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Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Pursue a Career of Service in Your Community

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Criminal Justice, MACJ

The field of criminal justice is immense. In it are all the laws and agencies responsible for holding criminals accountable for their actions and bringing them to justice as well as helping victims and protecting the innocent. It takes dedicated professionals like you to keep the wheels of justice turning.

Whether you aspire to work in law enforcement, for the courts or in corrections, you know that the right training can make all the difference for your community and your career. With the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, Keiser University is here to help.

At a Glance

Credit Hours

33 Credit Hours


11 Courses


12 - 18 Months*

Week Terms

8 Week Terms

Credit Info

Up to 12 credits of transfer credit

Quick Info

Career opportunities in law enforcement, the courts, and more.



Financial Aid

Financial aid for those who qualify**

** Speak with a dedicated financial aid counselor to explore all your financial aid and funding options.

* Time to degree completion is an estimate, not intended as a guarantee, and can vary based on many case-by-case factors.

Criminal Justice, MS Overview

Keiser University’s Master of Arts in Criminal Justice offers a thorough overview of the various elements involved in the justice system—from keeping the peace within and around communities to fighting crime in its various forms. Coursework for the master’s in criminal justice explores every aspect of the criminal justice system, including correctional systems, law enforcement, court systems, criminal justice and criminology theory, criminal justice research, criminal justice policy, and juvenile justice. Students will also investigate thematic areas such as gender, race, ethics, and professionalism as well as management and leadership in criminal justice.

Student First Philosophy

Featuring a “Student First” mentality, Keiser University is committed to providing the education students need to excel in their careers and their lives—whether that is in our master’s in criminal justice program or one of dozens of other graduate programs. Our commitment to putting students first leads us to offer a number of learning options, including both on-campus and online delivery formats.

Through our criminal justice master’s program, we help criminology students gain the skills and expertise needed to pursue relevant leadership positions in a variety of fields, including law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

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The master’s in criminal justice program is designed to help current and aspiring law enforcement and public service professionals advance their understanding of every facet of criminal justice—justice system, criminology, courts, and more—so they can advance in their careers.

What Can You Expect to Learn

Keiser University’s MACJ program enables students to contribute to the criminal justice profession and fosters independent learning. Students will learn how to:

  • Evaluate an agency’s ability to meet the safety needs of a community—including corrections, law enforcement and administration of justice
  • Critically analyze gaps or deficiencies in criminal justice services
  • Lead and manage criminal justice, community services and human or social services professionals in both public and private sectors
  • Assess contemporary criminal justice systems—policies and practices
  • Better understand the psychological basis, nature and causes of crime: typologies and offenders
  • Communicate more effectively in writing organizing and disseminating ideas and information in documents and presentations

Program Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Program Outline

To receive a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice degree, students must earn 33 graduate semester credit hours. Program requirements are as follows:

  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Courses
    Seminar in Criminal Justice (Prerequisite course) 3.0 credit hours
    Seminar in Law Enforcement 3.0 credit hours
    Seminar in Court Systems 3.0 credit hours
    Seminar in Correctional Systems 3.0 credit hours
    Theory in Criminology and Criminal Justice 3.0 credit hours
    Conflict Analysis and Resolution 3.0 credit hours
    Professionalism and Ethics in Criminal Justice 3.0 credit hours
    Juvenile Justice 3.0 credit hours
    Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice 3.0 credit hours
    Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3.0 credit hours
    Capstone 3.0 credit hours

Career Pathways in Criminal Justice

Upon graduation from our master’s in criminal justice degree program, you will have earned a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice as well as gained the abilities you need to:

  • Pinpoint areas of need in the criminal justice system
  • Manage and lead CJ efforts in public and private sectors
  • Identify and assess the safety needs of a community
  • And more!

Through this advanced criminal justice degree program, you will possess a deeper understanding of criminology as well as the skills needed to pursue and excel in relevant leadership opportunities such as:

  • Agents and officers for a federal, state and city agencies
  • FBI, U.S. Marshall Service, Secret Service
  • State Investigative Offices
  • Sheriff Departments
  • Compliance Officer
  • Corrections Director
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Law Enforcement Director
  • Police Detective
  • Probation Officer Manager

Start Your Criminal Justice Master’s Program Now!

Whether you can come to campus or you need to earn your master’s in criminal justice online, Keiser University has the education you need to elevate your criminal justice career! Learn more about our Master of Arts in Criminal Justice today by Requesting More Info now!

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We understand that today’s students have many responsibilities and obligations in their lives. At Keiser, we deliver the same quality education through different scheduling options to accommodate busy schedules. Whether you choose day, evening, or online classes, chances are, you will find a schedule that fits yours and allows you to fulfill one of the most important commitments you can make – a commitment to your education.

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Keiser University’s dedicated, accomplished faculty members are committed to your success. All faculty are prepared and are actively engaged in the fields they teach. You’ll benefit from their wealth of knowledge and real-world experience.
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