Master in

Criminal Justice Administration

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  • A stepping stone for career advancement in law enforcement
  • Combines criminal justice with administration
  • Fully online

Program Details

Next Start Date
August 15
Est. Program Length
1–2 years
Course Length
8 weeks
Cost per Credit
Credit Hours
Credits Accepted

*Price reflects tuition for Oklahoma residents. Non-resident tuition is $675.40 per credit hour. There is a non-resident tuition waiver available if certain requirements are met. Speak to an enrollment counselor for more information. An additional semester fee of $7.50 will apply for all students.

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Your Future as a Leader Starts Here

Discover what it takes to respond to the needs of your community as a leader with the online Master in Criminal Justice Administration degree from East Central University. Through an innovative curriculum, you’ll strengthen your professional skills and build an advanced academic foundation in law enforcement as you prepare to advance your career in the field of criminal justice.

Designed with working professionals in mind, this online criminal justice master’s program is offered fully online through an interactive digital classroom. Share your ideas with classmates and receive answers to your questions, along with unparalleled academic support from a faculty of experienced educators. Choose from flexible course options and navigate your online criminal justice master’s degree at a pace that’s convenient for your schedule.

Topics of Study

While preparing individuals for diverse leadership positions within law enforcement, our online Master in Criminal Justice Administration program delivers instruction on essential topics, including:

  • The functionality of agencies within the criminal justice system
  • Advanced criminology theory
  • Analysis of crime patterns
  • Litigation in the criminal justice system
  • Effective decision-making
  • Addictions theory
  • Crime reduction strategies
  • Organizational leadership

Program Objectives

By the time you graduate, you will be able to:

  1. Use a multidisciplinary approach to increase students’ understanding of leadership in criminal justice agencies and organizations.
  2. Produce ethical criminal justice leaders who are responsible and informed decision makers.
  3. Cultivate critical thinking skills that are applicable in criminal justice agencies and organizations.
  4. Teach students to utilize evidence-based practices in criminal justice, leadership, and administration.

Courses & Requirements

Our online criminal justice master’s degree requires the completion of 30 credit hours.

CRJS 5013
CRJS 5113
CRJS 5323
CRJS 5433
HURES 5103
HURES 5433

CRJS 5333
CRJS 5213
HURES 5123
HURES 5303
HURES 5183
HURES 5283
WRPM 5113

Admission Requirements

To be accepted into the online criminal justice master’s program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade-point average for all undergraduate coursework to date

How to Apply

To apply, you must submit the following materials*:     

  • Online application
  • College transcripts from accredited institutions
  • Current resume
  • Two references including the author’s name, mailing address and email address
  • A personal statement. Explain your career goals, how an ECU degree will help accomplish those goals, your interest in the field and any actions you have taken to pursue this interest. You must also describe any skills, attributes or experiences you possess that would aid in your future profession.

*Non-native English-speaking students must have a minimum 79 Internet-based, 213 computer-based, or 550 paper-based TOEFL score or a minimum 6.5 IELTS score

Have a question about this program or the admission process? Request a digital brochure and connect with one of our knowledgeable enrollment counselors. 

Costs & Financial Aid

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total
Tuition 30 credit hours $370.86* $11,125.80
Total with transfer credits (up to 9) $7,788.06

*Price reflects tuition for Oklahoma residents. Non-resident tuition is $994.86 per credit hour. There is a non-resident tuition waiver available if certain requirements are met. Speak to an enrollment counselor for more information. An additional semester fee of $7.50 will apply for all students. Fees and tuition subject to change.

Financial Aid

At ECU Online, we strive to ensure your education is as affordable as possible. Learn more about your options for financing your education by visiting our Financial Aid page.

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Military Benefits

East Central University is a proud military-friendly school. Discover how your status as a U.S. military veteran or active-duty service member can help you earn your degree by visiting our Military & Veterans page.

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Native American Students

Eligible Native American students can find financial aid programs, heritage scholarships, grants, and academic support services to help ensure their success at ECU.

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Are You the First in Your Family to Go to College?

At ECU, we recognize that “going first” can be difficult. We provide the extra financial support, scholarships, resources, services, and skills you need to succeed.

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Transfer Students

If you’ve taken college-level courses elsewhere, you could save time and money earning your degree by transferring credits to ECU and may qualify for scholarships.

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Career Outlook

As you complete your online criminal justice master’s degree, you’ll explore the field’s essential topics and prepare for a rewarding leadership career in law enforcement. Upon completion of the program, you’ll be equipped to apply advanced skills immediately to the workplace in a variety of roles, including:

First-Line Supervisor

First-line supervisors play a vital leadership role in police departments and correctional facilities. These professionals oversee and manage daily procedures carried out by police officers and corrections officers to ensure best practices are followed and resources are utilized efficiently.

Average annual salary: $68,908

U.S. Secret Service Agent

Secret Service agents are law enforcement professionals who work to protect government officials and their families. Their duties often involve accompanying government officials to public events and surveilling government buildings to ensure safety.

Average annual salary: $62,400

All information cited from PayScale.

Program FAQs

The program can be completed fully online in as little as one year.

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