Program Brochure - Stockton College

Program Brochure - Stockton College

Master of Artscriminal justice(macj)

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ)ABOUT THE PROGRAMOUR MISSIONThe Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) Program at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey provides a quality graduate programthat promotes advanced inquiry and application of new knowledge and fosters advanced-level career opportunities. The program aims toserve the criminal justice educational and research needs in the southern New Jersey area. Program faculty participate in research and serviceactivities that benefit criminal justice and social service agencies locally, statewide and nationally. The faculty’s involvement in research andcommunity affairs enhances the classroom experience, as faculty members are able to engage students in discussions of current dilemmasand controversies. The program provides students with the education needed to advance in the practitioner realm of criminal justice, butit also prepares those who want to continue with their education by giving them the research and analytic skills to pursue those goals.Stockton College’s MACJ Program is the only one in the tri-state area that is certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS).ADMISSIONS CRITERIA• Completed on-line application. This includes an essay explaining why the applicant wishes to study criminal justice and how the applicant’sgoals relate to his or her academic and professional career thus far;• Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution (official transcripts from all colleges attended are required);• Completion of an undergraduate Introduction to Criminal Justice class and an undergraduate Research Methods class;• Three letters of recommendation (we strongly recommend that at least two come from faculty members);• Students with an undergraduate GPA under 3.5 at the time of application will be required to complete the Graduate Records Exam(GRE)—have your scores sent directly to Stockton (code 2889). Please note that students who already have a M.A. degree and areapplying to get their second M.A., do NOT need to take the GRE’s.• Minimum college/university cumulative GPA of 3.0; and, if applicable,• The TOEFL Exam is required of students for whom English is the second language.

THE CURRICULUMMaster of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ)To earn a MACJ degree, students must successfully complete a minimum of 36 hours of graduate credit through a combinationof core courses and electives, and either write a thesis or pass a comprehensive exam.CORE COURSES (18 required credits)CRIM 5204 Advanced Issues in Criminal JusticeCRIM 5206 Criminological TheoryCRIM 5312 Quantitative Reasoning in Criminal JusticeCRIM 5316 Graduate Research and Evaluation in Criminal JusticeCRIM 5410 Criminal Justice Policy and PlanningCRIM 5414 Criminal Justice AdministrationELECTIVES (15 credits* and the thesis or 18 credits and thecomprehensive exam)* Students pursuing the justice studies track may selectcourses from the Forensic Psychology, Justice Studies, orHomeland Security tracks to fulfill elective requirements.* Students may choose elective courses offered by otherStockton graduate programs with the permission of theProgram Director.Transfer CreditProvided that the courses sufficiently match corresponding Stocktoncourses, the program will accept up to six credits of appropriate,relevant graduate credit from other colleges and universities.Graduate transfer credit will only be accepted upon transfer toStockton. Once students have matriculated at the College, studentswill be required to finish the remainder of the coursework here.Applicants to the program should consult the Program Directorabout transferring in credits for specific courses.Non-Degree OptionStudents may take up to nine credits before matriculating intothe program. An application for non-matriculation status isrequired, and registration for classes is on a space-availablebasis. Students are required to stipulate whether they planto matriculate following the completion of nine credits inthe program. Non-matriculated students must complete theundergraduate course prerequisites before taking graduateprogram classes.Students who possess a Master’s degree may apply for one of the program’s credit-bearing graduate certificate programs.Please consult with the Office of Graduate Admissions for

HOMELAND SECURITY TRACKHomeland security is a growing field in criminal justice. Federal, state and local government agencies, as well as private firms, are involved inprotecting the United States, its people, and resources from attack or natural disaster. The curriculum for the Homeland Security Track addressespublic and private agency participation in these efforts. The threat assessments against both the government and private sectors will also becovered. Keeping with Stockton’s tradition of interdisciplinary offerings, the track will draw on work from people who are experts in criminaljustice, computers, the law, natural sciences and political science.Students are required to complete six core courses that include issues in criminal–justice, theories of criminality, statistics, research methods,policy and planning and criminal–justice administration. All students must complete a total of 36 hours of graduate credit.Students are required to take six core courses (18 credits) that include issues in criminal justice, criminological theory, quantitative reasoning,research methods, policy and planning, and criminal justice administration. Students participating in the Homeland Security Track will berequired to take either five electives (15 credits) and write a thesis (3 credits) or six electives (18 credits) and take the comprehensiveexam. One of the electives may be outside of the Homeland Security Track, granting students the opportunity to explore a criminal justicetopic that is not related to the chosen track.

FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY TRACKForensic psychology is an important field in the social and behavioral sciences. It explores the application of the science and the professionof psychology to questions and issues relating to crime, the law, and legal systems. The criminal offender is continually influenced bymultiple systems within the psychosocial environment. Students who complete the forensic psychology track will develop insight into howcriminals think and how their thinking influences the choices that they make. Specifically, students learn about the neuropsychological,psychological and sociological foundations of cognitive processes that lead to criminal behavior. Our forensic psychology courses covertopics such as trial consultation, police psychology, evaluations for competency to stand trial, not guilty by reason of insanity, affirmativedefenses, assessment of psychological injuries and child custody evaluations.Students are required to take six core course (18 credits) that include issues in criminal justice, criminological theory, quantitative reasoning,research methods, policy and planning, and criminal justice administration. Students participating in the Forensic Psychology Track willbe required to take either five electives (15 credits) and write a thesis (3credits) or six electives (18 credits) and take the comprehensiveexam. One of the electives may be outside of the Forensic Psychology Track, granting students the opportunity to explore a criminal justicetopic that is not related to the chosen track.Applicants who are interested in the Forensic Psychology Certificate or track must have successfully completed an undergraduate Introductionto Psychology course or PSYC 1100.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSDo I need a specific undergraduate major for the MACJ program?No. Holders of any undergraduate degree from an accredited institution can apply for this program. The only undergraduate courses that applicantsmust have prior to starting the program are Introduction to Criminal Justice and Research Methods.I am a full-time employee. Are there evening classes?Yes. Most courses are offered during the evenings.Do I need any special computer skills?No. However, because of the nature of the program, you are expected to have basic computer skills, such as word processing.How many classes can I take as a non-matriculated student before applying to the program?You may take up to three courses. To register for a course as a non-matriculated student, please complete a Non-Matriculated Graduate StudentRegistration Information Form that can be found on the Graduate School Web site.Are GRE test scores required for admission?In some cases, yes. Applicants who already have a Master’s or a Law Degree from an accredited institution are exempt. Applicants who have anundergraduate GPA of at least a 3.5 from an accredited college or university are also exempt. For more information about the GRE test, Students should have their official scores sent directly to Stockton’s Graduate Admissions Office.Is there an undergraduate criminal justice program at Stockton?Yes, Stockton offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice as well as an accelerated Dual Degree B.A/MACJ option. Our undergraduate studentshave the option of earning their degree without a track, or they may choose from one of the following tracks: Forensic Investigations, ForensicPsychology, or Homeland Security.How long does it take to complete the program?We anticipate that typical students will take two years to complete the program.Do I have to take courses in a particular sequence?Students are strongly encouraged to take their core courses as soon as possible rather than taking most of the electives first. The core courses coverthe foundations of criminal justice theory and research, and this information will be helpful for students when they are working on their electives.I already have a Master’s degree. May I take CRIM courses?Yes, students may take courses as a Non-Matriculated student or for an additional Master’s degree.What can I do with a master’s degree in criminal justice?Graduates of Stockton’s Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program have moved on to work at a variety of agencies. A few examples are local lawenforcement, halfway houses, crisis intervention centers, partial care facilities, the Transportation Security Authority, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol,the U.S. Secret Service, Division of Youth and Family Services, probation, victim advocacy groups, casino surveillance, sheriff’s offices, transit police,and inmate services offices of local jails. Public and private criminal justice agencies are increasingly recommending or mandating advanced degreesfor administrators. Earning a master’s degree is important for people who are interested in career advancement.

SUCCESS STORIESTiffany Barney, 2011 GraduateI was originally a Pre-Med major but after taking a criminal justicecourse I knew right away that the Forensic Psychology track wasfor me and a B.A. wasn’t enough for women in the field. At first Ifelt overwhelmed and a bit skeptical about how I would be able tosucceed in the program but the professors and advisors pushed andencouraged me along the way. With my Master’s degree I learned alot of specific and detailed skills to prepare me for this field. I am verygrateful for the education and experience I received at Stockton.Ron Floridia, 2008 GraduateThe quality of education I received in the MACJ program was secondto none. All my classes were interesting, informative, and were taughtby experienced faculty members that cared about my success. Theknowledge I acquired from the program gave me the edge I neededto secure my job in this highly competitive employment market. Ifeel this is an excellent program for anyone seeking to advance theirprofessional or academic career.Matt Gentile, 2009 GraduateThe MACJ program was the right choice for me. From our first dayof class until the graduation ceremony it was clear that the MACJ ismade up of individuals who care about their students, are at the topof their field, and want to help those around them succeed. MACJfaculty members provide the educational expertise that graduatesneed to succeed in the field. The skills you will receive in this programwill prepare you for a plethora of positions in the social science field,and give you a competitive advantage in seeking doctoral programacceptance. I owe a great deal to Stockton College, the MACJprogram, and the MACJ professors who are the best at what they do. NORTHERN NEW JERSEYTake Garden State Parkway south. Take Exit 44. Turn rightonto Pomona Road. Go 1/2 mile. Make left onto Vera KingFarris Drive. Parking on right in lot 4.FROM CAMDEN/PHILADELPHIA AREATake Atlantic City Expressway to exit 12. Turn left. Proceedstraight and pass through light at Route 30 (White HorsePike) to next light at Jimmie Leeds Road. Turn right, go 1 mileon Jimmie Leeds Road and make a left onto Vera King FarrisDrive and continue about 1 1/2 miles. Parking on left in lot 4.FROM SOUTHERN NEW JERSEYDrive north on the Garden State Parkway to the Atlantic CityService area (mile post 41.2). Exit behind the service areato Jimmie Leeds Road, turn left on Jimmie Leeds Road andtravel one mile and make a right onto Vera King Farris Driveand proceed 1 1/2 miles. Parking on left in lot 4.FROM ATLANTIC CITY AREATravel west on Route 30 (White Horse Pike) for about 10miles. Turn right onto Chris Gaupp Rd. Make left ontoJimmie Leeds Road make right onto Vera King Farris Driveand proceed 1 1/2 miles. Parking on left in lot 4.For information about the program:The Richard Stockton College of New JerseySchool of Graduate & Continuing Studies101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway NJ every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this publication, College policies and curricula maychange. Please visit the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies web site for the most updated information at

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