• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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All courses focus on the study of crime from a variety of perspectives: cause of crime, societal reaction, judicial processing and treatment of offenders, as well as the philosophy and practice of social control and administration of criminal behavior. Emphasis is also placed on critical thinking and problem solving.

The curriculum of the Criminal Justice programme from Marist College culminates with two senior seminar courses, which bring together all facets of the Marist undergraduate experience, and the lessons learned in the major. A mandatory six-credit internship enables the Criminal Justice major to gain practical experience from a variety of criminal justice and allied agencies. Internship placements include the range of federal, state, and local agencies.

While being exposed to experiences in both the classroom and the real world, students are also assisted in making informed career choices. Major curriculum completion, coupled with all Core/Liberal Arts requirements, leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. A minor in Criminal Justice is also available.

Criminal Justice majors may also choose to begin a Master's in Public Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice as an undergraduate and complete graduate studies within one year after completing their undergraduate degree.


The Criminal Justice major engages the student in rigorous examination surrounding the causes and reactions to criminal behavior. Courses reflect a broad-based theoretical and experimental approach to students of why crime is committed and what society does in response to criminal commission. The completion of Marist Core and major-required curriculum culminates in students earning a Bachelor of Science degree.

We start with the agreement that justice is society's goal. We explore plausible solutions to the problem of crime, and we believe knowledge comes from objective inquiry into all facets related to crime. In a changing world, nothing changes faster than crime and society's sensitivity to it. We believe that nothing is more important than engaging our students in an informed dialogue about all aspects of the phenomenon of crime.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Early Decision: November 15th
    • Early Action: November 15th
    • Regular Decision: February 1st
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice 
  • Criminology
  • Criminal and Scientific Investigation 
  • Law and Society
  • Policing in America
  • Corrections and Penology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Completed Undergraduate Admission Application, with fee: We accept either the Marist application or the Common application with a Marist supplement.
  • Official transcript(s): from all high schools attended, including your most recent grades available at the time of application.
  • Writing sample.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: one from a counselor and the other from a teacher.
  • Optional: Official SAT or ACT.
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results, if English is not your primary language.
  • Certificate of Financial Resources form: for non-U.S. citizens.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    42500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Poughkeepsie

  • 1138 - 2480 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Marist awards merit scholarships, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 a year, to its most academically competitive applicants. When you apply for admission to Marist, you are automatically considered for merit scholarships; there is no additional application.

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