Criminal Justice Administration
The program leading to the Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration (MCJA) offers a comprehensive examination of the criminal justice system, an exploration of criminal and delinquent behaviors, a foundation in research and statistics, and an opportunity to explore other relevant topics of interest to the student. See full program details in the Academic Catalog.
It is designed for individuals who have already obtained an undergraduate degree from a state or regionally accredited college or university in criminal justice or a related field. The Criminal Justice Administration program features curriculum and instruction that focuses on broadening and deepening the management and leadership skills of its graduates.
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences employs graduate faculty who mirror the characteristics it seeks to instill in its graduate students: scholarship, concern, motivation, and an orientation to service. The graduate faculty represents a broad background of educational and practical expertise. They dedicate themselves to teaching and enjoy working with graduate students individually and in small class situations.
- Graduates of the program will demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts and the role they play in developing sustainable criminal justice programs.
- They will become knowledgeable of the structure and management of criminal justice organizations.
- Students will develop fiscal management and research skills that will assist in securing funding to sustain and expand criminal justice programming.
- Graduates will embrace and apply the processes that integrate professionalism, service, accountability and leadership.
To meet these objectives and to develop a broadly educated student, the program offers both thesis and non-thesis options.
- The thesis option is generally recommended for students wishing to pursue further education in professional schools or doctoral level studies.
- The non-thesis option (project) is designed for the students who do not intend to pursue doctoral level studies. It will provide a base of knowledge and skills necessary to administer criminal justice related programs.
Students obtaining the MCJA will seek or advance employment in the fields of policing, corrections, juvenile justice, and victim assistance.
To enter the program students must meet the following requirements:
- Possess an earned baccalaureate degree from a state and regionally accredited college or university.
- Earn an acceptable undergraduate grade point average. "Acceptable" is defined as 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent.
- Submit official copies of all college transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
- Provide three (3) references with phone numbers.
- Submit a personal statement highlighting your career goals and why you will be successful in graduate school.
- Demonstrate knowledge in criminal justice from specific coursework and/or can document criminal justice-related training in the areas of criminal justice, sociology, or psychology within the past ten (10) years. (If your degree is not in criminal justice, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.)
- Complete the admission application.
Up to six (6) credits of graduate level coursework may be transferred from an accredited college or university.
How Do I Apply for Admission?
- Request an application for admission from the Office of Graduate Admissions.
- Send the completed application to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
- Request an official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended and have it sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Transcripts are considered official only when they are sent directly from the school and have a school seal or signature of a school official.