The field of criminal justice is changing at an unprecedented pace. From heightened global security and intelligence efforts to forward thinking community crime prevention, the ability to understand and apply advanced level critical thinking and strategic action as a leader is in high demand. The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Delaware Valley University is designed to provide you with the opportunity to navigate and manage a wide variety of current, high level criminal justice topics so that no matter what area of law enforcement you plan to pursue or advance in, you will be prepared to take informed and deliberate action as a leader in the criminal justice system.

Our 100% online model is perfect for your busy schedule and can provide you with the opportunity to earn your master's at your own pace. Finish in as little as five semesters or extend the length of your program to fit your demanding lifestyle. Experience the DelVal difference and see why we are “connecting the community through criminal justice one student at a time.”

  • 100% online model for maximum flexibility
  • Full and part-time program options
  • A 10-course (30-credit) program
  • Practitioner based training featuring faculty who are senior leaders and administrators currently working in the criminal justice field
  • Intimate class sizes where faculty know students by name and students know each other. You are not just a number.
  • Competitive tuition rates: tuition discounts for professional partnerships, county employees, and cohorts from the same organization
  • No admissions testing

Quote from Bradley E. Halter, Supervisor, Bucks County Adult Probation and Parole ; Master Firearms Instructor ; Treasurer of the Middle Atlantic State Correctional Association

“The modern criminal justice landscape is changing. The Master’s degree has become the new standard, especially for those who are looking to advance. The ability to set yourself apart from others by showing a diversified background and experiential learning cannot be understated. The program offered by DVU provides working professionals, and full-time students, the ability to not only share their experiences but support each other throughout the program. In addition, the ability to learn from current practitioners, who have real world knowledge and understand current trends, provides students with an added edge over other candidates.”


Quote from Thomas Sullivan, Public Safety Director Montgomery County Pennsylvania

“Executive leaders in today’s environment absolutely need an advanced degree. Public safety/criminal justice leadership positions are extremely competitive. One of the things I look for in hiring new employees is their educational background. Higher education can develop discipline, critical thinking skills and the ability to be a change agent. We need more leaders and practitioners who have demonstrated their work ethic by pursuing a higher level of education.”


Quote from Matthew D. Weintraub, District Attorney for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the County of Bucks

“As a recent instructor for Delaware Valley University I understand the need for a dynamic and robust criminal justice curriculum for current professionals or those interested in changing to a career in the field.  Criminal justice policy and reform demand highly qualified, critical thinkers.  A master’s degree in criminal justice will qualify many professionals for leadership advancement opportunities in this rewarding and ever evolving field.”


Quote from William J. Daly, Chief of Police Horsham Township, U.S. Air Force veteran, graduate of the 250th Session of the FBI National Academy

“Never in the history of policing have more demands been put on our law enforcement leaders.  The exceptional education I received at Delaware Valley University provided me with the knowledge and ability to meet this challenge.  During my time at Del Val, I developed the critical thinking skills and analytical techniques needed for advanced problem solving.  Much of what I learned in the classroom, I have been able to utilize during my professional career.  The professors are subject matter experts who demonstrate strong technical and operational knowledge, while providing a positive learning environment.  The new master of arts program in criminal justice turns today’s professionals into tomorrow’s leaders, ready to meet the challenges and demands of a dynamic field.”


Contact Information

Danielle Pedrotty, Administrative Director

Explore our curriculum

Our core curriculum of ten required courses is thoughtfully designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to start or advance in a variety of career paths within the field of criminal justice.

100% Online

DelVal’s online experience is asynchronous meaning you don’t have to be in front of the computer at a specific time, allowing learners to complete work at a time that is most convenient to them. It is truly the best of both worlds!

Tuition Discount

Tuition discounts up to 10% for professional partnerships, county employees, and cohorts from the same organization might apply.