Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Criminal Justice, Political Science, & International Studies offers a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice. The program is designed to skillfully integrate theory and practice into a holistic, engaging, and challenging course of study that provides students with advanced knowledge and understanding of the United States Criminal Justice System. Designed to position graduates for success, the program focuses on developing appreciable knowledge and understanding of crime and the criminal justice system, as well as developing discernable skill sets and competencies necessary for pursuing and/or advancing one’s professional career, emphasizing the importance of critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, effective communications, social research, and professional development.
The program’s core curriculum provides a foundation in the concepts of social order and control, the legal and philosophical principles of the U.S. Constitution, the legislation of criminal laws, the theoretical causality of criminal behavior, crime prevention, the treatment and remediation of criminality, the analysis of society’s changing response to crime, the development and influence of public policy on the administration of justice, and the scientific methods for conducting social research and statistical analysis.
Recognizing student’s needs and interests for professional development and acquiring specialized knowledge and understanding, the curriculum provides students the option to select from a wide array of courses in fulfilling 18 of the 36 credit program. Such courses examine the role and influence of politics within the criminal justice system, ethics, public policy, policy analysis, social justice and victimization, risk reduction, comparative criminal justice systems, transnational crime, leadership, and emerging issues in crime and justice. Students can also select courses that focus on a host of specializations that include leadership, social service advocacy, learning theory and practice, college instruction, and professional development. The final course in the curriculum, which entails a Master’s Research Project, affords students the opportunity to conduct independent research in areas of particular interest and application.
Two areas of particular interest to students is the opportunity to study abroad at the University’s Wroxton campus in Oxfordshire, England, where students work closely with renowned British criminal justice professionals and academicians. Another feature of the curriculum is its Advanced Internship Program, which affords students the opportunity to gain credit and valuable experience working in the field. The program features nearly 200 different venues within local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies, as well as many private and non-profit organizations that serve and support the criminal justice system.
The 36-credit program can be completed in less than 18 months for full-time students, and 18 – 24 months for part-time students. The program is available through traditional campus based courses offered in late afternoon and evening hours during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Many courses are also available online.
Fairleigh Dickinson University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.