College of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Programs in Criminal Justice

Degree Requirements

  • The Seattle University MACJ/JD joint degree program is designed to allow students interested in obtaining both the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and the Juris Doctor degrees to complete the degrees in less time than if the two degrees were obtained independently.

    The MACJ/JD Joint Degree Program allows students to choose whether their first year is spent in the Criminal Justice Department or the School of Law. The second year is spent in the other school. The final two years (or more) are mixed in that students may take courses in both the Criminal Justice Department and the School of Law.

    Students are required to be admitted separately to both the School of Law and the Criminal Justice Department under the programs' standard requirements. Students should consult the Graduate Bulletin for the specific admissions requirements for each school. Students may be admitted to both schools before starting in the joint program; alternatively, students may seek admission to the other school during their first year of law or criminal justice. 

    Students may be admitted to the joint degree program before beginning any studies and may then take their first year in either program.  Alternatively, students in their first year in either the School of Law or MACJ program may apply for admission to the joint degree program during the fall term of their first year at Seattle University.

    Candidates for the joint JD/MACJ program must satisfy all of the requirements for the MACJ degree and for the JD degree. This includes either a comprehensive exam or a Master’s Thesis for the MACJ. 

    During the first two semesters in law school, joint degree students may not take courses in the Criminal Justice Department. Joint degree students who begin in the law school and who have completed their first year may take one course each semester in the law school so long as they are not taking more than 3 courses each quarter in their first year of the MACJ program.

    Requirements for the JD degree for MACJ/JD students: The JD degree for joint MACJ/JD students requires 90 semester credits, consisting of at least 78 semester credits earned in the law school and up to 12 semester credit equivalents (18 quarter credits) earned in the MACJ program.  Of the 18 crossover quarter credits accepted, 9 credits will be from the list of approved elective courses and 9 credits will be from the list of approved foundation courses (including the Criminal Justice Capstone Seminar).

    Requirements for the MACJ degree for MACJ/JD students: The MACJ degree requires 55 quarter credits, consisting of 28 quarter credits of foundation courses, 18 quarter credits of concentration courses, and 9 quarter credits of elective courses.  Up to18 quarter credits (12 semester credits) may be earned in the School of Law to satisfy the concentration credits for the MACJ degree.

    MACJ Courses Given Crossover Credit for JD Degree

    All credits shown in parentheses in this section are quarter credits.

    Foundation Courses 

    • Criminal Justice Theory (3)
    • Advanced Criminological Theory (3)
    • Law & Social Control (3)
    • Organizational Theory and Analysis in Criminal Justice (3)
    • Criminal Justice Ethics and Decision Making (3)
    • Statistical Analysis (3)
    • Statistics Lab (1)
    • Advanced Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)
    • Theory and Research in Policing, Courts, Corrections (3)
    •  Criminal Justice Capstone Seminar (3)

    Elective Courses

    • Criminal Justice Legislation and Policy (3)
    • Qualitative Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)
    • Race, Ethnicity and Justice (3)
    • Investigative Criminology and Offender Profiling (3)
    • Typologies of Crime and Criminal Behavior (3)
    • Theories and Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation (3)
    • Advanced Crime Assessment (3)
    • Contemporary Issues in Victimology (3)
    • Violence and Victimization (3)
    • CRJS 520 Restorative/Community Justice (3)
    • Feminist Criminology (3)

    Law School Courses Given Crossover Credit for MACJ Degree

    All credits shown in this section are semester credits.

    • Comprehensive Pretrial Advocacy (4)
    • Comprehensive Trial Advocacy (4)
    • Youth Advocacy Clinic/Law Practice Clinic (6)
    • Forensics (3)
    • Administrative Law (3)
    • Dispute Resolution (3)
    • Federal Courts (3)  
    • Washington State Constitutional Law Seminar (3)
    • Constitutional Law of Terrorism (2)
    • United States Supreme Court Practice Seminar (3)
    • Criminal Procedure Adjudicative (3)
    • Criminal Procedure Investigative (3)
    • Federal Criminal Law (3)
    • Post-Conviction Relief (3)
    • Computer Crime and Privacy (3)
    • Pretrial Criminal Advocacy (3)
    • Sentencing/Plea Bargaining (3)
    • Capital Punishment Seminar (3)
    • International Criminal Law (3)
    • Capital Appeals Clinic (2)
    • Environmental Enforcement (3)
    • Evidence Lab (1)
    • Child, Family, and State (3)
    • Domestic Violence (2)
    • Legislative Seminar (3)
    • Medical Fraud (3)
    • Immigration Law (3)
    • Immigration Law Clinic (3)
    • International Law of Human Rights (3)
    • International Human Rights Clinic (4)
    • Gender and Justice Seminar (3)
    • Law and Sexuality (3)
    • Race and the Law (2-3)
    • Law and the Holocaust Seminar (2)
    • Law, Policy, and Mental Health (3)