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Master's in Criminal Justice

In our part-time, traditional graduate program in criminal justice, the areas you will study in obtaining your master's degree (MACJ) include the nature of crime and delinquency, distinctions between law and criminal justice, organizational behavior, planning and program development, research methodology, and data analysis.

You'll examine, debate, and discuss the basic and controversial issues in criminal justice:

    • urban and domestic violence.
    • community demands for crime control.
    • the quality of justice relative to race, class, and gender, among others.

Many of our MACJ students, already working professionals in the criminal justice system, bring not only their various interests, but also their practical experience to the table.

However, if you have a specific career interest in fraud analysis or forensic accounting, organizational leadership, or are already working in local or federal law enforcement, you can further specialize in one of two areas:

      • White Collar Crime
      • Public Administration

If you would like to advance your career, or are interested in pursuing research or a clinical experience in the psycho-legal aspects of criminal justice, you can choose to graduate with our dual masters degree in criminal justice and PsyD (PsyD/MA), which is designed to fit within the five-year duration of our doctoral program in psychology. You must apply and be accepted into each program separately.

Criminal Justice courses, offered in fall, spring, and summer semesters, are held in the evening on Widener's main campus, allowing part-time graduate students to graduate sooner rather than later. However, you are required to complete the MACJ degree requirements within five years of being accepted into the program.