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Perfect for recent graduates and busy professionals who want to obtain a graduate degree in the growing and exciting profession of criminal justice.

Keystone College continues to expand its selection of master’s degree programs with the introduction of a master’s of science degree in criminal justice.

The new 30-credit program, which is offered completely online, enables students to acquire a master’s degree in as little as one-year and obtain the skills they need for a variety of careers in the expanding field of criminal justice.

Students may qualify for the program with a bachelor degree in any undergraduate subject area provided they meet minimum admissions criteria. In addition to criminal justice, the program is an especially good fit for students with an undergraduate degree in social science, psychology, business, and forensic science.

A master’s of criminal justice prepares students for administrative and upper leadership positions in a variety of areas including law enforcement, corrections, private criminal justice investigation, and more. According to U.S. Department of Labor, employment of police and detectives is projected to grow by seven percent through 2026. The median pay for 2016 was $61,000. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of criminal justice and law enforcement teachers at the college level has a faster than average growth rate, with a median pay between $55,000 and $75,000. Such positions would require at least a master’s degree for consideration.

“Our new master’s degree program is perfect for recent graduates and busy professionals who want to obtain a graduate degree in the growing and exciting profession of criminal justice,” said Keystone Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Stacey Wyland. “The format enables students to keep their current job and work at their own pace, or study full time while receiving individual instruction from experts in the field.”

Applications are currently being accepted for classes beginning in January 2019. For more information about the new Keystone College master’s degree program in criminal justice, contact Sarah Louzon (570) 945-8126 or sarah.louzon@keystone.edu. Keystone also offers online master’s level programs in accountancy, business administration (MBA), and early child educational leadership.

Keystone offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate degree options in liberal arts and science-based programs in business, communications, education, fine arts, natural science, environmental resource management, geology, and social sciences. Located 15 minutes from Scranton, Pa. and two hours from New York City and Philadelphia, Keystone is known for small class sizes and individual attention focused on student success through internships, research, and community involvement.