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Master's in Criminal Justice Administration

Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice Administration

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Administration provides an advanced understanding of the American criminal justice system. Whether you are interested in a management role with Homeland Security, Counter-Terrorism, the FBI, or Child Protective Services, just to name a few, the advanced degree helps students further their career development. The core of the program revolves around specific courses in research methods, social statistics, policy evaluation and administration.

Graduate Criminal Justice Administration Program Admission Requirement

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • G.P.A. of  3.0 GPA or better in last 60 credit hours
  • A resume should be submitted to show professional experience, including undergraduate internships.
  • A 3-page, well-written, A.P.A. formatted essay that explains who you are and how you would bring about positive social change to the country. Describe yourself, your motivations for pursuing the MS-CJAD, and your expectations of the program. Discuss relevant past experiences, such as your education, jobs, community activities, leadership roles, awards, and honors. Write about how these experiences have shaped you and prepared you for the MS-CJAD. Describe the positive social change you want to contribute to society with an MS-CJAD from UTPB.

Conditional Admission

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • G.P.A. below 2.99 to 2.75 in the last 60 credit hours.
  • A resume showing current professional work history.
  • A 3-page, well-written, A.P.A. formatted essay that explains who you are and how you would bring about positive social change to the country. Describe yourself, your motivations for pursuing the MS-CJAD, and your expectations of the program. Discuss relevant past experiences, such as your education, jobs, community activities, leadership roles, awards, and honors. Write about how these experiences have shaped you and prepared you for the MS-CJAD. Describe the positive social change you want to contribute to society with an MS-CJAD from UTPB.
  • Other Evidence
    • Three letters of recommendation.
    • Three years or more of employment experience, or other qualifications in the criminal justice field, including government, private, non-governmental, and non-profit organizations.

Decisions concerning conditional admissions are left to the discretion of the departmental graduate admission’s committee. Conditional students accepted must earn a 3.0 GPA in the first 9 hours of graduate study to remain in the program

M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration Requirements- Thesis Option

  • Students are required to complete 30 semester credit hours of required and elective course work
  • 6 of the 30 hours will include research and preparation of the Master’s Thesis and an oral thesis defense

M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration Requirements- Non-Thesis Option

  • 36 hours of required and elective coursework
  • A written comprehensive examination