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Graduate Program - Criminal Justice

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    Professional Studies Building, Rm. 220
    Fax 201-200-3482

    Dr. David Chiabi, Chairperson
    Dr. William Calathes, Graduate Coordinator

  • Visit the Criminal Justice website for more information.

    The Master of Science program in criminal justice is a practitioner-oriented and theoretically grounded course of advanced study that prepares students for professional advancement and/or advanced graduate work. It is intended for personnel working in the criminal justice system and related fields, as well as for students preparing for such careers.

    The Department of Criminal Justice is a diverse learning community of educators and students in an urban setting, dedicated to a multi-disciplinary education, merging theory and practice in service to society and the dynamic nature of criminal justice.

    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 recommendation, 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.

    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 readings or the undergraduate course, Introduction to Criminal Justice.

    Changes in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree were approved by the Board of Trustees at their meeting of July 7, 2009.  The revised degree requirements call for a net reduction in the required credits by three. 

    These changes became effective September 1, 2009, and specifically include the following:

    • The Thesis and the Comprehensive Examination are no longer required (minus 6 credits)
    • The Master’s Project is a required course (plus 3 credits)
      Graduate students who begin the program after August 31, 2009 must complete the degree under the new requirements (33 credits).

    For more detailed information, students should refer to the NJCU Criminal Justice Department‘s letter to MSCJ Students, “Changes in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program”

    Program Requirements
    The program requires 33 graduate credits distributed among a core of criminal justice courses, elective work and the completion of a Master’s Project.

    Master’s Project Requirement
    Upon completion of 24 credits (including CJ 605 Criminal Justice Research), all students are required to enroll in CJ 671 Master’s Project. Students will choose an area of specialized study for their project with the approval of the Graduate Advisor. When the project is approved, and all requirements met, the student may qualify for graduation.


    Code Title
    CJ 605 Criminal Justice Research
    CJ 615 Theory and Practice of Police Administration
    CJ 625 Contemporary Corrections
    CJ 630 The Judicial System
    CJ 645 The Nature of Crime

    Five elective courses from the following: (15 credits)

    Since students can opt to select a specialization in an area of criminal justice, it is recommended that students take all their elective courses within that specialization of criminal justice. Students, however, are permitted to take two graduate courses (up to six credits) in the social sciences or related fields, with the approval of the Graduate Advisor.
    CJ 600 Criminal Justice System and the Urban Community
    CJ 601 Grant Proposal Writing
    CJ 602 Crime in a Global Context
    CJ 610 The Criminal Justice Professional
    CJ 611 Graduate Seminar in Criminal Justice
    CJ 616 Elite Deviance
    CJ 620 Operational Strategies in Police Administration
    CJ 635 Seminar on Community Corrections
    CJ 640 The Juvenile Justice System
    CJ 650 Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
    CJ 655 Police Role in Crime Prevention
    CJ 660 Critical Issues in Law Enforcement
    CJ 670 Supervised Professional Placement
    CJ 680 Criminal Justice Management
    CJ 685 Planning in the Criminal Justice System
    CJ 690 Workshop in Criminal Justice Administration and Decision Making

    Master’s Project
    CJ 671 Master’s Project
      Total Credits