Criminal Justice Administration

Criminal Justice Administration Concentration (Master of Public Administration)

The primary objective of the concentration in Criminal Justice Administration is to provide advanced education in administration and policy analysis to persons already employed in agencies in the criminal justice system. The educational needs of those with specialized, technical, or liberal arts degrees, and others with limited or outdated training in administration are addressed. Designed to serve those seeking to update knowledge to deal with the more complex and numerous tasks facing professionals in the criminal justice system, the concentration includes study of contemporary developments in criminal justice administration, most notably the interdependence between preprosecutorial and post-prosecutorial agencies and functions and the close relationship between administration and policy.

Knowledge Base. Same as for the General Program.

In the Master of Public Administraiton Program, Criminal Justice Concentration, Requirements. Thirty-nine credits (forty-two credits for students requiring an internship), as follows:

  1. Core Courses (12 credits).
    PUB 500 - Politics, Policy, and Public Administration. 
    PUB 501 - Administrative Organization and Behavior. 
    PUB 502 - Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations. 
    PUB 504 - Ethical Issues in Public Administration.   
     
  2. Administrative Functions and Processes (12 credits).
    1.   PUB 530  / POL 530 - The Administration of Justice.  
          PUB 533 - Incarceration, Community Corrections, and Public Policy.  
          PUB 534 - Administration of Trial Courts. 
    2.  One from: 
         PUB 503 - Personnel Issues in Public Service.  
         PUB 518  / HCR 518 - Budgeting in Public and Nonprofit Organizations.  
         PUB 519  / POL 520 - Law and Administrative Processes.  (recommended)
         PUB 520 - Resource Development and Administration.  
         PUB 521 - Entitlement Programs Public Policy.  
         PUB 522 POL 522 - Environmental Law and Public Policy.  
         PUB 524 HCR 524 - Employment, Law and Public Policy.  
         PUB 525 - Legal and Regulatory Issues in Nonprofit Administration.  
         PUB 526 - Staffing Public Sector Organizations.  
         PUB 540 - Volunteerism and the Independent Sector.  
         PUB 547 - Grants Administration and Implementation.  
         PUB 548 - Urban Renewal.  
         PUB 549 - Green Community Development.  
         PUB 572 SOC 566 - Work, Occupations and Professions.  
         PUB 578 - State and Local Public Finance.  
         PUB 596 POL 596 - Intergovernmental Relations.  
     
  3. Analytical Methods (9 credits).
    Three from:
    PUB 506 - Research Methods. 
    PUB 508  / HCR 508 - Evaluation of Services and Programs. 
    PUB 523 - Accounting in Government and Non-Profit Organizations.  
    PUB 527  / HCR 527  / PSY 527 - Personnel Selection and Evaluation. 
    PUB 571  / ECN 571 - Public Economics. 
    ECN 575  / PUB 575 - Cost-Benefit Analysis. 
    PUB 580  / ECN 580 - Quantitative Methods for Public Administration.  
    PUB 594 - Grantwriting and Administration in Public and Nonprofit Agency Settings.   
     
  4. Applied Research (6 credits).
    1.  PUB 593 - Practicum in Research Design. 
    2.  One From: 
         PUB 502 - Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations. *
         PUB 504 - Ethical Issues in Public Administration. *
         PUB 594 - Grantwriting and Administration in Public and Nonprofit Agency Settings. 
         PUB 595  / HCR 595 - Practicum in Applied Research.  
         PUB 596  / POL 596 - Intergovernmental Relations. *
     
  5. Internship (0-3 credits).
    PUB 590 . The internship is not required of those students who are practicing administrators or who have had two years or more experience in an administrative capacity.

*Each of these courses requires a substantial research project similar in scope to PUB 595  and cannot be double counted to meet requirements in any other section of the MPA program.

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