M.A. in Criminal Justice

 

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) Program at Stockton University provides a quality graduate program that promotes advanced inquiry and application of new knowledge to foster advanced-level career opportunities.

The program aims to serve criminal justice educational and research needs in the southern New Jersey area. Program faculty participate in research and service activities that benefit criminal justice and social service agencies locally, statewide, and nationally. The faculty's involvement in research and community affairs enhances the classroom experience, as faculty members are able to engage students in discussions of current dilemmas and controversies in the field of criminal justice. The program provides students with the education needed to advance in the practitioner realm of criminal justice, and it also prepares those who want to continue with their education by giving them the research and analytic skills needed to pursue those goals.

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About the Program

The MACJ program  emphasizes dialogue, critical thinking, policy evaluation, and clear and effective written and oral communication of ideas. Specifically, students in the program will:

  1. Gain knowledge, insight, and sensitivity to occupy professional positions in public and private criminal justice agencies or prepare for continuation of graduate work in Criminal Justice or related field.
  2. Apply criminal justice theories, concepts, or principles to criminological problems.
  3. Use relevant data, information sources, and applied principles of data analysis to enhance understanding of the criminal justice system.
  4. Gain greater understanding of all branches of the criminal justice system and issues confronting these branches.
  5. Learn theoretical and practical issues related to the administration and management of criminal justice organizations.
  6. Appreciate political and ethical dilemmas confronting the process of designing or evaluating effective criminal justice policy.
  7. Learn how the scholarly community contributes to understandings of current issues facing the criminal justice system.

Alumni from our program have used these skills to move on to work in a variety of criminal justice fields, including law enforcement, corporate security, and probation. Several alumni have also been accepted to Ph.D. programs.

  Learn what our alumni are doing with their M.A. in Criminal Justice degree.

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Justice Studies Track
Admin & Leadership

 

Howard H. Berchtold, Jr.
Trial Court Administrator
Superior Court of New Jersey
Atlantic and Cape May Counties

Kellyn Bongiovanni, ‘12 (M.A. in Criminal Justice)
Probation Officer
Domestic Violence Unit
Cape May County Probation

Anne Crater
Chief Assistant Prosecutor
Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office

Joseph J. D'Angelillio
Founder/Chief Advisor
SecurEdge Advisors, LLC

Donna Higbee
Chief
Galloway Township Police Department

Stephanie Koch, MSW
Senior Vice President, Strategic and Business Development
JEVS Human Services

Amanda Leese, '08 (M.A. in Criminal Justice)
Regional Director
Safe Return
Volunteers of America Delaware Valley

Glenn Miller
Chief of Detectives
Ocean County Prosecutor's Office

Ed Moore
Administrative Officer
Investigation Bureau
NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

Claudia Ratzlaff
CEO
Avanzar

Laura Rodgers, LCSW
Chief Program Officer
Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties

Edward F. Scott
Section Chief
TSA Training Center

Jacqueline Simonson
Victim/Witness Coordinator
Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office

Bradford N. Slutsky, ‘01 (B.A. in Criminal Justice)
Deputy Director of the Situation Room
Customs and Border Protection
Port of New York/Newark

Tracy Stuart
Sergeant
Stockton University Police Department

Henry White
Chief
Atlantic City Police Department

Dean Wyks, J.D.
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
Atlantic Cape Community College

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences MACJ Faculty

Visit the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences for a complete listing of program faculty.

Curriculum

The M.A. program in Criminal Justice is a 36 credit program which includes a  combination of core courses and electives.  In addition to coursework, students must pass a comprehensive exam.  The program is designed to offer students a broad and multidisciplinary perspective on the criminal justice system. The work of criminal justice practitioners is complex and requires knowledge of how and why people engage in crime as well as an understanding of the issues faced by practitioners in the criminal justice system.

Students may choose from four academic tracks: Administration and Leadership, Forensic Psychology, Homeland Security, and Justice Studies.  Our program offers students the option to do an internship to gain first-hand experience working in criminal justice. The program welcomes both full-time and part-time students.  Most of our courses are offered during the evening, so students with full-time jobs may complete the program.

