MS in Criminal Justice Administration

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Criminal Justice Administration Program Overview

Our online Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration program was designed for professionals working within the criminal justice system and undergraduate degree holders looking to expand their mastery of criminal justice concepts. This convenient online program can help you gain a deeper understanding of the issues facing the criminal justice field, discover how to operate more efficiently and ethically, and compete for rewarding leadership roles within your current department or in other areas of criminal justice.

Over the course of the program, you'll discover how to:

  • Identify and create solutions to contemporary issues in administration areas ranging from criminal law to law enforcement and corrections.
  • Influence policy as a leader to effect positive change from within.
  • Protect your agency and its employees while simultaneously fulfilling the missing of serving the public good.

As a full-time student in our MS-CJAD program, you can complete your degree in as little as one year. Our online format provides the flexibility of a 24/7 virtual classroom accessible from anywherea significant advantage for professionals with nontraditional work schedules. Built upon a research-based curriculum, all program courses are taught by experts who have worked within the criminal justice field. When you reach the end of your program, you'll receive the same distinguished degree that students earn on campus. 

Career Potential for MS-CJAD Graduates

The University of Texas Permian Basin's Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration provides a solid foundation for leadership roles at all levels of criminal justice, including:

  • State and Local Law Enforcement
  • Courts
  • Institutional Corrections
  • Community Corrections
  • Probation and Parole
  • Federal Agencies
  • Nonprofit/Nongovernmental Agencies

Check out the video below to see a UT Permian Basin criminal justice administration program alumna share her story:

 

Required Core Courses

18 Credit Hours

Courses
Duration
Credits
CJAD 6301 - Crime and Criminal Justice
8 weeks
3
This course gives candidates the opportunity to develop cultural diversity competence in order to face challenges in education and the social sciences. Research and reflection are emphasized. Students will learn advanced skills in spatial analysis and geographical crime analysis. In addition to practical work the course will address underlying theories of crime as well as available data sources for exploring relationships such as Census data and other sources of socioeconomic and criminal justice-related data.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
CJAD 6302 - Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
8 weeks
3
Application of statistical methods in the design and analysis of criminological/criminal justice research. Topics include analysis of variance models, correlation and regression, and multivariate techniques with emphasis on their application in the criminal justice system.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
CJAD 6303 - Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
8 weeks
3
Foundations of research design, methodology, and analytic techniques as used in the criminal justice system to include a review and critique of research on crime causation, policing, corrections, and the courts.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021
CJAD 6304 - Public Administration and Criminal Justice
8 weeks
3
A critical analysis of criminal justice administration theories, research methodologies, and technologies that impact criminal justice administrations and application (law enforcement, courts, and corrections). Examines principles of administration, including organizational structure, function, and the processes of criminal justice systems.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2021
CJAD 6310 - Public Policy
8 weeks
3
A critical examination, discussion, and assessment of the interplay between electoral politics, legislation, administrative policies and the criminal justice system.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021
CJAD 6312 - Crisis and Trauma Intervention
8 weeks
3
This course is designed to provide an understanding of trauma and crisis response for students who may work in a variety of criminal justice settings. The course will be geared toward and benefit those working in law enforcement, courts, and correctional settings. The field of criminal justice more generally is clearly moving toward recognition of the importance of trauma informed care and services. The course will address trauma theory and practice in a practical way. The course will be interactive in nature and derive course work and material from real world examples.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2021
Elective Courses

