Criminal Justice

Master of Business Administration

This Criminal Justice specialization is designed to help you develop advanced competencies and analytical capabilities needed for management and leadership positions in correctional institutions, law enforcement and the court system. You will gain a unique insight into the operational and organizational structure of police agencies, and learn concepts applicable to a law enforcement setting. You will also explore the dynamic nature of the global multicultural network connecting distinct legal traditions and codes, both domestically and internationally, and their connection to criminal activity, law enforcement response, ethics and the legal system. As a graduate, you might find professional employment opportunities in law enforcement agencies and private security firms.

MBA Degree Requirements


An MBA in Business Administration requires 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor degree level. The MBA program includes 15 credit hours of foundational courses. The foundational courses are taken by all students regardless of their undergraduate degree to form and strengthen their fundamental business skills. The remaining 15 credit hours encapsulate a specialization aligned with a student’s career goals. Students may also opt for a General Business specialization, electing 15 credit hours of cross-discipline courses. Elective courses must be appropriate to the student's degree program.

Students in the MBA program are required to demonstrate competency in the areas listed below:

  • Research - MBA students are required to show competency in writing skills for research purposes through their Northcentral University coursework.
  • Computer Competency - MBA students are required to use appropriate computer skills that are necessary in writing research papers. Students must be able to prepare documents using APA formatting and advanced word processing skills, such as the creation of title pages, abstracts, tables and figures, headers and footers, page breaks, tables of contents, and hanging indents.


Students assume full responsibility for understanding both the foundational and specialization requirements of each program. Switching programs after completing coursework may result in reevaluation, monetary loss, loss of credit hours and/or the need to take additional credit hours. Students' Academic Advisors can assist with any questions related to program requirements.

The University may accept a maximum of 6 semester credit hours in transfer toward the Master of Business Administration for graduate course work completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of "B" or better.

Completion Period for Master's Degrees

Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master's programs. Normal time to complete varies depending upon course take rate and credits transferred.

MBA Required Foundational Courses - 15 credit hours

Course Code


Course Description

BTM5000 / BTM5000-8

Foundations for Graduate Study in Business

This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue a MBA degree in Business. Graduate level skills, such as academic integrity, time management, effective use of the Northcentral Library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and APA form and style in professional communication are also introduced. Students will complete the course with a better understanding of personal goals, strengths, and challenges, and a roadmap to navigate their way to completion of their educational aspirations.

MGT5026 / MGT5026-8

Effective Managerial Communications

This course presents the basic theories, skills, and applications related to communications in an organizational setting from a manager's point of view. The course focuses on the consistent, logical process approach that can be used to solve many communication problems. The course also covers topics that are essential to contemporary business communications, including critical thinking, the Internet, the World Wide Web, email, and other technological communication tools. It also presents basic theories, skills, and applications required to effectively communicate in a complex organizational setting emphasizing a manager's point-of-view.

MGT5028 / MGT5028-8

Business Statistics

This course introduces the graduate student to the calculation, use, and interpretation of descriptive statistics and inferential statistical analysis. The emphasis of this course is on providing a working knowledge of basic statistical concepts and helping students to understand statistical methodologies used in business, and more generally, to develop a working knowledge of statistical usage in everyday life.

HRM5000 / HRM5000-8

Human Resource Management

Throughout this course, students will work to develop an understanding of and will focus on the management of human behavior in organizations for optimal organizational effectiveness as well as individual outcomes. Students will also examine human resource management in a global context. Theories of managing the dynamics of individual, group, and system relationships to achieve organizational goals are explored in detail.

MGT5019 / MGT5019-8

Ethics in Business

Ethics and social responsibility are terms frequently applied to businesses often in the context of describing the lack of them. Using a case study methodology, students in this course will explore the responsibilities of a business and the stakeholders to whom it is responsible. The course includes case study analyses of business law, labor laws, discrimination, and applications pertaining to affirmative action, conflicts of interest, honesty, and moral responsibility. Students will also investigate sexual harassment, social responsibility, government contracting, and workplace safety.

Specialization Courses - 12 credit hours, Select 4 from the following

Course Code


Course Description


Juvenile Offender

This course stresses the nature and control of juvenile delinquent behavior. Factors of causation and prevention are explored including analysis of police and court response to the management of juvenile offenders. The course will identify the differences between juvenile delinquency and adult criminality as well as examine the parens patraie philosophy. It will identify and describe drugs of abuse for adolescents and various drug control strategies. The course will also recognize patterns of juvenile delinquency in other nations. The course will also suggest that different states handle juveniles in dissimilar ways, though some Constitutional standards must be maintained.


