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If you are ready to become a leader in an industry that values protecting society and making a difference, Monmouth University’s Criminal Justice graduate program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to succeed. Learn alongside graduate students of varied ages and industry experience who bring fresh perspectives and renewed energy in classroom discussions. You will work with expert faculty whose experience spans across federal, state, and local agencies and whose research has been published in top industry journals.

30-credit program
Hybrid model with select courses offered off-campus
Graduate scholarships available for eligible students

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Determine Your Specialization

Partnership with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) at the Naval Postgraduate School to ensure our curriculum is of the highest standards

Prepare for an executive role within the field of criminal justice.


Register for an upcoming information session or open house to learn more about the program and Graduate Studies at Monmouth University. All attendees will receive an application fee waiver for the current admission cycle.

At a Glance

Criminal justice-related jobs are predicted to grow by 7% through 2026.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics

M.A. in

Criminal Justice

Homeland Security Track

Leadership Track

Full-time federal, state, and local government criminal justice professionals may receive a 25% tuition discount
No GRE required

Intelligence Analyst Track

Learn to predict and prevent crime by studying advanced analytical techniques, strategic planning, geographic information mapping, database usage, and more.

Prepare for leadership roles preventing terrorism, reducing vulnerability in our communities, mitigating the threat of damage, and recovering from attacks and natural disasters.

Access to the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL), a national collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management

Learn how to analyze complex public sector challenges and manage the day-to-day operations of law enforcement and public agencies.

Work one-on-one with an experienced faculty advisor to conduct thorough research and produce a high-quality, publishable thesis that will enhance your professional resume.

Gain the analytical tools, critical-thinking skills, and database knowledge required to evaluate information and inform high-level decision making across multiple criminal justice sectors.

Earn a certification from the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) as a Basic Intelligence Analyst, setting you apart in the job market and giving you an edge over your peers.

Community-Law Enforcement Relations Track

Develop the specialized knowledge and leadership skills needed to effectively manage a variety of initiatives and community outreach programs found within our new paradigm of law enforcement.

Gain practical, first-hand grant writing experience, in which you will learn to research, write, and submit proposals that implement institutional reform.

Wide variety of criminal justice and social work elective options available