Criminal Justice Online Graduate Curriculum

The Real World Is Your Study Guide

As part of the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, the Criminal Justice Online Program integrates diverse academic perspectives to provide a comprehensive and professional understanding of crime and the issues facing criminal justice agencies in the 21st century.

Courses Focus on Student Success

This means that what you learn in the virtual classroom will be brought to life by integrating theory with real-world applications. Through active discussions and carefully developed exercises, you will engage in a dynamic learning community with your instructors and your fellow students.

Our 36-credit Criminal Justice Online Master’s Program covers a core curriculum (12 credits) of theories and research methods relevant to Criminal Justice, as well as eight elective courses (24 credits). Courses are offered in 6 to 7.5 week terms, and provide students with a solid foundation for success.

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum provides a solid foundation in social and behavioral sciences. It also focuses on the theories and research used to understand the causes of and societal reactions to crime.


Students will select eight courses (24 credits) from a broad range of topics within the field of Criminal Justice. Students elect to take eight of the approved elective courses listed below, and students may want to choose to take multiple electives within areas in which they seek more expertise (e.g., Computer Forensics Investigation students should take CJST 6600 and CJST 6604):

“The online Masters in Criminal Justice program through University of New Haven is not only challenging but fun. You get to challenge yourself and expand on the concepts presented while also being reminded just how exciting and engaging the Criminal Justice field is. Criminal Justice, along with this program offered through UNH is truly an exciting addiction.”

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change, without notice, based on program needs and the availability of courses and staffing needs.

* The transfer of no more than six credits from other accredited institutions may be permitted subject to the graduate school policy on transfer credit.

Other Online Graduate Programs

We also offer an Online Masters in Investigations and an Online Masters in Emergency Management

Active Connecticut police officers and firefighters may qualify for a 50% discount on tuition. Click here to learn more >

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