Arizona State University - Online Master of Criminal Justice Degree Programs


Arizona State University (ASU), a public research university, founded in Tempe, Arizona in 1885, as the “Territorial Normal School,” now consists of five campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area. ASU, with an enrollment of more than 80,000 students, is one of the nation's largest public universities. ASU offers more than 800 programs, including over 150 entirely online.

The online Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) program is a professional degree designed to provide criminal justice agency professionals and scholars with coursework in criminology and the operation of the criminal justice system.

The MACJ offers working professionals the flexibility to earn a Master's degree from excellent faculty who are nationally recognized for their research and scholarship. This 33-credit hour program includes coursework in criminology and the operation of the criminal justice system, as well as training in research methods and statistics, program planning and management, policy analysis, and program evaluation.

The online Criminal Justice Master's degree includes core courses such as:

Seminar in Criminal Justice
Seminar in Criminology
Criminal Justice Planning and Program Evaluation
Applied Data Analysis in Criminal Justice
Theory and Practice in Criminal Justice
Students are required to complete a capstone course, Theory and Practice in Criminal Justice, in which they write a comprehensive research paper that focuses on a criminal justice policy or practice.

Students enrolled in the online Criminal Justice Master's degree program can lead or take part in the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice's prestigious research in the criminology field. The faculty mainly focuses its research on the following criminal justice subfields:

Sociology of Punishment
Prisoner Reentry and Reintegration
Fraud Victimization, Gender & Crime
Juvenile Court Processes
Gangs, Community Policing, and Drug Use
Effects of Race/Ethnicity and Gender on Sentencing Decisions
Theories of Disorder, Neighborhoods and Crime
Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Policy
Community and Institutional Corrections
Organizational Leadership
Sentencing Policies
Immigration, Crime and Social Justice
ASU is accredited by the Higher Learning Committee (HLC).

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