MA in Criminal Justice

For students admitted after 2010. The program requires 30 credits of course work with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. The 30 credits include 9 credits of core courses, 12 credits of criminal justice electives, and 9 credits of electives from the Graduate School-Camden,  Law School-Camden, or others as approved by the graduate director.

Criminal Justice Core Courses (9 credits)

  • 202:500 Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice
  • 202:600 Research Methods in Criminal Justice  
  • 202:601 Data Analysis for Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Elective Courses* (12 credits)

  • 202:510 Criminal Justice Issues and Trends 
  • 202:513 Criminology
  • 202:521 Social Inequities in the Criminal Justice System
  • 202:522 Juvenile Justice
  • 202:529 Law and Society
  • 202:540 Victimology
  • 202:552 Community Corrections
  • 202:566 Family Violence
  • 202:567 Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs
  • 202:573 Violent Crime
  • 202:605 Gender, Crime and Justice
  • 202:673,674 Special Topics in Criminal Justice

Other Elective Courses** (9 credits)

  • Additional elective
  • Additional elective
  • Additional elective

Proficiency Requirements for Completing the Program

In addition to completing 30 credits, students must also write and successfully defend a thesis or pass comprehensive examinations in criminal justice policy analysis, research methods, data analysis, and a specialty area by passing a comprehensive examination or completing a thesis.

* This list may include other courses not regularly offered
**Course offerings in Graduate School Camden (school 56) Law School Camden, and others as approved by the graduate director)

Download a PDF of the MA in Criminal Justice Program Worksheet.

Dual MA/MPA

The graduate programs in Criminal Justice and Public Policy and Administration offer a 48 credit dual curriculum leading to the MA and MPA degrees. Special application procedures apply: Students apply to the graduate programs in Criminal Justice and to the program in Public Policy and Administration, and must be accepted into both programs. For course selection, admitted students must consult with the Directors of each program.  

Criminal Justice Core Courses (9 credits)         

  • 56:202:500 Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice
  • 56:202:600 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • 56:202:601 Data Analysis for Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Elective Courses (12 credits from approved courses, including the following)

  • 56:202:510 Criminal Justice Issues and Trends
  • 56:202:513 Criminology 
  • 56:202:522 Juvenile Justice 
  • 56:202:529 Law and Society   
  • 56:202:540 Victimology
  • 56:202:552 Community Corrections
  • 56:202:573 Violent Crime
  • 56:202:605 Gender, Crime and Justice 

Public Administration Core Courses (15 credits)

  • 56:834:505 Organizational Behavior
  • 56:834:515 Introduction to Public Budgeting & Finance
  • 56:834:525 Principles of Public and Nonprofit Management
  • 56:834:536 Public Information Systems
  • 56:834:553 Financial Management of Public Programs  

Pubic Administration Electives (12 credits from the following)

  • 56:834:503 Law and Public Policy
  • 56:834:557 Human Resources Management
  • 56:834:558 Leadership & Communication Skills 
  • 56:834:559 Ethics in the Public Sector   
  • 56:834:570 Labor-Management Relations in the Private & Public

In addition to completing 48 credits, dual degree students must also write and successfully defend a thesis or pass comprehensive examinations in criminal justice policy analysis, research methods, data analysis, and an elective area.

Download a PDF of the CJ/MPA Program Worksheet.