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MASTER OF ARTS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Apply what you learn real-time with classes 100% online 

Most of our students want to advance their career or pursue their interests in more depth. If you want to do the same, you’ll fit right in!

We know what our students need and we deliver. You can expect excellent customer service macj@simpson.edu or 515-309-3099

Faculty with field experience in investigations, corrections and human services. 

Take Action. Make a Difference.

Classes focus on building leaders who have a greater understanding of the criminal and juvenile justice process and causes and conditions that contribute to criminal behavior. Social justice, fairness and integrity in professional responses to others are consistent themes in all core coursework.

Dynamic classroom topics include relevant issues in law enforcement, administrative challenges and navigating the adjudication process and the correctional system.

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Become a Community Leader

Our graduates have the know-how to impact the criminal justice field. Through projects and experiences they:

  • Develop effective policy 
  • Analyze and interpret criminological data to formulate ethical responses to constructively deal with problematic situations
  • Adapt critical consumer of research to form socially informed responses to professional situations

IDEAL FOR WORKING CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSIONALS

  • COURSES ARE ACCELERATED
  • MULTIPLE START TIMES PER YEAR 
  • 8-WEEK CLASSES ARE FULLY ONLINE
  • FACULTY ARE EXPERTS WHO HAVE FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE
  • PRIVATIZED SECURITY & MONITORING IS A GROWTH MARKET

Who is this program for?
Our program addresses the needs of in-service criminal justice professionals who are committed to social justice issues and community service in their careers.

Can I work while pursuing my MACJ?
Yes! In fact, it’s encouraged. As a working professional earning your MACJ, you’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned today at work tomorrow. Your daily field work will also help inform class discussions about procedures, organizational structures and more.

Where can I take classes?
In our commitment to provide a convenient, rigorous and affordable education despite the busy and hectic schedules of criminal justice professionals—and to attract students from outside of the immediate vicinity of our campuses—the MACJ was recently converted to a fully online format.

The MACJ consists of core classes and elective classes. All classes are offered in the fully online format, though some electives can be taken in a hybrid format of online and face-to-face coursework at the Simpson College Indianola and West Des Moines locations.

When are classes?
Courses are offered on an accelerated 8-week course schedule.
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When can I start?
We offer start times in our Fall, Spring or Summer semester so you don’t have to wait to begin your future success story.

What can I do with this degree?
Graduates of the MACJ program can be found throughout Iowa and the Midwest, working in policy and analysis, corrections, human services, law enforcement and in a variety of private sector agencies.

 

Employer Reimbursement

Des Moines employers have confidence in a Simpson education. More than 60 businesses have contributed to the cost of their employees’ tuition at SC. LEARN MORE

Tuition

  • Tuition: $550/credit hour
  • Technology: $6/credit hour
  • Online fee: $20/credit hour
  • Matriculation fee: $125 (one time)

EMPLOYER REIMBURSEMENT

We defer the cost of each term for 45 days after the end of the term – meaning  you have more time to get your employer reimbursement to us.

One less thing for you to worry about!

In this seminar, students will learn principles of effective and ethical leadership through various projects and experiences, such as completing intensive case studies and interviews of leaders, identifying and developing themes and principles from these projects, and creating leadership plans to apply for their own careers. 4 credits

Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Leadership

If you’re not quite ready to make the commitment for a full master’s program, consider pursuing a fully online Graduate Certificate in Justice Leadership that can be completed in one year.

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  1. Gain a greater understanding of procedural justice and fairness
  2. Build your bias awareness, inclusivity, human rights and tolerance
  3. Understand ethical perspectives and ethical problem solving, and leadership development in the areas of government, nonprofits and the private sector
  4. Formulate ethical responses to professional situations and the leadership skills needed to work with diverse populations