Criminal Justice

Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice

  • Convenient, fully online program
  • Criminal justice and management courses
  • Work with criminal justice agencies
  • Only graduate criminal justice program in region

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Criminal Justice at Marywood

Our online Master's in Criminal Justice combines criminal justice and management course work to prepare law enforcement professionals for administrative positions. Students have the opportunity to work with a variety of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in Scranton. Our program is the only graduate criminal justice program in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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Patrick Seffrin
Associate Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice

Hannarae Lee
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
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Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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Stanley Kania

Graduate Admissions Counselor
stankania@marywood.edu
Phone: 570-348-6211 ext 2271

About me: I joined the Marywood Admissions staff as a Graduate Admissions Counselor in August 2011. A native of Northeast PA, I am a two-time graduate of Marywood University receiving my Bachelors of Arts in Political Science/Law in 2011 and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 2014. In May 2016, I began my two year term as President of PAGAP, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals. I also serve my alma mater as the 2nd Vice-President of the Marywood Alumni Association Board of Directors. Currently, I am pursuing my doctorate degree in Marywood University’s Ph.D Program in Human Development focusing my studies in Organizational Leadership. My research interests include alumni engagement in collegiate recruiting, leadership in higher education, and the utilization of post-secondary institutions as incubators for entrepreneurship. My goal in obtaining my PhD is to become a college professor or an enrollment management administrator.

My interests: In my spare time, I love to golf, cook, travel, and hang out with family and friends.

My favorite thing about Marywood: There are endless opportunities for students to get involved in clubs and extra-curricular activities on both the undergraduate and graduate level.

My favorite place on campus: The Admissions Office because I have the privilege of having the best colleagues anyone can ask for.

You'd never guess: I was so indecisive as to what I wanted to major in as an undergraduate that I changed my major nine times.

My best advice: When it comes to applying for graduate school, it is important to do a few things: plan accordingly to get all materials submitted in time, visit campus and tour the academic department of your intended program, and stay in constant contact with your counselor if you have any questions or concerns.


Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice

36 semester hours
I. REQUIRED COURSES
21 semester hours

CJ 503 Criminal Justice Administration
3
CJ 505 Financial Management
3
CJ 507 Criminal Justice Research Methods
3
CJ 522 Criminology
3
CJ 530 Criminal Justice Policies
3
CJ 544 Staff Supervision in Criminal Justice 3
CJ 595 Thesis
3
OR    
CJ 597 Criminal Justice Management Project /Internship
3

II. ELECTIVES*
15 semester hours (choose five courses)

CJ 524 Sex, Drugs, & Crime
3
CJ 526 Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice
3
CJ 528 Youthful Offenders
3
CJ 533 Crime over the Life Course
3
CJ 540 The Constitution & Criminal Justice Policy
3
CJ 560 Urban Crime Patterns
3
CJ 569 Media and Crime 3
CJ 576 Corrections
3
CJ 578 Community Corrections
3
CJ 598 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
3

*Students may also elect up to two graduate courses in Business, Public Administration, Psychology, Counseling, and/or Social Work with the approval of their advisor.