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Criminal Justice degree programs | Saint Leo University

Master's in Criminal Justice

Choose between two different programs:

  • 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.

Why choose a Master's in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo?

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

As a Criminal Justice degree 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 professionals with their Master's in Criminal Justice 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.

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Specializations available under Saint Leo’s online master’s degree in Criminal Justice include:

  • Behavioral Studies teaches how criminal behavior and the criminal code interact, as well as how behavioral disorders impact individuals and criminal behavior.
  • Corrections is designed to provide a better understanding of complex issues of offenders, trends of the 21st century and the problems associated with recidivism.
  • Forensic Science provides the opportunity for you to gain the knowledge required to assist with operations during incidents in which forensic science is a factor through modern, hands-on instruction.
  • Legal Studies provides students with a well-rounded understanding of legal procedures and how the judicial system operates within the civil and criminal domain.

Learn how a Master’s in Criminal Justice - designed for working adults - can help you advance your career and reach your goals.

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  • Saint Leo University and its highly rated College of Education and Social Services,
  • Learning outcomes and career opportunities with an Master’s in Criminal Justice,
  • Admission and degree requirements,
  • The seamless application process, and
  • Financial aid options to offset your tuition expenses.
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What can you do with a Master's 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

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.


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.

Where are Saint Leo's Master's in Criminal Justice grads now?

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