Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

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The criminal justice major offers students a focused interdisciplinary exposure to all aspects of crime and criminal justice. Courses in the program deal with crime and other forms of deviance and the responses to these problems by police, courts, corrections and other organizations; contemporary criminal justice issues; and ethical concerns and research. Students majoring in criminal justice receive excellent preparation for further study in graduate or professional schools as well as for careers in criminal justice.

Undergraduate Application Deadline: 

Domestic and Non US Applicants:

Fall: December 1st
Spring: October 1st 

Transfer Students:

Fall: February 1st




Rutgers SCJ offers both Masters and PhD degrees in Criminal Justice. The Masters program in criminal justice requires students to complete a minimum of 30 credits towards the degree. The Ph.D. program is designed to provide students with a command of criminological theory, research methods, and criminal justice policy; as well as in-depth knowledge in areas of specialization within criminology and/or criminal justice.

Master of Arts (M.A.) Program Application Deadline:

Fall: May 1 (March 1 for international students)

Ph.D. Program Application Deadline:

Fall: January 5

For more information on how to apply to the M.A. and Ph.D. programs, visit: