Capella University

MS - Criminal Justice


225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor

Minneapolis, MN 55402

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MS - Criminal Justice

Format: Online

Program Description:

Are you ready to make a difference in your community and increase your effectiveness in the field of criminal justice? Capella’s online master’s program will expand your skills and knowledge of all the facets involved in working with courts, corrections, and policing. Taking the theoretical knowledge gained through the coursework, you can step confidently into applying that knowledge while working with individuals, groups, and communities. Expand your leadership abilities through real-world simulations that require adept critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

The courses in Capella’s online Master’s in Criminal Justice, focused on developing leaders, are taught by expert faculty providing evidence-based instruction. Coursework delves into human behavior, the corrections and judicial systems, social change and public policy, ethnic and cultural awareness, intelligence-led policing, and psychopathy and criminal profiling. A majority of the master’s courses fold directly into the Capella PhD in Criminal Justice program, saving you time and money if you decide to pursue a Capella PhD in Criminal Justice degree.

With your online Master's in Criminal Justice from Capella, you'll apply professional and personal ethics to make sound and ethical decisions in the field. You'll also hone your critical thinking and writing skills, applying theories and practices to help facilitate social change.

Common jobs with an online Master's in Criminal Justice include: probation/parole officer, forensic investigator, police chief, sheriff, adjunct or part-time faculty, correctional counselor, criminal investigator, private investigator, court officer, drug enforcement officer, law enforcement officer/detective/investigator, probation, parole, and correctional administrator or commissioner, and prison warden. Potential workplaces include correctional facility or prison, federal government agency, law enforcement organization, municipal court system and state government agency.

Capella Education Company was named one of Forbes magazine’s “100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America” for 2014 (Forbes, 2014).


Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552),

Eligibility Requirements:

Master's students must have a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other

Loans Offered: Capella participates in Federal financial aid programs including the Federal Pell Grant Program and Federal Stafford Loan Program. Capella is also eligible to certify Veterans Educational Benefits and can provide info on other non-federal loan programs.

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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