M.S. Criminal Justice

Become an agent of change with a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. Saint Leo University's flexible program enhances the effectiveness and professionalism of both aspiring and active law enforcement professionals.

Why choose Criminal Justice at Saint Leo?

As a Criminal Justice graduate student at Saint Leo University, you will study:

  • Computerized databases
  • Ethical standards in the administration of justice
  • Human resource management
  • Fiscal resource management
  • Personnel law, civil liability, and substantive and procedural laws
  • Information resources and systems
  • Policymaking
  • Organizational leadership in criminal justice agencies

You can also take classes in highly specialized topics, including: terrorism in Israel, forensic science, offender treatment, and criminal advocacy.

Ranked among the nation's most military-friendly institutions by G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazines, Saint Leo University has been educating criminal justice professionals for more than three decades. In the Catholic spirit, we base our criminal justice model on a steadfast moral consciousness that recognizes the dignity, value and gifts of all people.

Flexibility for the working professional

The M.S. Criminal Justice is a blended program that combines traditional, in-person classes—offered on alternating weekends—with a variety of delivery formats, including online options and video conferencing.

Saint Leo also offers online-only concentrations in Corrections, Critical Incident Management, Forensic Science and Legal Studies.

Contact your Graduate Admissions Counselor for more information on how a master's program can fit into your life.

  • Traditional Program: A two-year program. Take a maximum of two classes per 16-week semester, or one online class per eight-week term.
  • Accelerated Program: Complete the program in less than two years with approval from the Director of Graduate Studies in Criminal Justice.

Professional development opportunities

  • Hands-on learning: In a capstone course, you’ll address an important problem or launch a program initiative related to the administration of criminal justice.
  • Internships: Find an internship close to home or work, or with federal agencies such as the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Customs, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. District Court and Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  • FBI National Academy Associates: Saint Leo is an approved educational partner by the FBI National Academy Associates.
  • Experienced faculty: Learn from the best. Saint Leo faculty have served as local and federal agents, chief deputies, detectives and FBI advisors, and are leading experts on all the skills you need to advance to the next stage of your career: interrogation, non-verbal communication, hostage negotiation, and international sex and organ trafficking.

What can you do with a degree in Criminal Justice?

Graduates are prepared for administrative positions in law enforcement, corrections, the courts, private security and security-related positions at the local, state or federal government levels.

  • Sheriff
  • Corrections Supervisor
  • Forensic Scientist
  • CIA Agent
  • Coast Guard
  • Deputy U.S. Marshal
  • Secret Service Agent
  • Loss Prevention Investigator
  • FBI Agent
  • Police Sergeant

Where are Saint Leo Criminal Justice grads now?

  • Secret Service
  • FBI
  • Tampa Police Department
  • Atlanta Police Department

Admission requirements

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