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Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Security

Start your online administration of justice and security degree

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.

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Courses

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Education should hold practical value. That’s why our courses meet rigorous academic standards and provide you with skills and knowledge immediately applicable to your career.

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Requirements: 37 credits

You’ll need 37 credits to complete this Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Security. Your course schedule may vary based on previous experience, training or transferable credits.

13 Core Courses

The Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Security includes 13 core courses in topics ranging from public policy issues to management of institutional risk and critical incident management.

Schedule

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

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.

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Earn career-relevant skills in weeks – not years.

Learning shouldn’t take years to put into practice. That’s why we’re empowering you to build career-relevant skills with every five- to six-week course.

We’ve worked with labor market researchers like Lightcast to find in-demand skills for occupations and mapped those to our related associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

Tuition

Transfer credits

Your previous eligible college credits can save you time and money – helping you to graduate faster. That’s why we’ve accepted transcripts from 5,000+ institutions, so you can apply eligible transfer credits from an institutionally accredited university or college toward a degree of your choice.

Affordable, fixed tuition

Lock in the peace of mind that comes with fixed, affordable tuition. You’ll enjoy one flat rate from the moment you enroll until the day you graduate from your program. That’s your Tuition Guarantee.

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University of Phoenix MS/AJS degree vs other universities

Phoenix Capella DeVry GCU Purdue Global SNHU Strayer
Cost per credit
Cost per credit
Cost per credit
$698
Cost per credit
$815
Cost per credit
$776
Cost per credit
$630
Cost per credit
$485
Cost per credit
$627
Cost per credit
$663.33
Credits per course
Credits per course
Credits per course
3
Credits per course
4-5
Credits per course
3
Credits per course
2-4
Credits per course
4
Credits per course
3
Credits per course
4.5
Tuition per course
Tuition per course
Tuition per course
$2,094
Tuition per course
$3,260-
$4,075
Tuition per course
$2,328
Tuition per course
$1,260-
$2,520
Tuition per course
$1,940
Tuition per course
$1,881
Tuition per course
$2,985
Total program length in credits
Total program length in credits
Total program length in credits
33
Total program length in credits
45
Total program length in credits
39
Total program length in credits
46
Total program length in credits
60
Total program length in credits
30
Total program length in credits
45
Length of course in weeks
Length of course in weeks
Length of course in weeks
6
Length of course in weeks
10
Length of course in weeks
8
Length of course in weeks
8
Length of course in weeks
6
Length of course in weeks
10
Length of course in weeks
11
Fees
Fees
Fees
One fee per course
Fees
Multiple fees
Fees
Multiple fees
Fees
Multiple fees
Fees
Multiple fees
Fees
Multiple fees
Fees
Multiple fees
Tuition guarantee
Tuition guarantee
Tuition guarantee
YES
Tuition guarantee
NO
Tuition guarantee
NO
Tuition guarantee
NO
Tuition guarantee
NO
Tuition guarantee
NO
Tuition guarantee
NO

Data pulled on March 31, 2023

Source of data: For each institution, the data are publicly available in multiple locations, including Academic Catalogs, Program pages, Tuition and fees pages, and syllabi. All data are publicly available on the websites. 

Certain licensure programs and coursework in other degree programs may have additional fees. Please check with your advisor or course catalog for additional info.

COA Components Masters Degree (non-CBE)
Tuition and Fees¹
Tuition and Fees¹
Tuition and Fees¹
$16,128
Books, course materials, supplies and equipment
Books, course materials, supplies and equipment
Books, course materials, supplies and equipment
$1,632
Transportation
Transportation
Transportation
$1,632
Miscellaneous personal expenses
Miscellaneous personal expenses
Miscellaneous personal expenses
$660
Living Expenses²
Living Expenses²
Living Expenses²
     Food
     Food
     Food
$3,180
     Housing³
     Housing³
     Housing³
$6,144
Federal student loan fees
Federal student loan fees
Federal student loan fees
$108
Dependent care expenses
Dependent care expenses
Dependent care expenses
$0
Disability related expenses
Disability related expenses
Disability related expenses
$0
Total COA
Total COA
Total COA
$29,484

1The tuition component is based on a per credit weighted average for the credential level across the entire University.

2The University allows the same living expense amounts for students in all living arrangements and dependency statuses.

3The living expense component for students receiving Military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) only includes an allowance for food.

Scholarships

Starting with your first course, every new, qualifying student will be awarded up to $1,000. Because scholarships shouldn’t just be for the chose few – they should be accessible to all working adults, like you.

$1 Million

In scholarship opportunities

Financial aid

You have options when it comes to paying for college tuition and expenses, such as federal grants and loans. Our finance advisors can answer your questions about financial aid and can help guide you through the process.

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Careers & Outcomes

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

Learning can lead to earning. Discover where your degree might take you and make informed choices about your future.

An MS/AJS can prepare you to be a:

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Asset Protection Manager
  • Chief Deputy
  • Deputy Chief Sheriff
  • Detective Supervisor
  • Division Chief
  • Police Chief
  • Police Commanding Officer
  • Police Supervisor

Top skills learned in this program:

  • Management

  • Operations

  • Leadership

  • Research

  • Problem-solving

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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:

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

3% Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for police and detectives is projected to be slower than average between 2021 and 2031.

The BLS Projected Growth for 2021-2031 is published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This data reflects the BLS’ projections of national (not local) conditions. These data points are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.

Admissions

Apply for free – no application fee, no obligation.

Starting your degree is a big decision — and we want you to feel great about it. That’s why we remove obstacles from your application.

  • No cost to request transcripts
  • No GMAT
  • No essay required
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You’ll have a support team of real people you can lean on to encourage your success as a student. Start a conversation about your future with one of our enrollment representatives today.

Call us at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week.

Receive highly rated 1-on-1 support

You’ll have a support team of real people you can lean on to encourage your success as a student. Start a conversation about your future with one of our enrollment representatives today.

Gabriel G., Enrollment Representative

Call or chat with us 7 days a week.

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.[1]

[1] Transactional Survey, August 2021-22 (18,645 respondents)

Phoenix provides support and resources for busy students

Faculty Spotlight

Professionals dedicated to you

Your success is a top priority for our deans and faculty members. They bring an average of 26 years of experience and hands-on perspective to the classroom, and help bridge the gap between academics and industry knowledge.

Doris Savron

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

Accreditation

Count on the quality of your education

University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), hlcommission.org, since 1978.

While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.