Master of Justice Administration (MJA)
The Department of Justice Studies in conjunction with the North Carolina Justice Academy offers rising leaders in the criminal justice profession the opportunity to gain a master of justice administration. The Master of Justice Administration provides students with a strong foundation in the administration of justice, focusing on values, and ethical principles such as truth, virtue, and justice. The Master of Justice Administration program is specifically geared to focus on the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to effectively address complex problems and issues currently facing the criminal justice system.
The Master of Justice Administration program consists of 36 credit hours, or a total of 12 courses. Students attend three 15-week terms each year, taking two classes per term. Classes are held at The North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg, North Carolina, and the NCJA western campus in Edneyville, NC, meeting Friday evenings through Sunday afternoons one weekend per month over the course of the term. Students will complete additional work for each course online between residency weekends.
Requirements for the MJA Degree
Master of Justice Administration students take six core courses during the program:
- Foundation of Justice Administration
- Criminal Behavior Issues
- Justice Policy, Planning, and Evaluation
- Research Methods
- Legal Issues in Justice Administration
- Ethical Foundations of Justice Administration
Students choose five elective courses:
- Media and Public Relations for Justice Organizations
- Human Resource Development
- Problem-Solving Models for Justice Organizations
- Justice Futures
- Future-Oriented Leadership and Change
- Special Topics in Justice Administration
- The Budgetary Process and the Justice System
- Organizational Behavior
- Critical Readings in Justice Administration
- Organizational Leadership
- Independent Study in Justice Administration
The Capstone Course
The MJA Capstone Experience will be tailored to each student. This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to demonstrate, under faculty supervision, the ability to conduct in a problem solving management project as a demonstration of skill in administration techniques.
Round Table Discussions
Throughout the course of each semester, keynote speakers may be brought in for a round table discussion relevant to course topics of study. Round table discussions will be held typically on Saturday evenings during residency weekends.
Certificate in Criminal Justice Education
The MJA program also offers a graduate certificate in Criminal Justice Education. See its page for more information.
Tuition and Fees
2016-2017 Academic Year (three semesters)
- Tuition $1,110.00 (Per course)
- Fees $100.00 (Per course)
- Usage Fee $135* (Per course; See note below)
- TOTAL: $1,345.00 (Per course; See note below)
- Tuition $2,220.00 (Per two courses)
- Fees $ 200.00 (Per two courses; See note below)
- Usage Fee $270 (Per two courses)
- TOTAL: $2,690.00 (Per two courses)
Note: The cost for registering for two courses per semester for one year (three semesters) is $8,070.00 (includes tuition and fees). Total cost of the MJA program is $16,140.00 **
* Starting in Fall Semester 2015, the North Carolina Academy started charging Methodist University a usage fee to use the Academy’s facilities at Salemburg.
** Tuition and fees for the 2016-2017 Academic Year are subject to change.
Note: The $100 fee per course consists of: Technology Fee $27; Speaker Fee $25; Part-time Librarian Fee $32; Maid Service Fee $12; and Photocopying/Mailing Fee $10. When taking two courses multiply each individual fee by two. The $129 usage fee per course is for usage of the facilities at the Salemburg campus of the North Carolina Justice Academy.
Tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 Academic Year are subject to change.
Tuition and Fees (Graduate Certificate Program)
The tuition and fees for the Certificate Program are the same as for the MJA program, with the exception that the Certificate Program’s total cost will be $8,070.00 or one half of that of the MJA program.
Once a student who requires financial aid has been accepted to the MJA program, the student should begin the process to apply for financial aid. The financial aid application to apply for financial aid at Methodist University is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be completed either by paper form or online. Completion of the FAFSA is required for consideration for federal or state financial aid at Methodist University. See the Office of Financial Aid for more information.