Criminal Justice and Human Rights Master’s Degree Online
We need ethical leaders who are better prepared to work with underserved populations and tackle today’s toughest challenges within the criminal justice system. With a unique emphasis on social justice and social policy, our online master’s in criminal justice and human rights degree is designed to do just that.
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Master’s Degree in
Criminal Justice and Human Rights
The criminal justice master’s degree at Georgian Court University features hands-on research experiences, including opportunities to design your own research projects and apply classroom lessons to real-world human rights and social justice issues. You’ll also learn from experts who have experience working on the front lines of criminal justice. One of our instructors was chief hostage negotiator for the NYPD. Another conducted research on detainees held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Whether you’re interested in advancing into a leadership role in your criminal justice career or looking to change jobs and pursue new professional opportunities that allow you to serve the public interest, the criminal justice and human rights degree program at GCU will prepare you for long-term success.
Required courses for our online master’s in criminal justice and human rights cover topics such as criminology, human rights law and policy, and research methods and design (with the option of a capstone research project). You’ll also choose from a variety of elective criminal justice course options—classes such as Victimology, Understanding Terrorism, Torture and State Violence, and many more.
The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Human Rights at Georgian Court University is a 30-credit program. The curriculum emphasizes knowledge of criminal justice systems and the protection of rights; leadership and ethical decision-making; and social science research skills.
Students complete five required courses totaling 15 credits, and then an additional 15 credits, which may consist of either CJ590 Capstone: Research Project and four elective courses, or five elective courses. Maintenance of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to remain in the program. Students who earn two or more grades of a B- or below will be formally reviewed by program faculty and may be subject to academic probation or academic dismissal.
|CJ501||Theory & Practice in Criminology||3|
|CJ503||Criminal Justice & Society||3|
|CJ505||Human Rights Law & Policy||3|
|Select either CJ590 and four of the following, or select five of the following:||15|
|Leadership & Policy Analysis|
|Torture & State Violence|
|Select Topic Crim. Justice Human Rights|
|Capstone: Research Project|
|Internship Criminal Justice Human Rights|
|Intro Homeland Security: Legal Issues|
|Computer Applications Homeland Security|
|Preparedness, Prevention & Deterrence|
|Intelligence: Collection, Analysis, Use|
View the full curriculum and admission requirements.
Why Earn Your Criminal Justice Master’s Degree at GCU?
Concerns about human rights and social justice, particularly in the context of the criminal justice system, are taking on greater importance every day. While many graduate-level programs in this field focus primarily on law enforcement, our criminal justice and human rights degree places a greater emphasis on social justice and social policy—incorporating the Mercy core values of respect, integrity, justice, compassion, and service throughout the curriculum.
Here are more reasons to earn your Criminal Justice Master’s Degree at GCU.
What Can You Do With a Criminal Justice Degree?
Our students come from many different professional backgrounds, including police officers, victim advocacy workers, and health care practitioners, to name just a few. Many are recent bachelor’s-degree graduates who are still exploring career options or looking for jobs in human rights. What they all share is a desire to help people, serve their communities, and create positive change.
Graduates of our master’s degree in criminal justice and human rights program gain expertise for careers in government agencies, law, social services, security, nonprofit, faith-based and international organizations, and research. Earning your master’s in criminal justice will also help pave the way to career advancement opportunities and higher salary potential.
Master’s in Criminal Justice Jobs
What jobs can you get with a master’s in criminal justice? Here are several examples of criminal justice and human rights jobs you can pursue with this degree:
- policy specialist,
- legal advocate,
- victim advocate,
- program coordinator,
- human rights / policy researcher,
- promotion as correction officer,
- promotion as law enforcement / federal agent,
- social justice specialist,
- investigator, and
- research analyst.