Master of Justice Administration Courses

MJA 6000 FOUNDATIONS OF JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION (3 s.h.)

This course introduces students to endemic and emerging administrative problems confronting the criminal justice system. Examination of the major components necessary to effective justice administration will include an overview of organizational thought and theory, executive leadership challenges, human resource management, policy development and implementation, and the importance of developing ethical models.

MJA 6100 CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR ISSUES (3 s.h.)

This course focuses on historical and contemporary perspectives of criminal behavior. Various social, psychological, and economic theories and correlates of criminal behavior will be examined and analyzed. Typologies of offenders will be studied.

MJA 6200 JUSTICE POLICY, PLANNING, AND EVALUATION (3 s.h.)

This course will examine the development, implementation, and analysis of criminal justice policy and programs. Students will be required to critically analyze a range of issues related to the process of criminal justice policy making, policy analysis, and program planning. Emphasis will be placed on developing skill in using various concepts and techniques to analyze and evaluate policies and programs. Local, state, and federal processes that create and change criminal justice policies will be studied.

MJA 6250 RESEARCH METHODS (3 s.h.)

This course covers the scientific methods of conducting research in criminal justice and criminology. Additionally, this course will present students the techniques of conducting and assessing evaluative research (i.e., program evaluation). Where appropriate, methods of statistical analysis will be incorporated. Students will learn skills necessary for conducting their own research and for critically evaluating research done by others.

MJA 6260 DATA ANALYSIS FOR JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION (3 s.h.)

This course introduces the student to the basics of statistical techniques that justice administrators use to summarize numeric data obtained from surveys and experiments. The topics include frequency distribution, central tendency, variability, probability theory, and estimation. Students will also learn how to test hypotheses for group differences in means (z-test, t-test), for association between two variables (correlation, chi square tests), and the basics of regression analysis.

MJA 6300 LEGAL ISSUES IN JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION (3 s.h.)

This course will cover major legal issues facing the administration of the 21st century criminal justice system—from investigation through the corrections process. The course will be primarily taught through the Socratic Method as well as by lecture and discussion. Emphasis will be placed on advanced constitutional as well as North Carolina statutory concerns and on personnel management issues.

MJA 6350 THE BUDGETARY PROCESS AND JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS (3 s.h.)

This course provides a general overview of budgeting procedures in the criminal justice system. Fundamental budgeting concepts and practices applicable to state and local criminal justice organizations are studied. Emphasis is placed on policy development and decision-making as it relates to budget decisions.

MJA 6400 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (3 s.h.)

This course examines the behavioral aspects of management with emphasis on leadership, motivation, and decision-making. Special attention is given to communication, conflict management, group dynamics, and organizational change and ethics within criminal justice organizations.

MJA 6450 ETHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION (3 s.h.)

This course will acquaint students with the basic concepts, arguments, and methods of ethics as these relate specifically to the field of criminal justice. Students will be prepared to make rational and philosophically informed decisions in the face of some very perplexing choices. Though this course concentrates largely on those moral issues most likely to be encountered by the police and other agents of law enforcement, it specifically addresses the needs of all students specializing in criminal justice, criminology, law, or cognate fields.

MJA 6600 MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS FOR JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS (3 s.h.)

This course examines theories and practices for effective public relations focusing on writing for public relations, factors affecting public opinion, ethics and laws, communication channels, and use of media. Tactics and techniques will be explored using case studies to evaluate effective campaigns and crisis management situations to develop skills through the development, organization, preparation, and administration of public relations campaigns.

MJA 6700 HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (3 s.h.)

The 21st Century manager in the criminal justice field must understand and apply human resource management and development principles to meet increasing needs with diminishing resources. The theoretical foundation and practices of human resource development including motivation, organizational learning and change, needs assessment, orientation, training, and evaluation will be thoroughly explored.

MJA 6750 PROBLEM SOLVING MODELS FOR JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS (3 s.h.)

This course will examine the application of effective problem-solving strategies to the solution of complex problems within criminal justice organizations. Emphasis will be placed on the experiential learning model, creative problem-solving strategies, problem-based learning, and benchmarking. A case study approach will be utilized in the course.

MJA 6800 JUSTICE FUTURES (3 s.h.)

This course is a study of future from the prospective of criminal justice management officials responsible for making criminal justice organizations, both public and private, ready for the future. Emphasis will be placed on applying established predictive techniques in the field of futures research to improve decision-making within the context of strategic planning.

MJA 6850 CRITICAL READINGS IN JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION (3 s.h.)

This course will examine issues relevant to the effective leadership and management of criminal justice organizations. Students will be assigned 4-5 critical readings (books). Topics may vary from year to year. Students will participate in discussions of assigned books online and at residency weekends, plus submit a book review for each book.

MJA 6900 FUTURE-ORIENTED LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE (3 s.h.)

The course will focus on how effective leadership and collaboration are essential to criminal justice organizations in accomplishing their mission and achieving their goals in the 21st century. The course will review and build upon basic knowledge of leadership theory and principles as applied in an environment of collaboration. Topics discussed include futuring techniques, visionary leadership, situational leadership, transformational leadership, change strategies, and team building. Students will be afforded the opportunity to use futuring techniques and leadership concepts studied in the class.

MJA 6910 ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP (3 s.h.)

The course will examine the application of West Point Leadership Development Model within criminal justice organizations. Students will complete the course of study and assess its potential for developing leaders in criminal justice organizations. A case study approach will be utilized in the course.

MJA 6950 SPECIAL TOPICS IN JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION (3 s.h.)

Courses will be offered, as needed, in areas of interest such as emergency and disaster planning, homeland security, racial profiling, labor relations, forensic science, new technologies, correctional rehabilitation, and community policing.

MJA 6960 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION (3 s.h.)

This course allows well-qualified MJA graduate student to engage in special research in his/her area of interest. Student will prepare a major research paper under the supervision of a MJA professor. Emphasis is placed on conducting research that could result in a written publication or presentation at a state, regional, or national conference. Requires approval by the MJA Director and supervising professor. The course cannot be taken more than two times. Offered as needed.

MJA 6990 CAPSTONE COURSE (3 s.h.)

This course will provide the student with an opportunity to demonstrate, under faculty supervision, the ability to conduct a problem-solving management project as a demonstration of skill in administration techniques. Students will demonstrate their ability to present a program evaluation of a problem, issue, or dilemma in their organization by (1) organizing a research project that answers a particular question or set of questions specific to the needs of their organization; (2) completing an analysis, using program evaluation criteria, that answers their specific research questions; and (3) presenting an oral defense of the research and findings to the faculty.

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