Our legal and justice system is a complex network of organizations and public servants who can often impact our daily lives. Within it, criminal justice administrators are needed provide leadership and solid decision-making based on research, analysis, and forward-thinking ideas that advance the cause of liberty and justice for all.

About Salem’s Online Criminal Justice MBA Degree

Salem University’s Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice was developed to ensure the student who successfully completes the program has demonstrated academic strengths in leadership, public policy and decision-making skills that contribute to being a successful manager or administrator within a criminal justice organization including police, courts, and corrections. Our curriculum touches on the many parts that make up the whole of our modern criminal justice system, including constitutional law, law enforcement, community relations, and justice operations, all within a modern, global perspective. The culmination is a degree that can prepare you to bring innovative critical thinking and problem-solving skills into this field. Earning your MBA degree can also ready you to pursue the next step of your education with a Doctor of Business Administration.

We’ve designed our master’s degree programs to be fully online, with a high-quality curriculum that aims to provide opportunities for professional growth and development; develop skills that allow you to conduct research and integrate theory and practice; and promote excellence in leadership, scholarship, work, and life. And we do all of this within a framework that fits into your current life and responsibilities with our unique, one-course-a-month schedule.

What Can I Do With an MBA in Criminal Justice?

An MBA with an emphasis in criminal justice can help expand your career opportunities to include advanced and senior-level positions, like:

  • Patrol Supervisor
  • Lieutenant
  • Precinct Captain
  • Unit Manager
  • Associate Warden
  • Warden
  • Day Reporting Center Manager
  • Crisis and Transition Services Specialist

What Will I Learn in Salem’s MBA in Criminal Justice Program?

Our MBA in Criminal Justice degree program builds on the core concepts and fundamentals in criminal justice, including criminological theory, ethics, and policy analysis. We take an in-depth look at the ideologies and behaviors that influence constitutional doctrine, how to apply legal principles to policies and procedures, evaluating police strategy, avenues for improving police-community relations, global challenges and ethical issues in criminal justice, and beyond. Everything you learn with our program is brought together in a capstone sequence that combines an in-depth research project geared toward your specialization and a comprehensive portfolio review that assesses your attainment of the learning objectives.

Your courses will cover topics like:

  • Changing public opinion, ideology, and behaviors that influence constitutional doctrine and Supreme Court decision making, as well as evaluating salient decisions and applying those legal principles to criminal justice policies and procedures
  • The practice of law enforcement and policing in diverse community settings, including smart policing, predictive policing, intelligence-led policing, what has been working in police strategy, and potential proposals for improving police-community relations
  • Current issues in criminal justice theory and practice, including organizational theory, global challenges, ethical and legal issues, leadership, human resources, operations, etc.

What Criminal Justice MBA Classes Will I Take?

The Master of Business Administration degree program with a specialization in Criminal Justice requires the completion of 27 core semester credits that include:

  • ACC515 Accounting for Managers
  • BUS500 Applied Business Statistics
  • BUS698 Directed Readings and Research
  • BUS699 Enterprise Strategic Planning and Change Management
  • ECO570 Managerial Economics
  • FIN560 Financial Management
  • MKT530 Marketing Management
  • BUS554 Business Law
  • BUS600 Organizational Behavior, Leadership, and Ethics

You’ll also take 9 credits in the Criminal Justice specialization:

  • CJU540 Advanced Constitutional Law
  • CJU545 Law Enforcement and the Community
  • CJU550 Special Topics in Criminal Justice Administration

How Long Will It Take to Get My Criminal Justice MBA?

On average, a full-time student can earn their MBA degree with a specialization in Criminal Justice in about approximately 12 months. However, we recognize every student is different, with different circumstances. It’d be best to contact one of our admissions advisors to discuss your specific questions and goals.

Why Should I Choose Salem University?

Since 1888, Salem University has built upon our tradition of accessible, affordable higher education by constantly innovating and looking to the future. We aim to develop lifelong learners who embrace problem-solving with a global perspective. We offer:

  • Accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs of study with continuous enrollment via distance education or on-campus
  • A unique one-course-a-month format that allows students to focus on a single subject at time and build their knowledge in a way that feels natural
  • Online courses are structured to work within the constraints of full-time employment, allowing you to earn your degree with minimum disruption to your busy schedule
  • Supportive faculty and staff who serve as thought leaders and mentors
  • A beautiful 100-acre campus situated in the Smoky Mountains where programs of study are available for campus residents and commuter students

Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or online here. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.


This course is accredited by ACBSP.

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If you’re interested in getting started on your Master of Business Administration — Criminal Justice degree from Salem University, now is a great time to request more information or, better yet, chat with us live.