Lead Faculty: Dr. Ponzio Oliverio, JD
The Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) is designed to provide students with the required knowledge and competence in administration, management and problem solving skills in the challenging and demanding careers of Criminal Justice in the fields of criminal justice administration and criminal justice research and development. Students completing the Master in Criminal Justice are exposed to both theoretical and applied models and concepts in criminal justice administration, as well as qualitative and quantitative research methods. The Master of Criminal Justice program integrates theory with practice to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to address the complex issues and challenges of criminal justice in the 21st century. Students in this program develop the problem solving and research skills as well as technological expertise necessary to analyze reality-based cases and assignments to develop strategies and solutions that are both practical and effective. Challenging and demanding careers in government at the local, state, and federal level in the administration of justice, law enforcement management, correctional administration, security administration, and criminal justice research as well as teaching and training assignments await graduates with a Master s Degree in Criminal Justice.
(12 courses; 54 quarter units)
For students in the BS in Criminal Justice Administration/MCJ transition program, the University will waive the criminal justice course(s) taken as part of the bachelor’s degree (see BS in Criminal Justice Administration transition program) if the grade earned is a “B” or higher but no graduate units will be awarded. To receive a Master of Criminal Justice, students must complete at least 54 quarter units of graduate work. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree, and provided the units have not been used to satisfy the requirements of an awarded degree.
Students should refer to the section on graduate admission requirements for specific information regarding application and evaluation.
This program is available online.