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Public Administration: Criminal Justice (MPA)

Master of Public Administration

From violent crime to public order offenses, the Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice focuses on applied problem-solving skills. Through course work and an emphasis on student research, students receive specialized knowledge and technical skills in budgeting, planning, personnel administration, legal issues in criminal justice, police strategies, and social policymaking.

Graduates typically achieve continued success in their present careers or are successful in obtaining other career positions related to their interests.

Offered as a collaborative program between the Department of Political Science & Public Administration and Department of Criminal Justice, the MPA with Concentration in Criminal Justice is designed to accommodate working professionals as well as recent graduates.

The Curriculum

  • Administrative Law
  • Approaches and Methods in Political Science
  • Principles and Problems of Public Administration
  • Administrative and Organizational Theory
  • Public Personnel & Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Budgeting and Decision Making
  • Program and Policy Evaluation
  • Theoretical Foundations of Crime and Crime Prevention
  • Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Police Strategies, Administration and Social Policy-making
  • Seminar on Criminal Justice System Policy
  • Professional Seminar or Thesis*


Successful completion of thirty-six (36) semester hours of credit is required for the Master of Public Administration with Concentration in Criminal Justice degree. Students typically complete the degree within four semesters.

  • Option to complete research through a thesis or capstone project in a professional seminar
  • Evening classes through the academic year including summer sessions
  • Courses offered in face-to-face and blended (face-to-face plus digital) instruction
  • Admissions Requirements and Deadlines
    • Application
    • Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities
    • Resume
    • Three letters of recommendation


      Fall semester: August 1st

      Spring semester: December 1st

      Summer sessions: May 1st

    Student Learning Outcomes

    • Public Administration (MPA)
      1. Students will be able to apply leadership theories and techniques in managing and governing a political organization.
      2. Students will be able to analyze and disseminate data and information.
      3. Students will be able to apply financial concepts, data and assumptions to develop an accurate, flexible and professional quality budget for a public or not-for-profit organization.
      4. Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the management of people and resources.
      5. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to communicate professionally.

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