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Criminal Justice, BA to MACJ (Accelerated Track)

Keiser University’s accelerated BACJ to MACJ dual-degree program equips learners, especially adult learners, with knowledge and skills that the criminal justice system demands at an accelerated pace with seamless transition from undergraduate study to graduate study. For students who have the potential and would like to accelerate their education journey, this substitution will prepare BACJ students for their MACJ study and reduce the overall credit hours and the duration of the study to get both undergraduate and graduate degrees in criminal justice. This approach will build a “bridge” for the BACJ students to advance to the MACJ program on a fast track. The opportunity to earn both degrees in an accelerated manner increases the value students derive from their educational experience at Keiser University.

Program Objectives

BA in Criminal Justice Program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University’s mission and its objectives:

  • To develop students’ ability to understand the tools and procedures used by various agencies within the criminal justice system;
  • To develop students’ ability to think critically and communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing;
  • To assist students in becoming more proficient in researching, collecting and organizing complex data, solving problems and working collaboratively;
  • To prepare students for employment and advancement in criminal justice related fields.

MA in Criminal Justice Program Objectives

Keiser University’s MACJ program enables students to contribute to the criminal justice profession and fosters independent learning. Upon completion of this program, students are able to:

  • Evaluate an agency’s ability to meet the safety needs of a community including corrections, law enforcement and administration of justice;
  • Evaluate, research and critically analyze gaps or deficiencies in criminal justice services;
  • Effectively and ethically lead and manage criminal justice, community services, and human/social services professionals in both public and private sectors;
  • Evaluate contemporary criminal justice systems and their policies and practices;
  • Evaluate the psychological basis, nature and causes of crime: typologies and offenders;
  • Demonstrate professional communication skills in writing through organizing, thinking critically, and communicating ideas and information in documents and presentations.

Prerequisites for Major Courses


Program Outline

The accelerated dual degree program is a 150 credit hours program that allows eligible students to complete both Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (BACJ) and Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) degrees in an accelerated time frame.

Lower Division Courses

Criminal Justice Lower Division Courses (24.0 credit hours)
Criminology 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Corrections 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Law Enforcement 3.0 credit hours
Communications and Writing for CJ Professionals 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Juvenile Procedures 3.0 credit hours
Criminal Law 3.0 credit hours
Criminal Investigation 3.0 credit hours
Behavioral/Social Science (6.0 credit hours)
American History Pre 1876 3.0 credit hours
American History Since 1876 3.0 credit hours
Political Science 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Sociology 3.0 credit hours
Communications (3.0 credit hours)
Speech Communications 3.0 credit hours
Computers (3.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Computers 3.0 credit hours
Economics (3.0 credit hours)
Microeconomics 3.0 credit hours
Macroeconomics 3.0 credit hours
English (6.0 credit hours)
English Composition I 3.0 credit hours
English Composition II 3.0 credit hours
Humanities/Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)
American Literature 3.0 credit hours
English Literature 3.0 credit hours
Mathematics (6.0 credit hours)
College Algebra 3.0 credit hours
College Mathematics 3.0 credit hours
Applications of Mathematics 3.0 credit hours
Statistics (required) 3.0 credit hours
Natural Science (6.0 credit hours)
General Biology 3.0 credit hours
General Biology Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
Environmental Science 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Biology 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Biology Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
General Chemistry 3.0 credit hours
General Chemistry Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
Advanced Chemistry 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Chemistry Laboratory 3.0 credit hours

Upper Division Courses

Criminal Justice Upper Division Major Courses-Required (15.0 credit hours)
Criminal Justice Management 3.0 credit hours
Ethics in Criminal Justice 3.0 credit hours
Constitutional Criminal Procedures 3.0 credit hours
Criminal Evidence and Procedures 3.0 credit hours
Integrated Criminal Justice Capstone Project* 3.0 credit hours

*Course must be taken in student's last semester. Successful completion of Research Writing is required before a student can be enrolled.

Criminal Justice Upper Division Major Courses-Additional (21.0 credit hours)
Deviant Behavior** 3.0 credit hours
Victimology 3.0 credit hours
Crime and the Media 3.0 credit hours
Organized Crime 3.0 credit hours
White-Collar and Economic Crime** 3.0 credit hours
Drug Control 3.0 credit hours
Terrorism** 3.0 credit hours
Human Exploitation 3.0 credit hours
Private Security** 3.0 credit hours
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems** 3.0 credit hours
Protective Services 3.0 credit hours
Cyber Crimes 3.0 credit hours
CJ Internship I 3.0 credit hours
CJ Internship II 3.0 credit hours
Note: **Graduate level courses for the accelerated track.
Upper Division General Education Courses (9.0 credit hours)
Research Writing 3.0 credit hours
Interpersonal Communication 3.0 credit hours
Sociology of the Urban Community 3.0 credit hours

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