Mandatory core courses- 24 credits

Students in all tracks will complete all eight of the following core courses, plus the comprehensive exam:
CRIM 5206 Criminological Theory
CRIM 5214 Corrections
CRIM 5222 Victimology
CRIM 5250 Law Enforcement and Policing
CRIM 5315 Crime Data and Analysis
CRIM 5316 Graduate Research and Evaluation in Criminal Justice
CRIM 5410 Criminal Justice Policy and Planning
CRIM 5420 Judicial Process
CRIM 5899 Comprehensive Exam

The remaining four courses (12 credits) are tailored to each student's chosen track, and typically require two additional required track courses, an elective from the specified track, and one additional open elective.   

View the MACJ Curriculum Worksheet.  For course descriptions, please visit The University's Course Catalog.

Stockton University is proud to offer a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) degree with a track in Administration and Leadership. This track explores the daily challenges relating to leadership of individuals and organizations in the Criminal Justice system.  Federal, state and local government agencies, as well as non-profit and private firms, are involved in the four major branches of the criminal justice system. These law enforcement, court, corrections, and victim services agencies and firms need prepared leaders to make them successful. The curriculum for the Administration and Leadership Track involves the various aspects criminal justice administration, supervision and management, as well as ethics, leadership, and the principles that form the foundation for efficient, effective, and lawful administration of the criminal justice agencies. The courses will blend theory with practice. They present a foundation for the administration and management of a criminal justice agency in a logical, flexible, and understandable manner.

Administration and Leadership Curriculum- 12 credits

In addition to the eight mandatory core courses (24 credits), students in the Administration and Leadership Track will complete two required courses, a track elective, and one additional MACJ elective from any track.

Required Courses- 6 credits

CRIM 5408 Criminal Justice Management and Leadership
CRIM 5460 Organizational Psychology

Track Elective Course- 3 credits
Choose one of the following courses:

CRIM 5306 Geographic Profiling and Analysis
CRIM 5328 Cybercrime
CRIM 5348 Drugs, Crime, and Criminal Justice
CRIM 5368 Crime and Place
CRIM 5509 Fundamentals and Theory of Emergency Management
CRIM 5540 Homeland Security Policy

Elective Course- 3 credits
Choose any other MACJ elective course from any of the four tracks or one of the following:

CRIM 5800 Independent Study
CRIM 5890 Advanced Independent Research and Publication
CRIM 5990 Graduate Internship

Individuals who want to further their education beyond the bachelor's degree, but are not necessarily interested in the full master's program have the option to enroll in the Administration and Leadership Certificate.

Stockton University offers a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program (MACJ) degree with a track in Forensic Psychology.  The forensic psychology track examines the coevolution of the criminal justice system and the field of psychology. Students will explore how theory and research in the field of psychology has helped to shape our understanding of criminals and victims, definitions of crime, policing, courtroom procedures, corrections, and criminal laws, among others. The track emphasizes the importance of using research to understand how psychology can be best utilized by the criminal justice system.

There are numerous employment opportunities for those who wish to use psychology in the criminal justice system. Our alumni have found employment in the following fields:

  • Probation/Parole
  • Medicolegal Investigator
  • Detective in the Prosecutor's Office
  • Correctional Case Manager
  • Victim's Assistance Advocate
  • Drug Treatment Caseworker
  • Child Protective Services Specialist

Forensic Psychology Curriculum- 12 credits

In addition to the eight mandatory core courses (24 credits), students in the Forensic Psychology Track will complete two required courses, a track elective, and one additional MACJ elective from any track.

Required Courses- 6 credits  

CRIM 5208 Forensic and Legal Psychology
CRIM 5210 Forensic Psychopathology and Treatment

Track Elective Course- 3 credits
Choose one of the following courses:

CRIM 5225 Criminal Psychology and Profiling
CRIM 5306 Geographic Profiling and Analysis
CRIM 5328 Cybercrime
CRIM 5348 Drugs, Crime, and Criminal Justice
CRIM 5368 Crime and Place
CRIM 5460 Organizational Psychology

 Elective Course- 3 credits
Choose any other MACJ elective course from any of the four tracks or one of the following:
CRIM 5800 Independent Study
CRIM 5890 Advanced Independent Research and Publication
CRIM 5990 Graduate Internship
Individuals who want to further their education beyond the bachelor's degree, but are not necessarily interested in the full master's program have the option to enroll in the Forensic Psychology Certificate.

