Columbia College Online - Criminal Justice Undergraduate

Format and Requirements

The Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice is earned completely online. Each class is eight weeks long, and the average student finishes their degree in 20 months.

Criminal Justice - Graduate - Columbia College 100% Online

Program Format


The Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice is earned completely online. An online cohort begins every two months. The benefit of a cohort is that you proceed through the program with the same set of students, building relationships and professional bonds with your classmates.

A minimum of thirty semester hours of graduate work, including a six hour capstone project, is required to earn your Master of Criminal Justice Degree. Graduate work completed at accredited institutions may be eligible for transfer credit, pending evaluation. Each class lasts eight weeks and they are completed sequentially with your cohort.

Degree Requirements

M. A. Criminal Justice Degree Requirements
Program Requirements:

CJ 700- Administration of Organizations in Criminal Justice

CJ 705- Criminal Law

CJ 710- Criminological Theory

CJ 715- Diversity in Criminal Justice

CJ 725- Research Methods in Criminal Justice

CJ 735- Crime Mapping

CJ 745- Leadership Strategies

CJ 750- Topics in Criminal Justice

CJ 795- Capstone I

CJ 796- Capstone II

Total Hours to Earn a Degree 30

Course Descriptions – CORE Program Requirements = 30 s.h.

OL 701 Orientation to Online Learning – This one-week course will provide an orientation to the online learning management system. It will be offered to new students at the beginning of their first term in the program. Non-credit

CJ 700 Administration of Organizations in Criminal Justice – This course will provide students with the knowledge to conduct general systems-based analysis of criminal justice organizations and to develop programs to improve the efficiency of such organizations. 3 s.h.

CJ 705 Criminal Law – This course is intended to provide a functioning knowledge of constitutional law as it pertains to law enforcement and criminal justice. 3 s.h.

CJ 710 Criminological Theory – This course examines the theories of criminality, ranging from classical explanations to recent paradigms. 3 s.h.

CJ 715 Diversity in Criminal Justice – This course examines the interrelationship of race, class, and gender with the criminal justice system in law enforcement and the correctional system. 3 s.h.

CJ 725 Research Methods in Criminal Justice – This course is designed to provide advanced social science research skills and to allow students to put those skills into practice with a required research project. 3 s.h.

CJ 735 Crime Mapping – This course will provide students with the theoretical, analytical, and technical skills necessary for studying crime in a geographic context. The course will involve a combination of approaches to the subject, including development of base maps, geocoding (pin mapping), hot spot and choropleth mapping, special analysis, and layouts, including map books. 3 s.h.

CJ 745 Leadership Strategies – Provides students with an opportunity to investigate, analyze and apply various theories of leadership and associated concepts. These include, but are not limited to, effective leadership qualities and human relations, power of vision, leadership ethics, communication, and empowerment of personnel through goal-oriented professional development. 3 s.h.

CJ 750 Topics in Criminal Justice – This course is a survey of current topics in criminal justice including such issues as diversity, ethics, and homeland security. 3 s.h.

CJ 795 Capstone Course 1: Organizational Development – This is a project- based course in which the student will identify an opportunity for organizational improvement through analysis of the chosen organization. Students will complete a literature review to identify alternatives to improve the organization and collect data to further inform the development of an implementation plan. 3 s.h.

CJ 796 Capstone Course 2: Implementation Plan – Under the guidance of the faculty adviser, the student will complete the development of an implementation plan for the project. 3 s.h.

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