Master of Criminal Justice

Available Online

The Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) is designed to provide students with the required knowledge and competence for challenging and demanding careers in the fields of criminal justice administration and criminal justice research and development. Students completing the criminal justice degree online 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 the technological expertise necessary to analyze reality-based cases and assignments and 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the managerial practices that have shaped the criminal justice professions.
  • Analyze court decisions involving police or criminal justice agencies in terms of criminal sanctions.
  • Analyze issues of police morale, motivation, retention, selection and recruitment.
  • Evaluate and determine what should be the consequences of unethical conduct by police officers.
  • Evaluate and compare the American criminal justice system with other criminal justice systems.
  • Evaluate disciplinary, theoretical, criminological, and philosophical foundations in the management of criminal justice.
  • Develop oral, written, and technological communication for criminal justice professionals.
  • Utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills to identify quality scholarship and research in the field of criminal justice.


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. 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 bachelors 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. Students should refer to the section on graduate admission requirements for specific information regarding application and evaluation.
Core Requirements (8 courses; 36 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Program Electives (4 courses; 18 quarter units)