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Criminal Justice, MPA

Criminal Justice Specialization

Criminal justice professionals within the field of public administration are vital to the efficient operation of agencies, institutions and programs within the criminal justice system. These professionals not only help ensure effective operations, they understand policies, procedures and challenges inherent to the field of criminal justice. Students interested in this challenging field can gain the skills and knowledge they need through the Criminal Justice specialization.

This specialization can help students develop the advanced competencies and analytical skills needed to prepare for a rewarding career in correctional institutions, law enforcement agencies and the court system. Students will explore legal traditions and their connection to criminal activity, law enforcement response, ethics and the legal system. Additionally, students will demonstrate their knowledge with a final research project that includes identifying a workplace problem and an area for intervention along with creating a recommended plan of action.

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
MPA 36 12 25 months View Course Catalog
*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

Beyond the specialized courses designed to help you expand your abilities in your chosen field of study and profession; NCU offers the following benefits to students and alumni:

Unmatched Flexibility
Many online programs offer the ability to take courses without leaving your home, but few offer weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations. The option to turn in your assignments as early in the week as you want, provide you the ability to schedule school around your life, not the other way around.

100% Doctoral Faculty
Whether you are completing your bachelor's degree, pursuing your graduate degree, or on the path to earning your doctoral degree, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One-to-One Engagement
Not only will you learn from a doctor in the field, but you won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor to get personalized mentoring.

Master of Public Administration Learning Outcomes
  • Manage programs in public organizations
  • Assess the effectiveness of public service programs and policies within government agencies
  • Interpret administrative laws and regulations for program implementation in public organizations
  • Apply public administration knowledge in addressing challenges in public organizations