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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

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


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

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

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