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I chose Norwich because of the institution's long history of developing criminal justice and law enforcement leaders.

Roberto Montano
Norwich Graduate, Class of 2017

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Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Ensuring the Safety of the Global Community

Designed with professionals in military law enforcement in mind, Norwich University’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice program takes you on an in-depth exploration of global criminal behavior and the strategies skilled leaders employ to protect our citizens and allies from harm. With our near 200-year legacy of preparing leaders in government, industry and the military, Norwich offers vast resources and expertise in order to help you rise through the ranks and work collaboratively with international military and law enforcement personnel.

Supplement your training and experience with a curriculum that encompasses the theory, practice and methods of transnational criminal justice, and places emphasis on comprehensive study of international law and the challenges faced by U.S. and international organizations. The criminal justice program is hosted on Norwich’s flexible virtual platform, which allows you to complete coursework at your own pace while serving active duty. Our distinguished faculty is comprised of leading experts in criminal justice and tangential fields, and they are prepared to offer you personalized support throughout your education.


  • Master of Science
  • Students complete all course offerings.

Why Norwich?

Coursework is rigorous, relevant and immediately applicable to your career.

Personalized student support from our faculty and staff.

As the nation’s first military college, Norwich is proud to support you as you balance an active duty schedule with academic pursuits.

Flexible online platform offers you ability to complete coursework that fits your schedule.


Quick Info

1 Week Residency

Visit campus for culminating experience

15 Students

Maximum number of students per class

15 Months

Average time to program completion

2 December

Next Start Date

4 November

Application Deadline

Accreditation & Recognition

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Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

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Christin  Martin
Admissions Advisor


Criminal Justice Program Curriculum

The 30-credit Master of Science in Criminal Justice program comprises of five courses, each of which is 11 weeks in length. Students master one course at a time, with each course building on the next to create a strong foundation of knowledge and context for future topics. The coursework will provide students with a broad exposure to international law and to non-U.S. law enforcement systems, organizations, and challenges. The program culminates in a required one-week residency and a graduation ceremony at Norwich University in June.

Core Curriculum

The curriculum complements existing experience and training with coursework that addresses the theory, practice, and methods of criminal justice. Applied learning develops practical skills in leadership, management, research and analysis. Students complete all courses.

  • Law Enforcement Administration
    GJ551 6 credit hours

    This course examines law enforcement best practices, police leadership, workforce development, accountability, internal affairs, productivity, and the management of special units. Students will also study the role of community policy, community policing, restorative justice programs, crime prevention, and the role of technology, integrated justice systems, and information system security.

  • Contemporary Issues in the Criminal Justice System
    GJ522 6 credit hours

    This course focuses on the nexus  and relationships  among leadership, ethics, and emerging technology for criminal justice practitioners, managers and administrators. The multifaceted responsibilities of criminal justice professionals require basic knowledge of these focused competency based areas as well as of the symbiotic relationships which lead to successful policies, procedures, and practices in contemporary criminal justice organizations. Emerging technologies such as drone usage, body cameras and enhanced listening devices are explored in the context of ethical use in police interdiction and intervention.

  • Law and the International System
    GD520 6 credit hours

    You will explore the structure of the international system as defined by its rules and guidelines. The course presents an introduction to international law terminology and its history and theory. Laws surrounding conflict, war, war crimes, and the rising areas of international law, environmental law, and laws concerning humanitarian intervention will be explored. Of special interest will be laws pertaining to human rights.

  • International Terrorism by Non-State Actors
    GD552 6 credit hours

    This course examines the phenomenon of transnational terrorism by non-state actors. Ideology, psychology, and strategies of major transnational groups are addressed to provide an understanding of their long-term goals and operations. You will examine the relationship of terrorist groups, WMD proliferation, and organized crime, as well as possible future trends in terrorist operations. Case studies of key groups will provide comparative analysis.

  • International Response to Transnational Terrorism
    GD562 6 credit hours

    This course surveys the strategies and policies that have been deployed by states to combat transnational terrorism. You will examine the development of international law as a tool against terrorism, diplomatic and multilateral approaches in dealing with cross-border issues, and government policies designed to improve internal and multinational coordination and cooperation. Differences and commonalities among states in their approaches to terrorism are highlighted in order to examine best practices.


The final academic requirement for the criminal justice program is a week-long residency at the beautiful and historic Norwich University campus in Vermont. Students have the opportunity to meet with fellow students, faculty, and program staff in both formal classroom and informal settings. Norwich covers the cost of all meals and accommodation on campus. Academic recognition ceremonies and commencement cap off the week, and family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Norwich covers the cost of all meals and accommodation on campus.


