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Criminal Justice

Saint Ambrose University

M.A. Online
36 months
970 USD/credit
970 USD/credit
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Whether your goal is an upper-level career in law enforcement, security, corrections, or human services, the Criminal Justice program from Saint Ambrose University can prepare you to be a skilled, effective, and ethical leader.

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Intended for the working professional in criminal justice, students can complete this degree totally online and within two years.

Courses include topics such as criminology theory, justice statistics, research methods, crime policy analysis, leadership, ethics, and more.

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

In addition to coursework, the Criminal Justice program from Saint Ambrose University  culminates with the creation of a portfolio that consists of term papers, exams, and class presentations which document all that you've achieved.

Key facts:

  • Students regularly submit their thesis work to conferences, for publication, or as evidence for a PhD application. Recent thesis titles include: "How Virtual Visitation Effects Criminality" and "Baselines for Racial Profiling."
  • Students can design their own course of study – within structured guidelines – for achieving a Criminal Justice master's degree. This personalization allows students to tailor their education and meet career goals.
  • A capstone class provides you with guided review of areas that will be covered on the comprehensive exams, including a review of statistics, methods, theory, and practice.
  • Best of all, our faculty share their experience in the classroom. They have extensive backgrounds in corrections, law, criminology, sociology, education, human services, and law enforcement. Many do consulting and conduct grant-funded research. Past research projects have focused on the treatment of women in the criminal justice and the prison systems; counseling and offender treatment; recidivism and treatment at halfway houses; gender issues and treatment; and the effect of race and gender in decision making.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Constitution and Law
  • Data and Research in Criminal Justice
  • Writing for the Criminal Justice Professional
  • Leadership and Administration
  • Juvenile Justice Survey
  • Law Enforcement Survey
  • Corrections Survey
  • Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

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36 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
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Other requirements

General requirements

Students with an accredited baccalaureate degree with a major in criminal justice or a related field – or with permission from the MCJ program director – may apply for admission to the program.

  • Complete the SAU application, including a professional goals statement and two letters of recommendation.
  • Request from your undergraduate institution that a complete and official transcript be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. An official copy is one sent from the institution directly to St. Ambrose University and should include any graduate course work.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    970 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 970 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    970 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 970 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.

Online $562/credit hour


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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Criminal Justice
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