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Criminal Justice Administration

The Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration prepares students for careers in the field of criminal justice and will enhance the careers of those already in the field. The program is designed to be completed within six semesters and includes a comprehensive final examination. 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.
 
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowAdmission Requirements
  • A completed application.
  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, law enforcement or a related field.
  • Standardized test scores from GRE/MAT completed no more than seven years prior to the application submission to the program. 
  • Candidates who have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to waive the standardized test requirement. 
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.7 on a 4 point scale for all undergraduate work from an accredited institution(s) with an MAT score of 380 (GRE Verbal Reasoning Score of 144) or
    • GPA of 2.6 and MAT score of 385 (GRE Verbal Reasoning Score of 146) or
    • GPA of 2.5 and MAT score of 390 (GRE Verbal Reasoning Score of 148) or
    • Exceptional expertise in the field of Criminal Justice as demonstrated through an interview with the Graduate Studies Committee. 
  • All candidates for whom English is not their native language must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS Exam. On the TOEFL, a minimum of score 500 (paper-based exam), 173 (computer-based), or a 61 (Internet-based) is required.  On the IELTS, a minimum score of a 6 is required.  Graduates of English speaking universities will have TOEFL/IELTS requirements waived.
  • Satisfactory completion of an undergraduate or graduate course in research methods and/or statistics prior to admission to the program.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae. 
  • Three letters of recommendation which address the applicant’s academic competencies, work performance and fitness to pursue this graduate degree.
  • Satisfactory performance on a preadmission Interview.
  • $28 for in-state applicants and $38 for out of state or international applicants. 
  • Applicants can be granted conditional admission.  
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowCourse Descriptions
Criminal Justice Administration Graduate Course Descriptions
 Note: All courses are three credit hours.
 
CJ 520. Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration
This course is an introduction to Criminal Justice administration focusing on the procedures, politics and human relations issues that criminal justice administrators must understand in order to succeed. Topics include administration theory, theories of motivation, organizational behavior, politics and police as components of the community, including the political, social and economic networks that compose police administration. Concepts and terminology of administration are covered as well as legal issues involving police administrators.
 
CJ 530. Technology Applications for Criminal Justice
This course focuses on techniques of data processing emphasizing applications to criminal justice. Students will increase their technical skills through hands on experiences, such as analyzing data. They will become more aware of the importance of SPSS in relation to criminal justice and research.
 
CJ 540. Ethical Practices in Administration
The course will examine ethical decision making at the administrative level. Three major ethical perspectives: virtue, formalism and utilitarianism will be presented, analyzed and discussed as it relates to administration. Ethics as it relates to law, police, courts and corrections, and liability in general will be analyzed and examined, as well as the future development of ethics. Critical thinking and ethical decision making in administration will be emphasized.
 
CJ 550. Criminal Justice and the Community
This course focuses on the criminal justice system as a component of the community, including the political, social and economic networks that make up communities. Topics include the interrelations between law enforcement, mental health agencies, juvenile justice and the educational systems. High-crime communities are studied, particularly in terms of the impact on citizens, those who are victimized and others who are not, but are afraid of their safety. The process of community change is addressed in terms of the prevention of crime.
 
CJ 600. Research Methods and Statistics in Criminal Justice
This course provides an introduction to methods of research in criminal justice. Topics include research development based on hypotheses and theories, data collection and analysis, interpretation of results and evaluation of studies.
 
CJ 610. Human Resource Management
This course focuses on managing resources in criminal justice agencies. Resources include personnel and funding. Topics on human resources will include human resource flow, reward systems and work systems. Topics on funding will include budgeting, grants and the impact of policies.
 
CJ 620. Leadership Psychology
This course focuses on the leadership and management principles as applied to criminal justice agencies. Also emphasized are the important psychological processes that are involved in dealing with others. Understanding the importance of key psychological influences in human interactions is inextricably linked to success as an effective leader and manager.
 
CJ 630. Planning Organizational Staff Development
This course focuses on developing training within organizations and aligning training needs with organizational strategy. Topics covered will include learning, motivation and performance. This course will include training design and training methods including computer based training methods. Students will learn the importance of the development and implementation of staff training.
 
