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Deadline:  December 16

Classes Begin: January 19

Credit Hours: 33

Delivery: Online**

**Onsite courses may be offered depending on location enrollment.

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The Princeton Review ranks OU top in the nation in terms of academic excellence and cost. OU also ranks in the Top 10 Best Online Colleges for 2020 by U.S. News & World Report.

2019 Best Online Criminal Justice Programs


Criminal activity has become more complex than ever before, and our communities need highly trained and knowledgeable criminal justice professionals to keep us safe. In addition to their current work expectations, current technology and policy reform mean these professionals must also be community builders, communicators, analytical thinkers, problem solvers, and public relations experts. OU Extended Campus is dedicated to providing law enforcement professionals with the ethics, decision making, and front-line leadership skills they need to thrive as leaders in today’s criminal justice field.

About the Criminal Justice Program 

Our Master of Science with a Major in in Criminal Justice is an accredited, flexible, and affordable degree program designed to help you develop the critical skills necessary in today's advanced field of criminal justice. By working with criminal justice experts nationwide, you’ll learn how to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, analyze complex problems, and develop positive public engagement. Most importantly, the criminal justice degree can be customized to fit your needs. The degree offers tracks in corrections management, restorative justice, and administration and leadership, allowing you to study the criminal justice area that interests you most. 

What to Expect

The Master of Science with a Major in Criminal Justice is a fast-paced, accelerated program designed to accommodate working adults. When you are admitted into the program, you will be assigned an advisor who creates an individualized graduation plan. This plan will help organize and identify the courses you need for your degree. 

Degree Topics:

  • Criminal justice
  • Restorative justice
  • Theoretical foundations of criminal justice
  • Drug abuse policy
  • Criminal justice policy development
  • Ethical decision making for criminal justice


All graduate courses in this program are 16 weeks long. Most students choose to take two courses (or six credit hours) in the spring and fall semesters and one course (or three credit hours) in the summer. The number of credit hours you take each semester should be discussed with your advisor and reflective of your personal and work schedules.

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PACS  Students Accept August Vollmer Award 

Students in the criminal justice master’s program were honored with the August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science award for innovative crime scene investigative techniques.

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