Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Requirements

What is required for admission?

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Completed graduate application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Current resume

Academic Advisor Craig Peck is available to assist you in completing this process at the Ankeny campus. Email Craig Peck or call 515-965-9355 with any questions.

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Degree is a 36-credit program comprised of six core courses and three electives.

Core courses:
CJ502: Seminar in Justice Issues

CJ503: Seminar in Theories of Criminal Justice and Crime

CJ505: Standards of Professional Behavior

CJ506: Justice Systems Statistics

CJ507: Research Methodologies

CJ540: Social Justice and Human Rights Issues


Electives :
CJ500: Juvenile and Family Law

CJ501: Victimology

CJ504: Seminar in Justice System Decision Making

CJ508: Legal Issues for Justice Professionals

CJ524: Police and Society

CJ535: Crime and Place

CJ539: Budget Building and Resource Allocation

CJ542: Juvenile Delinquency

CJ543: Criminology

CJ544: Correctional Practices in the U.S.

CJ547:  Sexual Violence: Victims, Perpetrators and the Criminal Justice System

CJ560: Criminal Law and the Legal Process

Magt523: Human Resource Management

Magt533: Organization and Behavior

Magt540: Labor and Industrial Relations

SW501: Counseling Strategies I


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