Established in 1989, the St. Ambrose Master of Criminal Justice program is Iowa’s first and only MCJ program. Rooted in the university’s values-based tradition and commitment to social justice, the curriculum offers a variety of classes from correctional counseling to comparative issues in race, class and gender. With a focus on professional development, graduates become skilled leaders in criminal justice and related fields.
The MCJ provides a theoretical basis for the processes of the criminal justice system, empowering students to analyze the world around them. Students also develop strong writing and research skills through thesis work, student-faculty research projects, and classes like Research Design, offered to aid students through the completion of their thesis project.
The program is ideal for those interested in upper-level careers in law enforcement, security, corrections, and human services. It also prepares persons wishing to teach criminal justice, or to serve as personnel and training specialists in justice-related organizations.