Academic Programs of Study

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. Our program is the only graduate criminal justice program in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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Hannarae Lee
Director of Criminal Justice

Patrick Seffrin
Associate Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice
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I graduated from the Masters Program in CJ. At the time of graduationI was employed as a Probation/Parole Officer. I am happy to report that I was interviewed and selected for a position with the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole as a Parole Agent. I truly believe that earning my Masters Degree is what gave me the edge in the selection process.

- Will Bainbridge, MS in Criminal Justice 2017

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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Lauren Tokash

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

About me: I joined the Marywood Admissions team in February 2018.  I graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Psychology.  I was born and raised in Moscow, PA and currently reside in Jermyn, PA with my husband and our dog, Copper.

My interests: I love to be with my family and friends!  During the summer I spend most of my free time on my family’s boat at Lake Wallenpaupack.  It truly is one of my favorite places to be. I also enjoy doing anything outdoors, traveling, and venturing to new places to eat.

My favorite thing about Marywood:  Everyone is so pleasant and welcoming.  From the faculty and staff to the students, you can’t walk around campus without getting a friendly hello.  

My favorite place at Marywood: The entire campus at Marywood is beautiful. But, if I had to narrow it down, I would say the School of Architecture is my favorite.  The converted building is very impressive!

You’d never guess: I love to go fishing, especially for trout!  I always get an interesting reaction from people when I inform them of this.  I have formed a great bond with my dad and husband while fishing and will continue to be by the stream every opening day in April!   

Best advice: Ask questions! This is YOUR investment and YOUR future, you want to make sure you get it right.   Whether you are confirming the application process with your admissions counselor or learning more about the field from faculty, don’t be afraid to ask any and all questions you may have. 


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.