What are the admissions requirements for the program?
How long does it take to complete the program and how many courses do students have to take?
What is the cohort model?
What is the hybrid model?
Is there an exit exam or capstone?
What can you do with the degree?
Who will be teaching courses and are they relevant to today’s needs?
Are transfer credits from another graduate program accepted?
How much is tuition and how do students pay for graduate school?
All Delaware Valley graduate program applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. Alternatively, applicants may furnish proof of the equivalent from a foreign college or university. Students must have also earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0-point scale. Applicants earning lower GPAs may be considered for admission on an individual basis, and may be required to submit additional information.
- A completed application for admission with the $50 application fee (application fee waived for the first cohort Spring 2019 and for DVU Alumni)
- Official transcripts from all previously attended academic institutions
- Three professional or academic recommendations with information about the candidate's potential and capacity for graduate study on the form provided
- A minimum 500-word personal statement that includes personal and career goals, interest in the chosen DelVal graduate program, and a summary of strengths and areas for growth
- A comprehensive and current professional résumé
Our accelerated format can get you your master’s in as little as 5 semesters. There are 10 required courses that are strategically mapped out for your convenience so there is no guesswork involved in scheduling. We set you up to be successful from the start.
Our cohort structure builds in stability and mutual support among you and your classmates. The focus is on small groups that promote active and engaging learning in a personalized setting where students know their faculty and faculty know their students. You are not just a number.
Our hybrid model is designed to accommodate your busy schedule. Each course alternates between classroom and online sessions every other week to ensure maximum flexibility. One week one course will be face to face while the other course is online and then the next week it will flip. This structure provides students with a balance that many working professionals find necessary and attractive.
Graduating students are required to complete a final comprehensive exam OR current criminal justice professionals can request the option to complete a capstone project in place of the final comprehensive exam provided advanced notification and approval from the Academic Director.
The Masters in Criminal Justice is designed for working professionals looking to enter or advance into leadership roles across a wide range of career paths in the criminal justice field. This degree is designed to provide the opportunity for promotion within current profession/organization, position graduates to take on roles in leadership and administration, change careers, and to prepare future teachers of criminal justice professionals.
You’ll be taught by criminal justice experts-practitioners working in the field. From Ethics and Administrative Functioning to Advanced Criminology, you will be educated and prepared to apply what you are learning directly to relevant real world situations. The courses are designed to position professionals to assume leadership roles in such areas as law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, security, and other parts of the judicial system. DelVal’s M.A. in Criminal Justice is also great preparation if you are considering a doctoral degree or law school.
Transfer credits from another graduate school are considered on an individual basis by the Academic Director of the Masters in Criminal Justice program. Students are encouraged to complete an application and submit all supporting documents in order for transfer credits to be considered and evaluated.
Tuition for the M.A. in Criminal Justice is $739/credit. Please review the Tuition for Graduate Students page for more specific information on Financial Aid and the Masters in Criminal Justice tuition structure.