Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

The Master of Art in Criminal Justice (MACJ) is designed to broaden the perspective of those already employed as criminal justice professionals as well as to provide the needed academic knowledge and practical skills for those seeking to advance into higher level career positions within the criminal justice system. The thirty-six credit fully accredited program is suitable for students with undergraduate degrees not only in criminal justice but in such related fields as sociology, psychology, criminology, political science or psychology. The MACJ is conveniently scheduled to allow highly motivated students to complete the degree within one year.

Featured Professors

  • Abdy Javadzadeh, PhD Sociology, Florida International University
  • Gary Feinberg, PhD Sociology, The Union Institute
  • Debbie Goodman, MS Criminal Justice, Florida State University
  • Robin Lovett, Juris Doctor, Howard University
  • Dave Rafky, EdD Sociology, Harvard University

For questions, contact Abdy Javadzadeh, Program Director, at 305-628-6716

Career Opportunities

The MACJ program prepares students for mid-level or upper –level positions with the following agencies: the FBI, ICE, DEA, U.S. Marshal, U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Treasury Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and other law enforcement agencies. They may also pursue highly rewarding professional careers with the courts, corrections, or victim services.

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

CJA 650 Advanced Criminology
This course reviews the history of research in criminology and those responsible for the growth of the field. Students focus in-depth on various forms of criminal behavior in contemporary society, including new developments and understandings of street crimes, cybercrime, political crime, the feminization of crime, computerized fraud, identity theft, and the like. The course concludes by examining topical issues in crime such as legalizing marijuana, free speech and the right to hate, and environmental crime.

CJA 651 Quantitative Research Methods in Criminal Justice
This course focuses on the classical experimental design, the ex post facto experimental design and other methods of quantitative research, including such data collecting methods as mail and interview surveys, content analysis, and the secondary analysis of archival data. The logic of causal analysis is identified along with related problems. A review of descriptive and inferential statistics is included especially as these are useful in evaluative research.

CJA 712 Economics of Crime
This course offers a comprehensive view of the contribution of economics to the understanding of crime and criminal justice. Principles of economics will be applied to analyze criminal behavior, the impact on society by criminal behavior, and the optimum allocation of criminal justice resources. The course explores the market for criminal activity, including organized crime. Also identified are factors affecting the demand and supply for criminal activity as well as how the criminal justice system and public policy impact these markets. 

CJA 715 Cybercrime and its Control
This course begins with an examination of the nature of cybercrime, its characteristic differences from traditional crime, and the many forms that it takes. It continues by exploring methods of investigating cybercrime, laws regarding cybercrime, and problems in collecting evidence of cybercrime and related evidentiary issues. Special consideration is given to identity theft, financial fraud, cyber-bullying, exploitation of children, and computer forensics.  It concludes by addressing the major difficulties encountered in bringing cybercriminals to trial and justice


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