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Criminal Justice, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #301 (WUR) Philadelphia, PA, United States
The M.A. program at Temple University in Criminal Justice is designed to serve as a first stage of training for students wishing to eventually pursue more advanced graduate work. It also prepares students who will terminate their studies at the master's level.


Program Overview

For the latter group, including many engaged in part-time study, the M.A. program at is designed to serve students who, upon graduation, will begin or rejoin professional careers in management, administration, or specialist positions in governmental and private criminal and juvenile justice and related agencies.

The Criminal Justice degree at Temple Universityrequires the completion of 30 credits. The curriculum is structured around a set of core requirements that provides substantive grounding in decision-making and operational aspects of the criminal justice system, and a theoretical, legal, policy, and methodological foundation for understanding crime and society.

Interdisciplinary Study: The program encourages interdisciplinary coursework, research, and interactions among faculty and students with interests in a wide range of fields. Many of the students entering the Criminal Justice M.A. program have backgrounds in Counseling, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Urban Studies.

Ranking: Criminal Justice programs are not formally ranked, although the Journal of Criminal Justice Education has produced occasional articles on program productivity. Temple University's Criminal Justice program is classed among a number of schools that are acknowledged to have extremely strong faculty, but have not yet produced a large number of doctoral degrees.

Areas of Specialization: Faculty members specialize and offer substantial coursework in a wide array of areas, including:

  • Corrections and community corrections
  • Court processes
  • Crime and the physical/social environment
  • Criminal justice policymaking and strategic management
  • Criminal law
  • Criminological theory
  • Discretion in criminal justice
  • Issues in policing
  • Juvenile justice
  • Organized crime
  • Qualitative/quantitative research methods
  • Restorative justice
  • Socialization and deviant behavior
  • Statistical analysis
  • White collar crime

Job Prospects: The M.A. program is primarily dedicated to producing well-trained criminologists, researchers, and criminal justice practitioners. The job market for an individual with a master's degree in the field is extremely good. Some graduate students advance their career while completing coursework, while others are hired at the completion of their degree. Graduates of the M.A. program have obtained positions in the criminal justice system, including criminal or juvenile courts, institutional and community-based agencies, and state and federal police agencies. Careers are also possible in government, planning, public administration, research, teaching, or community activism.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Evidence-Based Policing
  • Influencing Decision-Makers
  • Crime Science Tools and Techniques
  • Ethical Governance
  • Developmental Leadership

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      The degree program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Those engaged in part-time study take 8 or fewer credits per term. Students should note that classes are scheduled both during the day and evening as scheduling demands. Students are expected to be available for classes when they are scheduled.

  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 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).

  • GRE: Required. The average scores for accepted M.A. students are in the 60 to 70% range on the verbal and quantitative sections.

    This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • Research your graduate degree program
  • Take a standardized test (GRE)
  • Complete online application
  • Submit your supporting credentials (Statement of Goals, Transcripts, Standardized Test Scores, Letters of Recommendation, Résumé, Portfolio, Audition or Interview)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1297 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1297 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    1297 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1297 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    942 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 942 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

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