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About MACJ

The Online Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program is a professional degree designed to provide criminal justice agency professionals with coursework in criminology and the operation of the criminal justice system.

The program also offers training in research methods and statistics, program planning and management, policy analysis, and program evaluation.

The MACJ offers working professionals the flexibility to earn a Master’s degree from excellent faculty who are nationally recognized for their research and scholarship. This 33-credit hour program includes coursework in criminology and the operation of the criminal justice system, as well as training in research methods and statistics. Students are required to complete a capstone course, Theory and Practice in Criminal Justice, in which they write a comprehensive research paper that focuses on a criminal justice policy or practice.

The master’s program is offered to both full-time and part-time students. Full-time students can earn the degree in as few as 18 months. Part-time students will take longer to complete the degree, but all requirements for the degree must be completed within six years from the date of the first course listed on the program of study. GRE test scores are not required for entry into the MACJ program.

Students must meet all admissions criteria of the Graduate College, and applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher for unconditional admission to the MA in Criminal Justice program.


•    Simple admission process

•    No GRE required

•    Flexible course schedule

•    Year round start dates

•    Accelerated 7.5 week courses

•    Increased promotion potential

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