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Master of Public Administration

criminology and criminal justice specialization - mpa degree plan.

Advisor: Lisa Sample

Thirteen courses (39 graduate credit hours) are required for the MPA degree. Students complete the program by first taking the beginning core courses, then taking specialization courses. As students complete their concentration courses, they complete the ending core courses.

Note: Click on a course name to view a sample syllabi, if available. Please note that these syllabi are generic and should not be considered the final syllabi for any specific term or section of this course. Contact the instructor with any questions.

Beginning Core


Ending Core


Required courses

PA 8410 Public Human Resource Management
PA 8400 Public Budgeting

Elective courses (Choose any three)

CJ 8010 The Nature of Crime
CJ 8020 Seminar in Administration of Justice
CJ 8040 Seminar in Police and Society
CJ 8050 Seminar in Corrections
CJ 8060 Seminar in the Criminal Court System
CJ 8100 Criminal Justice Organization, Administration & Management or CJ 8110 Criminal Justice Planning & Change
CJ 9110 Seminar in Police Organization & Management
PA 8990 Capstone Project (Students admitted Fall 2011 and beyond will complete the Capstone Project as an ending core course.)

Other graduate courses in Criminal Justice may be appropriate depending on student interests and background. CJ 8090 (Independent Study) is not recommended.