MC223 - Master of Justice and Criminology

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Plan: MC223 - Master of Justice and Criminology
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Justice and Criminology
Award abbreviation: MJustCrim
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: Equivalent to 2 years FT or 4 years PT, (check Articulation & Pathways section for more detail)
Location: Onshore, City campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 099903
CRICOS code: 079595D

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Purpose of the Program

The Master of Justice and Criminology program has been designed to enhance your career opportunities in the justice sector and related fields. If you are already working in the justice industry, this program will allow you to update and extend your knowledge about the field in which you are currently employed or another related field which you may wish to move into. The program will also be particularly beneficial to you if you are new, or relatively new to the justice system, and intend a career in one of its many and varied roles.

The objective of the program is to build your skills and knowledge to enable you to operate more effectively, and to advance, in your chosen profession, well grounded in theory and informed by best professional practice. The program has a strong vocational focus, which will provide you with the advanced skills and knowledge required for you to effectively perform the wide range of tasks undertaken by professionals in the justice industry, as well as a variety of other fields such as compliance, investigation, governance and human security.

You will engage in critical enquiry in regard to global, national and local practices and demonstrate mastery of concepts, debates, processes and recent developments that underpin contemporary justice activities and scholarship in the discipline.  While developing your critical thinking and research skills, you will also learn to how to explore the links between evidence, intelligence and practice and develop the capacity to determine the ways in which contemporary ideas and practices enable, shape and limit the application of justice in contemporary Australia.

In the final semester you will complete a project-based capstone experience in which you will synthesize and integrate your knowledge and skills, connect theory and practice, as well as demonstrate your holistic understanding of the program’s learning outcomes.

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Articulation and pathways

If you have successfully completed a bachelor, bachelor honours, graduate certificate or graduate diploma degree qualification majoring in one of the recognised cognate disciplines of justice studies, criminal justice, criminal justice administration, criminology, legal studies, law or criminal psychology, then you may be eligible for exemptions of up to a maximum of 48 credit points.

Applicants with a bachelor honours, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters degree qualification majoring in a different discipline may also be eligible for credit transfers of up to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study). 

Information is available on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Credit Transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Upon completion of the first year of the program (96 credit points), including core courses, you will be eligible to exit the program with the Graduate Diploma in Justice and Criminology (GD137). If you wish to exit early with the Graduate Diploma you must have completed all 96 credit points or have been granted credit for previous study at an equivalent level (AQF 8).

Upon successful completion of the Master of Justice and Criminology (MC223) you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University subject to each program’s entry requirements. More specifically, you may be eligible to undertake further studies in Postgraduate Research Programs.



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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

An Australian undergraduate degree or its equivalent. Applicants with significant work experience may also be considered. Applicants applying for entry on the basis of work experience must include with their application a CV and direct applicant statement detailing their experience. 

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page -

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page -

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit studies in justice and criminology.

The program has strong, ongoing links with the Federal and Victorian (as well as other states and territories) Justice sectors. In particular, it has been characterised by its very close associations with policing, corrections, courts administration, customs, legal administration, investigations, juvenile justice, Human Services, and the Department of Justice. 

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, ejournals and newspapers.

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Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

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