Organized Crime

This Master level course provides an in-depth study of organized crime in the United States concentrating on family structure, the sources of revenue and investments, and the role of the legal system in organized crime control. Focus is placed on the symptoms of organized crime; political influences in organized crime enforcement; organized crimes relationship to drug traffic, prostitution, business transactions, militant groups, and gambling.


Drugs, Values and Society

This course will examine the nature and extent of criminal and non-criminal drug abuse, as well its the causes and prevention. Particular attention will be given to the sociological aspects of values and the effects of drugs in our society. We will examine drug abuse as both a social problem and a law enforcement issue. In addition to the sociological aspects of drug abuse, we will exam drug enforcement and narcotics control investigative tactics and techniques.


Current Issues in Law Enforcement

This Masters level course provides students the opportunity to investigate the most important issues facing the leadership of the nations' local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Major problems such as drug enforcement, organized crime, sexual assaults on campus, the war on terrorism and cooperation among law enforcement, first responder and health officials provide the core focus of student efforts.


Violence and Society

This course will allow students to examine the nature and extent of crime, as well as causes and prevention. Particular attention will be given to the role of police questioning and investigative techniques, theories and typologies which attempt to explain deviant behavior, the relation between forensic experts and the criminal justice system, and the utility of correctional rehabilitation.


White Collar Crime

This Master level course provides students an opportunity to examine criminal activity in communities as well as business and corporate enterprises. Students will examine the various types of white-collar crime, methods of detection, investigative techniques, and social impact. They will further review specific cases and examine articles relating to this sophisticated crime contravening our privacy and social values.


Forensic Scientific Evidence

This course provides a comprehensive review of the general forensic topics with technical and scientific detail. The topics include the historical development of science’s interaction to the law. The steps in processing a crime scene including documentation through notes, sketches and photography, detection and collection procedures of physical evidence, laboratory examinations will be examined. Different forensic disciplines used in crime scene reconstruction will be examined while exploring the concepts of admissibility of that evidence in the courtroom. The legal aspects of Computer Forensics and the Internet in regards to national and international laws will be evaluated.


Survey of Forensic Sciences

The master’s level course provides an introduction of different sciences and technology applied in criminal investigations. The history of Forensic Science, the practical application in crime scene investigations and the scope and duties of the Forensic Scientists will be discussed. The criminalist topics include fingerprint technology, forensic photography in digital and 35mm photography, ballistics, firearms and Toolmark impression examinations, bloodstain pattern analysis, serology and DNA, trace evidence and microscopy, and questioned documents. The forensic biology section consists of anthropology, forensic pathology, odontology, and entomology. Forensic Chemistry will present the specifics of illicit drugs, toxicology, fibers, paints and polymer examination, glass and soil, and fires and explosives, Duties of the expert witness in court and other legal aspects of Forensic Science will be discussed.

Required Specialization Signature Course: 3 credit hours

Course Code


Course Description

CJ6010 / CJ6010-8

Criminal Justice Research Project

This course requires the graduate student to complete a set of progressive exercises regarding a specific subject area of Criminal Justice that incorporates analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of research methods. The student will complete a signature exercise in order to demonstrate the ability to synthesize theoretical and conceptual knowledge, professional application, ethical implications, and fundamental areas of research methods and critiques in their chosen field of specialization. Evaluation of peer-reviewed journal articles will include case studies, research studies, real-world scenarios, reports, seminar proceedings, theories, practicum, postulates, and any other scholarly, peer-reviewed data that will complement the specific area of program emphasis.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s MBA costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $743
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $2,229
  • Program cost: $22,290
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $250
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

MBA Tuition Cost Comparison

Total Program Tuition was calculated by taking the degree program’s maximum credits x cost per credit.  Degree programs used for this comparison are: NCU – MBA; Capella – MBA-Business Administration; University of Phoenix – MBA; Walden – MBA; Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University - MBA.  Institutions may charge additional degree program costs such as technology fees, resources fees and books.  NCU’s Total Program Tuition is inclusive of all fees and charges, except for books. All rates are subject to change. Total Program Tuition is based on information obtained from referenced institutions' websites on May 16th, 2014 and is believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed. 

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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ACBSP Accredited Online MBA Degree Program

ACBSP Accredited

In addition to NCU’s regional accreditation from the HLC, our business programs in the School of Business and Technology Management have received programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP promotes continuous improvement and recognizes excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.