Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
Expand your knowledge and build upon your academic foundation in the criminal justice system with the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University.
Temple’s Criminal Justice MA is ideal for students who already work in the criminal justice field, and those who are choosing to focus on an area of specialization and refine their skills. These students are entering the program with experience in a variety of criminal justice areas, including counseling, political science, psychology, social work and more.
Other students pursue their master’s degree with an interest in continuing their education and research in a doctoral program. Temple’s Department of Criminal Justice ranks among the highest in the university in faculty and student involvement in local and national research activities. Learn more about the Department of Criminal Justice faculty.
The Criminal Justice MA program allows students to take electives and pursue research in several different areas, based on their personal and professional interests. Examples of these areas of interest include
- court processes,
- crime and the physical/social environment,
- criminal justice policymaking,
- criminal law,
- criminological theory,
- issues in policing,
- juvenile justice,
- organized crime,
- restorative justice,
- socialization and deviant behavior, and
- white-collar crime.
The interdisciplinary 30-credit master’s program is structured around a set of core requirements that provide a strong grounding in decision-making and operational aspects of the criminal justice system, and a legal, methodological, policy and theoretical foundation for understanding crime and society.
Students have three years to satisfy their program requirements on a part- or full-time basis. Classes are completed at Temple’s Main Campus.
Temple University Criminal Justice Training Programs
Criminal Justice Training Programs, a division of the Temple University Department of Criminal Justice, is an interdisciplinary unit that has conducted professional development programs for a variety of criminal justice agencies and occupations since 1968.