Master of Professional Studies in Criminal Justice Policy & Administration
Pennsylvania State University

Program Details

The online MPS in Criminal Justice Policy & Administration degree program from Pennsylvania State University prepares students for careers in any number of criminal justice or legal organizations in the public sector, including state departments of corrections, state sentencing commissions and parole boards, local, county, and state law enforcement, local court administration, local, probation, parole, and community corrections agencies, public and private offender treatment agencies, and state policy agencies focused on criminal justice. The curriculum provides knowledge and skills in the areas of:

  • Crime rates, trends, and patterns
  • Criminological theories devoted to explaining crime
  • Organizational structure, processes, and challenges of criminal justice institutions
  • Past and current criminal justice policies and evidence-based practices
  • Contemporary ethical practices and effective leadership in the criminal justice profession
  • Social science research and applied statistical methods, specifically focused on criminal justice issues
  • Criminal procedure


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcripts
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • TOEFL, if applicable

School Accreditation Statement

Middle States Commission on Higher Education