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Further Your Criminal Justice Career With A Master’s Degree In Administration

Through Northern Arizona University’s top-ranked Master of Administration in Justice Studies program, you can earn your master’s degree entirely online. Expand your leadership skills and theoretical thinking within the criminal justice and law enforcement field. Courses focus on executive leadership, policy analysis, and current issues facing criminal justice, including counterterrorism and intelligence.

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Catalog Information

Learn more about the program options by viewing the catalog information below. Catalog information is displayed for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Administration - Justice Studies

Emphasis Select from 1 Emphasis:

Campus Locations

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Degree Information
Online
In-Person
Blended
MADM
36 units
Maximum Transfer Units
0
36
Additional Admission Requirements - Additional Application

University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Core Area (15 units)
  • Emphasis Area (18 units)
  • Capstone (3 units)

Minimum Units for Completion 36
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate

Emphasis, minor, and/or certificate are required.

Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
Some online/blended coursework Required
Progression Plan Link View Program of Study

Student Learning Outcomes

Understand and Apply Theory

  • Examine administration, leadership and organizational theories, and knowledge of ethical and effective management.
  • Apply theories to effectively and ethically manage diverse cultures emerging within organizations.
  • Appropriately integrate and apply administrative, leadership and organizational theories to scholarly knowledge from the student’s emphasis area.
Communication: Design, write and produce documents meeting professional standards their emphasis area
 
Research & Program Evaluation
  • Conduct research studies and program evaluations in a manner that meets rigorous methodological standards.
  • Ensure research designs and program evaluations are conducted in a manner that they can produce useful, actionable results. 
  • Apply findings from research and program evaluations to improve organizational effectiveness.
 
Problem Solving: Analyze problems and create solutions using a variety of qualitative and quantitative problem-solving processes, technologies, systems approaches, and innovative/creative thinking.
 
Professional Experience: Demonstrate professional skills applied to practical problems by consistently meeting deadlines, and
working both independently and collaboratively in teams.

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 


    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • Resume demonstrating 5 years professional work experience
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Personal statement or essay
Master's Requirements
  • Take the following 36 units:

    Core Area (15 units)

    Select one course from the following, or substitute another approved course in the area of: Research Methods, Statistics, or Evaluation as approved by your advisor (3 units):
    • ADM 530. This is a required course for the General Leadership Emphasis
    • POS 501
    Emphasis Area (Select One):
    • Land-Use Planning Emphasis (18 units)
      • Community Planning Concentration, select from the following (9 units):

        • GSP 401 required for students with limited professional-planning experience
        • GSP 506 you may substitute for ADM 530/POS 501
        • GSP 514, GSP 545
        • GSP 599 may be taken twice with different topics (1-4 units)
        • GSP 608 only for students with limited professional-planning experience (1-3 units)
        • CM 690
        • PRM 423
        • Approved electives from the GIS Concentration (3-4 units)
        Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Concentration, select from the following (9 units):

      • Note: You may repeat POS 428 and POS 581 with different course topics.

    • Custom Emphasis (18 units)
      Students must submit a proposal for a Custom Emphasis to the Director of the Master of Administration Program that:

      • Outlines their professional goals,
      • Describes a set of 6 courses that make an overall coherent Custom Emphasis, and
      • Indicates how each course in their program will help them achieve their goals.
      The Custom Emphasis must be approved by the Director of the Master of Administration Program in advance of any courses being taken.

  • Capstone (3 units)
    • ADM 689: The Capstone Project is a comprehensive, synthesizing project in which students apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their degree program. This rich, culminating experience requires students to produce work with theoretical/academic and applied components.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
  • PROGRAM FEE INFORMATION
  • Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $2500 has been approved for this program. A $625 fee is applied to the following courses - ADM 515, ADM 540, POS 543, and ADM 689.

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Department Information
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