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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.
There are no GRE or thesis requirements for this program.
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 mission 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 anywhere—a 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
Probation and Parole
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
CJAD 6301 - Crime and Criminal Justice
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.
CJAD 6302 - Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
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.
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.
CJAD 6304 - Public Administration and Criminal Justice
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.
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.
CJAD 6331 - Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution
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.
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.
CJAD 6340 - Contemporary Problems and Issues In Police Administration
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.
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.
CJAD 6350 - Contemporary Problems and Issues in Correctional Administration
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.
CJAD 6330 - Women and Minorities in the Administration of Criminal Justice
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.
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)
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.
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 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
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
A comprehensive exit exam must be taken in the last term of this program.
Assistant Professor Coordinator, Criminal Justice Administration (CJAD) Program College of Arts and Sciences firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 district 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.