Mission and Goals

The online master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration strengthens core leadership abilities and broadens knowledge of the strategies necessary to address rapidly emerging issues in criminal justice systems. The degree combines courses in criminal justice and criminology with managerial principles and practices in public management.

The degree prepares you 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 both 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.
  • Communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce  and citizenry.

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Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates of the master’s program in criminal justice administration are numerous, diverse, and rewarding. GSU graduates find employment at the following: FBI, ATF, GBI, EPA, Secret Service, numerous local and state law enforcement and correctional agencies, probation and parole agencies and juvenile justice agencies.

“ No peer program in the Southeast—and few programs anywhere in the country—offer a similar interdisciplinary focus on criminal justice administration.” –Professor John C. Thomas

Application Deadlines*

Fall Semester
  • Early Deadline - April 1
  • Regular Deadline - June 1
  • Space Available Deadline - July 15

*Online applications must be submitted and all materials received by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Create an account.
  • Start a new application.
    • Select application type: "2018 Graduate Programs"
    • Click "Create an application"
    • Click "Open Application" to begin your application
  • On the "Program Selection" page:
    • Select College: "University Wide"
    • Select Program: "Interdisciplinary Studies; Master of Interdisciplinary Studies"
    • Select Concentration: "Criminal Justice Admin"
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Application Requirements

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. All online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee: A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Personal Statement: A brief personal essay explaining the applicant’s interest in the program.
  4. TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  5. Two letters of recommendation: All letters should be submitted through the online application.
  6. Copies of Official Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
    • Official transcripts are not required at this stage of application review.**
    • Transcripts should be uploaded to the Academic History section of the online application and must be copies of university transcripts. This can either be an official electronic transcript, or a paper copy that you have scanned and uploaded.
    • Copy of transcript must have one or more of the following features: registrar’s seal, registrar signature, or watermark of the institution.
    • Documents such as self-printed academic histories, web-based academic evaluations, and anything hand-written are not acceptable for review process and should not be uploaded. Doing so will significantly delay the review of your application.
    • Submit one copy of transcript for each post-secondary institution attended, regardless of length of time you attended, your status, whether grades are listed, or where your final degree(s) were received. This would include community colleges, study abroad programs and AP credit. If you received college level credit, a transcript should be submitted for review.
      **Official transcripts will only be required if an applicant is admitted to the program.

If you need assistance with the application process, please contact the Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs.

If you want to learn more about our programs, please contact the Office of Academic Assistance for the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at

Program Degree Requirements

The MIS in Criminal Justice Administration degree requires 30 hours of graduate coursework, comprised of 27 credit hours of required courses and 3 credit hours of an applied capstone seminar. Students must take the Proseminar in the first fall semester.

Full Time Enrollment

Year 1 Fall Year 1 Spring Year 1 Summer
Proseminar: Public Service and Democracy Public Budgeting and Finance Data Analysis and Visualization
Crime and the Criminal Justice System Ethics in Criminal Justice
Year 2 Fall Year 2 Spring Year 2 Summer
Public Management Systems and Strategies Leadership and Organizational Behavior CJA Capstone
Contemporary Criminal Justice Policy Cybercrime & Cybersecurity


Part Time Enrollment*

Year 1 Fall Year 1 Spring Year 1 Summer
Proseminar: Public Service and Democracy Public Budgeting and Finance Data Analysis and Visualization
Year 2 Fall Year 2 Spring Year 2 Summer
Crime and the Criminal Justice System Ethics in Criminal Justice Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Year 3 Fall Year 3 Spring Year 3 Summer
Contemporary Criminal Justice Policy Cybercrime & Cybersecurity CJA Capstone
Public Management Systems and Strategies

*A part-time student must take two classes in the fall semester of Year 3 to complete the degree on schedule.

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