With our Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration, we focus on leadership development, offering students rigorous and engaging coursework on management, personnel administration, program evaluation and research methods. All of our instruction is grounded in civil and criminal judicial theory and practice, preparing students for careers or advanced education in law enforcement, homeland security, private security, corrections or law.
The online program is designed to offer a broad course of study, giving students from a diversity of backgrounds the tools they need to seek leadership roles in criminal justice fields. Our online courses are offered in a 10-week format and include robust supports.
For our on-campus MSCJA program, we offer four different tracks:
Generalist Track: Offered in traditional on-campus courses or through an online program, and aims to give students a comprehensive understanding of the inner workings of the entire criminal justice system, including law enforcement and corrections.
Correctional Track: Primarily designed for corrections professionals seeking advancement. Courses specific to this concentration include Correctional Management & Administration, Inmate Rights, and Contemporary Issues in Corrections.
Forensic Laboratory Management Track: The Forensic Laboratory Management Track is designed for those working or intending to work in a supervisory position within a crime laboratory.
Law Enforcement Track: Geared toward working law enforcement professionals seeking advancement to leadership roles. This 42-credit program includes six required for completion of this concentration, including Terrorism & Justice and Criminal Evidence.
Upon completion of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration, a graduating student will demonstrate the following competencies:
- The student demonstrates a practical knowledge of the inherent complexities and day-to-day operations of the American Criminal Justice System.
- The student has a command of and can apply a comprehensive, integrated model of criminal justice administration theory and practice, stressing conceptual methodological and contextual knowledge of development and application.
- The student can solve the problems associated with ethical administrative decision-making.
- The student formulates and carries out plans used in the operation of a criminal justice agency.
- The student demonstrates knowledge of how to maintain efficient criminal justice standards without infringing on the basic rights guaranteed to each individual both by state and federal constitutions and laws.
- The student is prepared for a career in the administration of criminal justice.
- The student demonstrates an understanding of how issues of race and ethnicity, gender and social class affect the criminal justice system and can explain the need to understand social causes of crime in order to reduce crime.
Online Degree Requirements
The MSCJA Online degree requires a total of 42 credit hours of course work.
- CJA 602 Agency Administration
- CJA 604 Constitutional Law
- CJA 605 Criminology
- CJA 606 Research Methods
- CJA 610 Law Enforcement
- CJA 612 Correctional Management & Administration
- CJA 708 Terrorism and Justice
- CJA 740 Community Corrections, Probation and Parole
- CJA 760 Contemporary Issues in Corrections
- CJA 766 Ethics in Criminal Justice and Public Administration
- CJA 770 Hostage Negotiations
- CJA 780 Criminal Evidence
- CJA 790 Survey Research Methods and Statistics
- CJA 791 Capstone
Note: The MSCJA Online program is offered in a ten-week format, with a minimum of two classes offered per term.
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