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Course Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration


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.

Our program is ranked #5 in the nation for Best Law Enforcement Administration Graduate Programs, #33 for Best Online Criminal Justice Master's Programs by Student Training & Education in Public Service, and #37 in the nation for Best Overall Criminal Justice Graduate Programs by The rankings are based on financial aid awards, quality of education, faculty, campus resources, and more.

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 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

Click here to read program testimonials from criminal justice administration alumni.


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