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Master of Science in Criminal Justice
The Master of Science program in Criminal Justice is a practitioner-oriented and theoretically grounded course of advanced study which prepares students for professional advancement and/or advanced graduate work. It is intended for personnel working in the criminal justice system and for students preparing for such careers.
The Department of Criminal Justice, a diverse learning community of educators and students in an urban setting, is dedicated to a multi-disciplinary education, merging theory and practice in service to justice and society.
For more information contact:
Dr. William Calathes, Graduate Coordinator
Fax (201) 200-3482
The program requires 33 graduate credits distributed among a core of criminal justice courses, additional elective work and a project. To qualify for graduation the student must complete a culminating activity and has the option of completing a comprehensive examination, a culminating project or a thesis. It is a full- and part-time degree program with students usually taking between six and nine credits per semester. Many students also take advantage of the opportunity to take up to six credits during the summer semesters, and three credits during the winter intersession semester. All courses are offered in the evenings.
It is the policy of the Graduate Program in Criminal Justice to admit those students who, in the opinion of the Admissions Committee, demonstrate promise of succeeding in our curriculum. Primary consideration is given to the applicant’s academic record. Additional evidence of potential for graduate study is shown by scores on appropriate entrance examinations, letters of recommendations, and applicable professional experience. The Admissions Committee seeks to make its decisions based upon a holistic view of the individual applicant. Candidates are advised that admission is competitive, and that it may not be possible to admit all qualified applicants. Candidates who fail to meet the published minimum standards of the University may be granted the opportunity to meet with the Admissions Committee to support their applications, if committee so requests.
Official transcripts for each undergraduate or graduate institution attended, with a recommended cumulative average of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 point scale.
Test scores for the Graduate Record Examination, or Miller Analogy Test, or Test of English as a Foreign Language (foreign students only).
A personal statement detailing your academic and career objectives and explaining your reasons for wanting to pursue graduate study in criminal justice at New Jersey City University.
Two letters of recommendation.
Supplemental supporting evidence, such as an interview, writing sample, or portfolio may be required.
Note: Those students admitted to the master’s program who have had neither undergraduate course work in criminal justice, nor relevant work experience in criminal justice, may be required to take preparatory academic work. This may include a sequence of reading or the undergraduate course, Introduction to Criminal Justice.
As practical fulfillment of a master’s degree, the student must complete a culminating project. The student registers for the master's project following the completion of 24 credits and CJ 605 Criminal Justice Research. If the project is successfully completed, the student may qualify for graduation.
Master Thesis Guidelines
Master's Thesis Guidelines Documentation
In a Master’s thesis, a student must demonstrate an ability to analyze, interpret and synthesize information and to apply the skills and knowledge acquired during graduate course work to a particular area of interest. Students may register for the thesis after completing a minimum of 24 credits, a research methods course, and permission of the department.
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