What are the racial, economic, and gender disparities of the U.S. criminal justice system? How do psychological trauma, drug abuse, and mental illness influence criminal behavior and the criminal justice system? Relevant issues including punitive versus rehabilitative approaches, family involvement, and victim advocacy are complex and constantly evolving.
Adler University’s fully online Master of Arts (M.A.) in Criminology and Criminal Justice combines a rigorous academic study of the root causes and nature of crime with a deep commitment to the fair and equitable application of criminal justice and community-focused solutions.
All of our online programs are delivered with the academic rigor and personal attention that has distinguished Adler University for more than 60 years. Our online Criminology and Criminal Justice master’s program is led by professionals with years of experience in the field.
This degree uniquely prepares candidates as socially responsible practitioners and leaders. Coursework explores the intersection of criminology, psychology, and social justice. This approach means Adler graduates are equipped to make an immediate impact by bringing together law enforcement, social services, and community leaders to develop effective, sustainable solutions to challenges.
Adler’s online Criminology and Criminal Justice program is ideal for law enforcement and corrections personnel, probation/parole officers, victim-advocate counselors, active-duty and veteran military members, and anyone else with an abiding interest in helping improve their communities and the justice system.
This leadership-focused master’s program can help graduates advance their professional standing in the field; our fully online approach means students can balance existing professional and personal responsibilities and complete this degree program around even the busiest schedules. Earn your Criminology and Criminal Justice master’s degree fully online from an institution that shares your values of social justice and community-based solutions.
Graduates of Adler University’s Master of Arts (M.A.) in Criminology and Criminal Justice online degree program are equipped with the tools and knowledge to successfully navigate the labyrinth of the U.S. criminal justice system, and advocate for safer and stronger communities. Upon completing the program, students will exhibit the following skills and competencies:
- Comprehend the theories of the causes and consequences of criminal behavior.
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills and analysis from a social justice perspective.
- Master the complexities of modern day criminal justice systems.
- Apply research methodology and analytical thinking skills to lawmaking and law-breaking.
- Analyze behavior from a social psychology perspective as it relates to crime and justice.
- Integrate skills, cultural competencies, and critical thinking to evaluate the criminal justice system.
Adler University’s online Master of Arts (M.A.) in Criminology and Criminal Justice is a 36 credit-hour program. Courses are eight weeks in length, and this program can be completed in two years with scheduled breaks.
The Criminology and Criminal Justice M.A. is offered in the following sequence of classes, including a final capstone (divided into two courses):
A “capstone paper” is the final product produced by a student in the master’s degree program. The paper is a significant work of scholarship. It demonstrates the student’s cumulative knowledge and offers an original contribution to the discipline. Using both a theoretical and practical framework, this project will allow the student to demonstrate mastery of a subject that may serve as a catalyst for future work and study. In line with the University’s mission, students will be expected to connect topics to social justice and socially responsible practice, ultimately resulting in proposals designed to improve justice. The substance of the paper is such that the creation of this project takes place in two parts.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Adler University prepares our graduates for rewarding and impactful careers in a broad spectrum of professions, including law enforcement, corrections, victim advocacy, crime prevention, and community programming. Career options include:
- U.S. Marshal
- FBI Agent
- Victim Advocate
- Law Enforcement Agent
- Corrections Officer
- Crime Prevention Policy Analyst
- Probation Officer
- Community Crime Prevention Program Developer
Please note that additional training requirements may apply. Students are encouraged to check their specific state and federal licensing requirements.
Micah Cardiel, Ph.D.
- Ph.D., Criminology, Law, and Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago
- M.A., Criminology, Law, and Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago
- B.A., Justice Studies, Northeastern Illinois University
- Adjunct Faculty, Adler University
- Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Assistant Coordinator of Student Conduct, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Innovation and Policy Intern, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), Chicago
Eddie Gordon, Ph.D.
- Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Capella University
- M.P.A., Government Administration, Columbus State University
- B.S., Criminal Justice, Columbus State University
- Deputy Sheriff, Fulton County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office
- Adjunct Faculty, Ashford University
- Department Chair, Atlanta Metropolitan State College
- Area Chair, Criminal Justice, University of Phoenix at Atlanta
- Investigator, Georgia Department of Human Services/Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS)
- Assistant to DFCS Social Services Director, Georgia Department of Human Services
Jon Ross, Ph.D.
- Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Public Policy, Union Institute & University
- M.A., Legislative Affairs, George Washington University
- B.A., Political Science, University of Florida at Gainesville
- Adjunct Faculty, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
- Adjunct Faculty, Adler University
- Adjunct Faculty, Aurora University
- Visiting Instructor, Aurora University
- Adjunct Faculty, City Colleges of Chicago, Harold Washington College
- Principal, Ross Consulting and Communications
Omar Jamil, Ph.D.
- Ph.D., Clinical-Community Psychology, DePaul University
- M.A., Clinical-Community Psychology, DePaul University
- B.A., Psychology, Saint Louis University
- B.A., Art History/Studio Art, Saint Louis University
- Youth Justice Community Researcher, Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice, Adler University
- Adjunct Faculty, DePaul University
- Adjunct Faculty, Lake Forest College
- Adjunct Faculty, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Project Director, Critical Consciousness-Based HIV Prevention for Young Black Gay/Bi/MSM Male Adolescents research study, DePaul University
- Consultant, Male Initiative Project, DePaul University
- Consultant, Project VIDA Inc., Chicago
- Graduate Research Assistant, DePaul University
- Psychology Intern, Ethan Allen School, Department of Corrections
- Psychology Extern, Adult Neuropsychology Program, University of Chicago Medicine
- Staff Therapist, University Counseling Services, DePaul University
- Mental Health Professional, Community Mental Health Center, DePaul University
- Intake Clinician, SSM Health Behavioral Health, St. Louis
- Telephone Crisis Counselor, Life Crisis Center, St. Louis
Valerie Werner, Ph.D.
- Ph.D., Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago
- M.A., Psychology and Education with an emphasis in Marriage, Family, and Children’s Counseling, University of San Francisco
- B.A., Sociology, Goshen College
- Director, Public Policy and Administration, Adler University
- Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Student Affairs, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Director, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Private Practice
- Instructor, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Principal Investigator, Education and Training Program, Chicago Commons, Chicago
- Principal Investigator, Division of Specialized Care for Children, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Supervisor and Counselor, Erie Teen and Young Adult Health Center, Chicago
- Supervisor and Counselor, United Cerebral Palsy, Chicago
- Senior Social Worker and Crises Counselor, Santa Cruz County Family and Children’s Services Division, Santa Cruz, California