Criminal Justice

DEGREE OFFERED

M.A. in Criminal Justice

CAMPUS OPTIONS

Main Campus (Union, NJ)

APPLICATION DEADLINE 

Fall:      June 1
Spring:  December 1

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Kean University master’s degree program in Criminal Justice studies the various systems within the criminal justice system, the current theoretical models explaining crime and delinquency, their practical use in addressing crime and enforcement, and the use of scientific inquiry to research and address the theoretical and practical problems facing the criminal justice system currently and in the future. The Crimi­nal Justice program is designed to ensure that students keep pace with the changing environment and are pre­pared to be productive, engaged contributors to the debate on policy and practice through instruction in the three major components of the system: police, courts, and corrections. 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the University’s admissions requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice or a related field (including political science, sociology, psychology, and legal studies)
    • Students without an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice or a related field may be admitted to the program at the discretion of the Criminal Justice faculty
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (lower GPAs will be considered based on strength of overall application)
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • GRE (Graduate Record Exam) – Minimum Analytical writing score of 3.5
    • Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher do not need to take the GRE's.
  • Sample of scholarly work from undergraduate studies. Students who do not have a sample from their undergraduate studies will be assigned a topic by the program coordinator and will need to submit a 1250 word sample
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s professional and/or academic abilities and accomplishments
  • Professional Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for applicants whose native language is not English)

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • 36 credits
  • 6 credit thesis OR
  • Comprehensive examination

FOUNDATION COURSES – 15 CREDITS

CJ 5670

Theories of Crime and Delinquency

3 credits

MATH 5500

Statistics

3 credits

CJ 5610

Research Methods in Criminal Justice

3 credits

CJ 5630

Ethics in Criminal Justice

3 credits

CJ 5620

Foundations of Criminal Justice*

3 credits

 
 

CORE COURSES – 12 CREDITS

CJ 5740

Policing in Society

3 credits

CJ 5690

Corrections

3 credits

CJ 5600

The American Legal System

3 credits

CJ 5650

Race, Class and Gender in the Criminal Justice System

3 credits

 

ELECTIVE COURSES – 9-12 CREDITS

CJ 5710

Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

3 credits

CJ 5680

Victimology

3 credits

CJ 5720

Internship in Criminal Justice

3 credits

CJ 5730

Criminal Law

3 credits

CJ 5640

Constitutional Theory

3 credits

ID 5801

Thesis Option

6 credits

TOTAL OF 36 CREDITS TO COMPLETE PROGRAM
 

Program Mission and SLOs

 

FOR INFORMATION REGARDING APPLICATION

Please contact one of our
Graduate Admissions Counselors

Program coordinator

DR. PAT MCMANIMON
Willis Hall, 305E
T: 908-737-4309
pmcmanim@kean.edu

 

 

Updated 4/29/13