Criminal Justice Program

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program is a post-professional degree designed for professionals already working in the criminal justice system, such as law enforcement officers, prison or jail personnel, probation or parole officers, or court administrators. It is also for individuals who plan to continue on to pursue a Ph.D. after obtaining their master’s degree. The curriculum provides students with a broad understanding of the criminal justice system, social control, and the nature of crime while developing the skills necessary to critically assess criminal justice problems and to conduct applied research and evaluation.

Program Structure

The program is designed to accommodate both the working professional and the traditional student. Most of the coursework for this program is offered in the evening. Full-time students may complete the program in one year. Part-time students may complete the program in two or three years.

The Curriculum
The program consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours, 12 hours of required core coursework and 18 hours of elective coursework. The curriculum is as follows:

Core Courses (12 hours)
CRIM 6000 Advanced Theories in Criminal Justice
CRIM 6200 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice
CRIM 6400 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
CRIM 6590 Administration of Criminal Justice

Elective Criminal Justice Courses (12 - 18 hours)
CRIM 6300 Advanced Ethics & Criminal Justice
CRIM 6310 Juvenile Justice in the Metropolitan Community
CRIM 6320 Women, Crime & Criminal Justice
CRIM 6330 Advanced Victimology
CRIM 6340 Advanced Mental Illness, Crime, and Criminal Justice
CRIM 6350 Advanced Comparative Criminal Justice
CRIM 6420 Advanced Criminal Procedure
CRIM 6430 Administration of Police Services
CRIM 6500 Corrections
CRIM 6550 Criminal Justice System and Inequality
CRIM 6570 Civil & Criminal Liability
CRIM 6610 Corrections Policy & Administration
CRIM 6620 Police & Society
CRIM 6730 Guided Study in Child Advocacy Issues
CRIM 6940 Internship
CRIM 6950 Policy Projects
CRIM 6960 Thesis
CRIM 6980 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
CRIM 6990 Independent Study in Criminal Justice

Elective Courses Outside Criminal Justice
(Optional, but a maximum of 6 credit hours may be counted for the completion of the degree)

With approval of the Criminal Justice Graduate Coordinator, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice students may complete as many as nine hours of coursework outside of criminal justice. This dimension of the program allows the student to develop an informal area of concentration. For example, coursework in management, labor, finance, and budgeting may be taken from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration or from the College of Business for those students interested in criminal justice administration. Courses in sociology, history, psychology, and many other departments are available, depending on a student’s interests and career objectives.

Capstone Experience
Students must select one of three capstone experiences.

The first option is the completion of a thesis (3 or 6 credit hours). The thesis option requires a student to engage in an intensive research project under the guidance of a faculty committee. A written thesis must be prepared and defended in order to graduate. Up to six hours of credit can be earned for thesis work.

The second option is to complete and pass a comprehensive exam that covers the core coursework of the degree.

The third option is the successful completion of an internship (3 or 6 credit hours) with a criminal justice agency.   

Please click of the following link for access to the handbook for the program: MACJ Handbook

Admissions Criteria
Applicants should have either a 3.0 in all undergraduate work or should take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and score above the 30th percentile. The applicants undergraduate GPA (or GRE score if the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0), along with other application materials, will be used make an admission decision. Pursuant to Graduate School rules, however, all applicants with less than a 3.0 in their undergraduate work must take the Graduate Record Exam. 

For more information of applying, please visit the College of Graduate Studies website at http://www.utoledo.edu/graduate

Application Materials
Domestic Applicants for Admission to the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program

The application for admission will not be considered until the following materials have been received:
1. Application

2. Application Fee

3. Three Letters of Recommendation

4. Personal Statement

5. Copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

6. GRE Score (only required if undergraduate GPA is below 3.0)

International Applicants for Admission to the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program

Foreign students must submit all the above listed documents. In addition, the following are required:

1. TOEFL score

2. GRE - required of all non-U.S. citizen applicants

3. Bank Statement reflecting the minimum or more balance in U.S. dollars (contact the graduate school to determine what the minimum balance is for you)

4. You will need to satisfy all U.S. immigration requirements.

5. Check with the Graduate School to determine if there are other requirements


Financial Assistance
Students admitted to the program are eligible for financial assistance (e.g. loans) through the University of Toledo financial aid office. In addition, the Department of Criminal Justice has a limited number of graduate assistantships and scholarships available. The awards are made on the basis of academic merit and professional experience. Information regarding scholarships and other forms of financial assistance can be found by following this link: http://www.utoledo.edu/graduate/scholarships/index-2.html

Graduate Faculty
There are six full-time graduate faculty members in the Criminal Justice Program. The faculty is multi-disciplinary, holding graduate degrees in criminal justice, sociology, and law. The graduate faculty members are actively engaged in research and service in the Toledo area, across the nation, and internationally. The faculty includes former law enforcement officers and corrections officials.

For more about the program, please contact Dr. Richard Johnson, the graduate advisor / coordinator at Richard.Johnson4@utoledo.edu.

Last Updated: 6/26/15