The Master’s of Criminal Justice degree program consists of a total of 44 credit hours, with seven courses required in the core and four elective classes. The electives chosen by the student in consultation with the faculty advisor determine the concentration area for the degree program.
Students complete their degree by adding four additional elective credits from the following options: Juvenile and Family Law, Victimology, Legal Issues for Justice Professionals, Budget Building & Resource Allocation, Juvenile Delinquency, Criminology, Correctional Practices in the U.S., Police Effectiveness, Strategic Policing, Sexual Violence, Criminal Law and the Legal Process, Human Resource Management, Organization and Behavior, Labor and Industrial Relations and Counseling Strategies.
Courses are taught in a hybrid format through the Evening, Weekend and Graduate Programs (EW&G) Department, primarily at the Ankeny and West Des Moines Simpson campuses. Hybrid classes combine the personal interaction of face-to-face instruction with the convenience and flexibility of online learning. Students attend class one night per week and complete the remainder of the coursework via SCHOLAR, Simpson’s online learning environment. Courses are eight weeks long allowing students to complete as many as 15 credits per year. It is estimated that most degree seekers can complete the degree in two and a half years, though some who can devote more time may be able to finish more rapidly.
Who We Are
Simpson has an outstanding faculty dedicated to providing students with a high quality graduate experience. Faculty are doctorally or JD qualified and, in the case of some of the elective classes taught by adjunct faculty, have a combination of degree and experiential qualifications that make them uniquely qualified to teach these courses.
Simpson is currently accepting applications for our MACJ program. For more information contact Craig Peck, the advisor for MACJ students, at email@example.com or Dr. Fred Jones, the MACJ Graduate Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Masters of Criminal Justice Requirements
- Admission to the Masters of Criminal Justice program at Simpson College
- Transfer Your Credits