Criminal Justice


  • Criminal justice and management
  • Work with criminal justice agencies
  • Only graduate CJ program in region

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Criminal Justice at Marywood

This interdisciplinary program combines criminal justice and management course work. Students are encouraged also to select electives from such related fields as Psychology and Social Work. The program has close working relationships with federal Middle District criminal justice agencies located in Scranton. It is the only graduate criminal justice program within a 150 mile radius of Scranton. The program is designed for criminal justice administrators or those who wish to prepare for management positions in this field.

More About This Degree

Raymond J. Colleran
Lecturer in Criminal Justice

Jack Donson
Lecturer in Criminal Justice

Brian Monahan
Director of Criminal Justice and Sociology, Associate Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice

Joseph Mecca
Lecturer in Criminal Justice and Sociology
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Internships opportunities are available in local, state and federal agencies.

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
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.

Program of Study

36 semester hours
21 semester hours

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

15 semester hours (choose five courses)

CJ 524 Sex, Drugs, & Crime
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
CJ 560 Urban Crime Patterns
CJ 576 Corrections
CJ 578 Community Corrections 3
CJ 598 Special Topics in Criminal Justice

*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.