Criminal Justice, M.S.

Career and Salary Outlook, Criminal Justice, M.S.

Uphold justice and leave a legacy others want to follow.

Careers in criminal justice are highly rewarding. Lewis University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program will prepare you to meet the challenges and become a leader within the field, whether that is in government or law enforcement. When you graduate from the M.S. in Criminal Justice program, you will become part of a legacy with more than 40 Lewis University alumni who work as police chiefs across the country, including former Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy, retired police chief of Orland Park and Charles H. Ramsey, former Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department and frequent expert serving on CNN. Lewis alumni have also gone on to have careers in the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. This degree program also opens up numerous career opportunities for professionals interested in working within the courts, corrections and juvenile justice system.

Leaders in criminal justice are on the front line of protecting the nation's safety and are rewarded well for their efforts. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that police chiefs have an annual average salary of $82,710. The average annual salary for detectives and criminal investigators is $79,030, and federal law enforcement employees have an average annual salary of $103,180.

Careers on the Front Line of Justice

When you graduate with your Master's in Criminal Justice from Lewis University, you'll have the opportunity to find a rewarding career across a number of industry settings. Graduates of the MSCJ program are well equipped to serve justice among the nation’s federal agencies, state and local law enforcement arms, in roles such as:

Department of Homeland Security Department of Justice Local Law Enforcement
Air Marshal ATF Agent Deputy Sheriff
Border Patrol Agent DEA Agent Detective
Customs Officer FBI Agent Police Chief
Secret Service Agent FBP Agent State Trooper
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agent Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBP) Agent  
  US Marshal  


Lewis University is a member of the Academic Alliance of the FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. The FBINAA is a nonprofit, international organization dedicated to providing the highest degree of law enforcement training, education and information.

For those with a passion for social rehabilitation and the legal aspects of criminal justice, the courts and corrections systems also provide a multitude of employment and career advancement opportunities. In addition, graduates are well prepared to apply their skills to a number of challenging positions in the private sector. Job titles that MSCJ graduates may be qualified for include:

Corrections Courts Private Security
Case Manager Bailiff Fraud Analyst
Parole Officer Court Counselor Loss Prevention Manager
Social Worker Law Clerk Private Investigator
Warden Paralegal Security Operations Manager

Become a Leader in Criminal Justice and Social Change

Discover more about your career opportunities and begin your legacy with a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Lewis University. Your journey to greater personal and professional success begins with a call to (815) 836-5610 to speak directly to a Graduate Admission Counselor or submit the Request for More Information form below and we’ll reach out to you. If you already feel like Lewis University is the right place for you, you can fill out and submit your application today.

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