Degree Requirements

Thirty (30) credits are required to graduate from the program. Courses are offered during the evenings and online. The program may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Students must complete twelve required credits of the core curriculum plus an additional eighteen credits of any elective courses. Students may also choose a twelve credit concentration of their own design.  Examples of a concentration in national security or criminal justice management are shown below.  The program also awards life-experience credits to eligible students.  Up to six credits can be earned by students that can demonstrate substantial criminal justice experience that is relevant to the educational program.

Upon completion of the required thirty credits, students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination. Students desiring to continue their education towards a Ph.D. should pursue the three credit thesis option rather than the comprehensive examination. The thesis course may be used to satisfy three of the eighteen elective credits required.

MACJ Curriculum

MACJ Core Requirements (12 credits)

  • CJ 500 - Foundations of Criminal Law and Procedure
  • CJ 501 - Theories and Analysis of Crime Causation and Deviance
  • CJ 502 - Critical Issues in the Administration and Management of the Criminal Justice System
  • CJ 581 - Methods of Research Design and Statistical Analysis

MACJ Electives (18 credits)

  • CJ 503 - Law, Society and Ethics
  • CJ 504 - Issues in the Administration of Adult and Juvenile Correctional Systems
  • CJ 505 - Criminal Law
  • CJ 506 - Victimology
  • CJ 507 - Organizational Procedures
  • CJ 508 - Capital Punishment
  • CJ 509 - Criminal Behavior and the Family
  • CJ 510 - Criminal Profiling
  • CJ 511 - Emergency Management
  • CJ 513 - Issues in National Security
  • CJ 514 - Domestic and International Terrorism
  • CJ 515 - Budgetary Planning in Public Agencies
  • CJ 599 - Criminal Justice Leadership
  • CJ 601 - Internship/Practicum Experience in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 650 - Criminal Justice Thesis/Comprehensive Exam

Concentrations

As part of your elective work, you may choose one of two areas of concentration:

Concentration in National Security (12 credits)
  • CJ 510 - Criminal Profiling
  • CJ 511 - Emergency Management
  • CJ 513 - Issues in National Security
  • CJ 514 - Domestic and International Terrorism
Concentration in Criminal Justice Management (12 credits)
  • CJ 507 - Organizational Procedures
  • CJ 511 - Emergency Management
  • CJ 515 - Budgetary Planning in Public Agencies
  • CJ 601 - Internship/Practicum Experience in Criminal Justice

If you are interested in the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program at Sacred Heart University, apply online today!