M.A. in Criminal Justice

M.A. in Criminal Justice

M.A. in Criminal Justice

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Criminal Justice prepares students for leadership positions in criminal justice agencies; for research positions in federal, state, county, city non-profit and private research institutions; and for further study in doctoral programs. This program aims to help students develop their skills to use research to evaluate the effectiveness of programs aimed at preventing and controlling crime. Upon degree completion, graduates will have an understanding of the causes of crime, of the impact of law on society and of contemporary issues in policing, courts and corrections.



The M.A in Criminal Justice program requires the completion of 30 semester hours (s.h.). Both a thesis and a non-thesis track are available to students pursuing the on the ground program at the Glassboro Campus. A comprehensive exam is required for the non-thesis track.


The following courses make up the M.A. in Criminal Justice program.

  • 30 Semester Hours
    • Required Courses: 18 semester hours
    • Elective Courses: 6-12 semester hours
      • Choose 6 s.h. for the thesis track or 12 s.h. for the non-thesis track.
    • Thesis Track Courses: 6 semester hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Required Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
CJ 09510 Contemporary Issues In Criminal Justice 3
CJ 09518 Contemporary Developments In Theory 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
Elective Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
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 09528 Seminar In Juvenile Justice And Delinquency 3
CJ 09529 Community Justice 3
CJ 09530 International Criminal Law Seminar 3
CJ 09532 Race, Ethnicty, Class & Justice 3
CJ 09527 Gender & Crime 3
Thesis Track Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
CJ 09601 Master's Thesis In Criminal Justice I 3
CJ 09602 Master's Thesis In Criminal Justice II 3
Total Program Semester Hours: 30

Admissions Requirements

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.

  • $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.


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the M.A. in Criminal Justice program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.