M.A. in Criminal Justice

About the Program


The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Criminal Justice is intended for those planning to hold leadership positions in criminal justice agencies; federal, state, local, or non-profit research; or pursue doctoral level studies. This program aims to help students develop their skills to use research to evaluate the effectiveness of programs aimed at preventing and controlling crime. Upon degree completion, graduates will have an understanding of the causes of crime, the impact of law on society and contemporary issues in policing, courts and corrections, as well as a strong understanding of various crime policies.


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Program Code: .COMA-CRIJUS / Major Code: G105


The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Criminal Justice is a part-time program offered in an accelerated online format. It requires the completion of 30 graduate semester hours (10 courses) which are possible to complete in only 5 consecutive semesters.



Each course is scheduled in 8 week modules with each week of work starting every Tuesday at 8:00a.m. and ending every Monday at 11:59p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). The courses listed here are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the CGCE section tally.


Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
CJ 09.510 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice 3
CJ 09.526 Management of Criminal Justice Organizations 3
CJ 09.524 Police and Society 3
CJ 09.515 Law and Society 3
CJ 09.511 Research Methods I 3
CJ 09.518 Contemporary Developments in Theory 3
CJ 09.512 Research Methods II 3
CJ 09.517 Criminal Justice Policy Analysis 3


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Admissions Requirements


The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Criminal Justice program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the CGCE Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • Completed Graduate-level CGCE Application Form. Download the PDF or click here to apply online.
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Submission of official GRE test results is highly recommended
  • It is highly recommended students have successfully completed an introductory class in Criminal Justice, Research Methods, or Statistics at the undergraduate level at an accredited institution.

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Start Dates & Application Deadlines


Below is a list of Master of Arts (M.A.) in Criminal Justice anticipated start dates. The start dates indicated are based on the university calendar or the CGCE schedule. Your actual first day of class will depend on the course sequence which will be provided by a CGCE Enrollment Advisor once you have matriculated in the program.


Entry Term & Module Start Date(s) Application Deadline(s)
Spring 2015 – Module 3 01/06/2015 12/01/2014
Summer 2015 – Module 5 05/05/2015 04/01/2015
Fall 2015 – Module 1 08/25/2015 08/01/2015


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Tuition & Costs


$731 per semester hour
(this rate applies to academic year 2014/2015 and is subject to change)


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