Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (CJMA)

Mission Statement and Program Goals - About Us

Our mission is to prepare students to be frontrunners in the field of criminal justice and public safety. Our students are guided by professors who are leaders within the field in very small class settings. This intimate and individualized setting creates an environment of collaboration, inspiration, and academic motivation.

Our mission is guided by several values:

  • An environment for students to learn, enhancing critical thinking, research, analysis, and problem-solving--all skills invaluable to the field of criminal justice.
  • A life of academic and professional integrity by fostering greater awareness and understanding of complex issues and problems within the field of criminal justice.
  • Respect for the views of others as well as support for personal and professional views with academic research.
  • An emphasis on a professional orientation, enhancing students’ practical capabilities and career paths.

Program Overview

Flexible, Accessible, Affordable. The CJMA program is a valuable investment in you and your career. Our curriculum, with its emphasis on applying theoretical concepts and evidence-based practices to understanding, evaluating, and addressing real-world problems, is designed for those seeking to enter or advance a career in one of the branches of the justice system or private security.

The curriculum offers the flexibility to design a personalized specialization to meet your career goals.

New Concentrations: Public Safety Leadership and Cyber Security

We offer two highly valued concentrations: Public Safety Leadership and Cyber Security to provide technical and soft skills that culminate in an applied capstone experience as a foundation for your career. Our Cyber Security curriculum will further prepare you for the (ISC)2 System Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP).

The program consists of 10 courses for a total of 30 credits. Course scheduling and delivery is designed to support you – the courses are offered in an accelerated format that blends face to face meetings with online learning

Course Requirements

Core Requirements:

CJMA 502: American Criminal Justice System
CJMA 502: Advanced Criminology
CJMA 505: Research Methods and Analysis in Criminal Justice
CJMA 511: Planning, Program Development and Evaluation in Criminal Justice
CJMA 520: Ethics in Criminal Justice

Public Safety Leadership Concentration Electives

CJMA 526: Leadership and Organization Development for Public Safety Professionals
CJMA 527: Risk Management and Critical Infrastructure
CJMA 528: Disaster Planning and Management

Cyber Security Concentration Electives

CJMA 533: Cyber Security Roles in Critical Infrastructure Protection
CJMA 534: Digital Forensics and Investigations
CJMA 536: Applied Digital Forensic Investigation

Capstone Course (selected from one of the following)
CJMA 562: Professional Seminar/Culminating Experience
CJMA 563 Professional Seminar: CyberSecurity
CJMA 536: Applied Digital Forensic Investigation

Alumni Spotlight

Several of our students have earned impressive positions in the field, working at the federal, state, and local criminal justice level. For example, Michele Farrell is the former Warden of Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.

Michele Farrell – MA in Criminal Justice ’10: Former Warden, Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility

“I already had my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and thought that having the advanced degree in Criminal Justice would not only help me better understand crime and criminology but would also help me be a better administrator. Knowing what treatment programs are most effective helps when making decisions about what programs to bring into the facility. It also provided me with a larger perspective on Criminal Justice; expanding my future opportunities as an educator, consultant, etc. – the possibilities are unlimited.”

“My education at Holy Family University prepared me for advancing my career. Shortly before my graduation, I was promoted to Warden at the Philadelphia Prison System (PPS). It also provided me with an opportunity to become an adjunct instructor at Holy Family. This opportunity allowed me to pass on my educational knowledge as well as practical experience to some great students, some of whom have come to the PPS to do their internships.”

Admission Requirements

Graduate students seeking full admission to the Master of Arts program must submit an application to the Office of Graduate Admissions and meet the following requirements:

  • Submit application with statement of goals
  • Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Submit two letters of reference
  • Submit an example of scholarly writing, such as an undergraduate paper or an article authored by the applicant
  • Submit a $25 application fee

Once all the admission materials have been received, the application will be forwarded to the Graduate Chair in Criminal Justice for review.

Who to Contact

If you have questions about the program, please contact:

Patricia Griffin
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Director of Graduate Criminal Justice Program

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