Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
(Traditional, in-class program)

The traditional criminal justice Master of Arts degree program is an in-class approach to graduate education.

The program promotes professionalism, teaches cutting-edge criminal justice theory and its application to the field of criminal justice, and fosters ethical standards for criminal justice practitioners and academicians. 

It is an ten course program (30 credits) that requires completion of:

  • 6 core courses
  • 3 elective courses
  • 1 capstone course
Classes are held at DeSales University's Center Valley, PA campus. 


6 Core Courses  (18 credits) -

The core courses represent the MCJ program's intent to cover five areas of interest identified in the criminal justice matters as core areas. They include criminal justice and juvenile justice processes, criminology, law enforcement, law adjudication, and corrections. Although criminal justice and juvenile justice processes, are not specifically identified as specified core courses, they will be an included focus across the curriculum. 

  • CJ 501 Advanced Criminology
  • CJ 502 Research Methods
  • CJ 503 Ethics in Criminal Justice 
  • CJ 504 Law Enforcement: Administration, Organization, and Management
  • CJ 505 Issues in Corrections
  • CJ 506 Issues in Criminal Law

3  Elective Courses  (9 credits)

The 9 credits elective course requirement is directed at a particular student's specific interest in the criminal justice system and related matters.   Students may choose from the following: 

  • CJ 508 Homeland Security in the Age of Terrorism
  • CJ 509 Issues in Gender, Race, and Ethnicity
  • CJ 510 Forensic Science and the Courtroom
  • CJ 512 Politics of Crime
  • CJ 514 Violence, Crime and Justice
  • CJ 515 Topics in Criminal Justice I
  • CJ 516  Forensic Psychology 
  • CJ 517 Topics in Criminal Justice II
  • CJ 519 Leadership In Criminal Justice
  • CJ 520 Juvenile Justice Issues  

     Capstone Course    (3 credits) -  Required 

CJ 507  Master Project Seminar  - the capstone course offers three options:  1) a master's thesis; 2)a 300-hour externship in a relevant agency with a program overview paper, or 3) an in-depth policy paper that uses research to address an agency need. It will provide the student with an opportunity for review, consideration, and application of course materials prior to completion of the program. 

Total: 10 courses (30 credits)

For complete course descriptions, please see the DeSales Graduate Catalog.

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April 10, 2017

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