Rowan accepting applications for new master's in criminal justice

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Beginning next fall, Rowan University's Law & Justice Studies Department will offer a new Master of Arts (MA) degree in Criminal Justice.

"There is a genuine need for an MA in Criminal Justice in t

MA in CJ to emphasize research in field

Beginning next fall, Rowan University's Law & Justice Studies Department will offer a new Master of Arts (MA) degree in Criminal Justice.

"There is a genuine need for an MA in Criminal Justice in the South Jersey area," said program coordinator Wanda Foglia, a professor in the Law & Justice Studies program in Rowan's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Rowan's Master of Arts in Criminal Justice puts more emphasis on research than many other programs. It is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in research, administration or scholarship in the burgeoning field of criminal justice, according to Foglia.

The MA in CJ requires 36 semester hours of study and includes six required courses, four electives and a master's thesis. The program is accepting applications now for the fall 2007 semester.

"Students will use empirical research to evaluate the effectiveness of programs aimed at preventing and controlling crime," said Foglia, a former Philadelphia assistant district attorney.

"This degree prepares students for professional careers by providing an understanding of the causes of crime, the impact of law on society and contemporary issues in policing, courts and corrections."

Students will be prepared for research or administrative positions within federal, state, local, profit and non-profit agencies that focus on criminal justice issues. The program also will provide a strong foundation for those wishing to pursue a doctorate in criminal justice.

"We want to prepare students for policy level positions in various criminal justice agencies and help them become responsible leaders who can play constructive roles in addressing challenges that face the criminal justice system," said Foglia.

"The program also will prepare scholars who will provide leadership in criminal justice, both in academia and in research agencies."

Rowan's MA in CJ will appeal to students who are recent graduates in related fields, such as criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology or political science, or professionals looking to advance or alter their course within the criminal justice field.

"The department is looking to keep the program relatively small so that students can receive individualized attention as they complete their courses and work toward their master's thesis," said Foglia.

Faculty members are currently conducting research in areas as diverse as domestic and international policing, social justice issues, victimology, gun violence, capital juror decision-making, and race and the criminal justice system.

In addition to holding doctorates, four faculty members in Rowan's Law & Justice Studies Department also have law degrees.

The department is chaired by Allan Jiao, an expert in policing.

For information on Rowan's MA in CJ, visit www.rowan.edu/lawjustice or contact Foglia directly at 856-256-4399 or foglia@rowan.edu.

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