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    Jan 26, 2020  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Criminal Justice Administration, M.A.


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Degree Information

Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

Minimum Total Hours: 33
Level: Masters
CIP Code: 43.0103
Dept Code: CJP
Major/College Codes: CJA BC
Approved 2006

Contact Information

College: Behavioral & Community Sciences
Department: Criminology (CJP)

Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors


The M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration is a specialized and concentrated program of study designed specifically for current or former practitioners within the criminal justice system.  Generally it targets individuals who do not anticipate continuing on to the doctoral studies.  It is a concentrated weekend, cohort-based major leading to the M.A. in five consecutive semesters.  Up to two classes may be offered via the internet.  Classes are held on weekends, meet for one day, and run seven weeks back-to-back. The major is modeled after a typical executive MBA program for working professionals. This is a cohort based model. This major concentrates on issues related to the organization and operation of criminal justice agencies and related organizations.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s abilities to succeed at the graduate level
  • A statement of purpose addressing the motivations to attain a graduate diploma and the intention to apply the diploma to a specific set of purposes

Curriculum Requirements


Total Minimum hours - 33

Core - 24 hours
Additional Required Courses - 9 hours

Core Requirements (24 Credit Hours)


Additional Required Courses (9 Credit Hours)


Additionally, two courses in public administration at the 6000 level are required.

The department recommends PAD 6041 (3) and PAD 6934 (3) or similar courses in PAD approved by the CJA Program Director in coordination with the Public Administration Program.

Comprehensive Exam


A student portfolio is used in lieu of a comprehensive exam.

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