MACJ/MPA Dual Degree Program

The Masters programs in Criminal Justice and in Public Administration offer a 48-credit dual curriculum leading to the MA and MPA degrees. Special application procedures apply:  Students must apply to and be accepted into both Masters programs. 


For course selection, admitted students must consult with the Graduate Directors of both programs.

MACJ Graduate Program Director, Dr. Nathan Link

MPA Graduate Program Director, Angie McGuire


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.

Criminal Justice Core Courses (9 credits)        

  • Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice
  • Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • Data Analysis for Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Elective Courses (12 credits)

Approved courses include:

  • Criminal Justice Issues and Trends
  • Criminology
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Law and Society
  • Victimology
  • Community Corrections
  • Violent Crime
  • Gender, Crime and Justice

Public Administration Core Courses (15 credits)

  • Introduction to Public Budgeting & Finance
  • Principles of Public and Nonprofit Management
  • Public Information Systems
  • Financial Management of Public Programs
  • 56:834:557 Human Resources Management

Pubic Administration Electives (12 credits)

Select the courses from:

  • Law and Public Policy
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Ethics in the Public Sector
  • Labor-Management Relations in the Private & Public Sectors

Additional information about the dual degree program is available at


Accelerated Undergraduate BA/MA

The dual degree BA/MA program allows acceptable Rutgers undergraduate students to save time and money, over $5,000 in graduate tuition, and earn a significant competitive advantage by graduating with an advanced Rutgers degree.  As a dual degree BA/MA graduate student, you have the option of enrolling in up to three graduate courses, generally one course per semester, beginning in your junior year.   These courses count towards both undergraduate degree requirements and graduate degree requirements.  This allows you to work on your graduate degree while satisfying your undergraduate requirements.  After completing your bachelor’s degree, you only need 7 extra classes to have your Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University–Camden.


Students interested in the Accelerated BA/MA should contact the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Nathan Link.