Criminal Justice Administration

NEW for Fall 2014

In response to modern-day criminal activity, the field of Criminal Justice is evolving. If you want to advance your career, you will need an education that keeps up. Develop the skills you need to become an effective leader and administrator in law enforcement, corrections, or the courts.

By taking a combination of criminal justice and business courses you will develop the leadership skills needed in today’s criminal justice organizations. Designed to be flexible for working professionals, courses are taught online, face-to-face and in a hybrid format.

  • Business Core Component – 9 credits
  • 3
    A review of theory and research findings in the field of organizational behavior, with emphasis on applications by practicing managers. Topics to be covered include perception, motivation, leadership, communication, group dynamics, conflict management and organization theory. Pedagogical techniques include case analysis, presentations, role plays and other experiential activities. Prerequisite: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Business Ethics, Business Policies, and Legal Environment.
  • 3
    Budgetary accounting and cost accounting including profit planning and control systems, budget process, cost systems, and their managerial applications. Prerequisite: Common Professional Component (CPC) competency in Accounting.
  • 3
    This course provides the application of learning theories and instructional development to the education and training of employees. Topics include instructional design, strategy, technology and the implementation, evaluation and management of training in an organizational environment.
  • - OR -
  • 3
    An understanding of issues management, media relations, and crisis planning are crucial to an organization's survival in today's volatile environments. This course examines the tactical communication skills necessary to strategically plan for these topics. From common readings, individual cases, lectures, videos, guest speakers, and student presentations, an understanding of current corporate communication functions relating to these issues will be examined. The culmination of this course will be the development of a Crisis Communication Plan for each student's profit or non-profit organization.
  • Capstone Experience
  • 6
    CJ 5950 Thesis (6 credits minimum)
    A research design that results in an article for publication or presentation at a national or regional journal or conference. The Thesis must be done under the tutelage of a faculty member. Students will conduct an investigation in an applied or theoretical problem in his or her area of interest. Normally, it is expected that the enrollment for this course will span more than one term. The written study will be signed by the student, sponsoring faculty member, Program Director and submitted tot eh Department Chair. An oral presentation to students and faculty will follow. Submission must be completed prior to April 1st of the year of graduation.
  • - OR -
  • Elective Component (choose 6 credits from the following)
  • 3
    Elective (approved by advisor)
  • 3
    Elective (approved by advisor)
  • 3
  • Total for MS in Criminal Justice Administration – 33 credits

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