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Public Administration with a Concentration in Criminal Justice Administration (MPA)


Public Administration Graduate Programs information  

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  The educational needs of those with specialized, technical, or liberal arts degree, and others with limited or outdated training in administration are addressed.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.


Thirty-nine to forty-two credits as follows:

A. Core Courses (30 credits)

  • PUB 500 - Politics, Policy, and Public Administration (3).
  • PUB 501 - Administrative Organization and Behavior (3).
  • PUB 502 - Public Sector Management (3).
  • PUB 506 - Research Methods (3).
  • PUB 508 - Evaluation of Services and Programs (3).
  • PUB 518 - Budgeting and Finance in the Public Sector (3).
  • PUB 519 - Law and Administrative Processes (3).
  • PUB 580 - Quantitative Methods for Public Administration (3).
  • PUB 593 - Professional Development for Public Administration (3).
  • PUB 595 - Practicum in Public Administration (3).

B. Concentration Requirements (9 credits)

  • CRJ 588 - Corrections: A Critical Perspective (3).
  • PUB 530 - Criminal Justice Policy (3).
  • PUB 532 - Policing Contemporary Society (3).

C. Internship (0-3 credits)

  • PUB 590 - Internship (3). (Can be waived by advisor if student has has 2 or more years of public sector experience)


With consent of the program director, up to six credits in the following courses may be applied to the program:

  • PUB 589 - Independent Study in Public Administration (1-3).
  • PUB 599 - Special Topics in Public Administration (3).

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