MASTER OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION

Mission and Goals

The Master of Interdisciplinary Studies in Criminal Justice Administration will produce graduates who will promote the development of well-functioning, forward-thinking, and humane justice systems. Graduates will gain a sophisticated understanding of the ways in which law enforcement, judicial, and correctional institutions interact with other segments of government and society. They will develop strong leadership skills designed to promote best practices for 21st century democratic societies. These leaders will produce systems that promote public safety by a) preventing and reducing the harmful effects of criminal and delinquent behavior on victims and societies, b) providing victims and defendants with a judicial system that is fair, effective, and efficient, and c) establishing correctional systems that protect civil society while also reintegrating offenders back into society.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates of the master’s program in criminal justice administration are numerous, diverse, and rewarding. GSU graduates find employment at the following: FBI, ATF, GBI, EPA, Secret Service, numerous local and state law enforcement and correctional agencies, probation and parole agencies and juvenile justice agencies.

Application Deadlines for Fall 2017*

Applications reviewed as submitted until July 15th. You’re encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible if you require financial aid or a visa to enroll. Late applications will be accepted until August 1st.

*Online applications must be submitted and all materials received by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Application Submission

All applicants must apply and submit all materials online.

Application Requirements

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. All online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee: A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Personal Statement: A brief personal essay explaining the applicant’s interest in the program.
  4. TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  5. Two letters of recommendation: All letters should be submitted through the online application. If not submitted online, letters must be in sealed envelopes from recommender and sent to the Admissions Office address.
  6. Copies of Official Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
    • Official transcripts are not required at this stage of application review.**
    • Transcripts should be uploaded to the Educational Information section of the online application and must be copies of university transcripts. This can either be an official electronic transcript, or a paper copy that you have scanned and uploaded.
    • Copy of transcript must have one or more of the following features: registrar’s seal, registrar signature, or watermark of the institution.
    • Documents such as self-printed academic histories, web-based academic evaluations, and anything hand-written are not acceptable for review process and should not be uploaded. Doing so will significantly delay the review of your application.
    • Submit one copy of transcript for each post-secondary institution attended, regardless of length of time you attended, your status, whether grades are listed, or where your final degree(s) were received. This would include community colleges, study abroad programs and AP credit. If you received college level credit, a transcript should be submitted for review.
      **Official transcripts will only be required if an applicant is admitted to the program.

If you issues with your online application, please email GradAYS@gsu.edu.

Program Degree Requirements

The MIS in Criminal Justice Administration degree requires 30 hours of graduate coursework, comprised of 27 credit hours of required courses and 3 credit hours of an applied capstone seminar. Students must take the Proseminar in the first fall semester.

Full Time Enrollment

Year 1 Fall Year 1 Spring Year 1 Summer
Proseminar: Public Service and Democracy Public Budgeting and Finance Applied Research Methods & Statistics*
Crime and the Criminal Justice System Ethics in Criminal Justice
Year 2 Fall Year 2 Spring Year 2 Summer
Public Management Systems and Strategies Leadership and Organizational Behavior CJA Capstone
Contemporary Criminal Justice Policy Cybercrime & Cybersecurity

*This course will focus on descriptive rather than inferential statistics and methods

Part Time Enrollment

Year 1 Fall Year 1 Spring Year 1 Summer
Proseminar: Public Service and Democracy Public Budgeting and Finance Applied Research Methods & Statistics*
Year 2 Fall Year 2 Spring Year 2 Summer
Crime and the Criminal Justice System Ethics in Criminal Justice Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Year 3 Fall Year 3 Spring Year 3 Summer
Contemporary Criminal Justice Policy Cybercrime & Cybersecurity CJA Capstone
Public Management Systems and Strategies

*A part-time student must take two classes in the fall semester of Year 3 to complete the degree on schedule.

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