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M.A. in Justice Administration and Public Service

Program Overview

The College of Saint Elizabeth developed the M.A. in Justice Administration and Public Service in recognition that a program to develop exceptional leaders was needed in the 21st Century. A graduate of the program is prepared for managerial and executive positions within the major areas of the criminal justice program including law enforcement, courts, corrections probation, parole and counseling victims of crimes.

Applicants must have:

  • Earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.00 average or better on a 4.0 scale;
  • A record of academic success in prior undergraduate courses;
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate's ability to perform a high level of academic work as a self-directed learner and to his/her good character. One letter should be from someone who has worked with or supervised the candidate;
  • A successful interview with a faculty member in person or via phone or webcam;
  • A writing sample will be submitted by the student at the time of the interview;
  • Demonstrated competence in technical knowledge as it relates to participating successfully in the online environment.

Graduate Advisement

Upon being accepted into the M.A. in Justice Administration and Public Service Program, a student will be assigned a graduate advisor, who will help plan out the student's course of study. This advisement can take place via the phone or webcam, or if the student resides in proximity to the College then the student and advisor can choose to meet in person.


A graduate of the Master of Arts Program in Justice Studies will be able to:

  • Design research projects pertaining to moral, ethical, and social justice issues related to public safety and security.
  • Apply acquired knowledge of crime and public-safety problems by devising detailed, appropriate team-developed responses and resolutions.
  • Construct model policies and action plans that test, evaluate, and respond to current problems pertinent to community safety and security.
  • Successfully complete complex academic assignments, utilizing databases and primary source material, about topics relating to public safety administration and security.

Program Requirements

The M.A. in Justice Administration and Public Service consists of 6 required courses and 4 elective courses for a total of 30 credits. The courses are as follows:

Required Courses (18 credits)

JUS650Justice Administration


JUS655Justice Policy & Planning


JUS660Victimization and Justice


MC626Ethical Issues


JUS682Research Methods In Justice Studies


JUS690Capstone Seminar/Experience


Elective Courses

JUS620Law and Legal System


JUS625Homeland Security


JUS630Community Policing


JUS665Legal and Critical Issues


JUS670Management in Justice Administration


JUS675Cyber Crime, Security and the Law


JUS680Investigation & Digital Evidence


JUS683Special Topics


JUS685Independent Study


GST650Continuous Enrollment


Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer of credits into the M.A. in Justice Administration and Public Service is subject to evaluation and approval by the program Director. All graduate transfer credits must carry a minimum 3.0 grade on a 4.0 scale. A maximum of nine credits can be accepted in transfer.