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Apply what you learn real-time with classes 100% online 

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Become a more effective leader by gaining a greater understanding of the criminal and juvenile
justice process and the causes and conditions that contribute to criminal behavior


Who is this program for?
Our program addresses the needs of in-service criminal justice professionals who are committed to social justice issues and community service in their careers.

Can I work while pursuing my MACJ?
Yes! In fact, it’s encouraged. As a working professional earning your MACJ, you’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned today at work tomorrow. Your daily field work will also help inform class discussions about procedures, organizational structures and more.

Where can I take classes?
In our commitment to provide a convenient, rigorous and affordable education despite the busy and hectic schedules of criminal justice professionals—and to attract students from outside of the immediate vicinity of our campuses—the MACJ was recently converted to a fully online format.

The MACJ consists of core classes and elective classes. All classes are offered in the fully online format, though some electives can be taken in a hybrid format of online and face-to-face coursework at the Simpson College Indianola and West Des Moines locations.

When are classes?
Courses are offered on an accelerated 8-week course schedule.

When can I start?
We offer start times in our Fall, Spring or Summer semester so you don’t have to wait to begin your future success story.

What can I do with this degree?
Graduates of the MACJ program can be found throughout Iowa and the Midwest, working in policy and analysis, corrections, human services, law enforcement and in a variety of private sector agencies.


  1. Submit a copy of the Employer Approval Form and Promissory Note to the Business Office prior to the start of class.
  2. Submit payment of the student portion within 30 days of the start of the term. (If your employer reimburses less than 100% of tuition, your portion must be paid within 30 days of the start of the term.)
  3. Notify the Office of Financial Aid if you are receiving any additional financial aid.



Trauma and Resiliency Certificate Program

The fully online Trauma and Resiliency Certificate program is ideal for any professional who works with at-risk youth or adults and can be completed in less than a year.

In this seminar, students will learn principles of effective and ethical leadership through various projects and experiences, such as completing intensive case studies and interviews of leaders, identifying and developing themes and principles from these projects, and creating leadership plans to apply for their own careers. 4 credits