Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration – Center for Adult and Professional Studies – CAPS

Develop advanced administrative skills and deepen your understanding of criminal justice concepts with the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration (MACJA) offered by Urbana University’s Center for Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS).

The Master’s Criminal Justice Administration program is designed for individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree from a state-approved, nationally accredited college or university in criminal justice or a related field. The MCJA program features curriculum and instruction that focuses on broadening and deepening the management and leadership skills of its graduates.  Individuals with a bachelor’s degree in other disciplines will be admitted on a case-by-case basis and may be required to complete prerequisite courses.

Course Topics for the MACJA

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration is delivered in an accelerated format. Courses are taken one-by-one, in eight-week blocks, allowing for intensive study of issues and a logical building up of concepts and skills. Course topics include:

  • Explanations of Criminal Behavior
  • Governmental Budgeting , Accounting, and Reporting
  • Applied Statistics for Criminal Justice
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Public Relations for Criminal Justice

This 35 credit hour degree program culminates in a project designed to demonstrate the student’s comprehension of course content and his or her ability to apply theories to real-world problems. Students intending to move on to a doctoral degree may opt to write a scholarly thesis, while students with a career focus can complete a research project that analyzes a current criminal justice policy problem and proposes solutions.

All learning experiences in the MACJA program have practical applicability in mind—you should be able to immediately connect what you learn in class to your daily work.

Who Can Apply?

Urbana requires that applicants to the MACJA program hold a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a relevant field such as psychology or sociology, and that they have significant criminal justice-related work experience within the past ten years.

When applying, you will need to:

  • Provide proof that you hold a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related field from a regionally accredited college or university, and official transcript(s) showing that you graduated with at least a 2.7 GPA.
  • Submit a personal statement highlighting your career goals and why you will be successful in graduate school.
  • Undergo both a Criminal Bureau of Investigation and a Federal Bureau of Investigation background check.
  • If your first language was not English, you will need to provide official proof that you have passed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a 550 or better.