Master of Public Administration -
Criminal Justice Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) Degree Program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to build strong healthy communities and work effectively and efficiently with private partners and not-for-profit and public sector organizations. The primary purpose of the MPA Program is to prepare graduates for career advancement in public service through student-centered education and real-world case learning that empowers students to problem-solve and appropriately respond with strategic plans in justice administration, and emergency disaster situations.

To achieve the objective of this program, the following learning outcomes have been established:

  1. Students will be able to analyze problem solving strategies for implementation in public/non-profit agencies.
  2. Students will be able to apply ethical principles related to multiculturalism, and gender equity to resolve ethical dilemmas at work.
  3. Students will be able to evaluate strategies for managing political budgets for effective decision-making about costs and benefits in the public sector.
  4. Students will be able to apply the public policy process to the pragmatic application of policy making models.

Criminal Justice Administration Concentration

The MPA Criminal Justice Administration concentration is for public managers interested in working in law enforcement and seeking to improve analytical and problem-solving skills through advanced theory-to-practice training in the field. The MPA CJA concentration prepares public managers for career advancements in agencies such as Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Marshals, and state and local law enforcement agencies.

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Graduates will successfully complete 36 semester hours outlined below
Curriculum / Semester Hours
  Courses Semester Hours  
Major Requirements 24
Concentration 12
Total 36
Curriculum / Semester Hours
  Courses Semester Hours  
Major Requirements 24
PUA 5301 - Administration of Public Institutions 3
PUA 5302 - Public Administration Ethics 3
PUA 5303 - Organizational Theory 3
PUA 5304 - Quantitative Research Methods 3
PUA 5305 - Public Finance and Budgeting 3
PUA 5306 - Public Policy 3
PUA 5307 - Strategic Planning 3
PUA 5308 - MPA Seminar 3
Curriculum / Semester Hours
  Courses Semester Hours  
Criminal Justice Administration Concentration 12
MCJ 5135 - Theory of Crime and Criminology 3
MCJ 5390 - Critical Analysis of Criminal Justice Administration 3
MCJ 6230 - Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice 3
MCJ 6530 - Critical Analysis of Criminal Justice Public Policy 3

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