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Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Ensure the Safety of the Global Community

Become a skilled leader by taking an in-depth exploration of global criminal behavior and the strategies employed to protect citizens and allies from harm. With Norwich’s online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program, you will gain access to vast resources to help you hone your knowledge in areas such as cybercrime, criminal justice system, corrections, criminological theory, law adjudication, and law enforcement. Supplement your training and experience with a curriculum that encompasses the theory, practice, and methods of transnational criminal justice and exposes students to a broad perspective on international law and non-U.S. law enforcement systems, organizations, and challenges, especially those of terrorism.

Complete coursework at your own pace while continuing to work with Norwich’s flexible virtual platform. You will receive personalized support throughout your education from distinguished faculty, comprised of leading experts in criminal justice and tangential fields.

Now it is your time to help fight domestic, international, transnational, and non-state-affiliated criminal activity. With your degree, you will develop a robust arsenal of managerial and contextual capabilities to help you advance professional or open doors to leadership positions in areas such as the military, civilian law enforcement, federal law enforcement and private security.

You, at Norwich

Learn from a faculty of active scholars with doctorate degrees.

Customize your studies based on your career goals and personal interests.

Develop essential skills relevant to not only careers in history but also in business, law, education, and government.

Improve your historical insight, research, writing, analysis and presentation skills.

Apply to one of four start dates per year.

Benefit from a university recognized as offering Best Value with respect to high academic quality and low net cost of attendance, according to the U.S. News & World Report.*

*Rankings are based on undergraduate programs and on students who recieved the average level of need-based financial aid.

Accreditation & Recognition

NECHE Accredited

 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.).

Next Master's Session Start Dates: 

FALL: August 26, 2024

WINTER: November 18, 2024

SPRING: February 17, 2025

Program & Details

At a Glance

No GRE/GMAT required Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher



Contact Admissions

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

Call: 1-866-684-7237    

Transfer Credits

You may receive the equivalent of up to 12 semester credits for study conducted elsewhere. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as it pertains to transfer credits.
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International Admissions

Norwich University welcomes students from all countries who want to study through our online programs. You must complete all steps in the admissions process.
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Norwich Alumni Benefits

Reconnect with Norwich to complete your master's degree. As apart of our alumni community, you are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship and other benefits.
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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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by a NACES approved agency. 
  • If English is not your first language, proof of English language proficiency is required. This can be demonstrated in one of three ways:
    • TOEFL - a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test) is required.*
    • IELTS – a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required.*
    • The applicant holds a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a college/university/institution in which the primary language of instruction was English.

Please Note:  All eligibility requirements are expected to be met unless noted in specific articulation agreements or memoranda of understanding (MOUs).

Application Process

We encourage you to contact an admissions advisor (see below) if you need help at any stage of the application process. You will be required to submit the following items:

  • Application form
  • Official transcript of your undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university, mailed to the address below.
  • Proof of English language proficiency if applicable (TOEFL)

Transcript Links

Mail transcripts to:
Norwich University
College of Graduate and Continuing Studies
P.O. Box 367
Northfield, VT 05663

For electronic delivery, we accept transcripts delivered from Parchment, National Clearing House, and other services if sent to cgcsamt@norwich.edu via password protection.

To contact an admissions advisor:

Call: 1-866-684-7237
Email: learn@norwich.edu

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. 

To view program details such as course offerings, requirements, and curriculum maps for the MS Criminal Justice, visit the Norwich University Course Catalog using the below link.

Online Master's

When applying for a graduate 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: $698
Additional fees & discounts may apply.

Financial Aid Resources
Paying for your Education

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Alumni Testimonials

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In working with great people, I found a home at Norwich from my master’s degree.

Todd Boisvert

'19 Master of Science in Criminal Justice

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The program seemed like a perfect combination of a tradition I could be proud of and a modern educational platform I could manage in my day-to-day craziness.

Dan Bastie

'21 Master of Public Administration

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It's my educational goal to pursue a doctorate degree. Earning a master's degree is the first step.

Matt Fitzsimmons

'18 Master of Arts in Military History

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As the tagline for Norwich University says, "Expect Challenge. Achieve Distinction," do expect challenge, but also expect to be supported by your fellow classmates and instructors along the way.

Benjamin Robert Bradley

'24 Master of Science in Cybersecurity

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Norwich is unique as its military history program not only touts its toughness but also backs it up.

Henry Gonzales

'24 Master of Arts in Military History

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Todd Boisvert

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Dan Bastie

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Matt Fitzsimmons

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Benjamin Robert Bradley

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Henry Gonzales

Faculty & Staff

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Elizabeth Gurian


  • Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Associate Professor

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.

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