Marymount University

Graduate Catalog 2013-14

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Administration and Policy (M.A.)

This program is designed with an emphasis on administration and policy in the criminal justice arena. By promoting an integrated, academically rigorous, and empirically oriented curriculum, the program helps criminal justice professionals develop the repertoire of professional skills necessary to better manage their current positions, assume leadership roles, and/or continue doctoral training in criminal justice.

This program is designed for

  • individuals interested in learning about policy formulation and managerial aspects of criminal justice organizations;
  • criminal justice professionals wishing to advance in their careers; and
  • those who are preparing for doctoral study in order to conduct research or teach in the discipline.

This is a cohort-based program in which the majority of the credit hours can be earned through online learning. An additional one-week residency block is required during the first summer in the program.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to

  • understand and apply theories and legal processes that underlie the criminal justice system;
  • conduct an original research project employing appropriate research methods and statistical procedures;
  • conduct policy analysis in the field of criminal justice;
  • understand and analyze current administrative and management issues that surround the criminal justice system; and
  • articulate a working understanding of ethical issues that surround the criminal justice system.

Admission Requirements: In addition to meeting the universitywide requirements for graduate admission on page 11, applicants must

  • submit official transcripts of all postsecondary education reflecting a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • submit a writing sample, minimum 500 words, describing the applicant’s background, motivation for entering the program, a possible area of interest for the thesis topic, and postgraduate plans;
  • submit a satisfactory GRE score;
  • provide two professional letters of recommendation; and
  • interview with a program representative.

Enrollment Policy and Application Deadlines: Students are admitted for the summer semester only. The deadline is March 1.

Degree Requirements – Criminal Justice Administration and Policy

36 credits

CJ 500 Foundations of Criminal Justice Administration

CJ 501 Victims of Interpersonal Violence

CJ 504 Research Methods in Criminal Justice

CJ 507 Juvenile Justice

CJ 511 Current Controversies in Corrections

CJ 512 Executive Leadership and Organizational Change

CJ 520 Politics and Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice

CJ 521 Terrorism and Counterterrorism

CJ 550 Special Topics in Criminal Justice

CJ 599 Thesis in Criminal Justice

SOC 510 Theories of Social Deviance

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