Preparing community-focused leaders with a dedication to public service

Madonna University’s online Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice Leadership and Intelligence provides students with the leadership ability and skills in data analysis and intelligence needed to address contemporary issues related to community policing.

Graduates of this online master’s degree program are prepared to lead public and private entities through knowledge in modern policing initiatives that address escalating issues related to crime control policies, fraud, and terrorism at local, state, national, and international levels.

Additionally, students examine historical and current trends in criminal justice policies, allowing them to confront the difficult questions and implications surrounding justice in a democratic society.

Degree Learning Objectives in Criminal Justice

The two-year program accentuates professional leadership and ethical responsibility while focusing on a broad range of pressing issues facing society. Coursework challenges students to analyze the outcomes and unintended consequences of crime and criminal justice policies, problem solve complex issues, and forecast innovative reform policy.

The curriculum builds expertise in a wide range of in-demand topics, including labor law, applied research methods, crime and intelligence, homeland security, financial crime, human behavior awareness, and contemporary issues in criminal justice. Explore the full degree course requirements for the MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Intelligence.

Through this diverse curriculum, Master’s in Criminal Justice Leadership and Intelligence students recognize the deep societal and environmental impact of developments in the highly complex and ever-evolving criminal justice field.

Online Structure Designed For Working Professionals

Designed to meet the needs of busy professionals, Madonna’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice Intelligence and Leadership degree is offered entirely online. This ensures students have the flexibility and ease of access needed to balance home, work, and academic responsibilities. The MS in Criminal Justice degree can be completed in two years, ensuring students can make rapid advancement in their career.

All online master’s courses are taught by Madonna’s expert criminal justice faculty who have extensive experience at all levels of the criminal justice system in federal, state, county, and local agencies. They care deeply about student success and are highly interactive and engaged with all online students in order to provide superior support and mentorship.

Career Opportunities with a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice

Through Madonna’s MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Intelligence degree, students are equipped with vast technical knowledge of the ever-evolving criminal justice field. Beyond that, there is immense growth in communication skills, interpersonal skills, leadership ability, understanding of human behavior, and ethical management. All of which lead to an advanced level of preparedness to step confidently into essential leadership roles responsible for serving and protecting community interest.

Career opportunities for graduates of the master’s degree include: 

  • Law enforcement officer
  • Civilian intelligence officer
  • Financial fraud examiner
  • Anti-terrorism officials
  • Corporate compliance and security professionals
  • Criminal justice educator/trainer

Madonna’s graduate degree programs help students take their careers to the next level, increase earning potential, and prepare for managerial positions. As evidence of the leadership preparation provided by the MS in Criminal Justice degree, more than 90 Criminal Justice alumni have achieved Chief of Police or Director of Public Safety positions.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission into the online MS in Criminal Justice Intelligence and Leadership degree program are required to submit the following items:

  • Completed online application for graduate admission
  • Official transcript showing evidence of a completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale 
  • Note: A GPA average below 3.0 will be reviewed for conditional admission
  • Two letters of professional recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Current resume
  • Admission interview with Graduate Chair

Applicants are recommended to have full-time employment or substantial prior full-time work experience in the criminal justice field. In absence of this professional experience, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from a institutional-accredited institution is required.

Find out more about Madonna University's graduate admission requirements

Become an Experienced Community-Focused Leader in Criminal Justice

Madonna University’s online Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership and Intelligence degree emphasizes leadership growth, data analysis and intelligence, research ability, and a strong ethical commitment to the service and betterment of society through the criminal justice field.

Ready to take the next step as a community-focused leader? Request more information about our graduate Criminal Justice degree or get started on your application!


Faculty Bios

Tara KaneAssociate Professor
Program Director

Master of Science & Leadership Studies Madonna University

Bachelor of Science Madonna University


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Tara Kane

Ms. Tara Kane is the Program Director of the Criminal Justice Program. She joined the full-time faculty in 2013 coming from the West Bloomfield Police Department. She retired as a Detective/Sergeant of Investigations. She completed her M.S.B.A. in 2008 and her B.S. in 2002, both from Madonna University. She teaches in the area of criminology and special topics, with subject matter concentration on vulnerable populations and sexual assault. Her interests include the suspected abuse and neglect of children, domestic violence and sexual assault.

Tara is actively engaged in Title IX initiatives related to sexual assault on college campuses, as well as community engagement with partners combating Human Trafficking. She serves as one of the faculty advisory board members for the student group Stop A.V.T. (Stop all Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking). She is a faculty advising fellow, committed to the Appreciative Advising model approach.

Tara believes that by addressing students’ dreams and goals from day one equals the best recipe for future success- academically and professionally.

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Victor LauriaAssistant Professor
Program Director of Emergency Management, Fire Science and Occupational Safety and Health Programs

M.S.-T.C. Eastern Michigan University

B.S. Northern Michigan University

Assistant Chief of Police (Ret.) Novi Police Department

Graduate FBI National Academy – Session #250


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Victor Lauria

Victor Lauria is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. He joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2015. Prior to joining Madonna, he served as an Assistant Chief of Police with the City of Novi. During his 28-year law enforcement career, Victor served in a wide variety of positions. He worked as a patrol officer, undercover narcotics officer, a K-9 handler, and detective, as well as numerous supervisory positions.

Victor's work has been recognized by the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association, National Retail Federation and the Michigan Association of Private Investigators. The National Geographic Channel profiled one of Victor's cases in the documentary film "The Science of Interrogation."

His favorite subjects to teach are interview and interrogation, and ethics. In his free time, Victor enjoys spending time with his wife, Sherie, and their three children as well as hunting and fishing.

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