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Earn Your Master’s in Criminal Justice Online

The safety and security of communities relies on criminal justice professionals who are expertly prepared with the communication, problem solving, and critical thinking skills that are vital to protect citizens and curb criminal activity. American Public University’s (APU) MA in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare individuals for leadership roles in the criminal justice system.

APU’s programs are online with 24/7 access and no set login times. At APU, there are no entrance exams and classes start every month, so you can begin quickly and control your schedule. Ask us about transfer credit opportunities to help you save time and money in completing your degree.

APU Criminal Justice programs have not been approved by any state professional licensing body and the programs do not lead to any state-issued professional licensure.

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Part of American Public University System, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Making Quality Higher Education Within Reach

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Tuition for master’s degrees and graduate certificates. We offer many grant options. These grants represent a savings on our standard tuition rate. Request information to learn more.

Per Credit Hour

For undergraduate and master’s-level programs with APU’s Preferred Military Rate for eligible students.

Entrance Exams

No GRE®, GMAT™, or other standardized test scores required. Classes start monthly.

Application Fee

There is no cost to apply for undergraduate and master’s-level programs.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

APU does not charge to evaluate and apply eligible transfer credit.


Some master's-level courses provide no-cost ebooks to minimize your expenses.

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Why You Should Earn This Master's From APU

Expert Faculty

You will be guided by faculty who bring their field-tested knowledge and skill to your learning, sharing insight from their professional roles in policing, corrections, intelligence, and government.

Peer Interaction

APU’s program is widely respected because of its unique student population. You will study alongside peers representing law enforcement, public safety, security, intelligence, government, and military communities.

Diverse Curriculum

Advance your knowledge in essential topics, such as criminology, ethics, and police administration with wide-ranging course options, including forensics, gangs and gang prevention, emergency and disaster management, and human intelligence (HUMINT).

Eyes On The Future

The master’s in criminal justice has a particular focus on equipping individuals for leadership in the field. The program aims to prepare you to face challenges ranging from communicating with members of the public to gaining knowledge to tackle evolving issues, like cybercrime.

No Entrance Exams

Begin your studies quickly. This master’s in criminal justice requires no GRE® entrance exam, and the program starts monthly, putting you in control.

Helping You Save on Your Master's

Explore your options to make learning affordable.

* All U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military families are eligible for our Preferred Military Rate, which is $250 per credit hour for both undergraduate and master’s-level programs. Eligible family members include parents, spouses, legal partners, siblings, and dependents.

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