Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Leadership and Policy

The Criminal Justice Leadership and Policy program is a graduate academic program offered in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, leading to a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Leadership and Policy (MACJLP) degree. 

Criminal Justice practitioners and scholars are highly qualified, multi-skilled public safety professionals who collaborate with other entities in the American criminal justice system as well as the general public to prevent and control crime, ensure due process, rehabilitate convicted offenders, and implement evidence-based practices.

The MACJLP program is a six term (including summers) academic program. Admission into the program is competitive. The MACJLP program ensures the highest quality of education by offering collective learning experiences that emphasize leadership, policy, and administration, which enable students to pursue numerous career paths and promotional advancement within the criminal justice field. Graduates of the MACJLP program are well positioned to secure employment and promotional opportunities in policing, the courts system, corrections, or continuing graduate studies.

Important information about this program:

  • 33 semester hours for the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Leadership and Policy.
  • MCJLP Program acceptance (see the catalog and program website for specific admissions requirements).
  • CRMJ 511 Foundational Seminar to be completed within a student’s first 15 credit hours.
  • All courses and course sequencing are required and must be completed at CMU or through applicable transfer credit.
  • Complete a culminating graduate-level project (Master’s Capstone).

See Criminal Justice Leadership and Policy (MA) for a complete overview of all requirements, important information, and suggested course sequencing for the program.

For additional details on admission requirements, please visit the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department page of the university website.