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Masters Degree in Criminal Justice at Albertus Magnus College

The M.S. in Criminal Justice program is a 30 credit graduate program designed to enable students who have completed an appropriate undergraduate degree to engage in advanced study in Criminal Justice. The program offers two unique concentrations: correctional administration and correctional healthcare management.

The State of Connecticut, and the United States more generally, faces many daunting challenges concerning the administration both of adult and of youth criminal justice systems. The development of more holistic approaches to addressing these challenges requires the expertise of criminal justice professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and implement effective strategies.

The Albertus Difference

What Makes Criminal Justice at Albertus Different?


  • Hands-on, experiential learning
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives
  • Emphasis on collaborative work


  • Personally invested professors
  • Small class sizes
  • Innovative, well-rounded programs
  • Resources and opportunities for research


  • Lively extracurricular activities
  • Campus-wide events
  • Service and community engagement


  • Active career counseling
  • Opportunity-building networks
  • Access to internships and professional experiences

Create Your Flexible Criminal Justice Schedule

Offered in an accelerated format, most students can complete their Criminal Justice degree in a year while only having to take two classes at a time from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace.

One of the most important aspects of a criminal justice degree from Albertus Magnus College is the emphasis on a values-based approach to learning.

John Lawrie Ed.D., Associate Professor, Director of Criminal Justice Programs


Where Will Your Criminal Justice Degree take You?

Possible career paths with a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice include:

Cybersecurity Investigator
Forensic Psychologist
Forensic Examiner
Federal Marshall
U.S. Marshall
Law Enforcement Officer
Victim Advocate
Court Officer
Correctional Professional
Emergency Management Director

Criminal Justice Courses

Upon completing the Master program of study in Criminal Justice, students will:

  • Demonstrate advanced critical thinking, reading, and communication skills;
  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of legal concepts;
  • Demonstrate ability to apply criminological theory to real life situations;
  • Demonstrate the capacity to make informed ethical decisions in their chosen profession;
  • Demonstrate the preparedness to pursue a career in the juvenile justice or correctional field.

Interested in learning more about the diverse courses offered at Albertus?

What We will Need from you

Criminal Justice Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Criminal Justice program, applicants must submit the following:

  • A completed application and a $50 non-refundable application fee
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 in Criminal Justice and a 2.8 G.P.A. in all other coursework on a 4.0 system*
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • For non-native English speakers, a minimum TOEFL score of 575 paper-based, 80 internet-based, or 213 computer-based
  • Proof of immunization in accordance with Connecticut State requirements
  • For online degrees, a valid Driver’s License or DMV Photo ID
  • For applicants who intend to use Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits
    • Military, university and college transcripts
    • Certification of Eligibility letter or, for reservists, Notice of Basic Eligibility
    • Veteran’s Intent to Register Form
  • Completion of at least 18 undergraduate credits in criminal justice
  • Two letters of recommendation from former professors or professional associates
  • A written essay of 500–600 words, double spaced, detailing the applicant’s professional interests, reasons for applying to the program, and educational expectations.

*Students who do not meet the above G.P.A. requirement may be admitted on a provisional basis. Provisionally admitted students may be required to complete prerequisite courses or to earn a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in 12 credits before being fully admitted to the program.
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Purposeful Vision & Direction

The Albertus Criminal Justice Degree Mission Statement

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a graduate degree designed to prepare students to assume the growing number of professional and leadership positions within the criminal justice system. The M.S.C.J. is a 30-credit program that allows students to pursue a concentration in one of two unique disciplines: correctional administration or juvenile justice. Students in the program may opt to gain experience by completing an internship in a criminal justice agency, and all students are required to complete a three credit thesis project applicable to their concentration.

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