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Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, MACJ

Overview

Our Master of Arts in Criminal Justice 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 a 10-course program (30 credits) that requires completion of:

  • 6 core courses
  • 4 elective courses

Choose between online classes or on campus at our Center Valley, PA location.

What’s Different About DeSales?
  • Our faculty are nationally-recognized professionals in the field. You’ll be taught by professionally active advanced practice faculty who connect textbook theory with real-world application of tools, processes, and methodologies.
  • All law enforcement professionals receive a 20% tuition discount. This discount applies to all DeSales MCJ graduate and certificate programs.
  • The flexibility of online. Our online format allows you to continue your professional work while obtaining the skills needed to advance your career.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions to the MCJ program are on a rolling basis, with no standardized exam requirements.

Requirements for admission into the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MCJ) Program are:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by one of the six regional accrediting bodies (Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Southern, and Western Association of Schools and Colleges) or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher
  • Background or interest in the field of criminal justice.
  • Evidence of potential for graduate work: A personal statement must be submitted that will serve as a demonstration of your ability to write at the graduate level. It should state your personal and professional goals, as well as how an MCJ degree from DeSales University can assist you in achieving them.
  • Three (3) Letters of recommendation

Applicants who lack one or more requirements may be admitted to the program on a provisional basis. Individuals with special needs or goals may be considered for admission to the program.

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Start Dates: See Academic Calendar

Application Information

  • Application Fee: $50
  • Deadline: Rolling
  • Standardized Exam Required: No
  • Official Transcripts Required:Yes
  • Personal Statement Required: Yes
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required for MCJ, none for Certificate Program
  • Resume Required: No
  • International Students:
    • English Competency Exam Required: TOEFL
    • Transcript Evaluation Required: Yes
    • Certificate of Finances Required: Yes

Curriculum

The MCJ program consists of 10 classes

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 506 Issues in Criminal Law
  • CJ 507 Master Project Seminar

4 Elective Courses (12 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

Total: 10 courses (30 credits)

Course Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Program Costs 

for the 2018-2019 academic year

  • Tuition/credit hour: $745
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Graduation Fee: $120

Total cost of the Master's Degree program = $22,520

Total cost of the Graduate Certificate Programs = $8,990

  • Returned Check Service: $30
  • Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) fee – 30% of course tuition charge

Note: Tuition and fees are reviewed each academic year and are subject to change with notice.

More information

DeSales University is proud to offer actively employed criminal justice professionals a 20% tuition discount for this Master's level Criminal Justice program.*

This discount covers tuition only, and is not applicable towards textbooks or other fees.

Devon-CampbellM14-MCJ
The opportunity that I had here at DeSales to be working in the field was really nothing like people had ever seen... what I was learning academically really translated into the field that I wanted to go into.
Devon Campbell '13, M'14 Digital Forensic Analyst, Lehigh County District Attorney's Office
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20% Tuition Discount

DeSales University is proud to offer actively employed criminal justice professionals a 20% tuition discount for this Master's level Criminal Justice program.*

*This discount covers tuition only, and is not applicable towards textbooks or other fees.

National Criminal Justice Honor Society

Lambda Eta, the DeSales University chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, brings together high-achieving students from the DeSales undergraduate traditional day, ACCESS, and graduate programs.

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Online Learning at DeSales

Attending classes from an off-campus location can be an excellent option for many busy students. Distance education at DeSales encompasses everything from video conference courses to hybrid (a combination of in-class and online) to online courses. 


Blackboard Learn™ is our online learning system.

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