The Master of Arts in Criminal Investigation program at Waynesburg University is a unique preparatory program intended to allow criminal justice professionals the opportunity to hone their investigative skills. This curriculum seeks to develop investigative skills while advancing leadership potential in law enforcement professionals and those aspiring to have a career in criminal justice. This degree will provide you with a real-world overview of advanced criminal investigation and crime scene management. 

The MACI program consists of 30 credits in total. As a student, you have the option of catering the program to better reflect your career goals. With Waynesburg’s comprehensive program, you choose to take between 15 and 24 credits in core Criminal Investigation courses, and between 6 and 15 Business-centered MACI classes to round out the program.

Waynesburg MACI students also have the option of pursuing a Master of Business Administration through our dual degree program. Additionally, students who complete coursework at the undergraduate level can apply for a 5-year program, in which they will earn their Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, then transition directly into obtaining a Master’s in Criminal Investigation. 

See what our current students and industry professionals are saying about the program.

As a senior official with the Department of Homeland Security, my education is the bedrock of my career. I highly recommend pursuing a master's degree in the criminal justice arena, as it's an investment that will continually pay off in your career. David Abbate, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations
As a graduate student who just completed the Behavioral Interviewing course which is required for the MBA and Masters in Criminal Investigations at Waynesburg University, I know how valuable this course will be for me as I start my career. Dominic Zappa, current graduate student at WU
Three years ago as a Supervisory Special Agent with ATF, I reviewed hundreds of qualified applicants seeking employment in federal law enforcement within the U.S. Department of Justice. Those who possessed advanced degrees and particularly a Master’s Degree relating to the field, had a distinct advantage in making the best-qualified list in our hiring process. A Master’s Degree (such as in Criminal Investigations) not only makes the applicant more competitive during the hiring process, but it also positively enhances their upward mobility potential within the organization once hired. James A. Tanda, C.I.P.B.I, Criminal Justice Instructor, Waynesburg Univ., and ATF Supervisory Special Agent (retired)

Advance quickly with our concentrated schedule…

With our exclusive concentrated schedule you have the flexibility to go straight through to graduation in the minimum amount of time. Or, you can 'step out' of the program at any time to accommodate business, family, or personal obligations. Then, you can step right back into the program without missing a beat.

Our team works with you and guides you throughout the program to meet your individual needs. Your MACI degree can be completed in one year. Average program length is eighteen months if students matriculate part time.

• Flexible Scheduling permits you to take classes at your own pace with Accelerated 8-week class sessions, six times within a calendar year

• Classes meet one night per week Monday - Thursday from 6 PM to 10 PM at our four convenient locations in the Pittsburgh region: Southpointe, Cranberry, Monroeville, Waynesburg

You will learn from instructors who are experts in their fields and live what they teach every day. These instructors provide advanced but practical instruction in criminal investigation methods, theory, and technique.

Prepare yourself for career advancement today!

To be considered for admission into the MACI program, the student must submit the following:

  • Completed Application
  • An official transcript indicating a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in a relevant field earned at an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts of all other undergraduate and graduate coursework (request forms available below)
  • A current resumé
  • Two completed reference forms (form available below)

In order to be admitted to the program, the student must have:

  • Graduated from an accredited four-year college or university, GPA 3.0 or higher

Students whose native language is not English must also submit an official report of TOEFL scores or other indication of competency in English. Students seeking admission into the graduate criminal investigation program may be offered regular or conditional admission. The Director of the CI Program will review each student's educational background and work experience to determine the student's admission status in conjunction with Academic Affairs. Regular admission will be offered to students who demonstrate that they have the preparation necessary to successfully complete the program.

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The MACI Program at Waynesburg University is comprised of a 30 credit hour curriculum.

