“Pursuing a master's degree in Criminal Justice was the best decision I have ever made; it has made me much more appealing when applying and interviewing for positions and will continue to assist me in life intellectually, financially, and promotionally.”
Kristopher Kamborian '08
Major: M.A. in Criminal Justice Program
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The part time, 21 month, 31-credit Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program consists of ten courses. 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 a course in Leadership in The 21st Century, followed by Criminology: Theory and Application, Methods of Inquiry in Criminal Justice, and Criminal Justice Data Analysis. These four MACJ courses provide the intellectual and practical foundation necessary to complete the subsequent coursework.
The MACJ program coursework culminates in a Capstone, a collaborative community based project requiring students to address a contemporary criminal justice issue through the application of an innovative, problem-solving approach.
Read more about the 2015 Plymouth cohort Capstone Project: "New Directions in Violence Prevention" Conference
Read more about the 2015 Milton cohort Capstone Project: Collective Efficacy in Roxbury: An Examination in Urban Blight
|Course number and Title||Credits|
|MCJ 6005: Leadership in the 21st Century||3|
|MCJ 6010: Social Policy and the Administration of Justice||3|
|MCJ 6015: Methods of Inquiry in Criminal Justice||3|
|MCJ 6020: Criminology: Theory and Application||3|
|MCJ 6025: Criminal Justice Data Analysis||3|
|MCJ 6030: Criminal Justice Resource Allocation||3|
|MCJ 6035: Change Management in Justice Organizations||3|
|MCJ 6040: Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice||3|
|MCJ 6045: Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice: Analysis and Application||3|
|MCJ 7000: Innovation in the Administration of Justice||4|
|MCJ 6090: MCJ Graduate Internship||3|
|MCJ 7500: Master's Thesis I: Thesis Foundation and Prospectus||
|MCJ 7600: Master's Thesis II: Thesis and Defense||
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 MCJ6045: Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice: Analysis and Application, with the approval of the MACJ Director.
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 MCJ7000: Innovation in the Administration of Justice, which are replaced by MCJ7500: Master's Thesis I: Thesis Foundation and Prospectus (3 credits) and MCJ 7600: Master's Thesis II: Thesis and Defense (4 credits).
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