Graduate Programs in Criminal Justice

Graduate Programs in Criminal Justice

  • The Criminal Justice Department offers three graduate degrees:


    Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) The MACJ curriculum consists of 55 credits, and students have the option to specialize in one of three areas: 

    MACJ/JD Joint Degree. The Seattle University MACJ/JD joint degree program provides students interested in obtaining both the Masters in Criminal Justice and JD degrees the opportunity to complete the degrees in less time than if the two degrees were obtained independently. Students must be admitted to both programs.

    Crime Analysis Certificate Program (CACP)  The Certificate in Crime Analysis is a one-year program consisting of 25 credit hours. This online-only program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis, with part-time students completing in two years. All students enrolled in the certificate program take a series of required foundation courses (19 credits), and elective courses (6 credits) on data management and analysis, terrorism, and intelligence analysis.

    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.

    Criminal Justice is an academic discipline that enjoys a high job placement rate and criminal Justice graduates at the undergraduate and graduate levels pursue many career routes. While many positions in the criminal justice system require the BA degree or in some cases a high school diploma, increasingly positions in today's competitive job market require the Master's degree and/or provide salary increases commensurate with education level. Students who complete the MA degree in criminal justice generally seek careers in law enforcement, private security, community and institutional corrections, court services, victim services, social services, academia, and/or investigation in a range of public and private agencies.

    For more information about our programs, come to one of our Information Sessions!

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

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

  • Upcoming Information Sessions

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


    • Nov. 5: 6-7:30 PM, Casey Building 516
    • Nov.10: 12-1:15 PM, Law School 309
    • Dec. 3: 6-7:30 PM, Casey Building 516
    • Jan. 7: 6-7:30 PM, Casey Building 516
    • Feb. 4: 6-7:30 PM, Casey Building 516


    • Nov. 2: 12:30 - 1:30 PM, JOY Building 215.

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

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