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Criminal Justice & Human Rights

Gain knowledge and skills to initiate or advance a career in the public interest from an institution dedicated to social justice and values-based education. The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice & Human Rights at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey, is a 30-credit program offering new opportunities and professional advancement to those joining or employed in criminal justice and related fields as well as private and nonprofit organizations. The multidisciplinary curriculum emphasizes knowledge of criminal justice systems and the protection of rights, leadership and ethical decision-making, and social science research skills. Students engage in original research, gaining expertise for careers in government agencies, law, social services, security, nonprofit, faith-based and international organizations, and research.


  • Required courses (18 credits)
  • Electives (12 credits)

For more information on program requirements, contact the Department of Criminal Justice, Anthropology, Sociology, and Human Rights.



  • CJ501 Theory & Practice in Criminology (3)
  • CJ503 Criminal Justice & Society (3)
  • CJ505 Human Rights Law & Policy (3)
  • CJ510 Research Methods (3)
  • CJ511 Research Design (3)
  • CJ590 Capstone: Thesis or Applied Research Project (3)

Electives (choose at least four):

  • CJ520 Victimology (3)
  • CJ525 Leadership & Policy Analysis (3)
  • CJ555 Torture & State Violence (3)
  • CJ556 Understanding Terrorism (3)
  • CJ560 Post-Conflict Justice (3)
  • CJ565 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice & Human Rights (3)
  • CJ599 Internship in Criminal Justice or Human Rights (3)
  • HS501 Introduction to Homeland Security (3)
  • HS515 Computer Applications in Criminal Justice & Homeland Security (3)
  • HS520 Homeland Security Preparedness, Prevention & Deterrence (3)
  • HS530 The Intelligence Function: Collection, Analysis, Use (3)

Select GCU undergraduate students majoring in criminal justice have the opportunity to apply for admission to the M.A. in Criminal Justice and Human Rights program after completing 44 credits and at least four required criminal justice courses. Students meeting the criteria will be accepted into the M.A. program and may take as many as four M.A. courses (12 credits) upon completing 60 undergraduate credits; that is, while they are still undergraduate students. 

For more information on criteria and program requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog.

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