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    Aug 15, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Criminal Justice Administration, M.A.


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Contact Information

College: Behavioral & Community Sciences
Department: Criminology

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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 Credit Hours

  • Core - 24 Credit hours
  • Additional Required Courses - 9 Credit 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 Ethics and Public Service  (3) and PAD 6934 Selected Topics in Public Administration  (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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