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Master of Criminal Justice

The World of Criminal Justice Has Changed. Will You Be Ready?​

The Master of Criminal Justice degree will make sure you are. The criminal justice field today is incredibly diverse and provides opportunities in a wide range of fields.

While many MCJ graduates work for law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal level, they serve in a variety of occupations. From analyzing crime data to advocating for victims to administering the courts, graduates of the MCJ program don’t just manage the current system. They also work to evaluate and change it to become more responsive to community needs.

The MCJ degree prepares you to work in the nonprofit arena as well. Many organizations focus on critical topics like domestic violence, criminal justice policy, troubled youths, and hate crimes.

No matter what career path you choose, you’ll be prepared with a mastery of the concepts and theories of criminology and the criminal justice system, and the skills needed to analyze key issues.

Outstanding Jobs Outlook

Graduates of the Master of Criminal Justice program earn a highly marketable degree. Job prospects are excellent because a large number of federal, state and local government employees are eligible to retire by late 2017. In addition, employment in the nonprofit sector grew every year in the last decade.​

What You'll Learn

The Master of Criminal Justice degree, founded in 1972, is a rigorous academic program. It helps students develop their critical thinking skills and provide them with an interdisciplinary perspective on criminology and the criminal justice system.

It focuses on law enforcement, the judiciary, correctional systems, juvenile justice, and the formulation of laws and codes. A special benefit of the program is that it prepares students not only to administer the current system, but also to become a pioneer in evaluating and changing it so that it is more responsive to the needs of the community.

 The degree is tailored to your individual needs and interests. You also have the option of declaring a concentration.

Upon completion of the program, students will:
  • have mastery of the concepts and theories associated with the various components of criminology and the criminal justice system;
  • have an in-depth knowledge of the theories of crime causation;
  • develop skills necessary to utilize research methods in conducting and evaluating criminology and criminal justice issues;
  • develop an understanding of criminology and the components of the criminal justice system including law enforcement, courts, and corrections;
  • demonstrate knowledge of key theoretical concepts and application to public policy questions and organizational management;
  • make use of the broad base of knowledge and research in criminology and criminal justice programming and policy-making;
  • communicate knowledge effectively in written and oral formats; and,
  • utilize critical problem-solving skills and critical analysis in criminology and criminal justice agency settings.

Besides the classic criminology and criminal justice curriculum, students learn about the most pressing current issues through special interest seminars. Topics of these seminars have included gangs, social class, victimization and hate crimes. Research efforts provide another channel for students to become familiar with criminology and criminal justice issues.

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