Stockton University offers a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) degree with a track in Homeland Security.  The curriculum for the Homeland Security Track involves an all-hazards perspective, meaning that the program involves discussion about issues regarding the prevention of and reaction to natural and human-made disasters, including terrorist attacks. The legal, moral and ethical issues pertaining to homeland security will be an important component of the curriculum, as will studies of agency participation and cooperation in planning for and responding to crisis. The track will examine the history of terrorism and case studies of past and present terrorism campaigns from around the world. Students will graduate with a holistic perspective on challenges encountered in the fields of emergency management and counter-terrorism. Utilizing an interdisciplinary curriculum enables students to gain crucial knowledge and critical thinking skills that are essential in this fast growing and complex field.

There are numerous employment opportunities for those who pursue a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice with a track in Homeland Security:

  • Emergency Manager and/or Program Specialist
  • Transportation Security Screener
  • Analyst in Intelligence, Emergency Management, Counter-Terrorism, Cybersecurity, Risk, or Immigration Policy
  • Security Policy Advocate
  • U.S. Customs and Border Agent
  • Law Enforcement / Police Officer
  • Private Sector Security Agent
  • Law Enforcement Specialist / Instructor
  • Import Specialist
  • Asylum Officer
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Agent
  • Immigration Officer
  • Non-governmental (NGO) Program Specialist
  • Immigration Enforcement Agent
  • Refugee Resettlement Specialist
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Protective Security Agent
  • Civic Planner
  • Emergency Mitigation Specialist
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Immigration Attorney
  • National Security Agency Agent
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Secret Service Agent
  • Insurance Specialist

Homeland Security Curriculum- 12 credits

In addition to the eight mandatory core courses (24 credits), students in the Homeland Security Track will complete two required courses, a track elective, and one additional MACJ elective from any track.

Required Courses- 6 credits

CRIM 5505 Terrorism
CRIM 5509 Fundamentals and Theory of Emergency Management

Track Elective Course- 3 credits
Choose one of the following courses:

CRIM 5306 Geographic Profiling and Analysis
CRIM 5328 Cybercrime
CRIM 5368 Crime and Place
CRIM 5408 Criminal Justice Management and Leadership
CRIM 5521 Borders and Displacement
CRIM 5540 Homeland Security Policy

Elective Course- 3 credits
Choose any other MACJ elective course from any of the four tracks or one of the following:

CRIM 5800 Independent Study
CRIM 5890 Advanced Independent Research and Publication
CRIM 5990 Graduate Internship

Individuals who want to further their education beyond the bachelor's degree, but are not necessarily interested in the full master's program have the option to enroll in the Homeland Security Certificate.

Stockton University offers a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) degree with a track in Justice Studies. The Justice Studies Track allows students to study the field of criminal justice from a broad perspective.

Justice Studies Curriculum- 12 credits

In addition to the eight mandatory core courses, students in the Justice Studies Track will complete four additional MACJ courses of their choosing and may mix and match electives from any of the MACJ tracks. They may also choose an elective course offered by other Stockton graduate programs with the Coordinator’s permission.

Elective Courses- 12 credits
Choose any four of the following courses:

CRIM 5208 Forensic and Legal Psychology
CRIM 5210 Forensic Psychopathology and Treatment
CRIM 5225 Criminal Psychology & Profiling
CRIM 5306 Geographic Profiling and Analysis
CRIM 5328 Cybercrime
CRIM 5348 Drugs, Crime, and Criminal Justice
CRIM 5368 Crime and Place
CRIM 5408 Criminal Justice Management & Leadership
CRIM 5460 Organizational Psychology
CRIM 5505 Terrorism
CRIM 5509 Fundamentals & Theory of Emergency Management
CRIM 5521 Borders
CRIM 5540 Homeland Security Policy
CRIM 5800 Independent Study or
CRIM 5890 Advanced Independent Research and Publication or
CRIM 5990 Graduate Internship

 

Comprehensive Exam

The purpose of the comprehensive exam is to assess students’ knowledge of criminal justice related issues.  Students will be evaluated on their knowledge of core courses in the curriculum with a two part comprehensive exam. 

The first part of the exam includes 140 multiple choice questions, divided into seven sections that cover seven core courses: Crime Data and Analysis, Research and Evaluation, Criminological Theory, Victimology, Law Enforcement and Policing, Judicial Process, and Corrections.  Each of the seven sections will consist of 20 multiple choice questions.  

The second part of the exam consists of one essay question that should be no more than 1,000 words in length or four double spaced pages.  The question will integrate content from the Research and Evaluation in Criminal Justice course with content from the Criminal Justice Policy and Planning course.  

Students will take the exam after completing at least 27 credits towards the degree with a B or above.  Additionally, students must have completed a minimum of six of the eight core courses with a B or higher prior to the semester that they take the exam and must be enrolled in the remaining core course(s) during the semester that they take the exam. Students are strongly encouraged to complete all of their core courses prior to taking the exam.  Students must register for CRIM 5899: Comprehensive Exam by the end of the drop-add period of the semester they wish to take the comprehensive exam. 

For more information on the comprehensive exam process, students should refer to the MACJ Program Handbook.

Certificates

Three graduate Certificates in Criminal Justice are offered at Stockton through the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) Program: Administration and Leadership, Forensic Psychology, and Homeland Security. These certificate programs were designed to serve the educational needs for criminal justice professionals looking to advance into leadership roles, mental health professionals working with victims or perpetrators of crime, law enforcement officials working with individuals with criminal backgrounds, and homeland security professionals.  Each certificate is based on 15 graduate credits that includes a combination of mandatory courses and electives.  

The certificate programs are ideal for individuals who want to further their education beyond their current degree, but are not necessarily interested in the full master's degree. However, students who show great academic promise in the certificate program have the option to seamlessly transition into the full MA program if the students decide to continue their education. Students who decide to continue on to the MA degree will be able to apply all of their certificate credits to the MA. 

Students who have completed four of the certificate courses, all with a B or better on the first attempt, and have a GPA of at least 3.5 in the certificate program may apply for direct entry to MACJ.  Students who meet these criteria and receive conditional admission to MACJ through Direct Entry will need to earn a grade of B or better in the final certificate course or face having the conditional admission rescinded.  Students not meeting these criteria may apply for MACJ through the traditional entry admission process.

The Administration and Leadership Certificate was developed by the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) Program at Stockton University with input from our External Advisory Board. The purpose of the certificate is to meet the need for education in the area of criminal justice leadership and administration.

 

Administration and Leadership Certificate- 15 credits

Mandatory Courses- 6 credits

CRIM 5408 Criminal Justice Management and Leadership
CRIM 5460 Organizational Psychology

Mandatory Course- 3 credits
Choose one of the following:

CRIM 5214 Corrections
CRIM 5222 Victimology
CRIM 5250 Law Enforcement and Policing 
CRIM 5420 Judicial Process

Elective Courses- 6 credits
Choose two of the following: 
CRIM 5306 Geographic Profiling and Analysis
CRIM 5328 Cybercrime
CRIM 5348 Drugs, Crime, and Criminal Justice
CRIM 5368 Crime and Place
CRIM 5509 Fundamentals and Theory of Emergency Management
CRIM 5540 Homeland Security Policy

The Forensic Psychology Certificate Program will allow professionals engaged in law enforcement and mental health to interact with one another, thus enhancing their understanding of the issues and complexities involved in both the investigation and rehabilitation process of individuals who commit crimes.

 

Forensic Psychology Certificate- 15 credits

Mandatory Courses- 6 credits

CRIM 5208 Forensic and Legal Psychology
CRIM 5210 Forensic Psychopathology and Treatment

Mandatory Course- 3 credits
Choose one of the following:

CRIM 5214 Corrections
CRIM 5222 Victimology

Elective Courses- 6 credits
Choose two of the following:

CRIM 5225 Criminal Psychology and Profiling
CRIM 5306 Geographic Profiling and Analysis
CRIM 5328 Cybercrime
CRIM 5348 Drugs, Crime, and Criminal Justice
CRIM 5368 Crime and Place
CRIM 5460 Organizational Psychology

The Homeland Security Certificate Program will allow those with a current degree to become familiar with issues such as disaster preparedness, security, terrorism, and crime analysis.

 

Homeland Security Certificate- 15 credits

Mandatory Courses- 6 credits
CRIM 5505 Terrorism
CRIM 5509 Fundamentals and Theory of Emergency Management

Mandatory Course- 3 credits
Choose one of the following:

CRIM 5250 Law Enforcement and Policing
CRIM 5206 Criminology Theory
CRIM 5315 Crime Data and Analysis

 Elective Courses- 6 credits
Choose two of the following:
CRIM 5306 Geographic Profiling and Analysis
CRIM 5328 Cybercrime
CRIM 5368 Crime and Place
CRIM 5408 Criminal Justice Management and Leadership
CRIM 5540 Homeland Security Policy
CRIM 5521 Borders and Displacement

Admissions Criteria

Students may be admitted into the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) program either through traditional entry or direct entry

Admission into the MACJ program through traditional entry is most appropriate for (a) Candidates with BA/BS degrees from other colleges, (b) Candidates who graduated from Stockton over a year prior to their application to the graduate program, and (c) Candidates who graduated from Stockton, but do not qualify for direct entry.

Direct entry waives the admission fee and allows students to skip parts of the application process.  Direct entry may be an option for applicants who are (a) current Stockton students who are majoring in Criminal Justice or Psychology with at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA  or (b) Stockton Criminal Justice or Psychology alum with a 3.3 cumulative GPA who graduated within one year of application to the MACJ program.  Other majors/graduates may be eligible with permission of the graduate program Coordinator. 

 To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must meet prerequisite requirements and submit the specified application materials prior to application deadlines.  Application deadlines are July 1 for a Fall semester start, November 26 for a Spring semester start, and March 12 for a summer semester start.

  • Fall: July 1

  • Spring: November 26

  • Summer: March 12

Prerequisite Requirements for Traditional Admission

The following are prerequisite requirements for admission into the program through traditional entry:

  1. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  2. Completion the following courses, with minimum grade requirements met:
    • CRIM 1100 with a C or better;
    • CRIM 2141 or equivalent research class with a C or better;
    • CRIM 2145 or equivalent statistics class with a C or better;
    • Forensic Psychology Track students must also have completed PSYC 1100 with a C or better on the first attempt of the class.

Traditional Entry is most appropriate for (1) Candidates with BA/BS degrees from other colleges, (2) Candidates who graduated from Stockton over a year prior to their application to the graduate program, and (3) Candidates who graduated from Stockton, but do not qualify for direct entry.

 

Application Materials for Traditional Entry Admission

To be considered for traditional entry admission into the MACJ program, applicants must submit the following materials prior to the deadline:

  1. Discover Stockton Online Application
    • New applicants will need to create a Discover Stockton Account
    • If you are a recent Stockton graduate, check to see if you qualify for the Direct Entry Option
  2. A non-refundable application fee of $50, paid through the Discover Stockton Online Application
  3. A graduate application essay submitted through the Discover Stockton Online Application 
  4. Three current letters of recommendation submitted electronically via the Discover Stockton Online Application 
    • At least two of three application letters from faculty are recommended
    • Strong application letters reference student motivation and competencies relevant to success in graduate school (e.g., writing, reading, speaking, critical thinking, etc.).  Recommenders are encouraged to provide specific details or examples to highlight graduate-level competencies.
  5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE): School Code 2889
    • Testing requirements are waived for students with a master's degree or GPA of 3.5 or higher
  6. Resume
  7. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (including Stockton) mailed or dropped off directly to Office of Graduate Studies

Prerequisite Requirements for Direct Entry Admission

The following are the prerequisite admission requirements for direct entry admission into the MACJ program:

  1. Current student or very recent graduate (within one year of application to the graduate program) who majored in Criminal Justice or Psychology at Stockton;
    • Other Stockton majors may be eligible with permission of the graduate program Coordinator.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher;
  3. Completion of the following prerequisites with minimum grade requirements met:
    • CRIM 1100 with a C or better on the first attempt;
    • CRIM 2141, PSYC 3242 or equivalent research class with a B or better on the first attempt of the class;
    • CRIM 2145, PSYC 2241, or equivalent statistics class with a B or better on the first attempt of the class;
    • CRIM 36xx capstone course or PSYC 36xx senior seminar with a B or better on the first attempt of the class
    • Forensic Psychology Track students must also have completed PSYC 1100 with a C or better on the first attempt of the class.

