Master's in Criminal Justice Online

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Unlock Your Potential in Criminal Justice with Our Expert-Led Program

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

Program Overview

Are you passionate about making a positive impact in the criminal justice field? If so, Pennsylvania Western University's online master in criminal justice online is the ideal choice for you. This program is flexible and accommodates your personal and professional commitments by being entirely online. It's the perfect solution for those looking to balance work, life, and education.

This master degree in criminal justice covers the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, investigations, security management, and forensic science. The degree program is detailed and thorough. Our program is designed for recent graduates, professionals, and career changers, offering customized solutions to help you achieve your goals.

We thoughtfully designed the criminal justice program curriculum to provide a blend of theoretical knowledge, research methods and practical skills. You will have interesting talks, practical examples, and interactive tasks led by experienced teachers with real-life knowledge and academic expertise. This method helps you learn the basics of law enforcement and how to use them in real-life situations.

Why Choose PennWest?

  • Expert Teachers: Learn from the best. Our teachers are leaders in the field of criminal justice. They bring real-world experience to the classroom.
  • Flexibility: Study anytime, anywhere. Perfect for busy schedules.
  • Career-Focused: Gain skills employers look for. Get ready for a successful career.

Choose Your Specialty

Our program offers three exciting areas to focus on:

  1. Behavior Crime Analysis (30 credits): Understand criminal behavior from core courses. Learn from case studies and real-life examples.
  2. Forensic Linguistics (36 credits): Dive into the language of crime. Study how words play a role in criminal investigations.
  3. Leadership in Criminal Justice (36 credits): Prepare for leadership roles. Learn about all parts of the criminal justice system.

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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.

Fast Facts


Ranked #7 in the nation for top online criminology degree by


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Graduate Admissions

Start Terms:

Varies by concentration


Behavioral Crime Analysis
Forensic Linguistics
Criminal Justice Studies

Careers and Salaries

With this degree, you can work in various roles, such as:

  • Criminal justice administration
  • Police officer
  • FBI agent
  • Security manager
  • homeland security
  • Research analyst
  • Victim advocate
  • Public safety

Your Path to Further Education

Thinking about a PhD? This Master's program is a great first step.

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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