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What You Learn

  • Study the American legal system, corrections and criminal law
  • Explore various operations within the criminal justice system
  • Use current theoretical models to explain crime and delinquency
  • Analyze the role of police in society
  • Practice investigation techniques, including crime scene methodologies
  • Gain a better understanding of race, class and gender issues within the system

You can also pursue a for-credit graduate internship in criminal justice.

Application Deadline:

Fall: June 30
Spring: December 1

Admission Requirements

If you have admissions questions, contact Graduate Admissions at or (908) 737-4723.

Criminal Justice (M.A.)

Program Coordinator:

Thomas Lateano, JD

After graduating from Kean, I was fortunate to be accepted into the alternate route program for police officers. Now I'm back at Kean. You could say I've come full circle being an adjunct professor, trying to be the mentor that my professors were to me."

Richard Hernandez
Officer in the City of Elizabeth Police Department/Kean adjunct
Criminal Justice alumnus

Coguars Climb Higher

At Kean, we believe learning and job growth extend far beyond the walls of our classrooms. That's why we encourage you to take advantage of a variety of research opportunities available to you, study abroad and pursue internships that will advance your career or set the stage for another advanced degree.


Kean students have the chance to conduct research with world-class faculty and present their findings at the annual Kean Research Days event.

Research days students at poster presentations. School and Clinical Psychology, LPC Qualification, Medical Technology

Internships and Jobs

At Kean, we believe in helping all of our students find internships and jobs that support their career goals. Career services staff provide professional services and offer job fairs and networking events year-round.

Kean students gain real-world experience through internships. (Medical Technology)
Internships and Jobs

Travelearn in London and Amsterdam

Students can earn four credits during a Spring Break Travelearn to London or Amsterdam, studying global approaches to policing.

A Kean criminal justice student holds a shield near a Metropolitan Police vehicle.
Travelearn in London and Amsterdam


The growing field of criminal justice offers many career opportunities, including:

  • First-line police supervisor
  • Criminologist
  • Forensic examiner
  • FBI agent
  • District attorney
  • Emergency management director
  • Probations officer supervisor
  • Criminal profiler

Justice for all

Criminal Justice Career Hub explores the top master's level criminal justice jobs.

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