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MA in Criminal Justice

Whether you’re a first responder wishing to advance in your career or a working professional who wants to play a decisive role safeguarding your community and country, Monmouth University’s Master of Arts in Criminal Justice will provide you with the expertise and insight to become a valued practitioner in this exciting, rewarding field.

The dynamic 30-credit graduate program will give you a multidisciplinary perspective on the justice system and its institutions and processes, while helping you develop the skills needed for problem solving and policy making. You will take courses that hone your abilities in leadership and information technology, nurture a deeper appreciation of ethical and moral issues, and focus on social responsibility. Choose from thesis or non-thesis track options, and take electives to complement your interests and career goals.

Within our M.A. in Criminal Justice, we offer four optional specialized tracks.

  • Students interested in developing the specialized knowledge and leadership skills needed to effectively manage a variety of initiatives and community outreach programs found within our new paradigm of law enforcement may pursue a track in Community-Law Enforcement Relations.
  • Our Homeland Security track exposes you to core competencies in areas of intelligence analysis, strategic planning, and collaborative partnerships with other entities necessary for comprehensive anti-terror strategies.
  • Our Intelligence Analyst track provides the analytical tools, critical-thinking skills, and database knowledge required to evaluate information and inform decision making in criminal justice.
  • You may also pursue a track in Leadership, which prepares you for executive roles within the field of criminal justice by focusing on the management of day-to-day operations within law enforcement and public agencies.

Application deadlines for this program are May 1 for Summer, July 15 for Fall, and December 1 for Spring. View Program Application Requirements.

Brian Lockwood

Brian Lockwood, Ph.D.

Program Director & Faculty

Graduate Program Director

Douglas Collier, Douglas Collier, Director of Professional Outreach, Criminal Justice

Douglas Collier, M.A., DEA (Ret.)

Program Contact

Director of Professional Outreach and Engagement;
Adjunct Professor

Experienced Faculty

Our faculty includes a good mix of academic researchers as well as former practitioners. Research specialties include policing, criminology, forensic psychology, crime analysis, juvenile justice, victimology, and homeland security. Faculty also have practitioner experience in law enforcement, intelligence, criminal law, victim advocacy, and psychology.