The Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) program is designed for students interested in comprehensive professional graduate education in the field of criminal justice. It is intended to develop in the student a fundamental understanding of the basic fields within criminal justice and of background material from supporting disciplines which would enable the student to adapt to many operational specializations.
As an academic and professional field of study, this program is dedicated to preparing men and women not only to administer the system as it presently exists but also to evaluate, to analyze and to change - to become pioneers in accelerating the shaping of a rational and responsive criminal justice system. The program's balanced theoretical and practical mix fully prepares individuals for the complex challenges facing today's public leaders in the state, region and nation.
The MCJ program provides an interdisciplinary perspective on crime and the criminal justice system. It focuses on law enforcement, the judiciary, correctional systems, juvenile justice, and the formulation of laws and codes. Individual courses focus on personnel and financial administration, systems analysis, policy analysis, organizational theory and behavior, and program development within the criminal justice system. The MCJ program is flexible, allowing students to design an individualized course of study.
To qualify for admission, a student should:
- Have a good undergraduate GPA, preferably 3.0 or higher;
- Submit three letters of recommendation;
- Submit acceptable scores on the GRE, GMAT or LSAT exams;
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended;
- Complete the online application for graduate school; and
- Submit the $60 application fee.
Applications should be received by June 1 for Fall admission; by November 1 for Spring admission; and by April 1 for Summer admission.
Plan ahead to be sure to meet admission deadlines. It takes time to acquire transcripts and letters of recommendation. Entrance exam scores may take up to four weeks for delivery after the exam is taken.
Applicants may enter the SPA graduate programs as non-degree students while awaiting the arrival of admission materials and SPA acceptance.
They may take up to 12 hours (four courses) as non-degree students before being admitted to the School of Public Affairs.
Last updated January 26, 2016