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Master of Science/Administration of Justice and Security
If you’re ready to take the next step in becoming a leader in the world of criminal justice and security, then you’ve come to the right place. The Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Security at University of Phoenix focuses on developing leadership and administrative skills. While criminal justice and security are at the center of our master’s degree program, you’ll also study other important areas such as cybercrime, forensics, public policy, profiling and more.
Additionally, our criminal justice and security degree programs are continually updated, ensuring you learn the most current knowledge and skills from our experienced faculty who have a pulse on the world of criminal justice and organizational security.
What you’ll learn
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The requires a minimum of credits, which may come from a combination of required and elective courses.
Individual courses are also available.
When you need graduate-level college credit for continuing education or professional development requirements, consider enrolling in an individual course. Many of the same courses offered in our degree programs are also available for individual enrollment. It's great way to "test-drive" the University and get all the same services and support we offer in our degree programs.
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Fees may be non-refundable. Students pay tuition on a course-by-course basis. All tuition and fees of the University are subject to change.
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Federal Financial Aid Plan
Investigate federal financial aid options including government grants and loans. Your advisor will help you check your eligibility.
Under the Third-Party Billing Plan, University of Phoenix directly bills an approved employer for a student's tuition. To find out if your company supports direct bill, speak to your human resources department or one of our advisors.
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How can I use my Military benefits?
Whether you're serving on Active Duty, are a member of the Reserve or National Guard, or are the spouse of a military member, you're eligible for a reduction in tuition. Our special military tuition rates combined with some of the resources below can help you get started in your pursuit of a degree.
Post 9/11 GI Bill
If you're a veteran or military servicemember who served a minimum of 90 combined days on active duty after September 10th, 2001, you may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI benefits.
Active Duty Spouse Benefits
As a military spouse, you may be eligible for financial assistance that can help you pursue your degree.
Benefits of this degree program
Develop management skills to lead within criminal justice organizations
Unlike many colleges that only teach about the criminal justice system, the College of Security and Criminal Justice at University of Phoenix goes above and beyond by emphasizing management and administration skills as well. By gaining these skills, you’ll not only learn more about the criminal justice system but also you’ll be better equipped to become a leader in the field.
A comprehensive education
In addition to studying policing, you’ll learn the foundation of the entire courts and corrections system, which includes prison, probation and parole.
Criminal Justice Honor society
As a student in the College of Security and Criminal Justice, you’ll have the opportunity to become a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society through the Eta Theta Chapter. This is a nationally recognized honors society for students and graduates of esteemed criminal justice and security programs across the nation.
The College of Security and Criminal Justice is consistently building partnerships with reputable criminal justice and security organizations. Recently, the college has become the strategic academic ally of the FBI National Academy Associates and offers four scholarships to FBINAA members. Additionally, the college has an alliance with ASIS International, the premier security association, and offers two ASIS International scholarships.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
In addition to the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, College of Security and Criminal Justice graduating students are intended to attain certain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Therefore, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes by the time you complete this program.
Review the program student learning outcomes (PDF) report for the Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Security program.
Each college or school creates a set of Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) to describe the knowledge, skills or attitudes that students will possess upon completion of the program of study.
Review the annual assessment results (PDFs) for this program.
While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.
The University's Criminal Justice programs are educational degree programs. For those interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, corrections, or as a peace officer with any particular local, state, federal, or international agency, there are numerous additional qualifications (and often disqualifications) depending on the position. Before enrolling in a Criminal Justice program, potential students are highly encouraged to check with the relevant agency for a complete list of position requirements. The University makes no representations regarding whether any particular University program will qualify a graduate for any such position.
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The College of Security and Criminal Justice
The College of Security and Criminal Justice was created to provide degree programs that give students a deeper understanding of security and criminal justice best practices and help you advance your career.
Faculty with years of experience in the field
Our more than 2,200 faculty members have an average of 20 years of experience in the fields they teach and hold leadership positions such as chief of police, warden, security executive, judge, sheriff and more.
Courses are typically reviewed every 18 months, and new programs are developed based on the pressing demands within the security and criminal justice fields.