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

The Core

Master of Justice Administration students take seven 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
  • Data Analysis for Justice Administration

The Electives

Students choose four 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.

MJA Newsletter

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.

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.

Financial Aid

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.

Program Faculty & Staff

Joe Binns

Adjunct Instructor of Justice Administration
(919) 802-3061
Mark Bowman, Associate Professor of Justice Studies

Dr. Mark Bowman

Associate Professor of Justice Studies
(910) 630-7434
Rick Brown, Adjunct Instructor of Justice Administration

Rick Brown

Adjunct Instructor of Justice Administration
Darl Champion, Professor of Justice Studies

Dr. Darl Champion

Professor of Justice Studies
(910) 630-7050
J. Thomas Edwards, Adjunct Instructor of Justice Administration

Dr. J. Thomas Edwards

Adjunct Instructor of Justice Administration
Robin Jenkins, Assistant Professor of Justice Studies

Dr. Robin Jenkins

Assistant Professor of Justice Studies
(910) 630-7650
Lisa Long, Coordinator of the MJA Program

Lisa Long

Coordinator, MJA Program
(910) 630-7268
Ralph Norton, Adjunct Instructor of Justice Administration

Ralph Norton

Adjunct Instructor of Justice Administration
(336) 964-4798
Michael Potts, Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Michael Potts

Acting Chair, Philosophy & Religion
(910) 630-7072

Dr. Eric See

Chair, Justice Studies
(910) 630-7459
Sarah See, Instructor of Justice Studies

Sarah See

Instructor of Justice Studies
(910) 480-8458
David Wulff, Adjunct Instructor of Justice Administration

David Wulff

Adjunct Instructor of Justice Administration
(919) 368-4031

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