Master of Science in Administration - Criminal Justice Administration
Time of day and term options for completing this degree:
- Courses are available online
- Courses are accelerated (8 week) terms
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Graduate Admission Standards for M.S. Programs
Students are required to meet the following prerequisites for admission to the program:
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
- Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or higher.
- Official undergraduate transcripts.
- Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
- A writing sample demonstrating the capacity to perform at the graduate level.
- For international students who have not graduated from an accredited undergraduate institution in the United States, a satisfactory TOEFL score (550 paper-based, 213 computer-based or 80 internet-based) along with an International Transcript Evaluation and a course equivalency report must be provided.
M.S. Degree Completion Requirements
- Complete the degree in four calendar years from the date of a student’s initial registration or may be held to any new degree requirements.
- Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and achieve a C (2.0) grade or higher in each course.
- The third requirement varies according to M.S. specialization, as follows:
- Criminal Justice Administration: Complete 36 graduate credits, including 15 credits of foundation courses for the administration major, 18 credits of specialization courses and a three-credit graduate project or 21 credits of specialization courses.
- Emergency Planning and Administration: Complete 36 graduate credits, including 15 credits of foundation courses for the administration major, 18 credits of specialization courses and a three-credit graduate project or 21 credits of specialization courses.
Master of Science (M.S.) with a Major in Administration
The M.S. with a major in Administration is designed to develop leaders and managers who serve in the private or public sector and understand the impact of global transformations that affect our daily lives. Dedicated to professional leadership development, the program is designed to empower graduate students to cultivate their unique potential and talents as well as to promote mastery of the knowledge, skills and aptitudes necessary for effective leadership. Lynn University believes that this balance enables graduates to make a difference by creating new opportunities and providing workable solutions to current and future 21st century dilemmas.
M.S. in Administration Foundation Courses
The M.S. with a major in Administration has a unifying curriculum foundation shared among the specializations. Included in this foundation are a total of five courses or 15 credit hours as follows:
||Management and Administration
||Applied Research Methods
||Administrative and Regulatory Law
||Public Institutions, Public Policy and Democracy
Foundation requirements for the M.S. in Administration are designed to assure that students have the requisite theoretical and applied knowledge to pursue their individual interests in their specializations. Building on the breadth and depth of the foundation, specialization courses enable students to continue to expand and deepen their mastery through practical applications, simulations, case studies, applied research in areas of individual interest through the graduate projects and in some specializations, internships.
The M.S. in Administration foundation and specialization courses complement each other and address increasingly complex contemporary and future societal challenges and opportunities faced by 21st century managers/administrators. Through the development of critical thinking skills and a commitment to lifelong learning, graduates are able to understand changing trends and focus on institutional and human needs.
||Terrorism: Its Effect on Criminal Justice and Emergency Planning
||Ethics in the Administration of Criminal Justice
||Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
||Conflict Resolution in Criminal Justice
||Criminal Justice and the Community
||Global Perspectives in Criminal Justice
||Youth and Delinquency Control
The Master of Science in Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice Administration prepares individuals for leadership roles in a variety of fields within the profession of criminal justice. Despite the broad spectrum of careers within the profession, success and leadership is predicated on an individual’s verbal and written mastery of the concepts, principles and functions involved in the management of criminal justice organizations. This specialization focuses on preparing the student to effectively integrate proven business methods with a genuine respect for dynamic and innovative approaches to issues facing the criminal justice executive in the 21st century.
Lynn University’s South Florida location typifies the experiences of modern criminal justice agencies in diverse, densely populated urban centers. Using this laboratory for learning, expert faculty challenge graduate students to examine a broad spectrum of issues confronting the modern criminal justice administrator. By applying sound business and administration principles and practices, students debate and evaluate alternate solutions.
The required culminating graduate project enables our graduate students to demonstrate mastery of these complexities in a specific area of scholarly interest.
Undergraduate prerequisites for CJA Students are CMS 200 Introduction to Computers and DQR 200 Special Topics in Quantitative Reasoning for Exploration and Analysis.
Graduate Project/ Publishable Paper (Optional)
||Graduate Project in Criminal Justice Administration
Total Credits 36-39