Criminal Justice

Master of Business Administration
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Keeping people safe is a noble calling and, with NCU’s online Criminal Justice Master’s degree, you’ll be able to combine that passion with the skills to move you forward. The MBA Criminal Justice specialization is designed to help you develop advanced competencies and analytical capabilities needed for management and leadership positions in correctional institutions, law enforcement and the court system. In our 100% online program, you will gain a unique insight into the operational and organizational structure of police agencies and learn concepts applicable to a law enforcement setting. Graduates typically find professional employment opportunities in law enforcement agencies and private security firms.

MBA Degree Requirements

The Master of Business Administration requires 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. The MBA program includes 18 credit hours of foundational courses. The foundational courses are taken by all students regardless of their undergraduate degree to form and strengthen fundamental business skills. The next 9 credit hours in the program encapsulate a specialization aligned with a student’s career goals and interests. Elective courses must be appropriate to the student’s degree program.

Completion Period for Master's Degrees

Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master's programs. Normal time to complete varies depending upon course take rate and credits transferred.

See below for specialization courses specific to this program. To learn more, fill out the request information form below or view the course catalog.

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Juvenile Offender

This course stresses the nature and control of juvenile delinquent behavior. Factors of causation and prevention are explored including analysis of police and court response to the management of juvenile offenders. The course will identify the differences between juvenile delinquency and adult criminality as well as examine the parens patraie philosophy. It will identify and describe drugs of abuse for adolescents and various drug control strategies. The course will also recognize patterns of juvenile delinquency in other nations. The course will also suggest that different states handle juveniles in dissimilar ways, though some Constitutional standards must be maintained.


Organized Crime

This Master level course provides an in-depth study of organized crime in the United States concentrating on family structure, the sources of revenue and investments, and the role of the legal system in organized crime control. Focus is placed on the symptoms of organized crime; political influences in organized crime enforcement; organized crimes relationship to drug traffic, prostitution, business transactions, militant groups, and gambling.


Drugs, Values and Society

This course will examine the nature and extent of criminal and non-criminal drug abuse, as well its the causes and prevention. Particular attention will be given to the sociological aspects of values and the effects of drugs in our society. We will examine drug abuse as both a social problem and a law enforcement issue. In addition to the sociological aspects of drug abuse, we will exam drug enforcement and narcotics control investigative tactics and techniques.


Current Issues in Law Enforcement

This Masters level course provides students the opportunity to investigate the most important issues facing the leadership of the nations' local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Major problems such as drug enforcement, organized crime, sexual assaults on campus, the war on terrorism and cooperation among law enforcement, first responder and health officials provide the core focus of student efforts.


Violence and Society

This course will allow students to examine the nature and extent of crime, as well as causes and prevention. Particular attention will be given to the role of police questioning and investigative techniques, theories and typologies which attempt to explain deviant behavior, the relation between forensic experts and the criminal justice system, and the utility of correctional rehabilitation.


White Collar Crime

This Master level course provides students an opportunity to examine criminal activity in communities as well as business and corporate enterprises. Students will examine the various types of white-collar crime, methods of detection, investigative techniques, and social impact. They will further review specific cases and examine articles relating to this sophisticated crime contravening our privacy and social values.


Forensic Scientific Evidence

This course provides a comprehensive review of the general forensic topics with technical and scientific detail. The topics include the historical development of science’s interaction to the law. The steps in processing a crime scene including documentation through notes, sketches and photography, detection and collection procedures of physical evidence, laboratory examinations will be examined. Different forensic disciplines used in crime scene reconstruction will be examined while exploring the concepts of admissibility of that evidence in the courtroom. The legal aspects of Computer Forensics and the Internet in regards to national and international laws will be evaluated.


Survey of Forensic Sciences

The master’s level course provides an introduction of different sciences and technology applied in criminal investigations. The history of Forensic Science, the practical application in crime scene investigations and the scope and duties of the Forensic Scientists will be discussed. The criminalist topics include fingerprint technology, forensic photography in digital and 35mm photography, ballistics, firearms and Toolmark impression examinations, bloodstain pattern analysis, serology and DNA, trace evidence and microscopy, and questioned documents. The forensic biology section consists of anthropology, forensic pathology, odontology, and entomology. Forensic Chemistry will present the specifics of illicit drugs, toxicology, fibers, paints and polymer examination, glass and soil, and fires and explosives, Duties of the expert witness in court and other legal aspects of Forensic Science will be discussed.

The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. Learn more about the NCU’s MBA costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $850
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $2,550
  • Program cost: $25,850-$28-400
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about our students, it’s that they are motivated and ambitious—but they are also busy! At Northcentral University, we’ve designed our education experience to work with you, not against you, so you can achieve your academic goals without sacrificing the quality, flexibility and support you need to be successful.

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ACBSP Accredited Online MBA Degree Program

ACBSP Accredited

In addition to NCU’s regional accreditation from the WSCUC, our business programs in the School of Business and Technology Management have received programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP promotes continuous improvement and recognizes excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.

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