Master of Art Programs in Criminal Justice

Compare 6 MAs in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

A master’s degree is a graduate degree typically earned after students have completed a bachelor’s degree. A Master of Arts (MA) can be earned in a variety of areas and usually requires an examination, research paper, thesis or project to be completed before the degree is awarded. Programs typically last one to two years.

What is an MA in Criminal Justice? This degree program is usually suitable for students who wish to pursue an even higher degree in the criminal justice area. Coursework may cover a selection of topics such as ethics, law and society, criminal justice administration, organizational behavior and more. A thesis is often required to be written before graduation. The entire program usually takes around a year and a half to complete. It is a particularly useful degree for those who wish to pursue a doctorate.

Earning a master’s degree gives students an even more thorough look into the criminal justice system. An advanced degree may make graduates more competitive in the career field. The MA is particularly useful as a gateway degree for those looking for a more advanced education. 

The cost of earning a master’s degree in criminal justice differs depending on the institution and length of the program. Students are encouraged to contact the admission office for their program of choice in order to find out current tuition rates and other costs associated with earning their degree.

Although earning an MA in Criminal Justice is great for those who wish to pursue a doctorate, graduates may be able to find work soon after graduation. Each criminal justice career has particular requirements that must be met, but possible positions include compliance officer, computer forensics, police officer, crime scene investigator, criminologist, and agent in the DEA, ATF, CIA and more. By pursuing even higher degrees, graduates may also qualify for jobs as lawyers, judges and other officials in the criminal justice system.

Online courses in criminal justice may be available for international students, current working professionals or students in need of distance learning options. To learn more, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology

Swansea University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom Swansea + 1 more

Our MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology will help you become a specialist - applying criminological knowledge to the workings of the Criminal Justice System. [+]

Course Overview

Our MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology will help you become a specialist - applying criminological knowledge to the workings of the Criminal Justice System.

Learn about crime, the criminal justice system and cutting edge themes in criminological debates from leading experts in the field and choose from an exciting range of contemporary modules.

Key Features

The MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology offers students:

An in-depth understanding of criminological theories of crime and the operation of the criminal justice system Knowledge of international developments in criminological and criminal justice research An opportunity to study the impact of social, political and economic factors on crime and criminal justice policy Enhanced employability for a career in criminal justice, academia, or research Description ... [-]

MA Criminology and Criminal Justice

UWL University of West London
Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

With full-time and part-time study options, the course covers contemporary issues such as as homicide investigation, the threat of global organised crime, and investigating fraud. [+]

With full-time and part-time study options, the course covers contemporary issues such as as homicide investigation, the threat of global organised crime, and investigating fraud. The course will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in this competitive field. Furthermore, our highly experienced teaching team (ex-law enforcement) will ensure your learning experience will be second to none.

We have designed the MA Criminology and Criminal Justice course to meet the requirements of students wishing to further their studies in this fascinating subject.

We are also offering a limited number of scholarships to students on this course, including the Piotr Mikiewicz Scholarship.... [-]


MA Applied Criminology

University of Winchester
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Winchester + 1 more

MSc Applied Criminology at Winchester explores the contributions of criminology to relevant professional settings. It reinforces students' understandings of key criminological concepts and methods, translates them to a variety of professional settings and provides students with both direct experience and enhanced understanding of these professional contexts. [+]

Applied Criminology considers crime, deviance, security and insecurity and addresses a variety of different criminological careers, offering modules relevant to three distinct professional pathways: forensic psychology, policing and security.

In keeping with an ethos of active and engaged learning, students undertake advanced training in criminological research methods relevant to applied settings and gain direct experience through a work placement/internship or work-based learning opportunity for those students employed in relevant professional settings.

Modules

Applied Criminology Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Movement and Security in a Global World Investigative Leadership and Management in Policing Comparative Perspectives on Contemporary Policing Foundations of Forensic Psychology Practice The Criminal Justice System and the Legal Framework Applied Criminological Research Work-based Learning in Applied Criminology... [-]


Master of Arts in International Crime and Justice

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 USA New York

The Master of Arts in International Crime and Justice reflects the College’s commitment to the internationalization of criminal justice education and builds on the strengths of our undergraduate degree in international criminal justice by opening the possibility of graduate education in this field. [+]

The Master of Arts in International Crime and Justice reflects the College’s commitment to the internationalization of criminal justice education and builds on the strengths of our undergraduate degree in international criminal justice by opening the possibility of graduate education in this field. Indeed, this is the first program of this nature in the United States. The MA in International Crime and Justice combines advanced substantive knowledge of international crime challenges and domestic and international responses, with analytic and research techniques in an interdisciplinary framework. It aims to produce graduates with a truly global outlook on criminal justice, a moral commitment to international justice, and professional competence in the increasingly multicultural workforce. ... [-]


MA in Criminal Justice

Kean University
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA New York Union + 1 more

The Kean University Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program studies the various systems within the criminal justice system, the current theoretical models explaining crime and delinquency, their practical use in addressing crime and enforcement, and the use of scientific inquiry to research and address the theoretical and practical problems facing the criminal justice system currently and in the future. [+]

The Kean University Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program studies the various systems within the criminal justice system, the current theoretical models explaining crime and delinquency, their practical use in addressing crime and enforcement, and the use of scientific inquiry to research and address the theoretical and practical problems facing the criminal justice system currently and in the future. The Crimi­nal Justice program is designed to ensure that students keep pace with the changing environment and are pre­pared to be productive, engaged contributors to the debate on policy and practice through instruction in the three major components of the system: police, courts, and corrections.... [-]


Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration and Policy

Marymount University
Campus September 2018 USA Arlington

Marymount University now offers a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration and Policy that is ideal for the criminal justice professional seeking advancement. [+]

Criminal Justice Administration and Policy

Marymount University now offers a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration and Policy that is ideal for the criminal justice professional seeking advancement. MU is located in Arlington, Virginia, near the exceptional resources of our nation's capital.

This program is designed for:

individuals interested in learning about policy formulation and managerial aspects of criminal justice organizations professionals wanting to advance in their careers those who are planning to prepare for doctoral study in order to conduct research or teach in the discipline.

The program emphasizes administrative roles and influence of policy in the criminal justice arena through an integrated, academically rigorous, and empirically oriented program. The online format is ideal for busy adults with other commitments. ... [-]