Requirements for admission into the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program are:
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
- Evidence of potential for graduate work such as papers, publications, or a letter summarizing career accomplishments, professional experience, or demonstrated achievement of other significant goals.
- Background or interest in the field of criminal justice Applicants who lack one or more requirements may be admitted to the Program on a provisional basis.
- Individuals with special needs or goals may be considered for admission to the Program.
Acceptance into the Program is determined by the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) Committee for Admissions, Academic Standards, and Policies. Applications are considered at regular Committee meetings throughout the year. Application forms and information about admission can be obtained online or from the Director of the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program. A complete application will include:
- A completed Application for Admission Form.
- Official transcripts of all college work, undergraduate and graduate.
- Three letters of recommendation: one from a previous teacher, one from a present supervisor, and one from a person who has known the applicant in a professional capacity.
- A non-refundable application fee of $50.
- A letter of application in which the applicant states his/her professional goals and how the program will assist in obtaining these goals. The letter may include any additional information that the applicant requests the Committee to consider. The Director of the MACJ may request an interview with the applicant to discuss his/her application. The Director of the MACJ will submit a recommendation to the Committee based on the interview and application materials.
An applicant may take at most six credits during the time his/her application is being considered. Grades in the courses will be considered in the admissions process.
Normally, a maximum of six credits can be transferred into the program. All requests for transfer of credits must be made through the Director of the MACJ. Students will be expected to provide official transcripts plus any additional documentation requested by the University. Transfer requests must be made at the time of application to the program. Transfer credit is given for grades of "B" or better, and ordinarily the course work must have been completed within five years of admission to the Program.
Online Registration using Web Advisor for classes begins six to eight weeks prior to the first class meeting.
Registrations must be sent to DeSales two weeks prior to the start of the course. A fee of $25 will be charged for late registrations.
The following graduation requirements apply to all degrees under the Program:
- Completion of 33 graduate credits in an approved program of study.
- An overall 3.0 GPA for all course work taken at the University for completion of the degree.
- Resolution of all incomplete grades.
For further information about the program or a packet of application materials:
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program
2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034
(610) 282-1100 ext. 1466
Send e-mail requests to MACJ Program