Grand Canyon University

MS in Criminal Justice - Legal Studies

Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice program with an Emphasis in Legal Studies is designed for law enforcement, corrections, probation, and parole officers seeking additional career opportunities, as well as individuals who want to learn about the law, social order, and justice. Learn more about Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Legal Studies program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Legal Studies

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Program Prerequisites:

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Legal Studies program is intended for students interested in the criminal justice and legal systems. Though specific program requirements may vary, applicants to Grand Canyon University's graduate programs should have already earned a bachelor's degree.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Legal Studies program at Grand Canyon University have the opportunity to study law enforcement management, leadership in the criminal justice system, restorative justice versus traditional punishment, procedures for criminal investigations, and the various aspects of psychology in the legal system, including the roles of expert witnesses, jury consultants, and criminal profilers. The program includes a capstone project and final written proposal requirement that addresses how to improve the criminal justice system at the federal, state, and local levels. Legal studies courses examine international law and methods of legal research.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length

40 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid, including loan, grants, and scholarships, is available to qualifying students. Students can find out about scholarships and other financial aid opportunities from a Grand Canyon University Enrollment Counselor.

Required Courses for a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Legal Studies:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Criminal Justice

  • JUS 515: Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Criminal Justice (4 credits)
  • JUS 520: Restorative Justice (4 credits)
  • JUS 510: Research Methods (4 credits)
  • JUS 610: Forensic Psychology (4 credits)
  • JUS 521: Criminal Investigations (4 credits)
  • JUS 615: Critical Issues in Criminal Justice (4 credits)
  • JUS 620: Exploration of Law and Public Policy (4 credits)
  • JUS 651: Capstone (4 credits)
    • Must be completed during the final term

Legal Studies

  • JUS 630: International Law (4 credits)
  • JUS 635: Legal Research (4 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Legal Studies program may be able to pursue increased responsibilities in their field or additional career options. Graduates may seek positions at police departments, correctional institutions, court houses, government agencies, and colleges or universities.

Possible positions graduates may choose to pursue include:

  • Criminologist
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Probation officer
  • Parole officer
  • Corrections officer
  • Criminal justice educator, college or university

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