Accolades A Collection of Student Scholarship
roberto montano in norwich library

I chose Norwich because of the institution's long history of developing criminal justice and law enforcement leaders.

Roberto Montano
Norwich Graduate, Class of 2017

You are here

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Ensuring the Safety of the Global Community

Designed with professionals in military law enforcement in mind, Norwich University’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice program takes you on an in-depth exploration of global criminal behavior and the strategies skilled leaders employ to protect our citizens and allies from harm. With our near 200-year legacy of preparing leaders in government, industry and the military, Norwich offers vast resources and expertise in order to help you rise through the ranks and work collaboratively with international military and law enforcement personnel.

Supplement your training and experience with a curriculum that encompasses the theory, practice and methods of transnational criminal justice, and places emphasis on comprehensive study of international law and the challenges faced by U.S. and international organizations. The criminal justice program is hosted on Norwich’s flexible virtual platform, which allows you to complete coursework at your own pace while serving active duty. Our distinguished faculty is comprised of leading experts in criminal justice and tangential fields, and they are prepared to offer you personalized support throughout your education.


  • Master of Science
  • Students complete all course offerings.

Why Norwich?

Coursework is rigorous, relevant and immediately applicable to your career.

Personalized student support from our faculty and staff.

As the nation’s first military college, Norwich is proud to support you as you balance an active duty schedule with academic pursuits.

Flexible online platform offers you ability to complete coursework that fits your schedule.


Quick Info

1 Week Residency

Visit campus for culminating experience

15 Students

Maximum number of students per class

15 Months

Average time to program completion

3 September

Next Start Date

6 August

Application Deadline

Accreditation & Recognition

Norwich University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. - the nation's oldest regional accrediting body - through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). Regional Accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.



Criminal Justice Program Curriculum

The 30-credit Master of Science in Criminal Justice program comprises of five courses, each of which is 11 weeks in length. Students master one course at a time, with each course building on the next to create a strong foundation of knowledge and context for future topics. The coursework will provide students with a broad exposure to international law and to non-U.S. law enforcement systems, organizations, and challenges. The program culminates in a required one-week residency and a graduation ceremony at Norwich University in June.

Core Curriculum

The curriculum complements existing experience and training with coursework that addresses the theory, practice, and methods of criminal justice. Applied learning develops practical skills in leadership, management, research and analysis. Students complete all courses.

  • Law and the International System
    GD520 6 credit hours

    You will explore the structure of the international system as defined by its rules and guidelines. The course presents an introduction to international law terminology and its history and theory. Laws surrounding conflict, war, war crimes, and the rising areas of international law, environmental law, and laws concerning humanitarian intervention will be explored. Of special interest will be laws pertaining to human rights.


The final academic requirement for the criminal justice program is a week-long residency at the beautiful and historic Norwich University campus in Vermont. Students have the opportunity to meet with fellow students, faculty, and program staff in both formal classroom and informal settings. Norwich covers the cost of all meals and accommodation on campus. Academic recognition ceremonies and commencement cap off the week, and family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Norwich covers the cost of all meals and accommodation on campus.


Non-Discrimination Statement

Norwich University, in compliance with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and Finance

Careers & Outcomes

Lead the Way to a Safer World

As global crime, terrorism, and violence are on the rise and become more complex, the need for law enforcement leaders with enhanced skills and knowledge continues to grow. Our new Master of Science in Criminal Justice program can be your bridge to a successful, exciting, and rewarding future by providing the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the military, public, or private sectors.

Career Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program can develop the tools they need to help fight domestic, international, transnational, and non-state-affiliated criminal activity with a robust arsenal of managerial and contextual capabilities to help them advance professionally. The criminal justice graduate program can help open doors to leadership positions in areas such as the military, civilian law enforcement, federal law enforcement, and private security. Our large, well-positioned alumni network can help graduates find rewarding career opportunities.

Example career paths for graduates of the program include positions in organizations such as:

  • U.S. Military
  • State and municipal law enforcement agencies
  • Private security firms
  • Educational/training organizations
  • Federal government agencies

Faculty & Staff




Meet graduates from our master's programs.

Online Learning

How do you fit an online program into your busy life?

Norwich has developed online programs that provide a gateway, not a barrier, to maximize your career potential. Get to know a few graduates -- with busy schedules -- and how they made their education fit.

Residency at Norwich

After completing your coursework online, the one-week stay at Norwich brings the experience full circle.

michael esch, residency

Residency was enjoyable. It presented so many opportunities to meet and talk with people who have very different life stories, but I often found they have many of the same drives and desires. You get out of it what you put into it. Go all in.

Michael Esch
Class of 2015
Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance


Coming Soon.

How can I help you?