Online Criminal Justice Studies

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Online Criminal Justice Graduate Programs

Eighty years of advancing justice through science.

For more than 80 years, Michigan State University (MSU) has prepared criminal justice professionals for successful careers. Experience our 100-percent-online master's degree programs in this growing field and prepare for advancement or start your career without neglecting your personal and professional commitments.

Work alongside faculty members with decades of field experience whose research has directly informed and impacted criminal justice policy and practice. In just two years, you'll graduate ready to make a difference wherever you serve.

You can tap into MSU's wide-ranging criminal justice network: Our graduates are employed by the Michigan State Police, the Detroit Police Department, General Motors, Quicken Loans, Fiat Chrysler and more.

Distinguish yourself from the competition with an advanced degree.

M.S. in Criminal Justice (MSCJ)
Gain the skills you need to succeed in a variety of law enforcement settings while exploring cutting-edge topics like counterterrorism, global crime control, intelligence analysis and more.

This Master's of Criminal Justice program includes a security management specialization for students seeking additional study in private and government security. You can also choose from diverse electives to suit your goals and interests.

No. 10

Ranked the Nation's No. 10 Online Criminal
Justice Program, 2019 & 2020

—U.S. News & World Report


M.S. in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis (MSLEIA)
Master the latest intelligence tools, ethical field-research tactics and practical law enforcement methods. You'll graduate ready to make an impact in law enforcement operations at all levels of government.


Experience a curriculum informed by the DOJ


Take advantage of high-earning opportunities in the field.

Rise through the ranks and excel in leadership positions with our master's degree programs. Depending on your degree, you can prepare for titles like:



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Laundering Investigator


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Federal Agent


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Why MSU Online?

Michigan State University's School of Criminal Justice is the first and one of the most respected criminal justice schools in the world. As a student, you'll benefit from:

  • An 80-year legacy of criminal justice education
  • No. 10 Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs and No. 1 in the Reputation (Expert Opinion) category – U.S. News & World Report, 2019 & 2020
  • No. 85 Best National University – U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • Faculty includes Dr. David Carter, an internationally recognized author and academic on law enforcement intelligence

Let’s get started.

Apply to either program in the MSU School of Criminal Justice to develop your leadership skills and gain the specialized knowledge you need to stand out for top positions.

For additional information please use the form on this page or call 833-725-1354 (toll-free) to speak with a program manager.


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4. Average Security Manager Salary. (n.d.). PayScale. Retrieved December 20, 2018, from
5. Average Federal Agent Salary. (n.d.). PayScale. Retrieved December 20, 2018, from