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First-of-its-kind program

Our criminal justice master’s program is the first graduate program of its kind in the country focused on the shifting direction in corrections toward restorative justice.

  • Online and asynchronous: You will not be required to be in a class at the same time every week. You will watch lectures, contribute to online discussions and complete other assignments on your own schedule, while following course deadlines.
  • More affordable: Our tuition is competitive with even public universities, plus Albany County Probation employees receive a 10% tuition discount. Ask about our employer partnerships to see if your agency/organization can also qualify.
  • But still personal: Students who begin the program together take the same courses at the same time, and get to know others in their cohort.
  • An optional in-person, two-day residency: On Sage’s campus at the beginning of every academic year is a great opportunity to meet classmates and faculty in person.

Course Requirements

Credits and Completion

This 36-credit master’s degree includes courses in institutional corrections and offender rehabilitation, offender reentry and reintegration, community corrections, restorative justice, abnormal psychology, addiction, and more. Students design a culminating project with a faculty member or complete an externship in consultation with their academic advisor.

Master’s in Criminal Justice & Community Corrections CurriculumCredits
Crime, Law and Courts
Crime and Criminal Behavior
Intro to U.S. Law for Forensic Mental Health
Intro to Forensic Mental Health
Institutional Corrections
Institutional Corrections and Offender Rehabilitation
Alcoholism/Drug Addiction: Vulnerabilities, Dynamics, Problems
Abnormal Psychology
Community Corrections
Reentry and Reintegration of Offenders
Community-Based Corrections
Restorative Justice in the Community
Program Support
Program Evaluation and Evidence-Based Practice
Culminating Project or Externship

Graduate and Undergraduate Equivalent Credit

Students who have earned prior graduate credit may request a transfer of up to six credits that meet the equivalency for courses in the master’s in Criminal Justice & Community Corrections. Students who have received undergraduate credit for courses that are equivalent in content to the required graduate courses may request a waiver up to six graduate credits. Graduate courses that are waived through undergraduate credits must be replaced with electives bearing graduate credit.

Transfer credit and waivers must be approved by the program director.

“From restorative justice to best practices in handling alcohol and drug addiction in correctional institutions and community corrections, this degree is on trend with what is happening now in my field.”

Delta Barometre

Superintendent, Otisville Correctional Facility, New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Easily Apply

We offer rolling admission, so apply anytime, and you can start when you are ready — fall or spring semesters.

Applicants should have completed a bachelor’s degree. (It is preferred, though not required, that the degree be in criminal justice or a related area like sociology, psychology, or social work).

Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A one- to two-page essay on reasons for applying to the program
  • A current resume
  • An RSC graduate school application
Personal advising, experienced faculty

Our Criminal Justice master’s comes with a deep, Russell Sage-level of support from an assigned faculty advisor who works with you to ensure your success.

Equal Justice Under Law

Your Future Career with a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice & Community Corrections

Whether you’re beginning your career, pursuing advancement or changing fields, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Community Corrections will increase your marketability.

You will be uniquely qualified for employment opportunities within government, for-profit and not-for-profit and human service organizations that provide community-based alternatives to incarceration.

Community-based alternatives include community supervision (parole and probation), reentry and reintegration services, pre-trial options, specialized courts, mental health and drug/alcohol-related services, and other alternatives to incarceration within the community.

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