Aurora University

Criminal Justice (MS)

Criminal Justice Plus One Program

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Plus One program offers a streamlined path to your master’s degree through daytime classes held on the main campus. The program is open to students with undergraduate degrees in a wide variety of majors, including cybersecurity, computer science, business administration, psychology, political science, and public policy. It is also ideal for professionals working in the field who want to advance their careers. This immersive program offers insight into the most current topics and challenges facing criminal justice agencies today.

You can choose one of two concentrations: Leadership and Administration or Psychology and the Law. Through full-time studies, you can complete your master's degree in one year. The program begins in June and finishes the following May.

Why a Criminal Justice degree at AU?
  • It will increase your earning potential. U.S. workers holding a master’s degree earn 20 percent more in average annual salary than those with a bachelor’s degree.*
  • You will gain the skills you need to succeed. You’ll learn to effectively analyze business data to make key management decisions.
  • It’s a great value. AU graduate programs are affordable and have impressive student outcomes.
  • It will give you professional growth opportunities. You’ll participate in a premier internship, portfolio project, or high-impact learning experience, along with networking opportunities with area businesses and organizations.
  • Athletes can stay on the team. It’s a great option for student athletes with a remaining year of athletic eligibility.
  • It offers a streamlined application process. There is no application fee and no GMAT/GRE required for application to the program.
  • A laptop is included and there are no textbook costs. The computer will be equipped with all the software you need for the program.
  • Admission requirements are simple. All that’s required is:
    • A completed graduate application for admission.
    • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

A master’s degree in criminal justice can help a law enforcement officer get promoted, sharpen critical skills for someone in a criminal justice-related field, or serve as an entry point for a competitive job, such as a position at a federal agency. U.S. News and World Report, 2019

Experiential learning

Experiential learning opportunities

You will complete a high impact professional experience aligned with your career goals. These experiences, typically in the form of an internship, take place at federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, private security agencies, law offices, probation departments, and social service agencies. 

Sample Schedule

Plus One students meet as a cohort during summer, fall, and spring semesters.

Schedule: Leadership and Administration
Term Classes
Summer: 9 semester hours
June–August; 10-week courses
Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–Noon
  • Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (3)
  • Leadership and Organizational Behavior (3)
  • Seminar in Criminal Justice (3)
Fall: 12 semester hours
August–December; 8-week courses
Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–Noon
  • Crime Causation Theory (3)
  • Problem Solving, Planning, Analysis, and Assessment (3)
  • Program Evaluation and Applied Data Analysis (3)
  • Public Sector Labor Law and Civil Liability (3)
Spring: 12 semester hours
January–May; 8-week courses
Saturday, 9 a.m.–Noon
  • Criminal Justice Administration and Leadership (3)
  • Ethics and Diversity in Criminal Justice Agencies (3)

January–May; 16-week course

  • High Impact Professional Experience (6)
Schedule: Psychology and the Law
Term Classes
Summer: 9 semester hours
June–August; 10-week courses
Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–Noon
  • Advanced Psychopathology (3)
  • Leadership and Organizational Behavior (3)
  • Seminar in Criminal Justice (3)
Fall: 12 semester hours
August–December; 8-week courses
Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–Noon
  • Crime Causation Theory (3)
  • Problem Solving, Planning, Analysis, and Assessment (3)
  • Program Evaluation and Applied Data Analysis (3)
  • Trauma and Crisis Intervention (3)
Spring: 12 semester hours
January–May; 8-week courses
Saturday, 9 a.m.–Noon
  • Ethics and Diversity in Criminal Justice Agencies (3)
  • Law and Mental Health (3)

January–May; 16-week course

  • High Impact Professional Experience (6)

Career possibilities

  • Emergency management official
  • Federal marshal
  • Forensic examiner
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Investigator
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Military officer
  • Police officer
  • Probation/parole officer
  • Sheriff
  • Special agent at a federal agency

Where our graduates work

AU alumni work in a variety of agencies that provide service to their communities and their country.

  • Corrections and court services
  • Emergency management
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Nonprofit agencies
  • Private sector defense
  • State and local police departments
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. military