Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration

Please Note: As of Fall 2016, we will no longer be accepting applications for the MS in Criminal Justice Administration program. We will continue to teach out the program for those students currently enrolled.

The program leading to the Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration is designed to support practitioners currently working in the field in gaining additional managerial skills, grow their personal knowledge of the system, keep current in the field of criminal justice and advance their career. It is designed for:

  • Individuals who aspire to earn a terminal master’s degree as a credential for entry in the field of criminal justice.
  • Working professionals who wish to acquire job-related knowledge or enhance and broaden their knowledge.
  • Those who wish to pursue further relevant post-graduate studies, whether academic or professional.

The program curriculum is a combination of criminal justice graduate courses and MBA courses. This fusion allows students to develop the skills needed to lead in criminal justice organizations today. The program is designed to be flexible for today’s working professionals with courses being taught online, face-to-face and hybrid. Students have the option for a capstone experience of completing a thesis or taking a competency exam and using those 6 credits for elective courses or completing an applied project. The thesis option is recommended for students wishing to pursue further education in professional schools or doctoral level studies. It is designed to prepare students to conduct research in criminology and criminal justice and actively participate in the development of knowledge. Students choosing the thesis option are required to register for 6 thesis credits, which could be spread over 2 semesters. Non-thesis students take 6 credits of electives and/or complete an applied project. This could be two additional elective courses or one additional elective course and 3 credits of an applied project. The applied project provides students the opportunity to apply course material in real life situations in the field.

Program Objectives

  • Develop an advanced level proficiency in law enforcement, the judicial system, and corrections.
  • Acquire the managerial and supervisory skills needed to move your career to the next level.
  • Sharpen your communication skills.
  • Examine contemporary ethical issues in the field.
  • Learn to use research and data analysis to drive critical decisions.
  • Develop skills necessary to be professional and successful in the courtroom.
  • Examine the complexities of administering, managing, and leading criminal justice organizations.
  • Develop problem solving skills by identifying, analyzing and solving operational problems that impact the delivery of justice.
  • Apply, criticize and compare and contrast theories of crime causation to contemporary issues.

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For current PSU undergraduate students there is a 5th year option that allows you to complete this master’s program in just one year.