Master of Arts 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 two optional specialized tracks. Our Homeland Security track exposes students to core homeland security competencies in areas of intelligence analysis, strategic planning and collaborative partnerships with other entities necessary for comprehensive anti-terror strategies. 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.
Thaddeus (Ted) Barnas retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Air Force after completing 28 years of active duty as a Communications Officer. A highlight of his career included work in Poland, where he was instrumental in organizing Cooperative Bridge 94, the first ever Partnership for Peace exercise held on the soil of a former Warsaw Pact member. As an MA in Criminal Justice student at Monmouth, he is active in the Student Veterans Association, Order of the Sword and Shield (Omicron Sigma Sigma), and the National Honor Society for Homeland Security.
"Monmouth's reputation in the criminal justice field attracted me to apply to the graduate program. As a professional in law enforcement, most of the material in the graduate program could be applied to my day to day work. It reinforces past learning and introduces new perspectives on many relevant issues." - Christine Parr, MA in Criminal Justice Student
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.
Program Application Requirements
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (M.A.)
The tracks in Homeland Security and Leadership are optional.
To be considered for admission, students must submit an application to Monmouth University along with a $50 application fee, and provide the following:
- Possession of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.5 overall GPA and a minimum 3.0 GPA in the undergraduate major.
- Two letters of recommendation for graduate study.
- Personal essay of 250-300 words that describes your preparation for study in the program and personal objectives for graduate study in criminal justice.
Before coming to Monmouth, Dr. Marie Mele worked at the National Institute of Justice and the Morris County Prosecutor's Office as a victim's advocate. Her research on victimization and domestic violence has been published in Journal of Family Violence, Journal of Crime and Justice, and Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management.