Why a Masters in Criminal Justice From Simpson College
- Work and advance your career in law enforcement, juvenile services, court systems and more
- Affordable tuition
- Flexible classes and online courses to fit your schedule
- Three convenient campus locations
- Dedicated faculty and advisors
Advance your career today
Become a leader in law enforcement, security management, corrections, investigation and loss prevention. Earn your Masters in Criminal Justice Degree from a leading Iowa College. Classes are offered in flexible schedules to fit your needs.
For more information about the Masters in Criminal Justice program contact:
Denise Leifker, PhD
Director of Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
Required Courses (36 credits)
CJ 502: Seminar in Justice Issues 4cr.
CJ 503: Seminar in Theories of Criminal Justice and Crime 4cr.
CJ 505: Standards of Professional Behavior 4cr.
CJ 540: Social Justice and Human Rights Issues 4cr.
CJ 581: Research Methodologies 4cr.
CJ 582: Capstone in Criminal Justice 4cr.
3 Electives (offerings vary by term and year) 12cr.
Elective options include:
- CJ 500: Juvenile and Family Law
- CJ 501: Victimology
- CJ 504: Seminar in Justice System Decision Making
- CJ 508: Legal Issues for Justice Professionals
- CJ 509: Internship
- CJ 524: Police and Society
- CJ 535: Crime and Place
- CJ 539: Budget Building and Resource Allocation
- CJ 542: Juvenile Delinquency
- CJ 543: Criminology
- CJ 544: Correctional Practices in the U.S.
- CJ 560: Criminal Law and the Legal Process
- CJ 570: Leadership in the Criminal Justice System
- CJ 580: Independent Study
- CJ 590: Special Topics Seminar
- SW 501: Counseling Strategies I
- SW 542: Human Behavior in the Social Environment
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The classes [in] the MACJ curriculum really opened my eyes after many years of working in law enforcement. I really wish I would have had this knowledge sooner. It would have helped me understand societal stressors and recidivism…
Now I work in government [in areas of] veterans homelessness and shelters, suicide prevention and awareness, sexual trauma, and human trafficking, to name a few.
The cumulative knowledge from the MACJ program has provided me a much greater understanding into our society and I couldn’t be prouder to promote Simpson College.
Brenda Safranski, MACJ ’16, staff member of a U.S. Senator
Throughout my two years at Simpson College as a grad student and coach, I thought there would be times where I would find myself completely overwhelmed with nowhere to turn. This was not the case.
I had the chance to work with so many amazing faculty and staff members while earning my degree.
Joe Skow, MACJ '16