Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) is a 33-credit program with concentrations available in Criminal Justice Management, National Security, and Victimology. Students do not have to select a concentration. Those beginning their degree program prior to the fall 2017 semester are subject to the requirements of the previous MACJ curriculum. Course substitutions and waivers are subject to approval by the MACJ Program Director.

Students with substantial experience with the criminal justice system, particularly those in management positions, may apply for up to 6 transfer credits. Transfer credits are subject to the approval of the MACJ Program Director and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Required Courses | 15 credits

  • CJ 500 Foundations of Criminal Law and Procedure (Fall semester only)
  • CJ 501 Theories and Analysis of Crime Causation and Deviance (Fall semester only)
  • CJ 502 Administration and Management of the Criminal Justice System (Beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year: Spring semester only)
  • CJ 581 Methods of Research Design and Statistical Analysis (Fall semester only)
  • CM 502 Strategic Communications in the Digital Age (Spring semester only; 8-week module)

Concentrations | 12 credits

Criminal Justice Management

Required Courses

  • CJ 512 Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System (Fall semester only)
  • CJ 517 Criminal Justice Program Evaluation (Spring semester only)

Electives (any 2)

  • CJ 511 Emergency Management* (Spring semester only)
  • CJ 513 Issues in National Security (Fall semester only)
  • CJ 516 Community Corrections (Spring semester only)
  • CJ 518 Policing in a Democratic Society (Fall semester only)
  • CJ 601 Internship/Practicum Experience in Criminal Justice (Arranged in consultation with the MACJ Program Director)
  • CS 626 Introduction to Cybersecurity (Offered on a trimester schedule, normally on Monday evenings from 6:30-9:30PM; see academic calendar for dates)

National Security

Required Courses

  • CJ 513 Issues in National Security (Fall semester only)
  • CJ 514 Domestic and International Terrorism (Summer session only)

Elective Courses (any 2)

  • CJ 510 Criminal Profiling (Spring semester only)
  • CJ 511 Emergency Management* (Spring semester only)
  • CJ 512 Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System (Fall semester only)
  • CJ 517 Criminal Justice Program Evaluation (Spring semester only)
  • CJ 601 Internship/Practicum Experience in Criminal Justice (Arranged in consultation with the MACJ Program Director)
  • CS 626 Introduction to Cybersecurity (Offered each trimester, normally on Monday evenings from 6:30-9:30PM)

Victimology

Required Courses

  • CJ 506 Victimology (Spring semester only)
  • CJ 512 Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System (Fall semester only)

Elective Courses (any 2)

  • CJ 508 Capital Punishment (Winter session only)
  • CJ 509 Criminal Behavior and the Family (Late spring session only)
  • CJ 517 Criminal Justice Program Evaluation (Spring semester only)
  • CJ 518 Policing in a Democratic Society (Fall semester only)
  • CJ 601 Internship/Practicum Experience in Criminal Justice (Arranged in consultation with the MACJ Program Director)

Elective Courses

  • CJ 506 Victimology (spring semester)
  • CJ 508 Capital Punishment (winter session)
  • CJ 509 Criminal Behavior and the Family (late spring session)
  • CJ 510 Criminal Profiling (spring semester)
  • CJ 511 Emergency Management* (spring semester)
  • CJ 512 Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System (fall semester)
  • CJ 513 Issues in National Security (fall semester)
  • CJ 514 Domestic and International Terrorism (summer session)
  • CJ 516 Community Corrections (spring semester)
  • CJ 517 Criminal Justice Program Evaluation (spring semester)
  • CJ 518 Policing in a Democratic Society (fall semester)
  • CS 626 Introduction to Cybersecurity (spring semester)

  • CJ 504 Issues in the Administration of the Adult and Juvenile Correctional Systems (no longer offered: transfer credit only)
  • CJ 507 Organizational Procedures (no longer offered: transfer credit only)
  • CJ 515 Budgetary Planning in Public Agencies (no longer offered: transfer credit only)

*Replaced in the 2018-2019 academic year by Emergency Planning and Preparedness, a course in the Masters in Public Administration program (schedule TBD)

Students must select either the Thesis (CJ 650) or Comprehensive Examination (CJ 698) in order to complete the requirements for graduation. The thesis counts as 6 credits towards the 33-credit requirement for graduation. The comprehensive bears no credit towards the 33-credit requirement for graduation.

Thesis | 6 credits

Counts as 6 credits towards your 33-credit requirement.

  • Complete the required courses (15 credits)
  • Complete 4 elective courses or one of the concentrations (12 credits)
  • Complete the thesis (6 credits)

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Comprehensive Examination | does not bear credit

  • Complete the required courses (15 credits)
  • Complete 6 elective courses or one of the concentrations plus two elective courses (18 credits)

The examination is administered in both the fall (third Saturday in November) and spring (third Saturday of April) semesters. It consists of three questions, one each in the areas of criminal law and procedure, criminal justice policy, and criminological theory. Reference materials are permitted during the examination. Students have two hours to formulate a response to each of the questions (30-minute break between questions). Laptop computers must be utilized, with students formulating their responses in a Word document. Students are eligible for the comprehensive examination if they have either completed 33 credits or will complete the 33 credits by the end of the semester in which they will take the examination.**

**For the fall exam, students competing their 33 credits in the ensuing winter session are eligible to take the examination. For the spring exam, students completing their 33 credits in the ensuing late spring or summer sessions are eligible to take the exam.