Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice prepares graduates for positions of responsibility in the criminal justice system and related areas, facilitates the professional and intellectual development of in-service students, and provides foundation work for those planning careers in research or teaching. The curriculum provides a distinctive melding of professionally structured knowledge and the ethical imperatives of criminal justice in a constitutional democracy.

No MAT/GRE Scores Required: The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and the GRE admission requirement is currently being waived for the M.A. in Criminal Justice.

Attention is centered on:

  • Dissemination and analysis of behavioral science knowledge pertaining to criminal justice;
  • Understanding of police, courts, corrections, prosecution agencies, and criminal-legal profession as integral components of the criminal justice system;
  • Leadership and managerial skills appropriate for service in the higher echelons of the criminal justice structure;
  • Philosophy of criminal justice, emphasizing the importance of individual rights and humane treatment within the structure of the U.S. legal tradition;
  • Knowledge of research and research applications needed to understand and improve the administration of justice.

Possible Future Careers

  • Police or Detective Supervisor
  • Victims’ Advocate
  • FBI Agent
  • DEA Agent
  • U.S. Marshal
  • Professor

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. Submit an application online for an assistantship in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology.