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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.

Maintenance of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to remain in the program.  Students who earn two or more grades of a B- or below will be formally reviewed by program faculty and may be subject to academic probation or academic dismissal. 

Required Courses
CJ501Theory & Practice in Criminology3
CJ503Criminal Justice & Society3
CJ505Human Rights Law & Policy3
CJ510Research Methods3
CJ511Research Design3
CJ590Capstone: Research Project3
Select four of the following:12
Leadership & Policy Analysis
Torture & State Violence
Understanding Terrorism
Post-Conflict Justice
Select Topic Crim. Justice Human Rights
Internship Criminal Justice Human Rights
Intro Homeland Security: Legal Issues
Computer Applications Homeland Security
Preparedness, Prevention & Deterrence
Intelligence: Collection, Analysis, Use
Total Credits30

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

Advanced Admission to the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice & Human Rights

The Department of Criminal Justice, Anthropology, Sociology, and Human Rights offers select undergraduate students majoring in criminal justice at Georgian Court University the opportunity to apply for admission to the traditional M.A. in Criminal Justice and Human Rights program after completing 44 credits and at least four required criminal justice courses. For acceptance, students must:

  • Complete an Advanced Admission to the M.A. in CJHR Application;
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and 3.2 in the major program;
  • Provide at least one letter of recommendation from faculty in the Department of Criminal Justice, Anthropology, Sociology, and Human Rights or another full-time GCU faculty member attesting to the ability of the student to succeed in the program.
  • Complete an interview with the M.A. program director.

Students meeting the above 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. While acceptance into the M.A. is assured, that acceptance is deferred until the undergraduate degree is conferred. The B.A./M.A. program requires students to complete all the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.

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

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