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Master of Science in Criminal Justice (Justice Administration)

Master's in Criminal Justice (Justice Administration)

If you work in criminal justice and aspire to agency leadership positions, earn your Master of Science in Criminal Justice (Justice Administration concentration) to equip yourself with the skills in higher level management that you'll need to succeed.

This concentration will prepare you to apply academic theory in practical settings and manage critical workplace situations. Choose from a variety of elective options in human resource management, public budgeting, and grant writing, as well as contemporary issues in justice administration. Each course is designed to bring the experience of the adult learner into the learning environment.

Designed specifically for working adults—especially criminal justice professionals and adults with a military background—Excelsior's master's in criminal justice enables you to balance your education with work and family commitments. You'll benefit from:

  • Generous transfer credit policies: Transfer up to 15 graduate credits from criminal justice programs at other accredited colleges. That's half of the 30 credits required for degree completion.
  • Work/life balance: Take online criminal justice classes that you can schedule around your work and family activities.
  • Affordability: You can afford to study criminal justice administration at Excelsior, thanks to our budget-friendly tuition and student fees.
  • Outstanding support: Our award-winning academic advisors will provide you with personalized guidance.
  • First rate academics: Excelsior's innovative criminal justice degree programs have a reputation for rigor that is recognized by hiring managers in criminal justice agencies.

A Master's Degree for Administrative Leaders in Criminal Justice

Our online criminal justice master's degree meets the same high academic benchmarks that govern more traditional justice administration master's programs. Learn from experienced faculty who work in administrative positions or teach in criminal justice programs across the United States, as you take courses in:

  • Public Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Grant Writing
  • Justice Administration
  • Arbitration
  • Personnel Management in Criminal Justice
  • Change Management

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MS in Criminal Justice Credit Requirements

MS in Criminal Justice Credit Requirements

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program requires 30 credits (semester hours) of interdisciplinary study in criminal justice divided between the core requirements and concentration. All students take 18 credits of core courses which provide students with graduate-level understanding of criminal justice. Students complete 9 credits of courses in the concentration. Students must complete a 3-credit capstone course at the end of the program.

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Program Outcomes

Students who complete the Masters in Criminal Justice will be able to:

  • Integrate the evolution of important criminological theories with the development of contemporary criminal justice policy.
  • Critique the criminal justice system including the legal, theoretical and public policy issues that impact it.
  • Compare and contrast contemporary CJ issues through the application of current theories and literature as they impact the American CJ system .
  • Construct and evaluate research designs and methods that evaluate agency programs, or investigate empirical or theoretical issues relating to criminal justice.
  • Articulate knowledge and appreciation for diversity (including, but not limited to, race, culture, ethnicity, gender, religion) and its effects within the context of the criminal justices system.
  • Analyze and evaluate contemporary homeland security issues as they relate to criminal justice based on an understanding of the domestic and international processes affecting homeland security.
  • Construct an argument for the relationship between current theories of emergency management and their practical application within the American criminal justice system.

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Public Service Catalog

Review degree requirements, learning outcomes, core courses, and more in the School of Public Service Catalog.

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Institutional Accreditation

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Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

All of Excelsior College's academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.

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