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Franklin University Offers New Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration

For Immediate Release: October 30, 2017

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University, a leading educator of working adults, is pleased to announce the addition of its new Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration program to its College of Health and Public Administration offerings.

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 M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration, graduates can finish their masters complete online in as few as 14 months, 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. 

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.

Students in the master’s program will learn to analyze and solve broader societal and criminal justice issues through actual application of theory and strategies. Coursework helps broaden skillsets 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.

A sampling of careers are available to graduates of the  Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration program include police chief (with in-field experience), criminologist, FBI agent, intelligence analyst, criminal profiler, community college professor or a DEA or ATF agent.

For more information visit our Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration page at

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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