Graduate Programs in Criminal Justice
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

  • The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) is an interdisciplinary program that offers a comprehensive, rigorous, analytic study of crime and the societal responses to it. Our focus is on the application of theory and research methods in the development of initiatives, policies, and practice. In addition, we give special emphasis to criminal justice ethics, issues of diversity in criminal justice, critical thinking, and leadership. Our students go on to successful careers in all sectors of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, courts, corrections, social service, policy, and research.

    Academy of Criminal Justice SciencesWe are one of only eight programs in the United States to be certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the only one west of the Rockies.

    Degree Information:

    • Total credits: 55:
      • 28 credits: required courses
      • 27 credits: elective courses
    • Optional concentrations:
    • Classes meet nights and weekends and most students complete the program in two years
    • Apply online
    • Scholarships available

    Download the 2014-15 MACJ Schedule    


    Student internships are highly recommended but optional.  Our students have interned a variety of federal, state, and local agencies, including Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, King County Prosecutor's Office, King County Medical Examiner's Office, King County Sheriff's Office, Pioneer Human Services, police departments in Seattle, Redmond, and Bellevue, U.S. Marshal, and U.S. Secret Service, and Washington State Department of Corrections, State Patrol Crime Lab, and Office of the Attorney General.





  • Upcoming Information Sessions

    Information sessions are on held every month from October to March in the Casey Building, Room 516. Meet with faculty, alumni, and staff to learn more about opportunities in the criminal justice field. 

    Nov. 6, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

    Dec. 4, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    Jan. 8, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    Feb. 5, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    March 5, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 

    Scholarships available.
    MACJ applications due March 15, 2015
    CACP applications accepted throughout the year

  • Meet alum Loren Atherley, Seattle Police Department., MACJ '10

    Learn more: Watch the video and then read the article.

    Meet the New Cohort!

    Our 2014 Cohort in the Masters Program met for the first time at our Orientation on September 11, 2014. To learn more about our expanding student body click here.