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.

We are one of only ten 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:

Current MACJ students and alumni may apply up to 10 CRJS credit hours toward the Crime Analysis Certificate Program. Certificate students may apply up to 10 CACP credit hours to the MACJ degree upon certificate completion.


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. More information can be found here.

No fees for new applications through Fall 2021
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Dr. Elaine Gunnison, Director of the Masters in Criminal Justice Programs at Seattle University welcomes you to the program and invites you to find out more about one of the top-rated criminal justice programs in the nation.

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