Master of Science in Administration of Justice
Institutions of social control change constantly due to the public’s demand for a quality system of justice. In this climate, government at all levels is insisting on a higher level of intellectual and educational preparation for those who participate in the operation and administration of its criminal justice systems.
The Master of Science in Administration of Justice degree program serves students who are contemplating careers in the criminal justice field, as well as further graduate study. The program also serves working professionals who enhance their understanding of theory and conduct research related to their organizations.
The program’s major strengths are its applied perspective and strong emphasis on theory, policy, research, and analysis. Philosophy, format, and implementation stress the practical application of a higher level of knowledge, skills, and strategies. The methodological and theory components are highly suitable as a preparation for entering advanced graduate studies and other professional programs.
Graduates successfully compete in the job market and are employed by private companies, city and county governments, state and federal departments. Graduates who are currently employed are often more marketable and upwardly mobile in their agency’s career development programs. They are also qualified to move to other agencies in a new and higher level of participation, responsibility, and compensation. They can expect new management, policy making, and expanded leadership and supervision opportunities as a result of their experiences and graduate degree.
Career choices include but are not limited to:
• Federal law enforcement
• Federal corrections
• Federal probation
• State law enforcement/state corrections (adult and juvenile)
• State probation and parole/county police
• County probation and parole (adult and juvenile)
• City police and other local agencies
• City corrections
• Federal, state and local courts
• Private corrections agencies (adult and juvenile)
• Special service and related agencies
• Victimology service providers
• Private security organizations
Applicants must meet all requirements of the School of Graduate Studies as defined in the current Graduate Catalog. Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree in criminal justice, administration of justice, or a related social science field from a regionally accredited college or university with a grade point average of 2.75 as a minimum. Applicants who do not meet the minimum grade point average requirement must take the GRE and submit their scores as part of their application.