Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

MISSION STATEMENT

The M.A.C.J. program seeks to prepare students for the criminal justice or criminal justice-related field of work through graduate-level education with a focus on the enhancement of knowledge, communication and critical thinking skills, and ethical decision making.  Further, the M.A.C.J. program will ensure that students are able to understand the role of the scientific enterprise and its importance to policy development in the field of criminal justice. Graduate students in Criminal Justice will graduate with an understanding of the issues related to diversity within the field of criminal justice. Students interested in pursuing doctoral-level studies will be well served by the quality and rigor of the M.A.C.J. program.

Program Goals

The M.A.C.J. Program seeks to:

  • Prepare students for the criminal justice or criminal justice-related field of work through graduate-level education with a focus on the enhancement of knowledge, communication and critical thinking skills, and ethical decision making.
  • Ensure that students are able to understand the role of the scientific enterprise and its importance to policy development in the field of criminal justice.
  • Graduate students with an understanding about the issues related to diversity within the field of criminal justice.
    Prepare interested students for success in doctoral-level studies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  • Understand the key concepts associated with the M.A.C.J. course content.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and the ability to problem solve.
  • Effectively communicate through written, verbal, and electronic communication.
  • Develop the ability to synthesize the social science scholarly literature.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of quantitative reasoning.
  • Apply ethical decision making to the field of criminal justice.
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of working in a diverse environment.

Prerequisites

For those individuals who have completed a four-year degree from an accredited institution, there are no prerequisites. There are no restrictions related to the discipline associated with the completed undergraduate degree.

Admission to the Program

All applications for the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program are considered ready for review after the materials listed below have been received by the Adult and Graduate Studies office:

  • A completed application form with the application fee.
  • Official transcripts of all colleges and universities attended.
  • Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one of which must be from a current or former university professor).
  • A brief essay (700-1000 words) addressing why the applicant is interested in the M.A.C.J. degree as well as his/her motivation for completion of same.
  • Minimum GPA of a 3.0. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), or Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) are required if the GPA is less than 3.0 or if the applicant is seeking any funding that might be available at MHU for graduate-level education.
    In exceptional cases, the program may also approve admission by reason of special backgrounds, abilities, and interests.

Admission Deadline

This program has rolling admission, that is, no specific deadline. Note that it may take 4-6 weeks to receive transcripts and process an application.