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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program is designed for:

  • Students seeking a master’s degree as a credential to enter criminal justice professions.
  • Professionals already working in the criminal justice system who want to broaden their expertise and perspectives.
  • Criminal justice professionals looking to change their area of focus.
  • Those who want to teach at the community college-level, or who wish to obtain a master’s degree before entering a doctoral program.

Program Requirements

  • 30 - 36 Total Credits
    • Five core courses (15 credits)
    • Three electives in a single specialization (9 credits)
    • Additional credits:
      • Four additional electives (12 credits) ​OR
      • Two thesis courses and a completed thesis (6 credits)
  • CRJ Qualifying Exam (Part A: CRJ 710 and 711) and (Part B: CRJ 715 and 716)

Advanced Certificates
Students are encouraged to earn an advanced certificate focused on a specific area of criminal justiceThe requirements for the advanced certificates can be fulfilled as part of the student’s 36 required credits for the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice.

  • Advanced Certificate in Crime Prevention and Analysis
  • Advanced Certificate in Criminal Investigations
  • Advanced Certificate in Race amd Criminal Justice
  • Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies.

For more information about requirements for the degree program or the advanced certificates, view the Advanced Certificates web page or the Graduate Bulletin.