Joint MSCJ / MPA

Master of Science in Criminal Justice / Master of Public Administration Joint Degree Program

The Department of Criminal Justice and the Department of Public Administration have a joint degree program culminating in both a Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) and a Master of Public Administration (MPA). The joint degree program prepares graduate students for overlapping careers in criminal justice and public management. It is intended to prepare students for positions in public, private, and nonprofit organizations that require both criminal justice and management knowledge. Under the joint degree program, a student can obtain both degrees in significantly less time than it would take to obtain both degrees if independently. Important criteria relating to the joint degree program are as follows

  • Candidates to the joint degree program must meet the entrance requirements established by each individual program. Candidates must indicate their intention to pursue the joint degree option. Students deciding to pursue the joint degree option after having been admitted to one program will indicate this intention only on their second application.
  • Applications for a joint degree will not be accepted from candidates who have already completed either degree. MSCJ or MPA students must apply and be admitted by no later than the second to last semester in which they are expected to complete their original degree requirements.
  • Joint degree candidates will not receive either degree until all requirements for both programs have been satisfied. Students deciding against completing a second degree must satisfy all first degree program requirements as if the student had never been a joint degree candidate.
  • The joint degree requires a total of 60 credit hours (20 courses). Candidates are required to complete the 14 core courses (42 credits) included in the MSCJ and MPA programs, four criminal justice electives (12 credits), and two general electives (6 credits). Advanced students intending to enroll in a doctoral degree program are strongly encouraged to complete CCJ 6915 Supervised Research. General electives taken from outside fields must be relevant to criminal justice or public administration and approved by the Graduate Advisor.