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Master of Criminal Justice
Master of Criminal Justice

Master of Criminal Justice

  • ID:UC640096
  • Level:Master's Degree
  • Duration:
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (NZD)

  • TuitionFee/Year:$48,000.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,878.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$48,000.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,878.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
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Admission Requirements

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.

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 90, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.
  • TOEFL PBT: With a minimum score of 575 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 176 with at least 169 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50
  • NZCEL:  Level 5

Course Information

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.

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Compulsory courses

  • CRJU 601 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • CRJU 602 Criminal Justice Systems
  • CRJU 603 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CRJU 680 Dissertation (60 points)

And one of either:

  • CRJU 604 Internship; or
  • CRJU 605 Professional Cultures
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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Pathways include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • 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 New Zealand Police | Ngā Pirihimana O Aotearoa, Ministry of Justice | Tāhū o te Ture, and Department of Corrections | Ara Poutama Aotearoa. 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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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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