Criminal Justice & Human Rights, M.A.
The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Human Rights provides students with knowledge and skills to initiate or advance a career in the public interest from an institution dedicated to social justice and values-based education. The program offers new opportunities and professional advancement to those joining or employed in criminal justice and related fields as well as private and nonprofit organizations. The multidisciplinary curriculum emphasizes knowledge of criminal justice systems and the protection of rights; leadership and ethical decision-making; and social science research skills. Students engage in original research, gaining expertise for careers in government agencies, law, social services, security, nonprofit, faith-based and international organizations, and research. This is a 30-credit degree program, including a capstone course in the form of a thesis or an applied research project.
Upon successful completion of the program of study for Criminal Justice & Human Rights, the student will receive an M.A. in Criminal Justice & Human Rights and will have given evidence of the following outcomes and goals:
- Student will demonstrate specialized knowledge in these disciplines (history of the fields, policy and legal dimensions, social and political aspects, and relevant theoretical perspectives) through topical research papers in various courses, building to a capstone project and paper on a significant topic in the field chosen by the student.
- Student will demonstrate effective communication skills appropriate to an academic social science master’s program and competence in research methodology through the development of a research proposal and, subsequently, through carrying out original research and writing a capstone paper.
- Student will demonstrate skills of critical and ethical analysis, leadership, and the ability to reflectively consider Mercy core values through a series of short assignments and ultimately the capstone project.
Requirements for Admission
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
All majors considered. Student transcript(s) will be evaluated to determine appropriateness for graduate study in Criminal Justice and Human Rights.
Undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
Completed pre-admission packet, including the following:
- Application for admission
- A check or money order for $40 (nonrefundable) made payable to Georgian Court University
- An original formal essay discussing the applicant’s academic experience, academic preparation, and reasons for undertaking this program of graduate study. Applicant should expand upon relevant academic courses, any research, and/or any practical experiences that qualify them for admission. Applicant must also comment on how a graduate degree in Criminal Justice and Human Rights will facilitate attainment of applicant's professional career goals.
- Official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution that the applicant has attended
- Three letters of recommendation prepared by former college instructors commenting on the applicant’s academic ability to successfully complete graduate study. Recommendation letter(s) commenting on the applicant’s professional qualifications may be substituted for academic letter(s).
- Applicants may be requested to participate in an interview with a program faculty member. Potential applicants are welcome to request an interview.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the program director for clarification or additional information.
Maintenance of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to remain in the program. Students who earn two or more grades of a B- or below will be formally reviewed by program faculty and may be subject to academic probation or academic dismissal.
|CJ501||Theory & Practice in Criminology||3|
|CJ503||Criminal Justice & Society||3|
|CJ505||Human Rights Law & Policy||3|
|CJ590||Capstone: Research Project||3|
|Select four of the following:||12|
|Leadership & Policy Analysis|
|Torture & State Violence|
|Select Topic Crim. Justice Human Rights|
|Internship Criminal Justice Human Rights|
|Intro Homeland Security: Legal Issues|
|Computer Applications Homeland Security|
|Preparedness, Prevention & Deterrence|
|Intelligence: Collection, Analysis, Use|