REQUIRED COURSES (15-24 CREDITS)

CRJ 514 – Advanced Criminal Investigation

CRJ 515 – Advanced Crime Scene Investigation

CRJ 516 – Advanced Interview and Interrogation

CRJ 517 – Effective Behavioral Analysis

CRJ 518 – Research in the Justice System

CRJ 519 – Financial Crime Investigations

CRJ 525 – Drug Crime Investigations

CRJ 526 – Digital Evidence and Computer Crime

CRJ 527 – Intelligence and Homeland Security

REQUIRED COURSES (6-15 CREDITS)

CRJ 529 – Ethical Decision Making (BUS 529)

CRJ 566 – Behavioral Interviewing (BUS 566)

CRJ 567 – Conflict Resolution (BUS 567)

CRJ 575 – Organizational Behavior (BUS 575)

CRJ 586 – High Performance Team Development (BUS 586)

Required Courses for All MACI Students can be found under the Course Descriptions Tab

MA/MBA Dual Degree

Students who pursue a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Investigation may choose to also pursue a Master of Business Administration degree. The MA/MBA degree is intended for student who desire more advanced business content to complement their graduate criminal investigation work. The MA in Criminal Investigation degree requires 30 credit hours plus an additional 24 credits in business courses for a total of 54 credits to earn the dual degree. MA/MBA degree students must complete all curriculum and degree requirements for each degree. The MA/MBA degrees will be conferred at one time upon completion of all 54 credits. All credits must be completed within 7 years from the initial program enrollment.

CURRICULUM - 54 CREDITS

MA COURSES (30 credits from CRJ)

  • CRJ 514 – Advanced Criminal Investigation
  • CRJ 515 – Advanced Crime Scene Investigation
  • CRJ 516 – Advanced Interview and Interrogation
  • CRJ 517 – Effective Behavioral Analysis
  • CRJ 518 – Research in the Justice System
  • CRJ 519 – Financial Crime Investigations
  • CRJ 525 – Drug Crime Investigations
  • CRJ 526 – Digital Evidence and Computer Crime Investigations
  • CRJ 527 – Intelligence and Homeland Security
  • CRJ 529 – Ethical Decision Making
  • CRJ 566 – Behavioral Interviewing
  • CRJ 567 – Conflict Resolution
  • CRJ 575 – Organizational Behavior
  • CRJ 586 – High Performance Team Development

MBA COURSES

  • BUS 526 - Accounting Concepts & Applications
  • BUS 528 - Seminar in Applied Economics
  • BUS 535 - International Business
  • BUS 558 - Financial Management
  • BUS 576 - Management Information Systems
  • BUS 578 - Marketing Management
  • BUS 585 - Statistical Methods
  • BUS 599 - Management Policy

MA in Criminal Investigation Curriculum - 30 Credits

CRJ 514. Advanced Criminal Investigation                                                                                       
3 credits

This course is a practical and theoretical approach to advanced level techniques for perfecting criminal investigations in state and federal law enforcement. This advanced techniques course includes the systematic approach to solving certain violent crimes, complex cases, gang and organized crimes involving RICO, Continuing Criminal Enterprises and multi-defendant conspiracies which require unique investigative as well as prosecutorial strategies. This course also focuses on lead development from physical evidence recovered during crime scene examinations, advanced electronic surveillance techniques, the importance of advanced interviewing techniques as it relates to source development, post-mortem death investigations, behavioral analysis, intelligence gathering, and the legal and practical aspects of search warrant execution.

CRJ 515. Advanced Crime Scene Investigation                                                                              
3 credits
This course is designed explore advanced areas of crime scene investigation. This course will be an in depth study of topics such as Autopsy, Forensic Anthropology, Collection and Preservation of Evidence, Blood Spatter Analysis, Documentation (e.g. sketching and photography), Death Scene Investigation, and Investigation of Specialized Scenes (explosions; outdoor; accident scenes). Other activities will serve to give students insight into various aspects of forensic science such as table top exercises, case studies, guest speakers, and field trips.

CRJ 516. Advanced Interview and Interrogation                                                               
3 credits
This course provides theoretical, legal, and practical instruction in the ever-changing area of interview and interrogation by police officers, federal law enforcement agents, and detectives involved in criminal, civil, and financial investigations.

