Rutgers School of Criminal Justice


Masters Overview
Coursework & Concentrations
Awards & Scholarships
Contact the MA Program Director

Masters Overview

Our Master of Arts in Criminal Justice prepares students for positions of leadership and responsibility in government organizations/non-profits, dealing with issues of crime, justice and law-enforcement. We also provide advanced training in social science research and methods for students seeking to pursue academic careers. This is achieved through coursework and hands-on experience that emphasize up-to-date knowledge about contemporary policies and practices in crime and justice, and the development of skills needed for students to become more effective agents of change in their communities of practice. 

The MA degree is a 30-credit program that includes 5 required courses (15 Credits ) and 5 elective courses (15 Credits). Students typically complete the degree in 3 semesters if enrolled full-time (5 semesters if enrolled part- time). All requirements for the Master’s Program need to be completed within three (3) years of first matriculation.

Coursework and Concentrations

Required Courses (15 credits)

The required courses listed below help lay a foundation in criminal justice Issues, Policy and Research. The Masters Project Seminar is the capstone class for the M.A. Program.  Students will complete a research paper as a requirement for the seminar.

27:202:525   Justice, Law and Policy (3)
27:202:528   Problem Analysis (3)
27:202:529   Planning & Evaluation (3)
27:202:541   Foundations of Scholarship (3)
27:202:553   Master Project Seminar (3)

Electives (15 credits)

Electives can be taken to build a substantive concentration on themes such as Crime Prevention, Social Justice or Research Methodology among others. Students can also enroll in courses offered at the Rutgers Business School, Women Studies and Public Affairs to build a more cross disciplinary foundation. The elective courses listed below are typically offered at SCJ:

27:202:535  Juvenile Justice (3)
27:202:537  Race, Crime and Justice (3)
27:202:605  Crime Mapping and GIS for Public Safety (3)
27:202:612  Victimization (3)
27:202:618  Human Smuggling and Trafficking (3)

For a full list of courses click here.


The deadline for admission consideration is May 1st ( March 1st for non-US applicants). Applicants should submit the following materials to the Graduate Admissions Office:

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • GRE Scores
  • TOEFL ( Non US Applicants)

For more information please refer to the MA Program Handbook.

Awards and Scholarships

A number of awards and scholarships based on merit and/or need are available for Masters students. These include school-sponsored fellowships as well as university wide initiatives. For more information, please click here.


For any questions contact:

Manager of Graduate Programs and Enrollment Services
Jimmy Camacho


MA Program Director
Dr. Johnna Christian