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Director: Patrick M. Seffrin, Ph.D.

About

The graduate Criminal Justice Program combines a strong background in criminal justice with the management skills need for an administrative position in a criminal justice agency. The program is designed for those who wish to assume, or already hold, a criminal justice management position, as well as for those who wish to pursue doctoral work elsewhere after completing their Marywood degree.

Coursework in the program provides:

  • a background in American criminal justice institutions;
  • a knowledge of the causes of delinquency and crime, the effectiveness of rehabilitation programs, and the research on which this knowledge is based;
  • an evaluation of contemporary criminal justice research and policy;
  • experience with appropriate management tools;
  • opportunities to communicate complex ideas orally and in writing, and to further develop analytic and critical skills.

Program faculty combine strong academic credentials with extensive experience of criminal justice agencies at the state and federal levels. Classes are small, typically seminars, in which students assume responsibility with the instructor for the presentation of material. The program offers substantial opportunities for students to explore their individual interests in criminal justice and closely related fields.

Financial aid, including the opportunity to work closely with program faculty as a graduate assistant, is available.

The program is housed in the Department of Social Sciences, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate major in criminal justice, sociology, or a related field is recommended, but not required. (Students without an undergraduate course in criminology, delinquency, or deviance and those without an undergraduate course in statistics or social research will be asked to complete an undergraduate course before taking advanced, graduate work in these areas.) An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better is required.

A completed application must include:

  • official, unopened transcripts from all institutions attended, including Marywood;
  • two letters of recommendation from college or university faculty (these may be supplemented with recommendations from supervisors in a criminal justice agency);
  • an essay discussing the applicant’s career objectives and the way in which the CJ Master's program will contribute to these objectives.

Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice

36 semester hours
I. REQUIRED COURSES
21 semester hours

CJ 503 Criminal Justice Administration
3
CJ 505 Financial Management
3
CJ 507 Criminal Justice Research Methods
3
CJ 522 Criminology
3
CJ 530 Criminal Justice Policies
3
CJ 544 Staff Supervision in Criminal Justice 3
CJ 595 Thesis
3
OR    
CJ 597 Criminal Justice Management Project /Internship
3

II. ELECTIVES*
15 semester hours (choose five courses)

CJ 524 Sex, Drugs, & Crime
3
CJ 526 Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice 3
CJ 528 Youthful Offenders 3
CJ 533 Crime over the Life Course 3
CJ 540 The Constitution & Criminal Justice Policy
3
CJ 560 Urban Crime Patterns
3
CJ 576 Corrections
3
CJ 578 Community Corrections 3
CJ 598 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
3

*Students may also elect up to two graduate courses in Business, Public Administration, Psychology, Counseling, and/or Social Work with the approval of their advisor.

Graduate Specialization in Criminal Justice

The program also offers a 12 credit specialization in Criminal Justice for graduate students who wish to combine work in another graduate field (for example, Counseling, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Work) with coursework in Criminal Justice.

Specialization in Criminal Justice

I. REQUIRED COURSES
6 semester hours

CJ 503 Criminal Justice Administration
3
CJ 522 Criminology
3

II. ELECTIVES*:
6 semester hours

CJ 524 Sex, Drugs, & Crime
3
CJ 526 Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice 3
CJ 528 Youthful Offenders
3
CJ 533 Crime over the Life Course 3
CJ 540 The Constitution & Criminal Justice Policy
3
CJ 560 Urban Crime Patterns
3
CJ 576 Corrections
3
CJ 578 Community Corrections 3
CJ 598 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
3

*The electives selected must be approved by the Director of Criminal Justice Programs.


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