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Students in class collaborate on a project while pursuing a Curry College Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Degree

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education logoQuinn Bill Certified: Curry College Criminal Justice programs are Police Career Incentive Pay Program (PCIPP) certified by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. The PCIPP Program, also known as the Quinn Bill, was enacted by the Massachusetts Legislature to encourage police officers to earn degrees in law enforcement and criminal justice. It provides educational incentives for regular full-time officers in participating cities and towns through salary increases.

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Go Beyond Street Smarts

Whether you are a law enforcement professional, or work in private security, corrections, juvenile justice or other community service work, you have had to learn to face the challenge of social problems on a daily basis. While the protocols of professional practice prepare you for many standard situations, and "street smarts" help you cope with the daily challenges of the job, the complexities of the work go beyond that training and those basic survival skills.

Curry College's 21-month Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program begins with theory and integrates that with the knowledge of experience from the "street" to take your applied skills to a new level of excellence. By mixing theory with practice, you'll refine and advance your reflective thinking capabilities and become more adept at problem solving, mentoring, and management. A focus on reflective practice is the Curry College difference.

Intelligence and Research Analysis Specialization

Are you looking to pursue a greater role in your department, advance your career, or transition into the  highly specialized field of intelligence and research? Pursue your MACJ degree with a specialization in Intelligence and Research Analysis.

Students explore the structure and function of the U.S. Intelligence Community at the federal, state and local level along with studying the law, policy and use of social media platforms utilized by intelligence professionals. Intelligence analytic methods and the tools and techniques for collecting/analyzing data from publicly available sources and professional writing and briefing skills are also learned.

MACJ Program Information

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The accelerated, 31-credit Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program consists of ten courses and may be completed in less than two years. The curriculum sequence begins by developing a foundation of knowledge in the four program cornerstones: public administration, ethical leadership, problem-solving, and innovation.

Students complete the entire program over ten, eight-week terms beginning with the course, Leadership in the 21st Century, followed by Social Policy and the Administration of Justice, Criminology: Theory and Application, Methods of Inquiry in Criminal Justice, and Criminal Justice Data Analysis. These five MACJ courses provide the intellectual and practical foundation necessary to complete the subsequent coursework. The MACJ program coursework culminates in a Capstone course, Innovation in the Administration of Justice, which requires students to complete a substantive group project addressing a contemporary criminal justice problem through the application of an innovative, applied research and problem-solving approach.

Program Curriculum (31 credits)

FIRST SEMESTER

MCJ 6010: Social Policy and the Administration of Justice (hybrid)
MCJ 6015: Methods of Inquiry in Criminal Justice (online)

SECOND SEMESTER

MCJ 6005: Leadership in the 21st Century (hybrid)
MCJ 6080: Elective: Special Topics, Research Writing Intensive (hybrid)

THIRD SEMESTER

MCJ 6036: Criminal Justice Organization Management Change and Resource Allocation (online)
MCJ 6025: Criminal Justice Data Analysis (hybrid)

FOURTH SEMESTER

MCJ 6020: Criminology: Theory and Applications (online)
MCJ 6040: Contemporary Issues I (hybrid)

FIFTH SEMESTER

MCJ 6045: Contemporary Issues II (hybrid)
MCJ 7000: Innovation in Criminal Justice Administration (hybrid)

Optional Curriculum

Intelligence and Research Analysis Specialization:
Students interested in earning an MACJ with an Intelligence and Research Analysis Specialization replace two MACJ core requirements (MACJ 6040; MACJ 6080) with two of the specialized courses and complete the remainder two Intelligence and Research courses.

Internship Option:
For students seeking career entry into a criminal justice agency, MCJ6090: MCJ Graduate Internship (3 credits) is available as an elective course in place of MCJ 6040: Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice or MCJ 6045: Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice: Analysis and Application, with the approval of the MACJ Director.

