Online Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Ranked in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, our program provides students with advanced theoretical, legal, and methodological training for research, teaching, and management careers in criminal justice. Unlike other online programs, the Master of Science in Criminal Justice at Marshall University offers students the opportunity to interact with faculty in a virtual setting at least four times in each course, through synchronous sessions.

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Required Coursework (18 hours)

  • Seminar in Criminal Justice
  • Advanced Theory in Criminal Justice
  • Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • Advanced Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Applied Statistics in Criminal Justice
  • Capstone (for working professionals) or Thesis

Electives (12 hours)

Sample online electives include:

  • Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Crime
  • Terrorism
  • Applied Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Computer Crime
  • CJ Response to Domestic Violence
  • Miscarriages of Justice
  • Understanding Cybercrime

Note: Cyber Forensics & Security electives to be offered soon.

Recent graduates of our program are successfully employed in a variety of fields

  • Adult drug court probation
  • Anti-terrorism/Force Protection Intelligence Analyst, WV National Guard
  • Attorney, Harris Immigration Law, Chicago, IL
  • Budget analyst, Department of Justice
  • Investigator, WV Attorney General’s office
  • Juvenile and adult probation
  • Quality Assurance Specialist, WV Supreme Court of Appeals, Probation Services
  • Social Services Coordinator, WV DHHR
  • Special Project Analyst, WV Supreme Court of Appeals, Division of Court Services
  • Unit manager, Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Victim advocate, CONTACT Rape Crisis Center
  • West Virginia State Police


Contact: Dr. Kimberly DeTardo-Bora, Graduate Director, 304-696-3084,