Master in Criminal Justice (CRJ)
Are you interested in learning more about why some people commit crime, while others don't?
Do you want to understand the process by which society responds to crime and how we help victims?
Do you have your heart set on a career helping people?
If this sounds like you, then our program may be just right for you! What’s more – this is available 100% online, so you have flexibility in being Ship Ready at your convenience.
For more information visit: www.ship.edu/criminal_justice/graduate_programs/
How to Apply
You need to have a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, administration of justice, or related social science field from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.75. If your score is less than a 2.75 undergraduate GPA you will be required to take the GRE and provide a sufficient score before being eligible for admission. You may also take the Millers Analogies Test (MAT) and provide a sufficient score. For more information visit www.ship.edu/admissions/apply/
Welcome to the Shippensburg University Department of Criminal Justice. We have an active and exciting Criminal Justice program, with faculty members holding degrees from some of the best institutions of higher education in the United States.
Our faculty are all actively involved in research and service that address critical issues in criminal justice and public safety. We are dedicated to your success!
Our priority is your academic and professional success. You will engage with caring faculty members on a wide spectrum of activities ranging from scholarly research, internship supervision, and career placement. We encourage you to take advantage of the many learning opportunities.
We are diligent in developing an academic environment that will be intellectually challenging and stimulating to both you and our faculty. We foster a commitment to pursuing the activities of education, scholarship, and public service in a manner that is consistent with the intellectual traditions of social science inquiry.
We value human diversity and encourage independent and critical thought, and encourage teaching and scholarship from diverse theoretical paradigms and research methodologies. You will find that our program provides you the knowledge and skills fundamental to criminal justice professionalism.
If you are a current criminal justice professional, our online program will help extend your knowledge and skills in your area of specialization. You will further develop professional leadership skills in the criminal justice field and be introduced to research techniques that enable you to undertake independent research, and effectively interpret and make use of research conducted by other professionals. You will also gain an understanding of the connection between public policy formulation and criminal justice system behavior.
Dr. Cynthia Koller
Chair, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Whether you are a traditional graduate student or a working professional with career demands that prevent you from attending face-to-face classes, our program is a perfect fit for you.
This M.S. CRJ is 100% online with curriculum including 33 credit hours of courses, taught during 8-week terms, focusing on the theoretical and practical applications of Criminal Justice research and policy.
If you are a full-time student, you can earn the degree in one year, while part-time students can do so in two years. This makes the program ideal if you want to work towards leadership and/or management positions within Criminal Justice and other related human service fields.
At the end of the day, the question is: have you put yourself in a position to be competitive in the work force? We are constantly examining market forces to gauge the relevance of our curriculum to position our students for success.
Our course provides a balance of theory, policy, research and analysis with an applied perspective. We arm you with background and skills that enable you to think critically about the problems of crime and justice, and be effective decision makers.
You will become critical thinkers who can communicate your thoughts effectively in oral and written form.
Our curriculum is guided by these six primary assessment objectives:
- comprehensive knowledge of Criminal Justice;
- critical analysis;
- communication skills;
- exposure to human and cultural diversity;
- exposure to ethical problem solving; and
- exposure to technology.
A total of 11 courses (33 credits) are needed to complete the program. This includes 6 core courses (18 credits), four elective courses (12 credits), and a capstone experience course (3 credits).
Our program allows you the flexibility to study at a pace suitable to your unique needs. Courses are taught fully online in an accelerated format whereby you can complete up to four courses per semester during the regular academic year. Courses run in 8-week terms during the Fall and Spring semesters, and in 5-week terms during the Summer semester.
In taking four courses per semester, full-time students can complete the whole curriculum in 1 year. Part-time students can complete the program in 2 years.
Apply today at www.ship.edu/apply/
Our program is ideal if you want to work towards leadership and/or management positions within Criminal Justice and other related human service fields.