Thesis Option:
Students interested in pursuing an advanced graduate degree (Ph.D. or C.A.G.S.) beyond graduation will have the option of completing two independent courses over two traditional semesters. The student will develops an in-depth concept paper for review and approval by the MACJ Director and a professor with expertise in the selected topic. The thesis option is contingent on high academic performance in the program, the viability of the thesis proposal, and the ability to complete the thesis over two sequential semesters. Students work closely with a professor who serves as a mentor throughout the duration of the thesis. Thesis students complete all courses except MCJ 6045: Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice: Analysis and Application and MCJ 7000: Innovation in the Administration of Justice, which are replaced by MCJ 7500: Master's Thesis I: Thesis Foundation and Prospectus (3 credits) and MCJ 7600: Master's Thesis II: Thesis and Defense (4 credits).

Courses:

MCJ 6210: Financial Crimes

MCJ 6215: Introduction to Intelligence

MCJ 6220: Advanced Data Management

MCJ 6225: Social Media, Crypto Currency, Dark Web and the Law

To earn an MACJ with an Intelligence and Research Analysis Specialization students replace two MACJ core requirements (MACJ 6040, MACJ 6080) and complete the remainder two Intelligence and Research Analysis courses.

What is Cohort Study?

As a student in the Curry College MACJ Program, you will be part of a cohort group. This means that the same students will be in all of your classes for the entire program, start to finish. Cohort group learning has proven to be very effective for adult learners because it creates a community of professionals who can study together, provide support, discuss common on-the-job problems, and offer networking opportunities.

Schedule:

New cohorts begin at our Milton and Plymouth campuses annually in the Fall.

Introducing HYFLEX - a schedule that provides you remote learning by choice allowing you to balance life’s responsibilities while pursuing your graduate degree. You choose when you attend lectures in person or remotely. Our program’s combination of courses offered in Hyflex, hybrid and fully online schedules creates convenience while you remain connected with your professors and peers, learning alongside with one another. Speak with a program advisor for more details.

Course Descriptions

A PDF file of the course descriptions can be downloaded below:

Graduates of the Curry College Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program develop applied skills and gain an in-depth understanding in the four program cornerstones: Public Administration, Ethical Leadership, Problem-solving, and Innovation:

Public Administration

Students will define and integrate theoretical and practical issues related to organizational development and behavior, and build management skills in the areas of communication, collaboration supervision, planning, and evaluation.

Ethical Leadership

Students will develop the skills needed to be an ethical leader in a criminal justice organization, including personal assessment, reflective practice and critical thinking, conflict resolution, and understanding the community dynamics that are affected by the solutions implemented by the criminal justice system. Ethical leadership is aimed towards what works for the common good-framing justice with a social lens.

Problem solving

Students will develop the ability to address problems facing criminal justice organizations though the integration of criminological and social theory with research and evidence-based analysis to assess how data and other types of information can be translated into effective and ethical policies and programs.

Innovation

Students will develop the ability to think critically and creatively using evidence-based analysis to address problems through novel and ethical solutions that can be evaluated through different frames of reference. In today's dynamic world of criminal justice, technology plays an increasingly important role in developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative solutions.

Brenda Perez ’04 made history recently in the Brockton Police Department as she was officially sworn in as the first female police lieutenant in the summer of 2020.

Brenda Perez, MACJ ’04 Makes History

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice alumna Brenda Perez ’04 made history recently in the Brockton Police Department. She was officially sworn in as the first female police lieutenant by Mayor Robert Sullivan and Police Chief Manny Gomes in the summer of 2020.

Curry College Master of Arts in Criminal Justice students pose for a picture as cohort collaborators

MACJ Students Tackle Race Relations and Crime Prevention

Graduate students in the Curry College Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) program spent the better part of a year researching two particular issues confronting law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Read more about this MACJ Capstone Project

Take the next step

We're excited you're considering our flexible, convenient, and real-world focused Curry College Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Degree program and we look forward to helping you reach your career goals.