Justice, Policy and Leadership

Eastern Kentucky University

M.Sc. Online
12 months
611 USD/credit
611 USD/credit
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The Justice, Policy and Leadership program of Eastern Kentucky University  prepares high-thinking individuals for leadership roles that challenge injustice, value diversity, and support the equitable treatment and human rights of all people.


The justice, policy and leadership master’s program allows for in-depth specialization with concentrations available in law enforcement, corrections and juvenile justice. The Justice, Policy and Leadership program of Eastern Kentucky University prepares you to be a leader in the criminal justice field with the knowledge and skillsets needed to be an effective change agent in your community, region and state.

What sets our program apart?

Focusing on society’s need for justice leaders with political, ethical and emotional intelligence, EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as criminological theory for policy and leadership, advanced justice administration, policy evaluation and analysis, and ethics.

  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Courses begin 6 times per year
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • Reduced tuition for active duty service members
  • No campus visits required
  • Focus on preparing justice leaders with political, ethical and emotional intelligence
  • A criminal justice core with the ability to choose your concentration in policing, corrections or juvenile justice
  • Nationally-recognized instructors
  • Personal advisors stay with you from application to graduation
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Dynamic, supportive learning environment

Why choose EKU?

EKU is a regionally-accredited, brick-and-mortar university that is ranked among the nation's best colleges and has been educating students for more than a century. EKU has received numerous honors, including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation and one of the most veteran-friendly campuses.

Career Options:

Police administration, police chief, correctional administration, prison warden, federal agents, caseworker, counselor, policy analyst, victim’s advocate, change activist       

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Program/Policy Evaluation and Analysis
  • Criminological Theory for Policy and Leadership
  • Leading with Political, Ethical and Emotional Intelligence
  • Research Methods for Justice Policy and Leadership
  • Advanced Justice Administration and Leadership
  • Police Policy and Leadership

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
146 (verbal)
140 (quantitative)
4 (analytical)

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants must:

  • be a graduate of an accredited institution with a bachelor’s degree
  • possess an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 overall or in the last 60 hours of the bachelor’s program
  • take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), achieving a score of 146 or above on the Verbal, 140 or above on the Quantitative and 4.0 or above on the Analytical Writing portions of the exam
  • have two persons qualified to assess their potential for graduate work submit letters of recommendation directly to the Graduate Coordinator in the School of Justice Studies (Stratton 467)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    611 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 611 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    611 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 611 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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Justice, Policy and Leadership
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