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  • Shana Maier, PhD

    • Associate Professor, Director of MCJ program
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 334
    • tel: 610-499-4651
    • fax: 610-499-4603
  • Gertrude (Trudy) Depew

    • Administrative Assistant to MCJ program
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 226
    • tel: 610-499-4365

Master in Criminal Justice

Why Widener?

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Flexible Program

With evening classes on our Chester campus and hybrid courses (at least 50% online), the MCJ program is designed to meet the needs of both working professionals and recent graduates who wish to pursue an advanced degree. The extensive electives offered also provide students with the flexibility to tailor their degree to their interests and professional goals. 

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Distinguished Faculty

Widener’s criminal justice instructors include full-time faculty and practitioners in the criminal justice system. The distinguished faculty members have diverse research experiences, and all have published in their area of expertise. Part-time faculty are criminal justice practitioners with expertise in their respective fields. For example, one part-time faculty member is a retired FBI agent with vast experience working on a terrorism task force. Another part-time faculty member holds a law degree and worked in the juvenile court system for more than 30 years.

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Dual Degree

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 a dual degree in criminal justice and psychology (PsyD/MACJ), 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.

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Certificate Program

Interested in expanding your knowledge of the criminal justice field without committing to a degree program? We also offer a certificate in criminal justice  that can be earned by completing four three-credit courses. This certificate is designed for individuals interested in gaining entry into all areas of the criminal justice field or professionals already working in the field, looking to move up the professional ladder. After completion of the certificate program, courses can be transferred to the masters in criminal justice program if students want to pursue further study.

  • emily l. koppenhofer '15
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Emily L. Koppenhofer


There is a mix of teachers who have both strong academic and professional experience in the field. It's fascinating to learn from an FBI agent, lawyer, and researcher sometimes all in one week!

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Potential Careers

  • Law enforcement (local, state, and federal)
  • Management positions in law enforcement and corrections
  • Probation/parole officer
  • Correctional officer
  • Prison re-entry counselor
  • Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselor
  • Victim's advocate
  • Youth correctional counselor

Recent Employers

  • George W. Hill Correctional Facility 
  • Local police departments
  • Bureau of Autism Services (work with previously incarcerated adults)
  • U.S. Army