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About the Program

The Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration prepares students for careers in the field of criminal justice, particularly law enforcement, and will enhance the careers of those already in the field. The program is designed as a cohort group to be completed within six semesters and includes an internship and final paper in the last semester. There are twelve required courses for a total of thirty six (36 hours). Students will be required to take two (2) courses per semester for six consecutive semesters. These courses focus on administration, management, policy making, law, and ethics.
 

Admission Requirements

• An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university in a criminal justice, law enforcement or related field.
• Satisfactory completion of an undergraduate or graduate course in research methods and/or statistics prior to admission to the program.
• A minimum overall GPA of 2.7 on a 4 point scale.
• GRE General Test Scores and or Miller’s Analogies test score at the 50th percentile or higher.
• TOEFL Scores for students whose native language is not English.
• Three letters of recommendation which address the applicant’s academic competencies, work performance and fitness to pursue this graduate degree.
• Satisfactory performance on Preadmission Interview.
 

Program Requirements

Students are responsible for knowing this bulletin and fulfilling requirements for graduation. The University cannot assume responsibility for failure of students to fulfill catalog and curriculum requirements. If questions arise about requirements, students should consult with the appropriate department chair, college dean, or the Registrar several semesters prior to graduation. Participation in the commencement exercise is required.
 

Performance Standards

Universally, a normal course load for most graduate programs is 9 credit hours for full time graduate student status. However, for this cohort program approach, students will take six semester hours each semester and go year-round. All students must complete coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4 point scale. Students who accumulate more than two (2) “C” grades will be dismissed from the program. Students must also complete all requirements within a period of seven years following the date of admission to the program. The Dean of
the College of Professional Studies may extend these limits upon recommendation of the Criminal Justice Department Chair and approval of the Criminal Justice Department Graduate Committee.
 

Curriculum- 36 Hours Required

  • CJ 520   Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration
  • CJ 530   Technology Applications for Criminal Justice
  • CJ 540   Ethical Practices in Administration
  • CJ 550   Criminal Justice and the Community 
  • CJ 600   Research Methods & Statistics in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 610   Human Resource Management
  • CJ 620   Leadership Psychology
  • CJ 630   Planning Organizational Staff Development
  • CJ 640   Strategic Planning & Policy Formulation       
  • CJ 650   Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice Administration       
  • CJ 660   Crisis Management, Homeland Security & Critical Incident
  • CJ 680   Graduate Capstone Course for Criminal Justice

 
Criminal Justice Administration Program Learning Outcomes Revised 15/16
 
  1. Knowledge
Students will describe, demonstrate and apply theories of leadership and administration in the criminal justice system, particularly in the law enforcement field.  
  1. Critical Thinking
Students will comprehend, apply and synthesize quantitative and/or qualitative research skills with proper data analysis, interpretation of information, analyze and evaluating facts, data, theories and terms.
  1. Communication
Students will comprehend, apply and synthesize the ability to communicate using writing, speaking, listening and understanding.

 

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