12 Credits

Courses
Duration
Credits
CJAD 6330 - Women and Minorities in the Administration of Criminal Justice
8 weeks
3
Analysis of roles and contributions, major issues, and controversies surrounding women and minorities in the criminal justice system as practicioners, offenders, and victims. Examines effect of court decisions, rule-making and contemporary criminal justice practices on women and ethnic minorities.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
CJAD 6331 - Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution
8 weeks
3
Examination of dynamics, intervention strategies, and treatment for a variety of crisis situations with individuals, families, and institutions in a community justice perspective. Theoretical aspects of potential intervention and management strategies explored. Domestic violence and mediation techniques and overall structure of dealing with interpersonal violence within third parties is given priority.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2021
CJAD 6335 - Restorative Justice and Social Change
8 weeks
3
Provides critical examination of the fundamental principles and practices of restorative justice while exploring needs and roles of key stakeholders. Course examines process of change and its effects upon people and organizations, approaches organizations must develop in order for community policing efforts to be successful. Special focus on prisoner re-entry and responsibility of community policing officer to support and facilitate prisoner re-entry to prevent recidivism and crime.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
CJAD 6340 - Contemporary Problems and Issues In Police Administration
8 weeks
3
A study of the role of the police and policing in American society, emphasizing principles and practices of administration and their application to law enforcement. General problems and practices relating to contemporary police administration are discussed, including community policing and problem-oriented policing.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
CJAD 6341 - Policy and Diversity
8 weeks
3
A socio-historical analysis of the effects of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and gender on legitimate social opportunities, criminal behavior, victimizations, and differential treatment by the criminal justice system will be evaluated. The historical and legal foundation for equitable treatment in the public sector is explored.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
CJAD 6350 - Contemporary Problems and Issues in Correctional Administration
8 weeks
3
A study of correctional components of the American criminal justice system, emphasizing principles of administration and their application to correctional practices. The impact of legal and social change on correctional agencies will be discussed as well as associated with their administration, management, and organization.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2021
CJAD 6351 - Comparative Criminal Justice System
8 weeks
3
An international approach to the study of the criminal justice system across the globe. Each country’s different philosophical and practical approaches to criminal justice are analyzed and compared.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
CJAD 6360 - Contemporary Legal Issues In Criminal Justice Administration
8 weeks
3
Examines legal problems and issues related to the administration of criminal justice in terms of their impact on the various components of the criminal justice system.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
CJAD 6361 - Advanced Constitutional Law
8 weeks
3
An in-depth study and analysis of leading court cases and their impact on the criminal justice system.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
CJAD 6362 - Civil Liabilities for Criminal Justice Administrators
8 weeks
3
An in-depth consideration of the sources of liability exposure in criminal justice agencies, relevant court cases, and the administrator’s role in controlling liability exposure.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021
CJAD 6391 - Contract Study
8 weeks
3
Advanced independent study or research.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
MPAL 6301 - Public Leadership and Ethics
8 weeks
3
Theories and readings in public and nonprofit leadership and ethical issues facing public leaders.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2021 Summer A 2022 Fall B 2022
MPAL 6302 - Organizational Leadership and Administration
8 weeks
3
Historical, theoretical, and practical applications of developments in public leadership, public policy, and public organizational theory.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2021 Spring B 2022 Fall A 2022

MS-CJAD Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in last 60 credit hours
  • Resume showing relevant professional experience
  • Essay (see section below for details)
  • Three letters of recommendation from employers and/or professors


Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 2.75-2.99 in last 60 credit hours
  • Resume showing professional work history
  • Essay (see section below for details)
  • Other evidence:
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Three years or more of employment experience or other qualifications in the criminal justice field, including government, private, nongovernmental, and nonprofit organizations
  • Conditional enrollment will include a demonstrated academic achievement of a 3.0 GPA or better during the first 12 credit hours.

Essay

This should be a three-page, APA-formatted essay that explains who you are and how you would bring about positive social change to society with an MS-CJAD from UT Permian Basin. Describe yourself, your motivations for pursuing the degree, and your expectations of the program. Discuss relevant past experiences, such as your education, jobs, community activities, leadership roles, awards, and honors. Explain how these experiences have shaped you and prepared you for our MS-CJAD program.

Official Transcripts

Official copies of transcripts must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope and should be mailed to:

UT Permian Basin
Office of Admissions
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762

Official transcripts in electronic format can be sent to admissions@utpb.edu.

Supporting Documents

All supporting documents related to a graduate program, such as letters of recommendation, essays, statements of interest, resumes, professional work experience, and awards should be sent to the Graduate Studies Office:

UT Permian Basin
Graduate Studies
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762-0001

Electronic versions of supporting documents may be emailed to gradstudies@utpb.edu. 

Application Fee

The application fee is $40.

Faculty Bios

Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Criminal Justice Administration (CJAD) Program
College of Arts and Sciences
fisher_j@utpb.edu

Dr. Fisher served in the U.S. Air Force during Desert Storm and has a background in private corrections and state probation. He earned his PhD in human services specializing in criminal justice from Walden University in 2016. At UT Permian Basin, he teaches criminal justice administration and behavioral analysis courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Fisher’s current research interests include polarization, extremism, and hate, specifically within the criminal justice system.