CJ 640. Strategic Planning and Policy Formulation
This course focuses on strategic planning and the process of policy formulation. The strategic planning and policy formulation as applied to Criminal Justice agencies must emphasize the importance of these processes being correctly implemented. The success of Criminal Justice administrators and agencies depend on these key concepts of administration being fully understood and implemented.
 
CJ 650. Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement Administration
This course focuses on the aspects of law that are relevant to Criminal Justice administration. Specifically reviewed are the laws that control police practices, court procedures, sentencing and corrections. The course will also examine regulatory state and federal laws regarding employment, discrimination, termination, equal opportunity, and wage and law issues.
 
CJ 660. Crisis Management, Homeland Security and Critical Incident
This course provides an overview of domestic and international terrorism. Philosophies, tactics and targets are discussed. The role of the Criminal Justice system in the prevention and response to terrorism is covered.

CJ 680. Graduate Capstone Course for Criminal Justice
This course is designed to give students the chance to apply the knowledge they have acquired throughout their education to real-world situations and to encapsulate all the learning objectives of the program. In addition, students will prepare to take the final comprehensive examination.
 
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowCurriculum- 36 Hours Required
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 Law Enforcement and the Community
CJ 600 Research Methods & Statistics in CJ
CJ 610 Human Resource Management
CJ 620 Leadership Psychology
CJ 630 Planning Organizational Staff Development
CJ 640 Strategic Planning and Policy Formulation
CJ 650 Legal Aspects of CJ Administration
CJ 660 Crisis Management, Homeland Security and Critical Incident
CJ 680 Graduate Capstone Course for Criminal Justice
 
Course Sequence (tentative)
 
Fall
CJ 520 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration
CJ 540 Ethical Practices in Administration
 
Spring
CJ 530 Technology Applications for Criminal Justice
CJ 550 Criminal Justice and the Community
 
Summer
CJ 600 Research Methods and Statistics in CJ
CJ 610 Human Resource Management
 
Fall
CJ 620 Leadership Psychology
CJ 630 Planning and Organizational Staff Development
 
Spring
CJ 640 Strategic Planning & Policy Formulation
CJ 650 Legal Aspects of CJ Administration
  
Summer
CJ 660 Crisis Management, Homeland Security and Critical Incident
CJ 680 Graduate Capstone Course for Criminal Justice
 
Requirements for Graduation
CJ 680, Graduate Capstone Course for Criminal Justice This course is designed to give students the chance to apply the knowledge they have acquired throughout their education to real-world situations and to encapsulate all the learning objectives of the program. In addition, students will prepare to take the final comprehensive examination.
 
Two written comprehensive examinations in which students will choose from four comprehensive exam areas - research, law, administration and leadership. The examinations will be graded independently by two faculty members, and the grade will be given as distinction, pass, or fail. If a student fails a comprehensive exam, the student can take it one more time.  Once a student chooses the comprehensive exam areas, he/she cannot change the area after failing an exam.
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowProgram Learning Outcomes
Criminal Justice Administration Program Learning Outcomes 
  1. Knowledge - Students will describe, demonstrate and apply theories of leadership and  administration in the criminal justice system, particularly in the law enforcement field.  
  2. 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.
  3. Communication - Students will comprehend, apply and synthesize the ability to communicate using writing, speaking, listening and understanding.
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowProgram Requirements & Standards
‚ÄčProgram Requirements
Students are responsible for knowing 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 chairperson, 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 nine 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 4.0 point scale. Students who accumulate more than two “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 Chairperson and approval of the Criminal Justice Department Graduate Committee.

Application for Degree
Every student must file an application for degree with the Registrar by the end of the fourth week of the semester in which the degree is to be conferred. The Registrar provides application forms.

To be recommended for graduation, a student must satisfy all of the pertinent requirements stated in the handbook, including the following:
  1.  A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on all work attempted.
  2. Completion of the 36 hours required in the curriculum, including the comprehensive exams.
  3. The necessary residence requirement for a degree.
  4. Payment of all outstanding financial obligations to the University.
  5. Participation in Commencement.
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