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Online Master of Criminal Justice: Leadership, Master's


Learn the skills you need to become a successful leader in the field of criminal justice. 

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.

As a graduate of this program, you'll gain the knowledge and skills to communicate effectively, handle personnel issues, manage financial matters, and lead employees.

It is a 10-course program (30 credits) that requires completion of:

  • 6 core courses
  • 4 concentration courses

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 Leslie Bartholomew, Designated School Official, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1859 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


This is a 10 course program leading to a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Leadership. 

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 513 - Criminal Justice Communication
CJ 519 - Leadership in Criminal Justice
CR 501 - Financial and Managerial Accounting
MG 501 - Human Resource Management

Total: 10 courses (30 credits)


Course Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Program Costs  

  • Tuition/credit hour: $795*
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Graduation Fee: $120

*Tuition/credit hour will remain the same for the 2022-2023 academic year. Tuition costs are subject to change with notice.

Total cost of the Master's Degree program = $23,850

Total cost of the Graduate Certificate Programs = $9,540

  • 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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20% Tuition Discount

DeSales University is proud to offer actively employed criminal justice or homeland security professionals a 20% tuition discount for this Master's level 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)
Brisson Hall 205