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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)

First Year

Fall Semester: 9 Credits


Spring Semester: 9 Credits


Summer Term: 3 Credits

Second Year

Fall Semester: 6 Credits


Spring Semester: 6 Credits

Planning Notes for all students:

  1. 33 total credits required
  2. Students can begin in any semester or term, including, fall, spring, winter or summer.
  3. Students can take elective courses in any semester or term. See program for list of electives: Administration of Juvenile Justice, M.S.  
  4. Students can take core courses in any semester or term.
  5. The above sequence is for illustrative purposes only. Students can tailor their program to their individual needs.
Contact the Criminal Justice Department 321 Shippen Hall, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1558 Fax: (717) 477-4087