M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration

M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration Program Information

Available online at Franklin University .

The program leading to the Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration offers a comprehensive examination of the criminal justice system, an exploration of criminal and delinquent behaviors, a foundation in research and statistics, and an opportunity to explore other relevant topics of interest to the student.

As our society evolves, so does the threat to law and order. From the treatment of youth in the criminal justice system to the prevention and prosecution of cybercrime, today's criminal justice leaders are in uncharted territory. The M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration arms in-career professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system. Theory-to-practice coursework equips graduates to apply knowledge to solve present-day challenges at the local, state or federal level.

Curriculum & Course Descriptions

30 Semester Hours
Core Courses (30 hours)
CJAD 620 - Stats and Rsch Methods for Crim Just (3)
This course examines various statistical techniques and research design models applied to crime, criminal justice and agency administration issues. This course will prepare students to be intelligent consumers of reported research, to apply appropriate statistical analysis to various types of research designed, to report criminal justice agency performance results, and to identify and use various criminal justice statistical data sources in print and electronic form. Students will be expected to design their own research project, desirably to be used to build their project.
CJAD 670 - Victimology (3)
This course examines theories of victimization, ways to reduce the likelihood of victimization, and service to crime victims. Students will be required to create a community-based plan for reducing criminal victimization or a plan for agency response to crime victims.
OR CJAD 680 - Grant Writing (3)
This course introduces students to funding sources and grant writing. Students will be expected to locate funding options and write a grant application.
CJAD 700 - Effective Administration of Justice (4)
Applying strategic decision making strategies, students will analyze the structures, practices, and performance of organizations in the administration of justice, including courts, law enforcement, and corrections, both not-for-profit and for-profit. Applied perspectives in ethical leadership functions that respond to organizational problems and objectives through best-practices will also be addressed. Additional topics will include program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
CJAD 710 - Adult & Juvenile Systems of Justice (4)
Students will analyze complex and multi-systemic adult and juvenile systems of justice and social control mechanisms on both a micro and macro level. Attention will be given to innovative initiatives and best-practices from across the nation with a view toward positive social change. Technology for effective cross-system collaboration will also be addressed, as will the role of constitutional protections and constraints on arrest, prosecution, conviction, and incarceration.
CJAD 720 - Criminology Theory & Solutions to Crime (4)
Students will evaluate contemporary criminology theories and apply them to formulate prevention, treatment, and crime control models, within a framework of cultural diversity. Crime data relationships and patterns will also be integrated with biological, psychological, and sociological theories of criminal behavior in a critical evaluation of contemporary criminological theories. Policy formation and implementation will also be addressed.
CJAD 730 - Adult & Juvenile Penology (4)
Students evaluate contemporary prison and punishment models and theories of punishment. Students compare and contrast prison systems and develop solutions to penology challenges, such as overcrowding and the detrimental impacts of prison life. Finally, students analyze penal administration and accountability.
OR CJAD 740 - Strategic Policing & Contemporary Crime Control Strategies (4)
Students will learn how policing strategies are developed, tested, implemented and evaluated in a democratic society. Evidence-based practice will be explored against innovative policing tactics and the evolving policy and political dynamic at play. Students will learn how policy issues are framed, identify participants in the policy process, and discover how policy is created. Students will examine the usefulness and strategic implications of COMPSTAT, community policing, intelligence led policing, and transnational cybercrime.
PUAD 745 - Strategy, Collaboration, & Communication (4)
Students learn to think strategically about leading organizations operating in a competitive political environment where collaboration is required to advance the organizational mission. The course focuses on using strategic and network management concepts and tools to improve organizational performance. The importance of strategically managing organizational communication is also examined. Finally, students develop skills for effectively communicating strategic planning methods, approaches, and decisions with colleagues, elected officials, the media, and the public.
PUAD 790 - Public Administration Capstone (4)
Students use the public administration concepts and tools learned in prior courses to analyze an important administrative or policy implementation problem and propose a course of action for effectively addressing it. The course emphasizes applying relevant concepts and tools to analyze the problem and then synthesizing the conclusions to create a written analysis and proposal for addressing the problem.