Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

School of Criminal Justice

Graduate Study
Judicial Administration - Master of Science

The Master of Science degree in Judicial Administration is a Plan B (without thesis) online program designed for individuals desiring a leadership or management career in the judicial administration profession in the United States or internationally. Students who are currently employed in the U.S. federal, state, or local courts or courts in other countries may apply, as well as students wishing to enter a judicial administration career.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Social Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science degree program in Judicial Administration, an applicant must:

  1. Submit a personal statement regarding his or her academic and professional goals.
  2. Have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized educational institution. 
  3. Have an undergraduate grade–point average of 3.20 or higher. 
  4. Submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE) taken within the last five years. The GRE examination is waived for candidates who meet the undergraduate grade-point average requirement of 3.20 or for candidates who have completed a graduate degree.

The School of Criminal Justice recognizes that many applicants have been out of the academic environment for some time, and other factors may be considered in the admission process. A limited number of applicants who do not satisfy the School’s regular admission requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis. The decision to grant provisional admission is based on the student’s potential contributions to the field of judicial system administration. A student may be enrolled on a provisional basis for only two semesters and must be admitted on a regular basis to be considered a degree candidate.  Course work completed while on provisional status will not count towards the degree requirements.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Judicial Administration

The program is available only online, under Plan B (without thesis).  The student must complete a total of 30 credits distributed as follows:

               
1. All of the following courses (21 credits):  
  CJ 811 Design and Analysis in Criminal Justice Research 3
  CJ 812 Criminal Justice Management Seminar 3
  CJ 829 National and Global Trends in Court Planning 3
  CJ 860 Historical Foundations/Contemporary Frameworks in Judicial Administration 3
  CJ 861 Budget Planning and Resource Allocation for Court Performance 3
  CJ 862 Workforce Planning and Management in the Courts 3
  CJ 887 Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice Research 3
2. Two of the following courses (6 credits):  
  CJ 863 Courthouse Planning: Space, Technology, Security, and Disaster Recovery 3
  CJ 864 Elements of Essential Court Operations 3
  JRN 892 Journalism Special Topics 3
3. The following course (3 credits):
 
  CJ 896 Policy Analysis Under Conditions of Change 3
4. Completion of a final examination or evaluation.