MS in Criminal Justice Administration and Leadership
Today, criminal justice officials are required to have visionary administrative and leadership abilities to meet the diverse needs of our 21st century world. Criminal Justice practitioners moving into the ranks, where they supervise personnel, are required to have the skills, abilities, and knowledge in the area of criminal justice administration and leadership. And, those who wish to be promoted and operate at the upper management level and rank must have a graduate degree in administration and leadership.
Our unique focus on administration and leadership prepares students to meet today’s amplified expectations to lead professionally and solve problems progressively.
Goals and Course Topics
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and Leadership is an interdisciplinary degree designed to provide an enhanced level of graduate study and education for criminal justice practitioners who are entering or progressing into administration and leadership positions. This program will produce professionals who are capable of taking leadership roles in community building and community problem solving and further developing the profession of criminal justice in the 21st century.
Students graduating with the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and Leadership degree will:
- demonstrate a thorough understanding of administrative and leadership issues impacting criminal justice agencies
- acquire theoretical and applied knowledge of crime, crime analysis, criminal behavior and solutions to community crime
- demonstrate skills for conducting and assessing research and program evaluation
- develop improved competence in understanding and applying criminal justice administration and leadership principles
- progress significantly in the workplace in regards to promotion and transferability within criminal justice vocational settings
MSCJ Administration and Leadership Format
This program is formatted for intense study and accelerated completion online. You’ll take classes no more than two at a time in six-week blocks, which allows for degree completion in less than 23 months. Small classes allow for productive discussions and personal attention from your instructor.
Who Will Benefit from this MSCJ Program
The degree program is developed for both experienced and novice criminal justice practitioners who are moving through the promotional hierarchy within their law enforcement agency.
We prefer working professionals whose official transcripts show a 3.0+ GPA in their last 60 credits of bachelor degree study. However, the Graduate Admissions Committee may provisionally admit students who earned less than a 3.0 as undergraduates after requesting additional documents and letters of recommendation from current or former professors and employers.
An Admissions Counselor will guide you through the application process including helping you request your official transcripts and Averett will pay the associated costs. We will review your transcripts and all application materials for admission.
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