Criminal Justice M.S.
A master’s in criminal justice from Saint Joseph’s University will help you advance a career in the fields of law enforcement, intelligence, behavior management and more. This program can be taken online or on campus, and ranges from 30 to 36 credit hours depending on track.
Whether you’d like to concentrate on the theoretical knowledge needed to pursue a degree beyond a master's or you are focused on getting the management skills to succeed as a decision-maker, the M.S. in Criminal Justice at Saint Joseph’s University is right for you. Start today and take classes on campus, online or both.
Learn from Experts, Fight for Justice
In the criminal justice program, you’ll enhance your foundational knowledge, develop written and oral communications skills and expand your critical thinking, reasoning and research abilities. Our faculty are experts — criminal justice practitioners and scholars — who take an active role in mentoring their students. In the classroom, you’ll be challenged to apply ethical principles to complex social and legal issues. Outside of the classroom, you’ll have opportunities to gain professional experience through credit-bearing internships in criminal justice.
Choose from Six Criminal Justice Tracks
General Track (30 credits) - Choose six electives from across the tracks in addition to the four core courses.
Applied Behavior Analysis (36 credits) - Learn to conduct behavioral assessments, behavioral interventionsju cs, and evaluate programs for individuals dealing with issues related to addiction, developmental disabilities, learning disorders and mental health challenges. The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has approved courses ABA 601 through ABA 607 as meeting the 5th Edition Task List’s coursework requirement for taking the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Examination. Applicants will have to meet additional internship requirements independent of the online program to qualify
Behavior Management (30 credits) - Take courses on addiction, mental health and youth culture and deviance and learn how to manage these issues in the context of criminal justice.
Federal Law Enforcement (30 credits) - Dig into topics like forensic financial analysis, white collar crime and federal justice with this track.
Intelligence and Crime Analysis (30 credits) - Explore the intelligence area of criminal justice at a variety of levels, including intelligence policy and process.
Homeland Security (30 credits) - Classes on terrorism threats and strategy, risk assessment and the socioology of disaster are covered in this track.
What Can I Do With a Career in Criminal Justice?
With a degree in criminal justice, you can pursue or advance a career in various sectors of justice and the law. Careers include:
Local/State/Federal Law Enforcement Officer
Adjudicated Youth Counselor/Probation Officer
Substance Abuse Counselor/Parole Professional
At a Glance
Fall, Spring, Summer
9 credits per semester
6 credits or less per semester
$905 per credit (2020-2021)
Average Class Size
Work experience in the criminal justice field is not required for most concentrations. For the Behavior Analysis concentration, 1 year of work experience in behavior analysis is required.
While most graduate students commute, we do offer on and off-campus housing options for adult and graduate students.
Graduate assistantships are offered on a limited basis. Please contact the program director for availability.
SJU is a yellow ribbon school that accepts GI education benefits. Our Office of Veterans Service can help you access and understand your benefits.