At a Glance

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • No GMAT or GRE required


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Next Start Date

Monday, December 2, 2019

Application Deadline

Monday, November 4, 2019

Contact Admissions

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT
Extended hours available by appointment


Call: 1-866-684-7237

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Non-Discrimination Statement

Norwich University, in compliance with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.

Tuition & Fees


When applying for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program at Norwich University, there are two essential factors to consider: what does it cost, and how can you pay for it? There are many ways to get financial assistance and several financial strategies that can help you achieve your academic and professional goals. We are here to help you identify and pursue the options that are best for you.

Tuition at a Glance

  • Credit Hours: 30
  • Cost Per Credit Hour: $719

2019-20 Tuition and Fee Schedule - Master's Programs

Rate Per Credit Term Tuition Additional Expenses Total
$719 $4,314

Technology - $300/term
Library - $75/term
Graduation - $150/one-time


Careers & Outcomes

Lead the Way to a Safer World

As global crime, terrorism, and violence are on the rise and become more complex, the need for law enforcement leaders with enhanced skills and knowledge continues to grow. Our new Master of Science in Criminal Justice program can be your bridge to a successful, exciting, and rewarding future by providing the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the military, public, or private sectors.

Career Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program can develop the tools they need to help fight domestic, international, transnational, and non-state-affiliated criminal activity with a robust arsenal of managerial and contextual capabilities to help them advance professionally. The criminal justice graduate program can help open doors to leadership positions in areas such as the military, civilian law enforcement, federal law enforcement, and private security. Our large, well-positioned alumni network can help graduates find rewarding career opportunities.

Example career paths for graduates of the program include positions in organizations such as:

  • U.S. Military
  • State and municipal law enforcement agencies
  • Private security firms
  • Educational/training organizations
  • Federal government agencies

Where are Norwich Alumni Today?

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Retired police chief confirmed as Maine's U.S. Marshall.

Class of 2007

Faculty & Staff

Program Director

Allison Crowson, MJA

Allison Crowson is the program manager for both the Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice programs at Norwich University. Previously she held the position of admissions director for the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Norwich. An adjunct faculty member and academic advisor in Norwich’s criminal justice department since 2006, she teaches courses on criminology, victimology, introduction to the criminal justice system and the police. She has also developed and taught courses online in criminal psychology, criminalistics, and juvenile justice. Prior to entering the academic arena, she worked in Vermont as a 911 dispatcher for the St. Albans Police Department and as a reserve police officer for the Panama City Beach Police Department. She earned a master’s degree in justice administration from Norwich University and a BA in transpersonal psychology from Burlington College.

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Program Staff

Jennifer Gagnon, MJA
Associate Program Director
Jennifer  West, M.S.
Associate Director of Advising/ADA Coordinator
Associate Director of Advising/ADA Coordinator

Featured Faculty



Meet graduates from our master's programs.

Gabriel Galindo, Master of Public Administration 2016

Norwich has such a prestigious reputation and some very convincing choices for graduate programs. The history along with the willingness of the staff and student participation in the classroom is something that makes a Norwich student feel at home.

Gabriel  Galindo
Class of 2016

I decided to return to school in the hopes of making a difference for trafficking victims.

Wendy Gallagher
Class of 2017
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Norwich is unique because alumni are encouraged, and expected, to go forward upon graduation and apply the knowledge and skills gained to benefit society.

Christopher  Tucker
Class of 2015

Online Learning

How do you fit an online program into your busy life?

Norwich has developed online programs that provide a gateway, not a barrier, to maximize your career potential. Get to know a few graduates -- with busy schedules -- and how they made their education fit.

Kim Swasey

I am married and have a wonderful daughter. I love to go out with friends and take advantage of the outdoors.

My background
I am retired from the military and am now working as a contractor for the government.
How I succeeded at Norwich
As I work in the public administration sector as a contractor, I wasn't able to use any government resource to do school work (including my work computer), which meant I did all school work outside of normal working hours. I found the best time for me was very early in the morning when the house was quiet. Another critical piece was camaraderie with my classmates. You can persevere with your support system.

Residency at Norwich

After completing your coursework online, the one-week stay at Norwich brings the experience full circle.

michael esch, residency

Residency was enjoyable. It presented so many opportunities to meet and talk with people who have very different life stories, but I often found they have many of the same drives and desires. You get out of it what you put into it. Go all in.

Michael Esch
Class of 2015
Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance
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