Uphold justice and leave a legacy others want to follow.


Careers in criminal and social justice are highly rewarding. Lewis University's online 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 online 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, police chief of Orland Park, IL. 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 and social 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
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Customs Officer
  • Secret Service Agent
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agent
  • ATF Agent
  • DEA Agent
  • FBI Agent
  • FBP Agent
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBP) Agent
  • US Marshal
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Detective
  • Police Chief
  • State Trooper

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 and social justice, the courts and corrections systems also provide a multitude of employment and career advancement opportunities. In addition, graduates are also 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:

Private Security
  • Case Manager
  • Parole Officer
  • Social Worker
  • Warden
  • Bailiff
  • Court Counselor
  • Law Clerk
  • Paralegal
  • Fraud Analyst
  • Loss Prevention Manager
  • Private Investigator
  • 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. Call (866) 967-7046 to speak with a Graduate Admissions Counselor or click here to request more information.