The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Criminal Justice prepares students for leadership positions in criminal justice agencies; for research positions in federal, state, county, city non-profit and private research institutions; and for further study in doctoral programs. This program aims to help students develop their skills to use research to evaluate the effectiveness of programs aimed at preventing and controlling crime. Upon degree completion, graduates will have an understanding of the causes of crime, of the impact of law on society and of contemporary issues in policing, courts and corrections.
The M.A in Criminal Justice program requires the completion of 30 semester hours (s.h.). Both a thesis and a non-thesis track are available to students pursuing the on the ground program at the Glassboro Campus. A comprehensive exam is required for the non-thesis track.
The following courses make up the M.A. in Criminal Justice program.
30 Semester Hours
Required Courses: 18 semester hours
Elective Courses: 6–12 semester hours
Choose 6 s.h. for the thesis track or 12 s.h. for the non-thesis track.
Thesis Track Courses: 6 semester hours
Foundation Courses: No
Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Students have the option of earning six credits by writing a thesis or taking a comprehensive exam after completing their course work.
Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.
The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.
Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
Current professional resume
Typewritten statement of professional objectives (Personal statements should be well developed essays that demonstrate your ability to write at the graduate level)
Two letters of recommendation (Academic References preferred)
Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
Submission of official GRE test results is highly recommended
It is highly recommended applicants have successfully completed an introductory class in Criminal Justice, Research Methods, or Statistics at the undergraduate level at an accredited institution.
Start Dates & Application Deadlines
The chart below details available entry terms for the M.A. in Criminal Justice program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.