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Curriculum, Clinical Psychology and Criminal Justice

PsyD/MACJ students complete this dual degree option in five years. On top of the full-time clinical psychology commitment, additional criminal justice courses and electives are taken over the summer or at night during the academic year.

In addition to fulfilling the essential requirements of the separate degrees, students are required to participate in a number of noncredit learning experiences that are specifically designed to help them integrate their training in clinical psychology and criminal justice.

Sample Courses

View a selection of courses students typically take in the PsyD/MACJ program.

CJ 501 Nature of Crime and Delinquency

This course provides an overview of the nature and scope of delinquency and crime through a comprehensive survey of criminological theory using original sources. Major emphasis is given to the evaluation of existing theory and its relationship to criminal justice policy and practice. 

CJ 603 White Collar Crime

This seminar focuses on forms of criminal deviance that are committed by individuals in their official capacities in the work place. Various forms of such deviance are discussed, as are the theoretical perspectives proposed to explain them, beginning with the seminal work of Edwin Sutherland and moving to the more current focus on social opportunity and the “pressure” for success.

CJ 610 Ethics in the Criminal Justice System

This seminar addresses various aspects and approaches to the practice and study of ethics in the criminal justice system. Topics include philosophical approaches to crime and punishment, as well as the responsibilities, moral quandaries, and ethical dilemmas faced by those involved in the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, legal professionals, and correctional officers.


For more information about courses and requirements for the PsyD/MACJ program, please refer to our course catalog.