CU’s online public service leadership and social justice master's degree delivers a deep understanding of the country's justice system and delivers the skills you need to become a voice for others and impact positive change in your community.
MSJS – Public Service Leadership & Social Justice Overview
The fully online public service leadership and social justice master’s degree from Campbellsville University delivers the skills you need to advance your career and begin new changes in your community. By providing a deep understanding of the principles and concepts of community action and advocacy, the social justice degree prepares you to speak on behalf of victims, positively influence the decision-makers in your community and become a leader guided by Christian values.
Our online social justice master’s program is ideal for working practitioners who are currently involved in nonprofit organizations and social advocacy positions, specifically those who focus on wrongful convictions, criminal justice reform and social change. Founded on Christian ethics and principles, our social justice curriculum is strongly focused on criminal justice reform and the future of the field, making the program beneficial for those who are not currently working in the field but are striving to complete a doctorate.
“Now more than ever, we need leaders who understand the diversity of American society. Leadership in criminal justice must be knowledgeable and transparent, ethical and fully understand the history that criminal justice has with many marginalized sectors of our society,” says Dr. Dale Wilson, associate professor and director of criminal justice at Campbellsville.
As a student of the online social justice degree program, you’ll further your knowledge of the law and victimology as you explore the need and methods used for social change. You’ll become proficient in the concepts of organizational leadership, the theories concerning community and social reform and the impact of social justice in diverse societies.
Campbellsville University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Other Justice Studies Concentrations
The online justice studies degree from Campbellsville University consists of 36 credit hours—15 credits of core curriculum courses, 18 credits in either track, plus an elective course. The program can be completed within two years.
- CJ 500: Leadership in a Diverse Society
- CJ 562: Research Methods
- CJ 544: Introduction to Statistics
- CJ 525: Social Stratification
- CJ 505: Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice Organizations
All students are required to complete a thesis.
- BA 617: Organizational Leadership
- CJ 518: Criminal Justice in a Diverse Society
- CJ 521: Theories of Community and Social Change
- CJ 575: Advanced Correctional Theory and Practice
- CJ 580: Special Topics
- CJ 622: Research Methods for Community Change
- BA 620: Finance Management
- BA 614: Human Resource Management
- CJ 550: Victimology
- CJ 585: Serial Killers
- CJ 620: Seminar in Criminal Justice
- CJ 625: Policing and Immigration
- CJ 630: Crime Control and Environmental Design
- SOC/CJ 542: Race and Ethnic Relations
- SWK 615: World Problems & Advocacy
With department approval, students can take an upper level BA, SOC, or PSY course to fulfill the elective requirement
To apply to Campbellsville’s justice studies program, prospective students must submit or complete the following:
- Complete the online application
- Official Transcript Request Form (via Adobe Sign). In most cases, this will allow us to request your transcripts on your behalf.
- All official college transcripts from each college or university previously or currently attended
- GRE exam scores – Must be taken by students with a cumulative GPA under 3.0
- Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 will not have to take the GRE or GMAT
- If student GPA is lower than 3.0, the GRE or interview may be required
- Two letters of recommendation from current or past supervisors, professors, or other professionals who can attest to the student’s qualifications
- At least one of the recommendation letters should come from academic areas (e.g., academic advisors, major professors)
- Statement of career goals (maximum 1,000 words) stating the reason for applying to the Master of Science in Justice Studies program and future plans with this degree
- International students: must show proficiency in English as a Second Language through the TOEFL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
- The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 550 for the paper-based exam, 213 on the computer-based exam, or a 79-80 on the internet-based exam.
- International transcript evaluation by WES (World Education Services) is required.
- International students who do not hold a permanent resident visa in the United States must submit evidence of financial support before an I-20 form can be processed.
Costs & Financial Aid
The online justice studies degree costs $399 per credit hour. In order to help students afford their education, Campbellsville University’s staff is available to work with students to discover available financial aid options.
A maximum of 12 credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university can be transferred into this program.
Campbellsville University is a military-friendly school and a proud member of the Yellow Ribbon program. Students who are currently serving at home or abroad or are veterans can further their education in a conducive online environment.
What Can You Do with a Social Justice Degree?
Graduates of Campbellsville’s public service leadership and social justice master's degree complete the program fully equipped for a variety of careers that impact change in the criminal justice field. Some of the potential career outcomes include:
- Forensic psychologist
- District attorney
- Victim advocate
- Social justice program manager
Why CU Online?
Focused on Your Growth
Our well-rounded education in the arts and sciences is central to our goal of fostering your personal and professional growth.
Founded in 1906 as a Christian university, we welcome diverse perspectives and prepare students to become Christian servant leaders.
Affordable and Convenient
Campbellsville seeks to provide an affordable education for its students. Our online degree programs are in a convenient format so you can study whenever and wherever you want.
Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Campbellsville University.
Benefits of Learning Online
Campbellsville University offers several dynamic online degrees so that students can continue their education and hone their skills. Campbellsville’s online campus has been recognized as one of the best by numerous outlets. The institution’s faculty members have real-world experience in their fields, so students can get a glimpse of working in their prospective career. Students can also conveniently fit online coursework into their busy schedules.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes. We offer a generous transfer policy for our online degree programs. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.
Yes. You will have to complete the FAFSA form, and we will then determine your eligibility for any financial aid. Visit our financial aid page to learn more about your options, which include scholarships and grants.
You can apply to our online degree programs through the online application form. Remember to submit official copies of your high school and/or college transcripts, along with any other required documentation that is specific to your degree program. You can visit the admissions process page to learn more about what to expect throughout the process.