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Program Details

Michigan State University offers a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Judicial Administration. Students must complete the program at MSU within six years of taking their first credit-bearing course.

This degree program is designed to equip students with logic and interdisciplinary skills as well as the knowledge for when and where correctional, law enforcement, and security procedures should be used. Students will graduate with a strong base in research, critical issues, and interdisciplinary theory in the criminal justice field.

Required courses for this program are Crime Causation, Prevention, and Control, Design and Analysis in Criminal Justice Research, Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice Research, Elements of Essential Court Operation, Criminal Justice Management Seminar, Seminar in Management Topics, and National and Global Trends in Court Planning. Students will also take nine credits in core courses and twelve credits in specialization courses. A total of 30 credit hours must be completed.

An additional requirement involves each student fulfilling the courses for Plan B. This track is for the Judicial Administration specialization only and asks students to take the course Policy Analysis and six credit hours approved by an advisor. No thesis is required, as needed faculty approval is given in the Policy Analysis course.

Graduates of this program can expect to look for jobs at many different levels in the criminal justice field. Some individuals may look for careers in teaching, management, research in justice systems, or public policy implementation, creation, or development. Some actual jobs could be police detective, DEA agent, customs inspector, U.S. marshal, or INS agent and inspector.


Students must hold a bachelor's degree and have taken the GRE. However, the GRE is not required for students with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, or for those who hold a graduate's degree.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools