Program Overview

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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    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


    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.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University is the first land-grant university in the country and was originally an agricultural college. In 1861, the university changed its name to the State Agricultural College. Throughout the 20th century, the university experienced a time of great expansion. The then agricultural college began to build programs in education, business, medicine and many other areas of study becoming more than just an agricultural institution. In 1964, the university changed its name to its current designation of Michigan State University. 

    Michigan State University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as well as post-secondary certificates from 17 colleges and schools. Select academic programs are offered partially or totally online while others may be completed at off-campus locations across the state of Michigan.


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