What will I learn?

The Criminal Justice Master of Arts degree is a broad-based graduate program. The program addresses issues of crime and criminal justice within an analytical framework and emphasizes theory and research and their implications for social policy. The curriculum is grounded in the social and behavioral sciences and in legal approaches to crime and social control. It draws from contemporary research and theoretical developments across a spectrum of academic disciplines. There are two M.A. degree options. The traditional master’s degree is designed to prepare students for doctoral studies in the field and in related areas of the social and behavioral sciences. Those who obtain this degree may also assume teaching positions at the community college level.

Available Options

Traditional Track

The Traditional Master of Arts degree program is designed to improve students' understanding of the nature, causes, and consequences of crime and crime control. Based on the tradition of the liberal arts, the program emphasizes the symbiotic relationship between crime and the structure of society and the interplay between criminal justice theory and practice.

These relationships are explored through course work in criminological theory, law and social control, the administration of justice, and crime and public policy. By completing the requirements for this program, students will be prepared for teaching at the community-college level and doctoral study in criminology and criminal justice.

Professional Track

The Professional Master of Arts degree is designed to serve the needs of professionals currently working in justice-related agencies by providing the knowledge and skills to enhance their performance in current positions and/or prepare them for career advancement. The curriculum provides students with advanced knowledge of the nature of the crime; criminal justice institutions and processes; current criminal justice policy; and training in research methods, statistics, and program evaluation.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Traditional Master's Degree Program, students should be able to:

Demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge of the nature of crime, and understanding regarding patterns of criminal activity.
Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the law and the legal system, as well as decision-making in the criminal justice process, the social and political context of the legal system, important constitutional issues, and how criminal law differs from other forms of law.
Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of criminal justice institutions and processes, and current criminal justice policy.
Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of research methods, statistics and program evaluation.
Demonstrate the basic theoretical, empirical, and substantive knowledge and skills required for graduate education at the doctoral level, teaching at the community college level, or for research and social policy positions in criminal justice related fields.

By the end of the Professional Master’s Degree Program, students should be able to:

Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the nature of crime.
Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of criminal justice institutions and processes, and current criminal justice policy.
Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of research methods, statistics and program evaluation techniques.
Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills necessary to effectively conduct and/or evaluate social policy research in criminal justice related organizations.

Which department am I in?

Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

Study options

Full Time (36 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$22,807.00 per year
Start date

29 August 2022

Venue

Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

4505 S. Maryland Pkwy.,

LAS VEGAS,

Nevada,

89154, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelor’s Degree – You must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, or an approved international equivalent. Grade Point Average – You must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 (4.00=A) for your bachelor’s degree, or a minimum 3.00 (4.00=A) for the last two years (60 semester hours).

For international students

An undergraduate degree from an institution with regional accreditation is required.

A minimum GPA of 2.75 for all undergraduate work and a 3.00 for the last two years of undergraduate work is required for admission to the program.

English Proficiency Requirement:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Minimum score: 6.5; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (Paper-based) Minimum score: 74; (Computer-based) Minimum score: 213; (Internet-based) Minimum score: 80. Michigan Test of English Language Placement (MTELP) - Minimum score: 85; Pearson Test of English (PTE)- Minimum score: 65.

Application Deadline: April 15 for fall semester.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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