Enact change in your community by learning to lead in criminal justice with OU Online.


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Program Benefits

Student Experience

Each class is carefully selected to foster an engaging student experience in our online platform. Student success coaches will be on hand to help.

Specialized for You

The OU Master's in Criminal Justice offers a wealth of electives to ensure that you can choose the course offerings that best meet your career acceleration goals.

Faculty in Field

Our faculty are seasoned practitioners working in the criminal justice field. You will gain valuable insights from real-world cases and front line stories.

Make a Difference

The criminal justice field has many fulfilling job opportunities, where you can make an impactful difference in the communities that you serve.

Learn Online

Plan your online learning around your schedule. Benefit from best-in-class technology and support from OU Online’s student success coaches.


Criminal Justice

The criminal justice system is more complex than ever before. In the United States alone, we are seeing increasing numbers of stakeholders, community initiatives, incarceration and sentencing policy changes, along with large police reform movements.

Complex issues require criminal justice leaders who have a strong foundation in policy reform. They need to be able to harness cultural differences and perspectives while constantly adapting to the ever-changing criminal justice landscape within their communities.

We are proud to offer an impactful criminal justice degree that produces leaders with the ethics, decision making, and front-line leaderships skills they need to thrive in today’s criminal justice field. We are excited that you are considering our program.

Sample Course Options

The master's in Criminal Justice program is a fully online 33-credit program designed to be completed in 24 months. There are three starts available in Fall, Spring, and Summer. We offer a wealth of elective course options, so that you can specialize in the area that is most important to your career goals.

Research Methods for Criminal Justice3
Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice3
Criminal Justice Policy Development3
Ethical Decision Making in Criminal Justice3
Victimology and Restorative Justice3
Community Corrections in the 21st Century3
Community Policing3
Juvenile Justice3
Restorative Justice Programs for Drug Offenders3
Human Trafficking3
Correctional Leadership3
Special Populations in Criminal Justice Race3
Juvenile and Elderly Offenders in Prison3
Special Populations in Criminal Justice Class3
Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System3
Women and Crime3
Collateral Effects of Incarceration3
Substance Abuse and Crime in the U.S.3
Global Drug Trafficking3
Gangs in the United States3
Studies in Police Leadership3
Life Course Criminology3
Crime Analysis for Intelligence-led Policing3
Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice3
Internship in Criminal Justice3

Apply to OU Online Today!

Start the journey of advancing in your desired career, with a professional master's degree, and apply today. To receive more information, or to request a call from an enrollment services coach, fill out the contact form. We would be happy to discuss your goals and guide you in your education decisions.