degree Program

This fully accredited graduate online degree program emphasizes the importance of leadership in the criminal justice field. The curriculum enables students to enhance professionalism, position themselves for leadership opportunities, and contribute to personal and professional life transition by building upon experience and previous study.

Students in this program come with a wealth of experience in various fields, including law enforcement, courts, corrections, military and social service, which add unique perspectives to each cohort. In comparison to the undergraduate program, coursework in the Criminal Justice Leadership program is more creative, self-directed, rigorous, practitioner-orientated and attentive to developing information literacy.

Collaborative learning with faculty and other students supports the premise of Concordia University graduate programs that graduate learning is not just the process of remembering information, but rather the process of constructing knowledge.

Program Benefits

  • Convenience: Flexibility is essential for students who manage a busy work schedule and personal commitments. The online program at Concordia is proud to offer its students the opportunity to earn an education at their own convenience.
  • Degree Prestige and Value: Since 1893, Concordia University, St. Paul has provided students with an education rooted in the liberal arts. Concordia graduates are ethics-oriented, people-focused, quality-driven and future-directed.
  • Quality Education: Concordia University, St. Paul believes in utilizing highly skilled and experienced instructors. Thus, students can be confident that they receive the highest quality education.

Program Courses

  • CJU505 Reflective Adult Learner and Leadership
  • CJU584 Accessing Criminal Justice Research
  • CJU520 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • CJU500 Administration of Criminal Justice
  • CJU545 Legal and Legislative Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CJU502 Correctional Design
  • CJU570 Applied Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • CJU543 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Leadership
  • CJU596 Criminal Justice Capstone

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Concordia offers competitively priced programs and generous financial aid packages, giving you a private college education at a price you can afford.


Concordia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Concordia University, St. Paul has been accredited since 1967, with the most recent reaccreditation granted in 2008.

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