Criminal Justice (M.A.)

Criminal Justice (M.A.)

Welcome to Rutgers-Camden’s Criminal Justice Master of Arts program. Gain a comprehensive understanding of criminal justice principles, policy analysis, and research methods, equipping you for impactful careers in justice-related fields or further doctoral study. Engage in experiential learning, explore diverse concentration options, and become a leader in shaping the future of the criminal justice system.


The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program at Rutgers University–Camden provides a comprehensive and advanced education in the field of criminal justice and public policy principles. With a focus on practical application and research skills, students are equipped to excel in justice-related careers or pursue further study at the doctoral level. Key features of the program include:

 Advanced Understanding

Gain a deep understanding of criminal justice and public policy principles through a multidisciplinary curriculum that encompasses various facets of the field.

Metropolitan Advantage

Study in one of the most exciting metropolitan areas in the country, providing opportunities for internships, networking, and exposure to diverse justice systems and professionals.

Experiential Learning

Engage in hands-on, experiential learning opportunities that bridge theory and practice, giving you practical skills and insights into the complexities of the criminal justice system.

Statistical Research Techniques

Learn to utilize statistical social science research techniques to analyze and address real-world problems in the criminal justice system.

By pursuing an M.A. in Criminal Justice at Rutgers University–Camden, you will join a program that values a comprehensive understanding of crime, the justice system, and contemporary issues. Develop strong analytical and research skills for careers in the criminal justice field or to prepare for doctoral studies, contributing to evidence-based decision-making and shaping the future of the field.

Program Overview



DEGREEMaster of Arts (M.A.)
The department also offers a dual M.A./M.P.A. degree.
Accelerated option available
CREDITS30 credits
FORMATFull-time or part-time, on-campus
DURATION3-5 semesters
FUNDINGUniversity, and Graduate School Funding Available (Partial Funding Only)

Program in Action

In January 2023, a 6-year-old shot a teacher in Virginia. Media sought insights from Dan Semenza, a Criminal Justice associate professor and Gun Violence Research Center director.

Dr. Nathan Link, associate professor, and graduate program director, received the 2022-23 Universitywide Faculty Year-End Excellence Awards, including a Research Fellowship.

Explore Rutgers-Camden’s Criminal Justice MA program. Customize with Forensic Sciences or Social Justice concentrations, three electives, and hands-on learning.

Admissions Requirements



TRANSCRIPTS A transcript showing the completion of a B.A. or B.S. degree. Applicants with a GPA under 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Completion of an undergraduate course in statistics and research methods. This requirement can be fulfilled after admission. Prior coursework or experience in criminal justice is also recommended.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION Three letters of recommendation (academic reference preferred)
PERSONAL STATEMENT Personal statement about academic interests and career goals
RESUME/CURRICULUM VITAEA brief resume if one’s work experience is relevant to the application

Application Deadlines

Preference is given to those submitted before the deadline for both decisions and funding opportunities. Applications received after the deadlines will be considered based on available space and budgetary constraints.




Reach Out to Us

Let’s begin a conversation about your academic and professional goals. If you have questions regarding the curriculum, faculty, admission criteria, or committee, please feel free to contact the Graduate Program Director. For administrative inquiries concerning the application process, campus tuition, and fees, reach out to the Graduate School. We are dedicated to assisting you from application to graduation day.


Dr. Nathan Link

Graduate Director
(856) 225-6470


Erick E. Watt-Udogu

Assistant Dean, Graduate School-Camden
(856) 225-6149

Take the Next Step.

We invite you to explore the boundless opportunities that await you here, where a world-class faculty, diverse community, and innovative curriculum converge to nurture your intellect and foster your professional growth. Your future starts with a simple yet significant act – learning more about the exceptional programs we offer. So, why wait? Start your application journey with us, and together, we’ll unlock a future filled with possibilities and endless success.