• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
The Master of Criminal Justice program at Saint Ambrose University is ideal for those interested in upper-level careers in law enforcement, security, corrections and human services. It also prepares those wishing to teach criminal justice or serve as personnel and training specialists in justice-related organizations.


The Master of Criminal Justice program at Saint Ambrose University is designed to prepare skilled leaders in criminal justice, law enforcement, security, corrections, human services and related professions. Complete the MCJ degree in one to two years, depending on the number of classes taken each semester. Competitive graduate assistant positions and fellowships are available for partial stipend.

Courses include criminology theory, justice statistics, research methods, crime policy analysis, justice planning and leadership, and seminars in juvenile justice, law enforcement and corrections.

The curriculum addresses social justice topics including race, class, and gender and their impact on the criminal justice system - from arrest through sentencing.

You can choose to write a thesis to complete your education or take a comprehensive exam. Full-time students can earn an MCJ in one year by taking courses in the fall, spring, and summer. Most students enroll part-time and complete the degree in two years. However, all students have up to five years to earn their degree.

Many of the classes are offered in the evenings, Monday through Thursday, and average about 10 students. That creates an environment conducive to deep, intellectual discussions, but also large enough to share the diverse knowledge our students and faculty bring to the table. Other classes are cross-listed with undergraduate classes and offered during the day. 

  • Career Outcomes

Our graduates work at the Center for Alcohol and Drug Services, Chicago Police Department, Families of Northeast Iowa, FBI, J&I Polygraph Investigations, and more.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Criminological Theory
  • Applications of Criminal Justice Writing
  • Advanced Criminal Justice Statistics
  • Advanced Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • Crime Policy Analysis
  • Administration of Justice
  • Justice Planning and Leadership 

                      Detailed Programme Facts

                      • More details: Next Start Date - Online format: 14 January
                      • Programme intensity

                        You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                        • Full-time duration 12 months
                        • Duration description
                          You can complete the MCJ degree in one to two years, depending on the number of classes taken each semester.
                        • Average part-time duration 24 months
                      • Languages
                        • English
                      • Delivery mode
                        On Campus, Online
                      • More information Go to the programme website

                      English Language Requirements

                      You only need to take one of these language tests:

                      • Minimum required score:


                        The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                        The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                      Academic Requirements

                      You need the following GPA score:

                      Required score: 3.2

                      Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                      Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                      This program is competitive and intended for highly motivated students who excel in the classroom. 

                      Applicants will be evaluated on the following:

                      • Grade point average (overall and in the major)
                      • Interview with the Program Director
                      • Letter of recommendation from a professor or employer

                      Tuition Fee

                      • International Applies to you

                        970 USD/credit
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 970 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
                      • National Applies to you

                        970 USD/credit
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 970 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
                      We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
                      $546 - credit hour - online

                      Living costs for Davenport

                      • 820 - 1240 USD/month
                        Living Costs

                      The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                      • We have numerous scholarships available, including Athletic scholarships as an NAIA school.
                      We value your talents, whether you are an artist, athlete, or academic.
                      • In one academic year St. Ambrose University awarded $28 million in institutional scholarships and grants to students of all abilities.
                      • Academic and athletic scholarships of up to $15,000 are available to all international students. 

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