How long will it take to get a master’s degree in AOJ?
The program requires successful completion of 33 credits. Full time students can finish the degree requirements in 2 years.

How many classes do I have to take to be considered a full time student?
Students who take 9 credits (3 classes) per semester are considered to be full time students.

Do you have full time and part time students?
Yes. Depending on your circumstances you can opt to be a full time or part time student.

What is the average class size?
The average class size is 17 students.

Is there any financial aid available for graduate students?
Students can apply for graduate assistantships and fellowships. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for eligible students who can accept employment on the Mercyhurst campus. Graduate assistants receive a full or partial waiver of tuition and a stipend in return for a minimum of 25 hours of work weekly, excluding registration and lab fees. A limited number of graduate fellowships are available to Administration of Justice applicants whose undergraduate or professional record show exceptional promise for future leadership in the criminal justice profession. Graduate fellows receive a full or partial waiver of tuition. Students can contact the financial aid office (1-800-824-1926 ext. 2288) to discuss additional financial aid opportunities.

Can I start in the spring term?
Yes, we have rolling admissions. Students can start in either the fall or spring terms.

Do I have to write a thesis?
Students can opt to write a thesis or opt to take 2 elective courses in place of the thesis. Students who plan to pursue doctoral studies are highly encouraged to take the thesis option.

Can I do an internship?
Yes, graduate students can be approved for placements in selective criminal justice agencies and programs.