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Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

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The MA in CJ program has been ranked among the best in the nation by four different ranking agencies.

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Evening Classes or Online options

Students applying for the Evening MA in Criminal Justice Program can apply for a Graduate Assistant Position which will provide tuition coverage and a stipend. Please contact Dr. Natalie Schell-Busey at schell-busey@rowan.edu for more information.


These programs focus on the growing emphasis on research evidence in the justice system. In this changing field, successful professionals will need to know how to use research to evaluate the effectiveness of programs aimed at preventing and controlling crime.

All these options prepare students for professional careers by providing an understanding of the causes of crime, the impact of law on society and contemporary issues in policing, courts and corrections.

Rowan Global Learning & Partnerships handles the application process for all graduate programs. In addition to the information available here and from the links on the left, you can get more information about the Evening Program and the Online Program here and how to apply from links on the Rowan Global website.

Traditional Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

All students take the same six (3 credit) required courses, and can choose either:

The Thesis Track Option - students choose two (3 credit) electives and earn six credits for doing research and writing a thesis while working with experienced faculty. OR

The Non-Thesis Track Option - students choose four (3 credit) electives dealing with contemporary issues in the field and take a comprehensive exam after completing their coursework.

Online Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

The entire Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program is offered online. Requirements are the same as for the Traditional Non-Thesis Track Option, and thus consist of the same six (3 credit) required courses, four (3 credit) electives, and a comprehensive exam after coursework is completed.

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Combined Advanced Degree Program allows students to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Justice Studies and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice in FIVE years!