The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (MSCJA) degree program consists of a rigorous graduate-level curriculum that integrates the overlapping skills of public and private sector law enforcement and corporate risk practitioners into a common framework. This framework makes it possible for those practitioners to also obtain the specialized education and skills in their particular sub-area(s) of interest. Moreover, this program consciously and purposefully embeds core Jesuit concepts- spreading social justice into both the traditional venues of criminal justice and into a domain that is not frequently thought of as part of the social justice paradigm- private sector risk mitigation.
The MSCJA curriculum is broadly divided into two distinct areas, “Core” courses and “Specialization” courses. The core courses are designed to provide solid empirical, theoretical, conceptual, and practical foundations relevant to MSCJA students. Critical aspects of the courses are consistent with “standard” curriculum offerings at the master’s level in the social sciences; moreover, we have ‘shaped’ and chosen the courses to also appeal and be relevant for our students who are practitioners. Our core courses are chosen in light of all of these considerations in addition to key characteristics of the Jesuit tradition, which have been noted above. Each student must successfully complete the “core” courses in order to move-on to the specialization part of the curriculum.
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (MSCJA) offers two specializations: Justice Administration and Forensic Administration. Find out more about each below:
Each student will complete the core curriculum in a pre-specified order, listed below. This order has been purposely chosen to balance the more complex and technically challenging classes with those that provide comprehensive coverage and foundational content material of the fields of public and private justice administration. The MSCJA builds both breadth of knowledge and technical sophistication that prepares students for leadership positions in planning and administration. View all degree requirements »