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Online Master of Criminal Justice: Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Investigations, MACJ


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created as a result of the events of September 11, 2001.  According to the DHS, the department currently employs more than 230,000 employees in law enforcement, business operations/mission support, immigration, travel security, prevention and response, cyber, information technology, engineering, intelligence, emergency management and more.  

The MACJ concentration in Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Investigations prepares students to compete successfully for employment in the homeland security field, with an emphasis on counterterrorism and intelligence disciplines.

All courses are online and can be taken full-time or part-time. 

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 criminal justice 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.

International applicants must contact Julie Ferraro, Designated School Official, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1768 or to inquire about international admission requirements.

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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


The MCJ program consists of 10 classes.

6 Core Required Courses (18 credits)
  • CJ 501 - Advanced Criminology
  • CJ 502 - Research Methods and Evaluation 
  • CJ 503 - Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 506 - Issues in Criminal Law
  • CJ 507- Master Project Seminar 
  • CJ 530 - Policing in America
 4 Concentration Courses (12 credits)
  • CJ 508 - Investigation of Terrorism
  • CJ 550 - Advanced Counterterrorism 
  • CJ 551 - Hostage Negotiations
  • CJ 552 - Introduction to Intelligence Analysis
Total: 10 courses (30 credits)

Course Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Program Costs for 2020-2021  

  • Tuition/credit hour: $775*
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Graduation Fee: $120

*Tuition/credit hour will increase to $795 for 2021-2022

Total cost of the Master's Degree program = $23,250

Total cost of the Graduate Certificate Programs = $9,300

  • 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.

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The Center for Homeland Security (CHS)

Unique to the region, The CHS inspires homeland security students and professionals with education, training, and networking opportunities that are hands-on, science-based, and practitioner-informed.
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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.


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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Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ)
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