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Master's degree

Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Security

1.5 years

Approximate Program Length

37

Total Credits

$698

Cost per Credit

Online

Format

Start when you're ready

Choose an upcoming start date:

Register by: Oct 6, 2021

Discover what it takes to work in management and leadership positions in police, corrections, court operations and security organizations. Our Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Security program combines administrative training, policy development and problem-solving skills to prepare you for roles in law enforcement, corporate security and infrastructure security. Plus, there’s no application fee, no GMAT test requirements, and we’ll even request your prior college transcripts for you.

  • Management

  • Operations

  • Leadership

  • Research

  • Problem-solving

A degree built around the skills employers want

We know what skills employers want because we did our homework.

We worked with labor market researchers to align in-demand skills with our program to ensure you have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate them in your coursework.

Look for the skills icon to see exactly which in-demand skills you’re learning in the courses you take.

Skills-aligned program

Courses

1

Course at a time

6

Weeks per course

8

Courses per year

Schedule

Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for a Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Security online.

What you'll learn

When you earn your Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Security online, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. 

You’ll learn how to:

  • Appraise administration and management strategies of criminal justice and security.
  • Evaluate industry-related problem-solving strategies.
  • Create strategic operational planning methodologies.
  • Synthesize industry-related data.
  • Evaluate the impact of diversity within communities, agencies and organizations.

Program Purpose Statement

The University’s Criminal Justice programs are educational degree programs. For individuals interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or corrections or as a peace officer with any particular local, state, federal, tribal 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.

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Security?

An MS/AJS can prepare you to be a: 

  • Director, security management
  • Director, corporate security
  • Security director
  • District loss prevention manager
6 %

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for first-line supervisors of police and detectives is projected to be faster than average between 2019 and 2029.

Career Services for Life

Get career coaching, resumé building and interview prep, for life. While outside career advising can cost over $200 an hour, at University of Phoenix it’s built right into your degree at no added cost.

You don’t have to go it alone.

You’ll have a team of advisors invested in your success from day one — dedicated to helping you build your confidence and a personalized career plan you can stick with.

Tools and resources available 24/7/365

We're a university built for the busy. Build your resumé, prepare for an interview and plan your career — whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Networking & mentorship

Through virtual job fairs and networking with the alumni community, we've made it easy to tap into the experience and connections of your peers and colleagues at the University.

Tuition

Paying for school

While education costs have risen an average of 2.6% in the U.S. every year, our Tuition Guarantee ensures you’ll pay one flat rate from the moment you enroll to the day you graduate.

Earn your degree without starting from scratch

Up to $1 million a month in available scholarships

Our scholarships aren’t just for the chosen few. We’ll help you understand which scholarships you may qualify for, worth up to $3,000.

Credit transfer made easy

Graduate faster by transferring in prior eligible credits from another accredited institution. If you have law enforcement training from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy or the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) you can apply to have that experience evaluated for potential college credit.

NEED SOME HELP?

Our enrollment representatives provide personal support while you make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week.

Student Experience

An education that fits your busy life

Balancing family, work and school

Work toward your degree without giving up what matters most. Start your degree year-round and take one class at a time.

Online learning

Enroll in online classes and attend class whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Around-the-clock support and resources

You have a support team available up to 20 hours a day, 5 days a week. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 90% of our surveyed students.

Accreditation & Faculty

Count on the quality of your education

Institutional accreditation

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), hlcommission.org. Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Real-world faculty

26

Average years of industry experience

12

Police chiefs

85 %

Of surveyed students would recommend their instructors

Faculty Spotlight

As a faculty member, I'm on your team. I'm your coach and your cheerleader."

Doris Savron

Vice Provost of Colleges, University of Phoenix

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.