The Master of Art in Criminology (MAC), in Biscayne College, is a fully accredited program designed to broaden the perspective of those already employed as criminal justice professionals as well as to provide the academic knowledge and practical skills for those seeking to advance into higher level career positions within the criminal justice system. The thirty-six credit program is suitable for students with undergraduate degrees not only in criminal justice, but in such related fields as sociology, psychology, criminology, and political science. The MAC is conveniently scheduled to allow highly motivated students to complete the degree within just one year, with online and on-ground options. Program goal is to make education accessible and affordable to you.

Career Landscape

  • Executives and managers, and directors and supervisors in law enforcement agencies
  • Directors and managers for non-profit organizations, management consultants, planners, and policy advisors
  • Executives and directors in government agencies

Program Highlights

  • Fully online or in-person
  • Affordable
  • Year-round enrollment
  • No GRE
  • Works with your schedule
  • Earn your degree in as little as 12-15 months


Affordable Tuition Only $24,900 at STU

Tuition per Credit Hour Technology Fee per Course Program Tuition
Tuition $800 $75 $29,700

Start Terms

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice offers six start terms throughout the year. Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions to learn more.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with the following required coursework or equivalents:

  • A completed and signed university Application for Admission
  • Official college and/or university baccalaureate transcripts from the institution where the degree was conferred
  • Personal statement describing the applicant’s professional goals and interest in the desired degree
  • Professional Resume
  • Graduate applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 will be required to submit a statement justifying the grades received and demonstrating how the applicant has progressed professionally since graduation

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the nature and extent of crime and criminal behavior on a national as well as a comparative and international level
  • Identify, explain, and assess various methods of crime prevention, including especially international efforts
  • Apply various crime theories in explaining crime
  • Use various etiological theories of crime to create practical programs for preventing or controlling crime and its negative consequences
  • Undertake original empirical research regarding various forms of crime and criminality, their correlates and consequences


Course Requirements – 36 Credits

Required Core Courses – 24 Credits

  • CJA 630 Juvenile Crime and Justice
  • CJA 650 Advanced Criminology
  • CJA 651 Quantitative Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • CJA 652 Qualitative Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • CJA 660 Advanced Criminological Theory
  • CJA 766 Legal Aspects for Criminal Justice Administration
  • CJA 775 International and Comparative Criminal Law and Justice Systems
  • CJA 776 Professionalism, Ethics, and Criminal Justice; A Capstone course

Required Specialization Courses – 12 Credits

  • CJA 710 Globalization and Terrorism
  • CJA 712 Economics of Crime
  • CJA 780 Problems and Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CJA 715 Cybercrime and Its Control

Graduation Requirements

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program requires a total of thirty-six (60) graduate credit hours. For graduation, students need to earn a B or better in every course and attain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Individual advising and answers to questions about courses are available by contacting the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program Coordinator.


Office of Graduate Admissions
Call or Text: 305-563-8792