Graduate Programs


Institutions of social control are in constant change due in part to the public's demand for a quality system of justice. In this climate, government at all levels is insisting on a higher level of intellectual and educational preparation for those who desire to significantly participate in the operation and administration of its criminal justice systems. In response to these needs, the Department of Criminal Justice developed the master of science degree program in administration of justice in 1983. In 1999, the program was significantly revised to make it more consistent with its contemporaries yet unique enough to serve our special populations. The program is designed for in-service and pre-service students. Practitioners raise their level of education while adding research and theory to the in-field experiences. Pre-service students gain direct and indirect benefits from the program as they study and interact with experienced professionals. The program enhances career potentials for both groups of graduate students.

The program's major strengths are its applied perspective and strong emphasis on theory, policy, research, and analysis. Philosophy, format, and implementation stresses the practical application of a higher level of knowledge, skills, and strategies. The methodological and theory components are highly suitable as a preparation for entering advanced graduate studies and other professional programs.

The Masters of Science in Criminal Justice (M.S. CRJ) is a 100% online degree program, designed to meet the needs of both traditional graduate students and working professionals whose career demands prevent them from attending face-to-face classes.  The program curriculum includes 33 credit hours of courses, taught during 8-week terms, focusing on the theoretical and practical applications of Criminal Justice research and policy.  Full-time students can earn their degree in one year, while part-time students can do so in two years.  This makes the program ideal for those individuals who want to work towards leadership and/or management positions within Criminal Justice and other related human service fields.    

Application Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in criminal justice, administration of justice, or related social science field from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Minimum grade point average of a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with less than a 2.75 undergraduate GPA will be required to take the Graduate Requisite Examination (GRE) and provide a sufficient score before they are eligible for admission. They may also take the Millers Analogies Test (MAT) and provide a sufficient score.
  • In 500 words or less provide a Statement of Interest indicating your reasons for pursuing this program, your professional goals, and how this degree will help fulfill said goals.
  • Students are invited to provide an optional resume.

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For questions or more information, please contact the M.S. CRJ Graduate Coordinator.

M.S. CRJ Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Cyndi Koller
(717) 477 - 1599
cakoller@ship.edu

The Masters of Science in Administration of Juvenile Justice (M.S. AJJ) is a weekend degree program offered in conjunction with the Juvenile Courts Judges' Commission (JCJC).  The program is designed for working professionals specifically in Juvenile Probation or related fields.  The program curriculum includes 33 credit hours of courses focusing on the theoretical and practical applications of Juveniles Justice research and policy.  Courses are taught exclusively on weekends to help meet the needs of working professionals.  Full-time students can earn their degree in in two years.  Students may be eligible have their graduate degree fully subsidized by the Juvenile Courts Judges' Commission (JCJC) program held exclusively at Shippensburg University.  For more information, please click on Juvenile Courts Judges' Commission.


Application Requirements

  1. Must be full-time county juvenile probation officers in Pennsylvania who graduated from an accredited college or university with at least 18 credits in the behavioral or social sciences, and who have been, or will be, employed in the Juvenile Justice System for at least two years prior to admission.
  2. Minimum grade point average of a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with less than a 2.75 undergraduate GPA will be required to take the Graduate Requisite Examination (GRE) and provide a sufficient score before they are eligible for admission. They may also take the Millers Analogies Test (MAT) and provide a sufficient score.
  3. Required materials:
    • Completed online Graduate Education Program Application through Shippensburg University Admissions.
    • Recommendation Form completed and signed by the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer in your county. (Note: Applicants who are employed at county-administered detention facilities will also need a letter of endorsement from both the detention center administrator and the county's Juvenile Court Administrative Judge).
    • A professional résumé.
    • A Letter of Interest for Endorsement and Admission to the Administration of Justice JCJC Graduate Education Program and the Shippensburg University School of Graduate Studies. This letter/goal statement should address the following issues: a) why you are a strong candidate for endorsement; b) any reasons why you may still be a strong candidate despite having an undergraduate GPA below 2.75/4.00; c) complete description of juvenile justice work experience; and, d) how you expect to use the graduate education experience to improve practices in the county from which application is made.

 

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For questions or more information, please contact the MS AJJ Graduate Coordinator.

M.S. AJJ Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Melissa Ricketts
(717) 477 - 1550
mlricketts@ship.edu

Graduate assistantships are available to students who want to enhance their learning experience by assisting the faculty with research, teaching and other tasks during the academic year. Graduate assistantships may be available during the fall, spring, and summer. For more information about graduate assistantships contact the Department of Criminal Justice's Graduate Coordinators.

Complete an application or check the availability of Graduate Assistantships.

M.S. CRJ Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Cyndi Koller
(717) 477 - 1599
cakoller@ship.edu

M.S. AJJ Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Melissa Ricketts
(717) 477 - 1550
mlricketts@ship.edu