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 degree 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 refer to the 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 click here.
For any questions contact:
MA program director