UNC’s MACJ program invites applications throughout the year. We will admit new students to begin the program Spring term (January) and Fall term (August).
The earlier you apply for your chosen start term, the greater your chance of full consideration for graduate assistantship opportunities to offset program costs.
A completed application typically takes between four to six weeks to process. Your application for admission will not be fully processed until all materials have been received by the Graduate School. Files are reviewed on a first-served basis as soon as they are complete, and students are notified by letter as soon as admission is granted to the MACJ program.
You will apply to the program and then submit additional materials:
The MACJ Admissions Committee reviews all completed applications and makes admissions decisions. Admission to the MACJ program is based upon the applicant’s academic history, personal essay, letters of recommendations, work experience, and potential for academic and career success.
“Had it not been for the UNC master's degree, I would not be in the position I am in today. The skills I acquired played a key role in my promotion and continue to help me in my current job assignment.
"As a result of the knowledge, research, and contacts from the program, I am a stronger leader and manager at my current police organization.”
– Program Graduate Adam Turk,
Investigations Lieutenant, Greeley Police Dept.
“I soon realized if I wanted to advance in the criminal justice system, I needed to further educate myself. My experience with the master’s program was a very good one. All of the professors made themselves available for any questions that arose.
"I put my degree to use daily. In fact, we just started a new intake unit, and we now receive the new people coming from court after sentencing.”
– Program Graduate Saara Alakoski,
Probation Officer, 18th Judicial District (CO)
“The Master of Arts program allowed me to gain invaluable experience. The curriculum prepared me to advance my career in the criminal justice field working as a Victim Services Coordinator and running the Juvenile Diversion program out of Eagle County, Colorado.
"The professors tailor the classes to be relevant to working professionals as well as expand the student’s academic prowess and understanding. The format, classwork, professors and overall program are top notch, allowing professionals to advance their careers in any area of criminal justice that they choose.”
– Program Graduate Kamille McKinney,
Victim Services / Juvenile Diversion Coordinator, 5th Judicial District (CO)