CRJ 517. Effective Behavioral Analysis                                                                                
3 credits
This course will teach students to describe and analyze the behavior patterns, traits, and characteristics of offenders in specific criminal cases. It will help them to apply those behaviors to factual situations where the student can determine the behaviors and characteristics of an unknown suspect. A variety of teaching methods, including lecture, videos, guest lecturers, cold case study, and assigned text study will be employed.

CRJ 518. Research in the Justice System                                                                             
3 credits
This course is an exploration of the specialized methods and sources of legal and justice research in the areas of: justice publications and resources, case collections, computer-assisted research, constitutional law and history, legal history, legal periodicals, legislative history, practice and procedure, administrative rules and regulations, foreign laws and treatises, and social science materials. The course includes an analysis of the uses of research, as well. Applications of research will be required.

CRJ 519. Financial Crime Investigations
3 credits

This course is designed to explore how finances can be utilized in criminal investigation and prosecution. The topics that will be covered in this course will include forensic accounting, corporate crime/white collar crime, money laundering, and RICO prosecutions. A variety of teaching methods will be utilized, including lecture, guest lectures, video, and practical exercises.

CRJ 525. Drug Crime Investigations
3 credits
This course is a theoretical and practical approach to investigating drug crimes by local, state, and federal law enforcement. This course includes the present day methods and practices used by police, detectives, and narcotics officers to identify, interdict, and seize the full range of illegal drugs, prescription narcotics, and emergency trends, such as synthetic drugs, in today’s society. Complex investigative techniques will be presented for the effective investigation and eventual prosecution of street level distribution crimes, interstate and international drug trafficking cases, gangs, DTO (Drug Trafficking Organizations), and organized crime involved in drug trafficking. 

CRJ 526. Digital Evidence and Computer Crime Investigations
3 credits

This course will explore the ever-changing world of digital evidence and computer crime. The topics to be covered will include cellphone data/tracking, collection of digital evidence, legal/ethical issues with digital evidence, social media in a criminal investigation, and tracking digital footprints. 

CRJ 527. Intelligence and Homeland Security.
3 credits
This course is designed to provide an understanding of how intelligence is used in support of developing US policy to protect the Homeland. Facilitated discussions of the reading material require students to interpret how intelligence is applied to policymaking. Topics to be covered will include the history of Homeland security, intelligence collection methods, Fusion Centers, national and international counter terrorism, and ethical considerations regarding intelligence.

CRJ 529. Ethical Decision Making
3 credits
This course provides a study of the changing environments of business and the consequent changing role of business in society. The theory of capitalism is fully developed and related to modern American business. Topics such as social values, corporate power, pluralism, social responsibility, and business ethics are addressed. Contemporary issues such as pollution, consumerism, and urban decay are viewed from the perspective of the business manager. Governmental regulations and policies are shown to have a significant effect on the firm. The future of business, government, and society is debated.(Cross listed with BUS 529.) 

CRJ 566. Behavioral Interviewing
3 credits
This course examines the process of interviewing prospective candidates for a position, using a particular style of questioning, known as behavioral interviewing. Legal issues are addressed. Students practice behavioral interviewing and determine strategies for creating an effective climate for successful interviews. Prerequisite: CRJ 575. (Cross listed with BUS 566.) 

CRJ 567. Conflict Resolution
3 credits
This course will require students to utilize knowledge and skills that have been developed in prior coursework and in their outside, personal and professional environments. In addition to learning new concepts, students will be required to utilize what they have acquired in the past in order to understand and resolve typical and yet sometimes complex real-life interactions. (Cross listed with BUS 567.)

CRJ 575. Organizational Behavior
3 credits
The organizational structure of the institution is studied. Topics addressed include: organizational patterns, goal setting, planning, leadership, motivation, communication, production, morale, rewards, conflict, and change. The course integrates contemporary readings and case analysis with the topics being addressed.(Cross listed with BUS 575.)

CRJ 586. High Performance Team Development
3 credits
This course provides team leaders and members with the tools to develop and sustain effective teamwork. The tools to be considered will contain strategies and tactics to achieve the outcomes of a shared vision, individual and mutual responsibility, and perpetual development of communication processes, strong unified relationships, and the coordination of effort among team members. Prerequisite: CRJ 575. (Cross listed with BUS 586.)