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Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs in New Jersey
(found programs from 13 schools)


What Can I Do With My Master's in Criminal Justice in New Jersey?

Although New Jersey is far from being one of the largest states in the country, it has one of the highest population densities in the country. For the field of criminal justice, this means that New Jersey has special challenges that other states may not need to deal with. This is particularly true in the largest cities of New Jersey, where crime rates tend to be higher.

If you have background in this field or if you have long considered the possibilities of working in this industry, you can develop a strong understanding of issues in this field with a criminal justice Master's degree in New Jersey. Check out our list of schools below to find out which options are available to you.

Criminal justice leaders in New Jersey have had some major successes in recent years. In fact, New Jersey is second in the entire country in terms of reducing its prison population, a huge goal for many states right now (NJ TV News, 2015).

Another area of success in New Jersey is victim rights. If victims are treated poorly by the justice system, they may often feel victimized all over again. A recent report indicates that New Jersey has extremely strong protective rights for victims (NJ Spotlight, 2015).

If you have worked in the criminal justice industry before, you may already know a bit about the career options available to Master's degree graduates. Your path may take you into management, academia, legislation, or social justice. New Jersey correctional supervisors claim a median salary of $107,600 per year, and job openings are expected to increase at a rate of 20 jobs per year through 2022 (O*Net, 2015). Criminal justice professors earn an average of $69,600 per year (O*Net, 2015). Demand for professors in this field may increase 8% by 2022 (O*Net, 2015).

What Will It Take to Earn My Criminal Justice Graduate Degree in New Jersey?

When you decide to pursue a Master's degree in criminal justice, it's important to know exactly what you're signing up for. You do need a Bachelor's degree to begin a graduate program, but New Jersey schools are extremely flexible about which type of Bachelor's degree they'll accept.

If you have not studied criminal justice at the undergraduate level, you may simply need to take some core courses to catch up to your peers. Criminal justice Master's programs in New Jersey may focus on the field as a whole, or they may delve into a specific area of study.

Options for criminal justice graduate programs in New Jersey include:

  • Forensic psychology
  • Homeland security
  • Professional security
  • Emergency management
  • Police administration
  • Administration of justice and security

Specific learning goals are set by each school, but they tend to focus on the same areas of growth and education. At your school, you may find that the learning outcomes focus on these core areas:

  • Problem solving
  • Policy skills
  • Leadership
  • Integrity

The cost of your education depends on whether you are a full-time or part-time student and if you are a New Jersey resident. On a per credit basis, tuition in New Jersey ranges from $640 per credit hour to $1200 per credit hour. Depending on which part of the criminal justice field you want to work in, you may be able to apply for assistance through groups like the New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police.

Criminal justice graduate programs in New Jersey can help you take the next step in your education. Request more information below.

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New Jersey

Georgian Court University (Lakewood, NJ)
Programs Offered:

M.S. in Homeland Security
Kean University (Union, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Master of Arts - Criminal Justice
Monmouth University (West Long Branch, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Master of Arts - Criminal Justice - Homeland Security, Master of Arts - Criminal Justice - Non-Thesis, Master of Arts - Criminal Justice - Thesis
New Jersey City University (Jersey City, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science - Professional Security
New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, NJ)
Programs Offered:

MS - Emergency Mgmt & Business Continuity (online)
Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Master of Arts - Criminal Justice
Rutgers Camden (Camden, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Master of Arts - Criminal Justice
Saint Peter's University (Jersey City, NJ)
Programs Offered:

MA - CJ Admin - Police Administration (online)
Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Master of Arts - Human Resources Training and Development for Law Enforcement Officers (online), Master of Arts - Human Resources for Law Enforcement Personnel
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (Pomona, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Dual Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts - Criminal Justice, Master of Arts - Criminal Justice - Forensic Psychology, Master of Arts - Criminal Justice - Homeland Security, Master of Arts - Criminal Justice
Thomas Edison State University (Trenton, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science in Management - Homeland Security
University of Phoenix (Jersey City, NJ)
Programs Offered:

MS - Administration of Justice and Security (online)


In addition to the campus based programs, there are numerous online programs available for many of the common Criminal Justice degree types (Associate, Bachelors, Masters, PhD) and specialties. Please feel free to use the links on the left-hand side of this page to explore some of the online degree programs available. Thanks for visiting!