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What You Learn

You gain an advanced understanding of research and everyday issues related to criminal justice.

  • Explore various operations within the criminal justice system
  • Use current theoretical models to explain crime and delinquency
  • Study the American legal system, corrections and criminal law
  • Gain an understanding of the role of police in society
  • Appreciate 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

Students in building studying

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 '09, '16
Officer in the City of Elizabeth Police Department/Kean adjunct
Criminal Justice alumnus

The Classroom and Beyond

At Kean we believe learning and job growth extends 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.

After Kean

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 field

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