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M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration

Drive difference-making reform with a master’s in criminal justice

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. 

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Contemporary Curriculum

Evaluate and study trending criminal justice topics.

14-Month Completion

Earn your degree and prepare for advancement faster.

No GMAT or GRE

Bypass expensive, time-consuming tests with a 2.75+ GPA.

100% Online Classes

Earn your degree around your schedule.

Learn from the Best

Benefit from the experience of your instructors – seasoned, in-field practitioners.

Program Overview

Build your skillset to take on unprecedented criminal justice challenges

From harsh sentencing laws and mass incarceration to pill mills and the opioid epidemic, our criminal justice system faces unparalleled challenges that affect broad cross-sections of society. While the need for reform may be obvious, a plan for much-needed change is not.  

Enter a new generation of criminal justice leadership. With Franklin University’s transfer-friendly M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration, graduates will be prepared to apply criminal justice theory to develop effective and sustainable programs. By evaluating critical issues in criminal justice administration and management, forward-thinking professionals will be able to formulate reform plans that are relevant to all participants in the system – citizens, victims, defendants, law enforcement and the courts. For early and mid-career practitioners, a master’s degree can be stepping stone to promotion. For more seasoned professionals, the M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration is a valuable pathway to teaching at the community college level after retirement.  

Develop industry knowledge and needed skills to advance in your field

Franklin’s M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration prepares you to build leadership skills in relevant areas of crime analysis, advanced policing and crime control, victimology, advanced penology, and intelligence analysis. By learning to apply best-practice theories of crime causation and prevention from psychological, sociological and biological perspectives, you will sharpen your analytical and problem-solving skills and prepare for advancement in a variety of local, state, federal or nonprofit agencies. As part of your coursework, you will examine current-day challenges and learn to develop real solutions suited for the complexities of a decentralized criminal justice system.

Earn a master’s degree with a theory-to-practice focus

As a Franklin graduate student in criminal justice administration, you will learn to analyze and solve broader societal and criminal justice issues through actual application of theory and strategies. You will broaden your skillset through applied projects like optional field experiences and required assignments that include criminal trial analysis, agency analysis and research.  Along the way, you will be exposed to key legal and ethical issues impacting criminal justice, including liability, discretionary decision-making, racial profiling, and failure to train and equip.

Gain exposure to trending criminal justice topics

Through your coursework – real-world scenarios related to punishment and administration of justice in the United States – you will tackle key societal issues like inner-city crime, community relations and use of force. Throughout the program, you will evaluate and study topics and subject areas influencing policing to become a practitioner who can operate successfully in turbulent situations to achieve a positive result. As part of your criminal justice master’s capstone, you will put your newfound knowledge to work and gain real world experience by analyzing an important administrative policy implementation problem and developing a plan to add address it.

Learn from seasoned criminal justice experts

At Franklin, experts influence every aspect of your education. To ensure you get a relevant, high-quality education, we engage our academic advisory board comprised of criminal justice leaders to help us shape the curriculum for the program.  Moreover, the faculty, who teach your courses, bring significant in-field experience from multiple criminal justice areas to the classroom. In addition to institutional membership in the American Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and association with the American Society of Criminology, all program faculty are dedicated to your success by making themselves available to you. Lastly, you can count on student-centered coaching throughout the program to help you overcome obstacles to completion along the way.

Finish your criminal justice master’s 100 percent online in as few as 14 months 

At Franklin, you can get started sooner and finish fast. Classes start each winter and fall and there’s no GMAT or GRE required if you have a cumulative undergraduate GPA above a 2.75 from a regionally accredited institution. You can build on your experience – and keep your full-time job – with flexible online courses that don’t interrupt your life. Lastly, you’ll be prepared for advancement or whatever comes next with a relevant master’s degree in as few as 14 months.
 

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Curriculum & Course Descriptions

30 Semester Hours
Core Courses (30 hours)
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 AND 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 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 720 - CRIMINOLOGY THEORY AND 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 AND 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.

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Career Opportunities

Sheriff

Sheriffs oversee county jail operations, transport prisoners, investigate illegal activities, supervise deputies, and command field operations as necessary.

FBI Agent

FBI Agents examine interstate and national criminal activity, including bribery, cyber crime, drug trafficking and terrorist threats, investigating and solving cases involving violations of federal statutes.

DEA Agent

DEA Agents control and enforce federal drug laws, investigating the manufacture, diversion, distribution, and use of illegal drug activity.

ATF Agent

ATF Agents perform investigations which involve surveillance, interviewing suspects and witnesses, making arrests, obtaining and executing search warrants, and searching for physical evidence.

Federal Probation Officer

Federal probation officers conduct pre-sentencing investigations to help judges determine appropriate punishment for offenders, as well as monitor individuals who have been convicted of crimes to deter from further criminal activity.

Community College Professor

Community college professors teach courses and advise students at two-year institutions, where students are generally more focused on immediately applicable, career-oriented education.

Criminologist

Criminologists work in labs and offices analyzing data to determine why crimes are committed in order to find ways to predict and prevent similar crimes in the future.

Director of Court Services

Directors of court services manage non-judicial aspects of the court including operations, budgeting and personnel matters. 

Criminal Profiler

Criminal profilers review crime scene evidence to determine how crimes are committed, as a way to reveal a criminal’s characteristics and behavior patterns in order to help law enforcement during an investigation.

Intelligence Analyst

Intelligence analysts are government employees who work with local governments, corporations and private individuals to document and interpret information collected by field agents in order to assess threats and prevent attacks.

Command-Level Law Enforcement / Corrections

Command-level law enforcement or corrections personnel oversee administrative functions like operations, training and performance evaluation, and compliance.  

Police Chief (with in-field experience)

Police chiefs are visible community leaders who hold the top managerial positions in police departments with ultimate responsibility over operations, budgeting and personnel matters.

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