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Master of Criminal Justice

  • Masters (Coursework)

UC's Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) offers students an advanced working knowledge of the criminal justice system. The MCJ is a cohesive degree with taught courses, a research dissertation, and real-world project or internship opportunities for first-hand practical experience in criminal justice.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Duration
1 year full-time
Course Code
MCJ
Domestic Fees
$11,427 per year / $11,427 total
International Fees
$48,000 per year / $48,000 total

About this course

UC's Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) offers students an advanced working knowledge of the criminal justice system.

The MCJ is a cohesive degree with taught courses, a research dissertation, and real-world project or internship opportunities for first-hand practical experience in criminal justice.

It has a strong focus on developing the skills sought by the justice sector, including bicultural knowledge and competence, critical analysis of current and future policy, and professional understanding and theories behind crime and rehabilitation.

Entry requirements

Entry to the Master of Criminal Justice requires a Bachelor of Criminal Justice with a B Grade Point Average or better in 60 points of 300-level courses, or an equivalent degree approved by the Dean of Law.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Criminal Justice or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

You can apply online at myUC. Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Study locations

Main Campus

Career pathways

The Master of Criminal Justice will give students a professional understanding of Aotearoa New Zealand policy within government and public sector, and of the criminal justice system. Their skills in research, statistical analysis, writing and presentation, and bicultural engagement within real-world contexts are solid foundations for a career in criminal justice.

Graduates will be particularly well suited for roles in Nga Pirihimana O Aotearoa | New Zealand Police, Tahu o te Ture | Ministry of Justice, and Ara Poutama Aotearoa | Department of Corrections. They will also find work in Crown agencies, prisons, policy development and consultation, customs, private investigation and security, forensics, social services, and criminal justice research.

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