Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

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Program Overview

Offered by the College of Liberal Arts at USI, the 100% Online Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) will provide an accessible, customizable student-centered program taught by high quality faculty. It will help individuals advance their careers whether they seek raises, promotions, new employment, or plan to continue their education.

Graduates will have the skills, knowledge, and credentials for career advancement and leadership positions in criminal justice as well as the ability to move seamlessly into a doctoral program.

The cyclical scheduling of required courses means students can choose between the standard two year program, or an accelerated track, which involves two courses per term, allowing them to complete the program in just one year.

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Admission Procedures & Requirements

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program allows students to apply for the program and begin classes in any semester. Prospective students should submit all application materials at least one month prior to the entry date sought.

Students must be apply for Graduate Studies online (requires a non-refundable application fee of $40), followed by an application for the MACJ program. 

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Admission to the program will require a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 from an accredited college or university. Continuing students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher to complete the MACJ.

Program Curriculum

Required Courses | 18 Credit Hours
CRIM 601 - Criminal Justice Policy and Practice
CRIM 602 - Criminal Justice Administration
CRIM 603 - Research Methods
CRIM 604 - Quantitative Methods
CRIM 605 - Criminological Theory
CRIM 675 - Synthesis

Electives | 18 Credit Hours
CRIM 611 - Ethics in Criminal Justice
CRIM 612 - Law and Procedure
CRIM 620 - Seminar in Corrections*
CRIM 630 - Seminar in Policing*
CRIM 640 - Special Topics in Criminal Justice*
CRIM 650 - Seminar in Criminal Courts*
CRIM 691 - Thesis 1
CRIM 692 - Thesis 2
CRIM 689 - Internship**

*Repeatable with different topic, no limit. **Maximum of 6 Credit Hours total.

Additional Credit Hour Information

Receiving credits for prior employment:
Students with relevant employment experience can apply for up to 9 credits credit for prior learning. Students who wish to receive credit for prior learning should submit a portfolio of experience to the (MACJ) program director in hard copy. The portfolio should be received after they are accepted to the program but prior to the completion of 9 credits.  The nine-credit deadline refers to those graduate classes taken after acceptance to the program. The portfolio will be evaluated by a committee of faculty of the program. Portfolios are reviewed on a rolling basis. The decision of the committee or their designee is binding and there is no appeal.

Receiving transfer credits:
Students who have completed graduate work at accredited universities will be able to transfer in up to 12 credits toward the MACJ, based on their grades and the similarity of their previous work to that at USI. These determinations will be made by the program director and the members of the MACJ evaluations committee based on best practices in the field.

The total number of combined transfer credits and PLC credits may not exceed 12.

Program Delivery & Technology Requirements

All MACJ courses are offered online using the Blackboard course management system and are seven (7) weeks in duration. Courses are designed using the Quality Matters Rubric Standards based on best practices and research for course design.

Program Calendar 

Course Start Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline
08/23/21 08/16/21  08/09/21 08/20/21 
10/25/21 10/18/21 10/11/21 10/22/21

"We feel the addition of a graduate degree in criminal justice will offer our employees, and other criminal justice professionals in the tri-state area, access to the benefits of higher learning so that they, in turn, can provide the best service possible to their client base and to the citizens they serve."

- David L. Wedding, Sheriff of Vanderburgh County, Indiana

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Dr. Todd J. Schroer
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