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Adrian College Criminal Justice



To be eligible for admission into the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program students must:

  • Have earned, or be in the process of earning, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
  • Have earned a minimum undergraduate 3.0 GPA, both cumulatively and within the criminal justice discipline.
  • Have completed or be in the process of completing the following courses or their equivalents:
    • SOC 104 Introduction to Sociology
    • SCJ 225 Introduction to Criminal & Juvenile Justice
    • SOC 305 Social Research Methods
    • SCJ 360 Criminology and Prevention
    • SCJ 393 Criminal Procedure and the Courts

Application Process and Deadline

To apply, students should submit the following items no later than February 15:

  • Completed application to the Office of Admissions
  • A personal statement explaining the student’s purpose for seeking admission and why he or she would be successful in the program (2-3 pages)

Each March, applicants are interviewed by criminal justice faculty where they are asked to present their personal statement and answer questions. Applicants will be notified of their admission status to the program by the end of the academic year.

Waivers or exceptions to the above requirements will be considered at the discretion of the program faculty.



The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program will broaden and deepen its students’ understanding of the criminal justice system through advanced analysis and research combined with extensive experiential learning opportunities. Our goal is to train students to become thoughtful, caring, inclusive and active professionals committed to fairness, human rights and constitutional remedies. This program will sharpen research and critical thinking skills and develop advanced knowledge in criminal justice content areas. The goals of this program include:

  • To prepare students to be mature, competent and effective scholars and/or working professionals in the criminal justice field.
  • To develop in students advanced understanding of criminal justice content areas such as criminal justice policy, law and society, criminal procedure, crime prevention, juvenile justice, policing and corrections.
  • To promote and develop in students an understanding of multiple perspectives, conflicting values, and the role of advanced research-based knowledge and critical thinking in the criminal justice field.
  • To prepare students for application to Ph.D. programs in Criminal Justice.

Graduation Requirements

Before completion of the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to function effectively and with advanced competence in criminal justice occupations and organizations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply critical thinking skills to sophisticated criminal justice readings, produce publication-quality academic writing and deliver professional presentations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply advanced theoretical frameworks to the criminal justice system and explain the multiple perspectives and value conflicts inherent in the history of the U.S. criminal justice system.
  • Demonstrate ability to analyze, formulate, and assess social policies.
  • Demonstrate professional values and conduct such that the program faculty can recommend the student to employers, doctoral programs and law schools.


  • A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required to continue in each program. A letter regarding each student's progress toward graduation will be sent at the end of each semester by the Office of Academic Affairs.
  • Students may not have more than two courses with a grade of “C” or less.
  • A student may not repeat a class more than once.

Course Listing

The 33-hour graduate program consists of the following courses:

Core (27 Hours)

SCJ 500: Criminology and Prevention
SCJ 503: Advanced Criminal Procedure and the Constitution
SCJ 505: Advanced Topics in Homeland Security
SCJ 506: Advanced Community Policing
SCJ 509: Civil Liberties Seminar
SCJ 525: Graduate Research Methods I: Methods of Data Collection
SCJ 575: Graduate Research Methods II: Methods of Data Analysis
SCJ 590: Advanced Practicum
SCJ 599: Thesis Defense

Electives (6 Hours)

SCJ 507: Criminal Justice Organizational Analysis and Management
SCJ 510: Legal Research Methods
SCJ 520: Advanced Corrections
SCJ 550: Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice
SCJ 560: Family Theories of Delinquency

Resources for Criminal Justice Graduate Students

Scholarships & Grants

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Financial Aid

Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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