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M.A. in Criminal Justice Online

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Program Information

The Rowan Experience
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Ranked as one of the top criminal justice schools by The Online Schools Report, Rowan University offers an M.A. in Criminal Justice that stands out in its ability to provide an excellent education for individuals seeking to impact criminal justice reform. Focused on both the past and present of the criminal justice system, students will complete the program with a well-rounded understanding of today's issues, and what research evidence tells us about the effectiveness of programs and policies aimed at preventing and controlling crime. Each class is taught by an experienced professor who understands what it takes to be successful in the profession.

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The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Criminal Justice is a part-time program offered in an accelerated online format. It requires the completion of 30 graduate semester hours (10 courses) which are possible to complete in only 5 consecutive semesters.

The following courses make up the M.A. in Criminal Justice Online program. Each course is scheduled in 7 or 8 week modules with each week of work starting every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. and ending every Monday at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

  • 30 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 18 S.H.
CJ 09510 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice 3
CJ 09511 Research Methods I 3
CJ 09512 Research Methods II 3
CJ 09515 Law and Society 3
CJ 09517 Criminal Justice Policy Analysis 3
CJ 09518 Contemporary Developments in Theory 3
Elective Courses: 12 S.H.
CJ 09516 Administrative Law/Ethics 3
CJ 09519 Seminar in Criminal Justice Planning 3
CJ 09520 Courts and Supportive Agencies 3
CJ 09521 Prevention and Rehabilitation 3
CJ 09522 Seminar in Violence 3
CJ 09523 White Collar Crime 3
CJ 09524 Police and Society 3
CJ 09525 Altruism, Cooperation, and Criminal Justice 3
CJ 09526 Management of Criminal Justice Organizations 3
CJ 09527 Gender & Crime 3
CJ 09528 Seminar in Juvenile Justice and Delinquency 3
CJ 09529 Community Justice 3
CJ 09530 International Criminal Law Seminar 3
CJ 09531 Sentencing: Philosophy and Policy 3
CJ 09532 Race, Ethnicity, Class & Justice 3
-------- Other approved graduate-level courses as approved by Academic Advisor 3

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives (Personal statements should be well developed essays that demonstrate your ability to write at the graduate level)
  • Two letters of recommendation (Academic References preferred)
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Submission of official GRE test results is highly recommended
  • It is highly recommended applicants have successfully completed an introductory class in Criminal Justice, Research Methods, or Statistics at the undergraduate level at an accredited institution.
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Career Outlook

Graduates with a criminal justice master’s degree from Rowan will be prepared for leadership positions in police, court and corrections agencies and research positions in public, private and non-profit research institutes. Students interested in a doctoral program will receive a strong foundation for their continued studies.


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