Sacred Heart University

College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Arts: Criminal Justice


Office of Graduate Admissions

5151 Park Ave

Fairfield, CT 06825

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts: Criminal Justice

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program will provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of all components of the criminal justice system. This program is open to recipients of undergraduate degrees in criminal justice as well as individuals who have developed a career interest in criminal justice after completing an undergraduate degree in another discipline.

This Master of Arts in Criminal Justice provides individuals with the knowledge needed to obtain advanced professional positions in the field. It also enables individuals already employed in the field of criminal justice to advance further in their careers.  Our alumni currently hold positions as correction officers, higher education emergency management consultants, probation officers, private investigators and police officers.

Three areas of concentration are available:  Criminal Justice Management, National Security and Victimology.

Thirty-three (33) credits are required to graduate from the MA in Criminal Justice program. Courses are offered in the evening, and part-time students are welcome.  Students must complete 15 required credits of the core curriculum plus an additional 18 credits of any elective courses. Students may also choose 12 of the 18 credits for a concentration in national security, victimology or criminal justice management. Upon completion of the required 33 credits, students desiring to pursue an advanced career in criminal justice must successfully complete a comprehensive examination.

Students desiring to continue their education towards a Ph.D. should pursue the three credit thesis option rather than the comprehensive examination. The thesis course may be used to satisfy 3 of the 18 elective credits required.


New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)

International Student Requirements:

Students holding an undergraduate degree from outside the United States must have their academic credentials verified and evaluated by an independent evaluation service. Sacred Heart University accepts course-by-course evaluations from World Education Service (WES). You can review their procedure and complete the necessary application process on the WES website. All international graduate applicants for whom English is not their native language are required to submit an official test score report from one of the following exams: TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, Pearson PTE or iTEP exam. The following minimum scores are accepted: TOEFL PBT: 570 TOEFL iBT: 90 IELTS: 6.5 MELAB: 80 PTE: 62 iTEP: 5

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 33

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 900 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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