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Program Descriptions

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, 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.

The Core

Master of Justice Administration students take six core courses during the program:

  • Foundation of Justice Administration
  • Criminal Behavior Issues
  • Justice Policy and Planning
  • Research Methods and Program Evaluation
  • Legal Issues in Justice Administration
  • Ethical Foundations of Justice Administration

The Electives

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

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 Program in Criminal Justice Education

The MJA Program also offers a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Education. The accrediting body for colleges and universities in the Southeastern United States, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), requires the following to teach in an undergraduate criminal justice program at a 2-year community college and 4-year college/university: 1) a master's degree in criminal justice or 2) a master's degree with 18 credit hours in criminal justice coursework. The Certificate in Criminal Justice Education was designed to allow those holding a current master's degree in a field other than criminal justice, to obtain the 18 credit hours necessary to teach in a criminal justice undergraduate program at the community college or university level. To obtain a certificate, a student must complete 15 credit hours of required MJA core courses and 3 hours of electives from a list of approved MJA courses for a total of 18 credit hours.

Certificate awarded: Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Education

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 $5,280.00, or one half of that of the MJA program.

Special Student Status

Special student status affords individuals the opportunity to earn up to 9 hours of credit in the MJA Program without formal admission into the program. If an individual applies to the MJA Program and is accepted, up to 9 hours of credit obtained in Special Student Status may be accepted towards the M.J.A. degree. The Special Student Status affords individuals the opportunity to 1) strengthen academic background and/or 2) explore the MJA Program prior to formal application to the MJA Program. In addition, the Special Student status provides those not desiring the M.J.A. degree, the opportunity for personal enrichment or acquisition of knowledge, skills, and abilities to enable career advancement.

Obtaining Special Student Status requires completion of a short application and formal transcripts of the individual's undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited college or university. Registration as a Special Student requires approval by the MJA Director and may be on a space available basis.