Students who have withdrawn from the Criminal Justice dual-degree program are not eligible for direct entry if they withdrew from a graduate course or earned a grade of B- or below in a graduate course. 

 

Application Materials for Direct Entry Admission

To be considered for direct entry admission into the MACJ program, applicants must submit the following materials prior to the deadline:

  1. Discover Stockton Online Application
    • New applicants will need to create a Discover Stockton Account
  2. A graduate application essay submitted through the Discover Stockton Online Application 
  3. An essay that will be emailed to the selection committee
    • Identify and describe the most important social justice issue you see facing the criminal justice system today
  4. Resume

Three graduate Certificates in Criminal Justice are offered at Stockton through the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) Program: Administration and Leadership, Forensic Psychology, and Homeland Security. 

The certificate programs are ideal for individuals who want to further their education beyond their current degree, but are not necessarily interested in the full master's degree. Students who show great academic promise in the certificate program have the option to seamlessly transition into the full MA program if they decide to continue their education. Students who decide to continue on to the MA degree will be able to apply all of their certificate credits to the MA. 

 

Prerequisite Requirements for Admission into a Certificate Program

  1. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  2. Completion of CRIM 1100 or at least two years or relevant Criminal Justice professional experience

 

Application Materials for Admission into a Certificate Program

To be considered for admission into a MACJ Certificate Program, applicants must submit the following materials prior to the deadline:

  1. Discover Stockton Online Application
    • New applicants will need to create a Discover Stockton Account
    • If you are a recent Stockton graduate, check to see if you qualify for the Direct Entry Option
  2. A non-refundable application fee of $50, paid through the Discover Stockton Online Application
  3. A graduate application essay submitted through the Discover Stockton Online Application 
  4. Three current letters of recommendation submitted electronically via the Discover Stockton Online Application 
    • At least two of three application letters from faculty are recommended
    • Strong application letters reference student motivation and competencies relevant to success in graduate school (e.g., writing, reading, speaking, critical thinking, etc.).  Recommenders are encouraged to provide specific details or examples to highlight graduate-level competencies.
  5. Resume
  6. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (including Stockton) mailed or dropped off directly to Office of Graduate Studies

Dual BA/MA Degree Program in Criminal Justice

The Dual BA/MA Degree Program in Criminal Justice is designed to offer students a broad, multidisciplinary and multidimensional perspective of the criminal justice system. Students will embark on an intensive academic experience for five years. This program includes all of the liberal arts courses that all Criminal Justice students at Stockton are expected to take, plus all the undergraduate and graduate core Criminal Justice classes.  Students have the choice of completing the requirements for the master’s degree in an Administration and Leadership, Forensic Psychology, Homeland Security, or Justice Studies tracks.  Once accepted into the program, students may decide to major in something other than Criminal Justice or graduate with a B.A. degree only by notifying the dual-degree program Coordinator and the University in writing. 

Fast Facts:

Program Type: Full-time, accelerated 
Degree Offered:
BA and MA in Criminal Justice
Program Length: 5 years (for students who enroll in freshman year); opportunities for transfer students catch up
Total Credits: 164 credits for both degrees, with double-counting
Dual Degree Savings: 18 credits of undergraduate tuition and fees
Financial Assistance: Graduate assistantships and scholarships are available

Eligibility:

Two types of students may apply for admission to the dual degree program:

  1. The first group consists of high school seniors who apply to Stockton. Students expressing an interest in majoring in Criminal Justice, who have earned a 3.3 GPA in high school, who are in the top 20% of their high school class, and who have good SAT scores (minimum 1170 preferred) will be considered for early, conditional admission into the dual degree program. They will be issued letters of acceptance to Stockton University as undergraduate students and be given conditional admission to the dual degree program in Criminal Justice. Once enrolled at Stockton, students will have to maintain a GPA of 3.3 each semester in order to maintain their eligibility in the dual degree program. Criminal Justice students who are already enrolled at Stockton but were not admitted to dual degree as incoming freshman may apply to dual degree immediately following the completion of freshman year if they have maintained at least a 3.3 GPA each semester.

