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The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) Program addresses the diverse needs of professionals who provide leadership in the justice system.  Two arrears of concentration permit students to develop specialized skills and expertise.  The aim of the MACJ is to provide a coordinated and systematic approach attracting top quality student into the program.  The goal and objectives will focus on skills development and knowledge that reflects the changes in criminal justice education towards professional development.

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program received approval of the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia and admitted its first students in Fall 2003.  Our first students graduated in May 2005.

The graduate program offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree in Criminal Justice, with concentrations in both Criminal Justice Management and Planning and Juvenile Justice.  The program will consist of 36 semester hours, with 18 semester hours of core requirements and 18 semester hours in the areas of concentration.  Students elect a thesis or non-thesis option to complete degree requirements.  We offer a rigorous, yet supportive learning experience to prepare students for leadership in criminal justice.  Courses are offered at the state-of-the-art technological facility at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center.


  • Develop leadership skills for career advancement
  • Examine best practices of criminal and juvenile justice
  • Evaluate and assess justice programs
  • Develop proficiency with the latest criminal justice technology
  • Serve youth, victims, and the community
  • To provide career development through community partnerships

Flexible and Individualized Program

  • Earn an M.A. degree in two years
  • Full or Part time enrollment
  • Convenient classes held at the Virginia Beach Higher Education

How To Apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. 
Click the link below and you can:

  1. Create Your New Account (User Name and Password)
  2. Apply online
  3. Pay online $50.00 (U.S. currency) application fee (nonrefundable)
  • Apply Online
  • Once you have submitted your online payment and application, you will also need to submit the following documents to make your application packet complete.
  1. Official transcript from your every college/university attended is required for admission to program.  Transcripts must reflect the degree earned the date that the degree was earned, bear the official seal of the institution, and be signed by the issuing officers.
  2. Three (3) letters of recommendation (Undergraduate Chair and Faculty preferred)
  3. Personal Statement (Not to exceed three hundred (300) words). Specific questions and issues that should be addressed in the personal statement include the following:

Career Objectives:

  • What are your career objective?
  • How does the area of study indicated in item 16 of this application relate to your career objective?
  • What factors influenced your decision to apply to Norfolk State University?

Personal Background:

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses with respect to interpersonal communication and cooperation?
  • What has been your academic and professional preparation with respect to your chosen area of study?

General Information:

Discuss your commitment to your chosen area of study and provide information that reflects that commitment.  Indicate the skills you possess and the activities in which you have been engaged which are related to your chosen area of study.

The above documents must be mailed to:
Norfolk State University 
Graduate School
700 Park Avenue 
Norfolk, VA 23504

Application Deadlines for the Master of Arts Criminal Justice Program

March 1st for Fall admission
October 1st for Spring admission