Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration Curriculum


The 36-credit curriculum requires degree candidates to take six core courses; the student will complete the remainder in selected concentrations. All students are required to take the following six core courses:

  • MSCJ 701 Crime and Organizational Theory into Practice
  • MSCJ 702 Crisis Management and Media Relations
  • MSCJ 703 Budget Analysis
  • MSCJ 704 Assessing Organizational Performance
  • MSCJ 705 Applied Data Analysis and Decision-Making
  • MSCJ 706 Ethics and the Administration of Justice

View a description of the core courses and complete list of our electives.

Specialization Options

Specializations are offered in Justice Administration and Forensic Science Administration. This arrangement allows you to create a unique plan of graduate study that is compatible with your interests and career objectives.

Justice Administration Specialization

Complete the six (6) core courses, three (3) specialized courses from the list below, one (1) advanced analytics course, plus two (2) additional electives.

  • MSCJ 811 Survey of Justice Administration
  • MSCJ 812 Bureau Pathology in Justice Administration
  • MSCJ 815 Special Topics in Justice Administration
  • MSCJ 000 Advanced Analytics Elective
  • Two elective courses1

Forensic Science Administration Specialization

Complete the four (4) courses from the list below, plus two (2) additional electives.

  • MSCJ 861 Forensic Science: Crime Scene to Courtroom
  • MSCJ 862 Crime Lab Management
  • MSCJ 863 Quality Assurance in the Crime Laboratory
  • MSCJ 864 Current Topics Affecting Forensic Science
  • Successful completion of two elective courses1

1An "elective" course is any course from any specialization that is not a requirement for the student's chosen specialization.