The Master of Arts degree in Criminal Investigation at Waynesburg University builds on the University’s strong and unique undergraduate criminal justice, forensic science, computer security and forensics, and forensic accounting programs. The Waynesburg program concentrates on advanced investigatory techniques while stressing conceptual and theoretical skills. Students in the program study criminal investigation as it relates to evolving criminal investigation environments, more advanced crime scenes, and more complex crime, recognizing the importance of fundamental skills and the advantage of mastering advanced techniques. Given the curriculum of the program, the candidates for the MACI Program hone advanced investigative techniques through crime scene analysis, intense study of leadership fundamentals, and practical investigative exercise which integrate the various areas of criminal investigation through case studies and written and oral presentations.
A Graduate Curriculum Committee (consisting of the Provost, the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, and the Chairs and Directors of related disciplines) initiates curriculum modifications.
The MACI Program at Waynesburg University involves 30 credit hours of instruction, which may be completed in 12 months of intensive, full-time study. It also is possible to complete the requirements for the MACI Program on a part-time basis in less than 18 months.
All MACI courses are offered in the evenings in two 8-week sessions during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
Admission to the program is offered to all graduates with a relevant four-year degree from accredited colleges and universities. The Director of Graduate Programs in Criminal Investigation will evaluate academic achievement at the undergraduate level, graduate work – if any, special skills, and other factors relevant to the prospective candidate.