Administration of Juvenile Justice, MS
The Master of Science in Administration of Juvenile Justice program represents a unique collaboration between the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges' Commission, its Center for Juvenile Justice Training and Research and the Criminal Justice Department of Shippensburg University. This one-of-a-kind program offers classes through a hybrid format, combining face-to-face sessions and online course content. Classes meet three weekends each semester during the fall and spring semesters. During the summer terms, all coursework is completed online.
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What Will I Learn?
The program is competency-based. The faculty who teach in the program are committed to providing a high quality education that will prepare you to provide evidence-based services that are ethical, impartial and effective in a rapidly changing and increasingly diverse society. Upon completion of the program, you will have:
- An advanced understanding of administrative principles and practices found in juvenile justice agencies
- Advanced knowledge of theories relating to crime causation and criminality
- In-depth knowledge of the interdisciplinary nature of the juvenile justice system
- Knowledge of contemporary technologies used to manage juvenile justice information
- Skills that enable you to conduct and evaluate juvenile justice-related research
- Advanced problem-solving skills that enable the learner to identify, analyze and solve juvenile justice operational problems that affect the delivery of services
- Advanced reading, writing and verbal communication skills
What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?
Classes meet three weekends each semester during the fall and spring semesters (two courses), from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. One course meets from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the other from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. During the summer terms, all coursework is completed online.
The Juvenile Court Judges' Commission pays for all tuition costs, some university fees and lodging for on-campus class sessions. Students are responsible for all other costs, including books, university fees, and travel expenses. Cost for books and fees are approximately $800 per year.
What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?
The methodological and theory components of this program are highly suitable as a preparation for entering management, supervisory or other administrative positions, advanced graduate studies and other professional programs.
Administration of Juvenile Justice, M.S. Degree Plan
Full-Time (33 Credits)
Fall Semester: 9 Credits
- AJJ 501 - Seminar in Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Credits: 3
- AJJ 502 - Advanced Criminological Theory Credits: 3
- AJJ 505 - Quantitative Analysis Credits: 3
Spring Semester: 9 Credits
- AJJ 503 - Leadership in Juvenile Justice Credits: 3
- AJJ 504 - Advanced Research Methods Credits: 3
- AJJ 506 - Strategic Planning, Budgeting & Finance Credits: 3
Summer Term: 3 Credits
Fall Semester: 6 Credits
- AJJ 552 - Practicum II Credits: 3
- AJJ Elective Credits:3
Spring Semester: 6 Credits
- AJJ 507 - Seminar in Policy Analysis Credits: 3
- AJJ Elective Credits: 3
Planning Notes for all students:
- 33 total credits required
- Students can begin in any semester or term, including, fall, spring, winter or summer.
- Students can take elective courses in any semester or term. See program for list of electives: Administration of Juvenile Justice, M.S.
- Students can take core courses in any semester or term.
- The above sequence is for illustrative purposes only. Students can tailor their program to their individual needs.