Associate Professor
Coordinator, Criminology Program
College of Arts and Sciences
kiekbusch_r@utpb.edu

Dr. Kiekbusch is a jail operations specialist with 13 years of jail management experience in three different states. He was president of the American Jail Association 1992-1993. He holds a BA, MA, and PhD in sociology from the University of Notre Dame. In addition to fulfilling his academic responsibilities, Dr. Kiekbusch provides expert witness and other consulting services in the area of jail management. He also serves on editorial boards for multiple practitioner publications and scholarly journals.

Associate Provost of Academic Affairs
wilson_s@utpb.edu

Dr. Wilson is a military veteran and a former law enforcement officer with an administrative background in higher education.  He earned his PhD in criminal justice at the University of Nebraska in 2005. He teaches courses related to law enforcement, management and supervision, research methods, and statistics at UT Permian Basin.  Dr. Wilson’s research interests include improving attitudes toward the criminal justice system, police unions, and how organizations can decrease police officer victimization. In 2012 he received the James L. Madison Award for Best Published Article.

Adjunct Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences
jaeckle_t@utpb.edu

Dr. Jaeckle is a licensed clinical social worker in Florida and has nearly three decades of mental health and crisis intervention experience. She serves as the mental health/training coordinator for several critical incident stress management and hostage/negotiation teams and consults with numerous law enforcement agencies nationwide. Dr. Jaeckle received a BS in criminology from Florida Southern College. She also completed a Master of Science in criminal justice with a speciality track in the behavioral sciences and a PhD in the humanities and social sciences with an emphasis in conflict analysis and resolution (speciality in crisis management) from Nova Southeastern University.

Adjunct Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences
dibari_d@utpb.edu

Dr. DiBari joined UT Permian Basin in 2019 and has been teaching criminal justice since the early 2000s. He has also served as a police academy instructor for new cadets and is an experienced doctoral dissertation chair and university research reviewer. He specializes in forensic interviewing, sexual assault investigation, and crisis intervention techniques and response. He designed crisis intervention training for police officers in southern Colorado, a nationally recognized program that was featured in Police Chief magazine. Dr. DiBari has held multiple positions in law enforcement, most notably police department director. He has published in textbooks and peer-reviewed journals on the topic of sexual assaults.

Adjunct Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences
gallivan_d@utpb.edu

After serving in the U.S. Air Force for four years, Mr. Gallivan earned a degree in finance from UT Permian Basin before attending Baylor Law School, where he earned his MBA. He has been an attorney for more than 20 years. Mr. Gallivan started off his career working with the Ector County district attorney, where he prosecuted habitual criminals. Following that, he was in private practice for about 12 years before going back to the Ector County District Attorney’s Office. He is currently the county attorney for Ector County. In January 2016, Mr. Gallivan began his adjunct teaching career at UT Permian Basin, teaching eight different courses, including a graduate-level course.

We’re pleased to offer program admission on a rolling basis.

Rolling admission refers to our process of accepting and evaluating applications as we receive them and moving any applications that miss the deadline to the next semester. However, if you want to enroll in courses for a specific semester, you will need to make note of the application deadlines found below. If you don’t complete your application and submit the required materials by the deadline, your application will be rolled over to the next semester. 

LengthCourses BeginCourses EndApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration OpensRegistration DeadlinePayment DeadlineLast Day to Withdraw
Summer A5/10/216/25/214/26/215/3/214/1/215/12/215/7/216/4/21
Summer B6/28/218/12/216/14/216/21/214/1/216/30/216/25/217/23/21
LengthCourses BeginCourses EndApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration OpensRegistration DeadlinePayment DeadlineLast Day to Withdraw
Fall A8/23/2110/15/218/9/218/16/214/1/218/25/218/20/219/24/21
Fall B10/18/2112/10/2110/4/2110/11/214/1/2110/18/2110/15/2111/19/21
LengthCourses BeginCourses EndApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration OpensRegistration DeadlinePayment DeadlineLast Day to Withdraw
Spring A1/10/223/4/2212/27/211/3/2211/1/211/12/221/7/222/11/22
Spring B3/14/225/6/222/28/223/7/2211/1/213/16/223/11/224/15/22
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