Online Master’s in Criminal Justice and Criminology

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Criminal Justice and Criminology

Receive mentorship from top criminal justice experts in the country

Three concentrations give options to students in the Master's in Criminal Justice program.

The criminal justice system plays a crucial role in any society governed by the rule of law. A Criminal Justice master’s degree from PennWest Global Online will place you at the forefront of this discipline, whether your career path is focused on law enforcement, criminal investigations, threat assessment, national security or another related field.

As a student you will be mentored by faculty who are among the top criminal justice experts in the country. They’ll help you build a strong foundation in theoretical knowledge and research skills, which you will learn to apply in one of three specific concentrations.

Relevant, hands-on learning plays a major role in this program. Choose a capstone experience that best supports your career plans. Options include an internship, study abroad, thesis or research publication. You may also receive credit for qualified prior learning at locations such as the FBI Academy.

You will develop the critical thinking and communication skills that allow you to conduct in-depth analyses of significant issues, policies and practices. You’ll graduate with a degree that will help you achieve a meaningful career and a successful life.

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Experiential Learning

Get real-world experience in a concentration that interests you.

Expert Faculty

Learn from pioneers in the field, including experts from the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va.

Professional Connection

Associated with the Pennsylvania Center for Investigative and Forensic Sciences, which provides real-time, investigative consulting and professional training for law enforcement professionals.

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Graduate Admissions

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Behavioral Crime Analysis
Forensic Linguistics
Criminal Justice Studies

Careers and Salaries

What Can I Do with a Master’s in Criminal Justice?
PennWest’s online Criminal Justice graduate program is the ideal way to advance your career in a variety of fields, including law enforcement, criminal investigation, violent crime analysis or threat assessment. You can also use it as a springboard to doctoral-level studies, such as PennWest’s first-in-the-nation Doctor of Criminal Justice (DCJ) program.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.0 will be reviewed for a decision after the following additional documentation has been received:
    * Resume with an overview of professional work experience
    * Essay supporting the application

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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