Program Overview

College of Saint Elizabeth offers a Master of Arts degree in Justice Administration and Public Service for students and professionals who are interested in leadership or advanced positions in law, law enforcement, or the criminal justice system. Students will learn about the various research methods, statistics, program planning and management, policy analysis, and program evaluation systems used in criminal justice and public services.

The curriculum consists of 30 credit hours of classes that include Legal and Critical Issues in Justice Studies, Ethical Issues in Human Services Leadership, and Cybercrime, Security, and the Law. Through the program, students will work on developing their understanding of the criminal justice system and work on developing their leadership abilities to take on administrative roles within the criminal justice system.

Students who successfully complete this degree should have proven their mastery of the ability to utilize theory and research to analyze historical trends and current perspectives in criminal justice, to use research to evaluate factors related to crime and the impact of crime on criminal justice policies, practices, and procedures, and to evaluate the impact of U.S. constitutional policy and procedures on the criminal justice system.

Additionally, students will be required to be able to analyze the impact of the criminal justice process on victims and perpetrators, and to synthesize principles from criminal justice theories, processes, and practices to promote social justice and positive social change. They should also be able to compare the structural functions and interactions of law enforcement, courts, and corrections within the criminal justice system at the local, state, and federal level.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    Founded in 1899 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, the College has a strong tradition of concern for the poor, for developing leadership in a spirit of service and social responsibility, and a commitment to the promotion of women as full partners in society.

    The College is proud to offer a large variety of programs to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Students have the following options in selecting a program of study that best meets their needs:

    • Undergraduate – the undergraduate program enables students to gain the knowledge and experiences they need to achieve their full potential academically, personally, spiritually and professionally.
    • Continuing Studies – flexible evening, weekend, and online programs leading to a bachelor's degree meet the needs of adult learners seeking to advance their careers.
    • Graduate Programs – evening, weekend and online master's programs and a fully subscribed doctoral program are designed to help students advance in high-demand fields and professions. These programs prepare our students to stand out as ethical, knowledgeable leaders, who acting in the spirit of service and active engagement, excel in their professions, communities, and daily lives.
    • Professional Certificate Programs – CSE offers evening, weekend and online programs leading to certification in counseling, education, health care, management, ministry, nutrition and other fields.


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