From harsh sentencing laws and mass incarceration to pill mills and the opioid epidemic, our criminal justice system faces unparalleled challenges that affect broad cross-sections of society. While the need for reform may be obvious, a plan for much-needed change is not.
Enter a new generation of criminal justice leadership. With the transfer-friendly master's in Criminal Justice program, graduates will be prepared to apply criminal justice theory to develop effective and sustainable programs. By evaluating critical issues in criminal justice administration and management, forward-thinking professionals will be able to formulate reform plans that are relevant to all participants in the system – citizens, victims, defendants, law enforcement and the courts. For early and mid-career practitioners, a master’s degree can be stepping stone to promotion. For more seasoned professionals, the Criminal Justice master's program is a valuable pathway to teaching at the community college level after retirement.
Develop industry knowledge and needed skills to advance in your field
Franklin’s Criminal Justice master's degree program prepares you to build leadership skills in relevant areas of crime analysis, advanced policing and crime control, victimology, advanced penology, and intelligence analysis. By learning to apply best-practice theories of crime causation and prevention from psychological, sociological and biological perspectives, you will sharpen your analytical and problem-solving skills and prepare for advancement in a variety of local, state, federal or nonprofit agencies. As part of your coursework, you will examine current-day challenges and learn to develop real solutions suited for the complexities of a decentralized criminal justice system.
Earn a Criminal Justice master’s degree with a theory-to-practice focus
As a student in the online Criminal Justice master's degree program, you will learn to analyze and solve broader societal and criminal justice issues through actual application of theory and strategies. You will broaden your skillset through applied projects like optional field experiences and required assignments that include criminal trial analysis, agency analysis and research. Along the way, you will be exposed to key legal and ethical issues impacting criminal justice, including liability, discretionary decision-making, racial profiling, and failure to train and equip.
Gain exposure to trending criminal justice topics
Through your coursework – real-world scenarios related to punishment and administration of justice in the United States – you will tackle key societal issues like inner-city crime, community relations and use of force. Throughout the program, you will evaluate and study topics and subject areas influencing policing to become a practitioner who can operate successfully in turbulent situations to achieve a positive result. As part of your criminal justice master’s degree capstone, you will put your newfound knowledge to work and gain real world experience by analyzing an important administrative policy implementation problem and developing a plan to add address it.
Learn from seasoned criminal justice experts
At Franklin, experts influence every aspect of your education. To ensure you get a relevant, high-quality education, we engage our academic advisory board comprised of criminal justice leaders to help us shape the curriculum for the program. Moreover, the faculty, who teach your courses, bring significant in-field experience from multiple criminal justice areas to the classroom. In addition to institutional membership in the American Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and association with the American Society of Criminology, all program faculty are dedicated to your success by making themselves available to you. Lastly, you can count on student-centered coaching throughout the program to help you overcome obstacles to completion along the way.
Finish your online Criminal Justice master's degree program in as few as 14 months
At Franklin, you can get started sooner and finish fast. You can build on your experience – and keep your full-time job – with flexible online courses that don’t interrupt your life. Lastly, you’ll be prepared for advancement or whatever comes next with a relevant master’s degree in as few as 14 months.