ALL PROGRAMS | Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Programs
Ranked No. 18 in Criminology
U.S. News & World Report, 2022
What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

This is a fully online program. Students complete 30 credit hours of coursework that can be completed in 2 years.

Where will I take classes?
Online

All required classes to earn a degree can be completed online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Fall Semester

  • Priority Deadline – February 15
  • Regular Deadline – April 1
  • Late Deadline – June 1

Spring Semester

  • Regular Deadline – October 1
  • Late Deadline – November 1

Summer Semester

  • Does not admit

Online Criminal Justice Administration, M.I.S.

Talk to an enrollment coach
404-413-4393
[email protected]

Contact the department
Dean Dabney
Professor and Program Coordinator
404-413-1039
[email protected]

Georgia State's online master's degree in criminal justice administration blends courses in criminal justice and criminology with managerial principles and practices in public management.

The criminal justice system is affected and influenced by social, political, and economic factors. The Georgia State online CJ approach will have you studying these interconnected facets, including:

  • How offenders and victims fit within the criminal justice system.
  • How society influences and is influenced by crime and criminal justice institutions.
  • Evidence-based solutions for crime prevention and restorative justice practices.
  • Knowledge of how governments fund the criminal justice system and the financial challenges they face to support services

The criminal justice administration master’s degree prepares you to:

  • Lead and manage in criminal justice systems at the local, state and federal levels.
  • Think critically to solve problems and make decisions that affect short- and long-term outcomes for the institutions you lead.
  • Articulate and apply a set of ethical principles in the criminal justice system that comports with democratic values and respect for human rights.
  • Understand and analyze research on crime and criminal justice policy.
  • Communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

Our graduates gain a sophisticated understanding of the ways in which law enforcement, judicial and correctional institutions interact with other segments of government and society to administer high-functioning, forward-thinking and humane justice systems.

Program Highlights

Serve Your Community with a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration at Georgia State Online

The online master’s degree in criminal justice administration at Georgia State can jump-start your journey to a more fulfilling career in the criminal justice agencies that serve our society.

Learning Objectives

The master’s degree in criminal justice administration has three learning objectives:

  • Increase knowledge of current and emerging criminal justice issues and how to address them.
  • Increase knowledge of how to more effectively and efficiently lead and manage criminal justice institutions.
  • Increase understanding of ethical principles and their application in the criminal justice system.

These learning objectives should contribute to the development of a number of capabilities graduates will gain from the criminal justice administration program. At the conclusion of their programs, master’s degree in criminal justice administration graduates will be empowered to enact change and make a positive impact on the criminal justice institutions of our society.

Careers in Criminal Justice Administration

Career Fields

Career opportunities for graduates of the online criminal justice administration master’s degree are numerous, diverse and rewarding. The program can also be beneficial for individuals in careers that intersect with criminal justice such as social work, journalism, victim advocacy, non-profit administration or psychology. Those with a background in these areas can utilize the criminal justice master’s degree to supplement their knowledge of the criminal justice system, implement new processes in their workplace, make a career shift or earn promotions or raises.

Graduates find employment at the following:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Georgia Bureau of Investigation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Secret Service
  • Local and state law enforcement and correctional agencies
  • Probation and parole agencies
  • Juvenile justice agencies

Earnings Potential

Salaries for careers in criminal justice can vary depending on geographic location, years of experience and employment agency.

Those already employed in law enforcement may become eligible for promotions with the completion of the master’s program. 

Program Details

A completed application includes:

  • Submitted Online Application. Online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  • Application fee: A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  • Personal Statement: A brief personal essay explaining the applicant’s interest in the program.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Academic scores (International applicants only): International applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS academic scores.
  • Two letters of recommendation: Letters should be submitted through the online application.
  • Upload Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
    • Upload each transcript to the Academic History section of the online application before submitting your application or upload to your application status page under the Upload Materials section if your application has been submitted.
    • Review requirements for submitting transcripts.
    • Failure to follow these requirements will delay your application processing.

30 credit hours:

27 hours of core courses and 3 hours of capstone course

View Curriculum Details

The M.I.S. in Criminal Justice Administration program produces 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. The program has three learning objectives:

  • Increase knowledge of current and emerging criminal justice issues and how to address them.
  • Increase knowledge of how to more effectively and efficiently lead and manage criminal justice institutions.
  • Increase understanding of ethical principles and their application in the criminal justice system.

These learning objectives should contribute to the development of a number of capabilities graduates will gain from the program. At the conclusion of their programs, M.I.S. C.J.A. graduates should be able to:

  • Lead and manage in criminal justice systems in democratic societies.
  • Understand, analyze and synthesize research on crime and criminal justice policy.
  • Think critically to solve problems and make decisions that affect short- and long-term outcomes for the institutions they lead.
  • Articulate and apply a set of ethical principles in the criminal justice system that comports with democratic values and respect for human rights.
  • Communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

Contacts

General Questions

404-413-4393
[email protected]

Program Questions
Criminal Justice Department
Professor and Program Coordinator
Dean Dabney
404-413-1039
[email protected]

Academic Assistance
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 404-413-0021

Andrew Young School Logo55 Park Place NE
Atlanta, GA 30303