The Masters program in criminal justice requires students to complete a minimum of 30 credits towards the degree. All requirements for the Master of Arts degree should be completed within three (3) years of the first matriculation in the criminal justice program.
Students are required to complete 27 credits in course work and a 3 credit fieldwork course for a total of at least 30 credits to earn the M.A. degree from the School of Criminal Justice. Students who are currently working in the Criminal Justice field may substitute another 3-credit class for the fieldwork requirement.
All requirements for the degree of Master of Arts should be completed within three (3) years of the first matriculation in the criminal justice M.A. program, which consists of the following three components:
- Required Course Work (15 credits)
- Required Fieldwork Experience (3 credits)
- Elective Course Work (12 credits)
Students must complete at least 18 required credits. Students will have 12 credits of electives to create a concentration. Outside of the School of Criminal Justice, students can enroll in graduate concentrations with the Rutgers Business School and the Women’s Studies department.
Masters students must complete 3 credits of fieldwork (internship) to complete the degree. The fieldwork class must be taken in conjunction with the Masters Project Seminar class (27:202:553). Both the Fieldwork and the Masters Project Seminar class should be taken in the last term of the program. The Masters Project Seminar class course is the capstone class for the M.A. program. Students will complete a research paper as a requirement for the seminar.
18 required credits: 15 credits of coursework and 3 credits of fieldwork
202:525 Crime, Law and Policy
202:528 Problem Analysis
202:529 Planning & Evaluation
202:541 Foundations of Scholarship
202:553 Masters Project Seminar*
* Must be taken together.
Note: Students entering the program without a criminal justice or related undergraduate degree should enroll in Theories of Crime and Criminality 27:202:511within the first two terms of the program.
12 credits aimed at creating a concentration. Check the current schedule of courses (link) and contact the Graduate Academic Advisor for information on course offerings (link).
Read this handbook (PDF) to learn more about the Masters program at SCJ, including more detailed information about general course offerings, academic policies and procedures, and contact information for faculty and staff.
For more information please contact Dr. Andres Rengifo, Assistant Professor and Director of the MA Program:
Graduate students with questions, please contact:
Ms. Teresa Fontanez, Graduate Academic Advisor
Ms. LaWanda Thomas, Assistant Dean Academic and Student Services