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Administration of Justice - Master of Science

Student in Lecture   Program   Degree Requirements   Special Resources 
Career Opportunities   Admission Requirements  Faculty 
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Institutions of social control change constantly due 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 participate in the operation and administration of its criminal justice systems.

The Administration of Justice Program

The Master of Science degree program in Administration of Justice serves students who are contemplating careers in the criminal justice field, as well as further graduate study. The program also serves working professionals who enhance their understanding of theory and conduct research related to their organizations.

The program’s major strengths are its applied perspective and strong emphasis on theory, policy, research, and analysis. Philosophy, format, and implementation stress 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. Please note students are admitted once a year to start in the fall semster only.

Administration of Justice Degree Requirements

To qualify for the degree of master of science in administration of justice, you must complete 36 hours of graduate work distributed as follows:

 REQUIRED (24 crs.)  

  • CRJ 501        Foundations of Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 520        Criminal Justice Administration & Management
  • CRJ 550        Graduate Seminar
  • CRJ 560        Theories of Crime & Delinquency
  • CRJ 590        Criminal Justice Policy Analysis
  • CRJ 600        Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 610        Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 635        Restorative Justice

Electives (12 crs.)  

  • CRJ 570        Legal Trends & Issues
  • CRJ 580        Juvenile Justice System
  • CRJ 585        Treatment and Rehabilitation
  • CRJ 591        Selected Topics
  • CRJ 592        Selected Topics
  • CRJ 593        Independent Study
  • CRJ 594        Selected Topics
  • CRJ 596        Selected Topics
  • CRJ 599        Independent Study
  • CRJ 612        Thesis I
  • CRJ 613        Thesis II
  • CRJ 617        Internship I
  • CRJ 618        Internship II

NOTE: Students enrolled in the M.S. program affiliated with the Juvenile Court Judges Commission will complete six credits of Practicum as electives for the program.

With approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Criminal Justice, a student may take up to three courses at the 500-level or higher offered by the following departments: Counseling/College Student Personnel, Educational Leadership and Policy/Special Education, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. 

Special Resources

Shippensburg University is located near major cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C. State government in the capital city, Harrisburg, provides opportunities to study and do research with state and federal agencies.

Students have opportunities to work on research projects with departmental faculty. Computer resources and excellent library facilities are available.

 Graduate assistantships may be available for students who want to enhance their learning experience by assisting the faculty with research, teaching and other tasks during the academic year. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates successfully compete in the job market and are employed by private companies, city and county governments, state and federal departments. Graduates who are currently employed are often more marketable and upwardly mobile in their agency’s career development programs. They are also qualified to move to other agencies in a new and higher level of participation, responsibility, and compensation. They can expect new management, policy making, and expanded leadership and supervision opportunities as a result of their experiences and graduate degree.

Career choices include but are not limited to:

  • Federal law enforcement
  • Federal corrections
  • Federal probation
  • State law enforcement/state corrections (adult and juvenile)
  • State probation and parole/county police
  • County probation and parole (adult and juvenile)
  • City police and other local agencies
  • City corrections
  • Federal, state and local courts
  • Private corrections agencies (adult and juvenile)
  • Special service and related agencies
  • Victimology service providers
  • Private security organizations 

Admission Requirements


  • A baccalaureate degree in criminal justice, administration of justice, or related social science field from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Minimum grade point average of 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) or the Millers Analogies Test (MAT) and provide a score sufficient of graduate education before they are eligible for admission.
  • 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 optionalresume 


Students will study the criminal justice system with professors who hold the highest scholarly qualifications; have experience in the field as practitioners; serve as expert witnesses and consultants to criminal justice agencies; conduct research; publish articles and books; and present scholarly papers at local, regional and national conferences.

Melissa L. Ricketts, Ph.D., Department Chair, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Victimology, criminological theory testing, advanced quantitative methods, fear of crime, school violence, cybercrime, prescription drug abuse.
Michele P. Bratina, Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Race, ethnicity, social structure, and crime; mental health in the criminal justice system; violence and victimization; criminology theory; media and crime.
Matthew D. Fetzer, Ph.D., University at Albany. Research methods, statistics and quantitative methods, juvenile delinquency, homicide, hate crime, domestic violence.
Billy W. Henson, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati. Victimology; criminology; policing; popular culture; violent, sexual, and repeat victimization; fear of crime; crime prevention; cybercrime victimization
Stephanie A. Jirard, J.D., Boston College. Criminal law and procedure, capital punishment, constitutional law.
Cynthia A Koller, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati. Juvenile justice, community corrections, sentencing disparities, white collar crime, fraud, and corruption.
Carrie L. Maloney, Ph.D., Rutgers University. Juvenile justice and delinquency, risk assessment and classification, research methods, corrections and rehabilitation, juvenile and adult sex offenders and treatment, ethics and policy in criminal justice.
E. Britt Patterson, Ph.D., University of Maryland-College Park. Criminology and criminal justice, research and quantitative methods; criminology and delinquency theories, juvenile justice, racial impact on crime, criminal justice system’s response to crime.
Laura A. Patterson, Ph.D., University of Maryland-College Park. Juvenile delinquency and justice, victimology, white collar crime, theories of crime and deviance, community and institutional corrections, quantitative research methods.

Retired Professors:
Thomas, L. Austin
, Ph.D.,
(1983-2011) Michigan State University
Donna Hale, Ph.D., (1988-2010), Michigan State University
John Lemmon, Ph.D., (1999-2012) University of Maryland
Robert M. Freeman, Ph.D., (1994-2008) University of Maryland