Master of Criminal Justice

Master of Criminal Justice

Master degree
12 months
Application deadlines: October 31
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: February
International tuition: NZ$46,050
Domestic tuition: NZ$11,303

Program overview

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. The Master of Criminal Justice involves 180 points of courses, including three taught courses (at 30 points each), a dissertation (60 points), and a choice of either an internship or a professional cultures project course (30 points).

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • PTE
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 language requirements: IELTS Academic: 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, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing and listening. TOEFL PBT: with a minimum score of 575 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5 Pearson Test of English (Academic): with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50

Career opportunities

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.

Campus location

Christchurch , New Zealand