  2. The second group is transfer students. These students may apply for early, conditional admission if they have a GPA of at least 3.3 from their sending institution. Students will be expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.3 each semester in order to maintain eligibility in the dual degree program. The program will accept a maximum of 64 undergraduate transfer credits, but students with that many transfer credits will likely have to take either summer classes or an extra semester to graduate on time. (Students entering Stockton with an Associate's Degree will have 64 credits by the end of their sophomore year, but dual degree candidates will have completed or need to complete at least 68 credits by that time.) All students must complete their General Studies and non-social and behavioral science electives by the end of their junior year. By the time students begin to take graduate courses in their senior year, they should have at most six credits of cognates (social and behavioral science courses) remaining.

To Apply:

Students apply as undergraduates through the Office of Enrollment Management as part of the regular freshman or transfer student admission process.  New undergraduate students may apply for dual-degree status by checking the box for dual degree on the admissions application.  Current Stockton students should contact Dr. Kimberley Schanz, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, directly to determine eligibility.

Contact:

Kimberley Schanz, Ph.D.
Kimberley.Schanz@stockton.edu
Coordinator, Dual-Degree Program
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice 

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Holders of any undergraduate degree from an accredited institution can apply for this program. The only undergraduate courses that applicants must have prior to starting the program are Introduction to Criminal Justice, Research Methods, and Statistics.

Yes. Most courses are offered during the evenings, although there are several day classes available depending on what shift you work.  We also have several courses that are hybrid, which means they meet online one week and in-person the next.  This way of offering courses allows students to take two courses in one semester, but only need to be on campus one day a week to alternately attend both classes. 
No. However, because of the nature of the program, you are expected to have basic computer skills, such as word processing.

You may attempt up to three courses as a non-matriculated student. To register for a course as a non-matriculated student, please complete the Non-Matriculated Student Application Form.

Yes, the general GRE test is required for admission. The only students who are excused from the test are those who have an accumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or higher or applying for a second M.A. degree. For more information about the GRE test and how to register, contact ETS. Students should have their scores sent directly to Stockton (code 2889).
Yes, Stockton offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. Our undergraduate students have the option of earning their degree without a track, or they may choose from one of the following tracks: Forensic Psychology, Forensic Science, or Homeland Security.
We anticipate that typical students will take two years to complete the program.
Students are strongly encouraged to take their core courses as soon as possible rather than taking most of the electives first. The core courses cover the foundations of criminal justice theory and research, as well as the criminal justice system, and this information will be helpful for students when they are working on their electives.

Yes, you have three options:

  • Pursue an additional Master's Degree.
  • Apply to our certificate program in Administration and Leadership, Forensic Psychology, or Homeland Security. The certificate programs are 15-credit programs.
  • You may take up to 9 credits as a non-matriculated student.

Criminal justice is a growing field in New Jersey and throughout the country. According to researchers from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics the outlook for several criminal justice occupations through 2026 is positive. The aggregate need nationwide is great, generated by the demand for employment in state and local government. The need for police and detectives is expected to rise by over 50,000 jobs by 2026.  Employment opportunities for probation officers, correctional treatment specialists, private detectives and investigators, and judges and hearing officers are also expected to increase steadily for the next ten years.  

The field of criminal justice does not have an accrediting body, so no graduate program in criminal justice in the United States is accredited. Stockton University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Master's Degree in Criminal Justice does not require separate accreditation.

Apply today! If you have further questions, request more information or call the Office of Graduate Studies at (609) 626-3640 or e-mail at gradschool@stockton.edu

Deeanna Button, Ph.D.
deeanna.button@stockton.edu
Coordinator, MACJ Program
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice