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Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Justice Administration

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become a leader in the criminal justice field

30 Credit, 12-Month Program

More than ever, competent, qualified police administrators are needed to navigate the rapidly changing world of criminal justice. Tiffin University’s M.S. Justice Administration program will provide the competencies and qualifications you’ll need to advance into a leadership role in your criminal justice career.

The Master of Science in Justice is designed for students who want to enter leadership roles within the criminal justice field. The program delivers a comprehensive education in justice administration with classes in human resource management, contemporary issues in justice administration, legal and ethical issues, management practices, design of educational programs and training sessions and more.

The program is suited for law enforcement and police executives who wish to continue their education to advance their careers. The program is taught by faculty with wide-ranging and significant experience in the field of criminal justice.

Professional justice administration Training
  • Faculty bring years of administrative experience in criminal justice at the federal and local levels.
  • Most students bring practical experience in the field, enabling rich in-class discussions and networking.
  • The program includes core criminal justice courses, including a research component and justice administration-specific courses that will hone your skills as a law enforcement executive.
  • Our program can be completed in just three semesters with full-time attendance.

The M.S. Justice Administration program is an outstanding example of how the real world meets the classroom experience. Our faculty members have all been working professionals in the field, and our students are also working professionals, which provides for an exciting dialogue and a dynamic education filled with connections.

Our faculty bring years of executive, operations-level, clinical, academic and research experience in criminal justice to the graduate learning process. Sharing this experience with students helps to link theory taught in classes to professional practice. You’ll come away with a clearer, real-world understanding of the skills and traits necessary for success as a criminal justice administrator.

a practical, professional education
  • All of our instructors have significant experience in justice administration, many at the upper level of management.
  • You’ll explore the current situation and the latest practices in the criminal justice field.
  • Courses are constantly updated to reflect significant current events that shape policy and decision making in the field.
  • Courses within the program provide you with the necessary skills to lead criminal justice agencies.
  • You’ll learn the importance of leadership traits such as integrity, critical thinking, flexibility and compassion.

The Master of Science in Justice Administration is an online program, however, you’ll engage with other students in rich, instructor-involved discussions. Most every course presents opportunities for spirited debate among students who are already professionals in the field.

As part of a practitioner-focused program, you’ll also take part in projects involving real-world applications. Group work within the program is constant and replicates the cooperation needed for success as a justice administrator.

The combination of instructors who bring vast experience in the field and talented and multifaceted students creates a professional tone and intellectual synergy that’s found in very few graduate programs.

ohio police officer training academy (opota)

To be a sworn police officer in Ohio, you must successfully complete the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). Tiffin University partners with Terra State Community College to include the cost of the academy in tuition and can be earned in just one semester.

This unique training academy is state mandated for all police officers and covers firearms, legal administration, human relations, traffic, patrol, driving, subject control, investigations, civil disorder, physical conditioning and other aspects of law enforcement. Students apply direct, hands-on practice in the crime lab, firing range and police cruisers. With experienced, certified instructors and hands-on application, our students consistently achieve passing rates on the state-certified exam. Once graduates of the program earn the certification, they are immediately eligible for full-time employment.


Online – Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October


Contemporary Criminal Justice: Issues and Trends (JUS510) – Provides a contemporary overview of the criminal justice system with a focus on current trends, major crime problems and statistics, crime control issues, the nature and causes of crime, justice agencies and personnel, key decision-making by justice agents and the changing features of the American legal system and criminal justice agency management which impact the quality of service to community residents.

Research Design and Analysis (JUS515) – Examines various research design models applied to the study of crime and agency administration issues. The course concludes a discussion of the philosophy of scientific inquiry, the discovery and conceptualization of research questions (descriptive, relational, and casual), the operationalization of project concepts and variables, conduct of the study, data analysis, formulating conclusions and generalization of findings. This course will allow students to analyze various research designs such as historical, legal, action, quasi-experimental, experimental, content analysis, polling, meta-analysis, data mining, citation analysis, policy analysis, investigative reporting, action research, comparative method, observer, participant-observer, micro history, ethnography, oral history, symbolism, photographic analysis, geographic information systems, program evaluation, evaluation, survey research and other designs and methods. Students will also read and practice policy decisions from report research.

Statistical Applications in Criminal Justice (JUS520) – Explores and applies practical statistical methods to the relevant work of criminal justice agents, managers and executives. The course will focus on statistical methods to prepare students to be intelligent consumers of reported research, to apply appropriate statistical analysis to various types of research designs, to report criminal justice agency performance results and to identify and use various criminal justice statistical data sources in print and electronic form.

Legal and Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice (JUS525) – The course examines ethical systems/models and their application to the multitude of criminal procedure, ethical, and civil liability issues in criminal justice such as substantive/procedural justice, legal paternalism, moral paternalism, punishment of the mentally ill/juveniles/white collar criminals, authority, power, discretion, duty, discrimination, gratuities, on-duty use of drugs/alcohol, graft, sexual harassment, excessive/deadly force, undercover work, media, investigation/interrogation, loyalty/whistle-blowing, professionalism and corruption.

Human Resource & Personnel Management in Criminal Justice Application (JUS532) – Provides a thorough examination and application of the administration and substance of the human resource functions in criminal justice agencies which includes sound principles of personnel management, employment and civil service law, the setting and background for human resource administration, the recruitment of personnel, employment testing methods and issues, the selection process, job analysis and position classification, fair employment practices, promotion, transfer, discharge, performance evaluation, the discipline process, training and education, worker motivation and job satisfaction and wage and salary administration.

The criminal justice administration field offers a wide range of job options. Most law enforcement administrators are employed in criminal justice departments at the local, state and federal levels; however, options are also available in the private sector or with security companies.

  • Area Operations Manager
  • Chief of Police
  • Compliance Analyst
  • Corporate Investigator
  • Court Manager
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • First-Line Supervisor of Police and Detectives
  • Legal Analyst
  • Police Detective
  • Research Analyst
  • Safety Director
  • Security Manager
  • Security Director

where tu grads have worked

  • Attorney General of Ohio
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Franklin County Children Services
  • Ohio Department of Youth Services
  • Police Departments
  • Securitas
  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. Department of the Army
  • U.S. Justice Department

what is justice administration?

Justice administration refers to the leadership and operations of various aspects of the criminal justice system, including the courts and law enforcement, which work together to help prevent and punish crime.

what is a master’s in justice administration?

A master’s in justice administration delivers a comprehensive education in justice administration with classes in human resource management, contemporary issues in justice administration, legal and ethical issues, management practices, design of educational programs and training sessions and more.

what can i do with a degree in justice administration?

With a degree in justice administration, you will be qualified for a variety of career opportunities, including area operations manager, chief of police, compliance analyst, corporate investigator, court manager, emergency management specialist, first-line supervisor of police and detectives, legal analyst, police detective, safety director, security manager and more

MSCJ Justice Administration Program Requirements

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“The program went at my pace and it was easy to balance with work and home life. It was all online and everything is geared toward your success. I was nervous about having difficult and unforgiving professors, but I never had this issue. I only had professors who knew my potential and wanted to provide a challenge.”

Melanie Gard
Master of Science in Criminal Justice
Class of 2021
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