Criminal Justice

Lewis University

M.Sc. Online
24 months
575 USD/credit
575 USD/credit
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The criminal and social justice field is in need of individuals with the passion to lead and join the next generation of professionals to defend against injustices. Lewis' online MS in Criminal Justice program will build upon your desire to make a difference in law enforcement while utilizing your years of experience defending the public. 


The online program will instill within you an advanced understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to critically analyze and ethically address the complex issues in contemporary society that criminal justice professionals are tasked with every day.

Program Outcomes

Upon earning your masters in criminal justice, you'll be prepared to:

  • Apply organizational and management theory to effectively manage personnel and efficiently allocate resources in the delivery of criminal justice services.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically about issues relating to crime and justice in contemporary society and apply creative solutions to address and resolve those issues.
  • Recognize how professional and ethical thinking are essential to building both a successful career and elevating the stature of criminal justice as a profession.
  • Recognize the preeminence of social justice, the responsibility for safeguarding human rights, and personal stewardship of social justice in all professional endeavors.
  • Work collaboratively with fellow practitioners and the community to jointly achieve common goals.
Why Study Criminal Justice at Lewis University?

There are many online criminal justice graduate programs to choose from, so it’s important you select the one that will have the biggest and most direct impact on your career—and now that you’ve found Lewis University, your search is over. Here are some reasons to earn your online MS in Criminal Justice from Lewis University : 

  • Recently Named the #1 Best Private School for Vets in the state of Illinois, as well as ranked in the Top 2 Nationally among private schools by Military Times.
  • Lewis University is proud to be a recognized Military Friendly School and member of the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program
  • Our program teaches students diverse skills needed to excel in the fields of criminal justice administration, law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice and homeland security
  • The online Criminal Justice Master’s degree is identical to the degree offered on campus and taught by the same world-class faculty
  • This robust graduate program does not repeat topics but instead builds upon the skills you’ve learned in the field and during your undergraduate criminal justice studies
  • Graduates will join the legacy of Lewis University’s distinguished criminal justice alumni community, including former Secret Service Agent Tim McCarthy and Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department Charles H. Ramsey
Career Opportunities for Criminal Justice Professionals

Lewis University's online M.S. in Criminal Justice will give you the knowledge and skills needed to protect your community and become an advocate for social justice. The online program is ideal for students interested in a challenging, yet rewarding career in positions, such as a:

  • Corrections Officer
  • Criminologist
  • CIA Agent
  • Detective
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • ICE Agent
  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Secret Service Agent

Programme Structure

I. Core Courses

  • Criminal Justice Administration and Management
  • Fiscal Management - Criminal Justice Agencies
  • Research Methods
  • Fair Practices - Labor Relations in the Public Sector
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology

II. Electives

  • Family Violence
  • White Collar Crime
  •  Homeland Security/Defense
  • Correctional Counseling and Rehabilitation
  • Terrorism
  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Role of Law Enforcement in Homeland Security/Defense
  • Comparative Justice Systems
  • Police Civil Liability
  • Issues of Juvenile Crime

III. Comprehensive Examination


Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.




  • Fully structured
  • No Attendance
  • Continuous support with feedback on request
  • Online group works/assignments

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.

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

All candidates for admission must possess a bachelor’s degree in aviation from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or in a major in a related field. Individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated area but have work experience in aviation and/or transportation industries may also apply. The applicant’s overall undergraduate GPA must be 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. In special cases, the GPA may be calculated on the most recent 60 semester hours of coursework. Additionally, applicants must submit:

  • A completed application (along with a nonrefundable application fee).
  • Academic transcripts from each institution attended.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    575 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 575 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    575 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 575 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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Updated over a year ago

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