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Master of Criminal Justice



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The Master of Criminal Justice program is ideal for those interested in upper-level careers in law enforcement, security, corrections, and human services. The degree provides a theoretical basis for topics that apply to the field, such as using political theories and policy analysis research techniques to improve crime policy.

Students can take classes online or on campus and average 10 students per class. With that number of people, the environment is conducive to foster deep, intellectual discussions, but it's also large enough to capture the diverse knowledge our students and faculty bring to the table.

The program's academic focus also prepares those who want to teach criminal justice or to serve as personnel and training specialists in justice-related organizations. The curriculum addresses social justice topics including race, class, and gender and their impact on the criminal justice system — from arrest through sentencing.

The class culminates in a short, journal-length thesis project. 

A full-time student can finish the MCJ program in one academic year and a summer session, although most students finish in two years.