Kaplan University

Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice

Kaplan University's Master of Public Administration program with an intensive study area in Criminal Justice provides students with the opportunity to develop a basic understanding of criminal justice processes, policies, and developments. Learn more about Kaplan University's Master of Public Administration with an intensive study area in Criminal Justice here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Public Administration with an intensive study area in Criminal Justice

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Master of Public Administration

Program Description:

Kaplan University's online Master of Public Administration program with an intensive study area in Criminal Justice is designed to educate students in various aspects of state and federal criminal justice management. Program coursework is designed to address law enforcement, corrections, homeland security, the structure of criminal justice agencies, organizational psychology, and workplace safety and violence. Core studies cover ethics, leadership, financial management, and legal studies. Two tracks, applied research and comprehensive exam, are available for this program. Students seeking admission to the program should have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and completed coursework addressing basic criminal justice and management topics.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

55 credits. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete 24 credit hours in 30 weeks.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

Required Courses for a Master of Public Administration with an Intensive Study Area in Criminal Justice:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Criminal Justice Intensive Study Area

  • CJ 501: Criminological Theory (5 credits)
  • CJ 503: Organizational Behavior (5 credits)
  • CJ 505: Critical Issues in Criminal Justice (5 credits)
  • CJ 511: Employment and Policy Law (5 credits)
  • 500/600-level: Public Administration Elective (5 credits)

Core Requirements

  • PP 500: Public Administration and Management (5 credits)
  • PP 504: Research and Writing in Public Administration (5 credits)
  • PP 510: Leadership in the Public Sector (5 credits)
  • PP 520: Finance and the Administration of Public Funds (5 credits)
  • PP 530: Human Resource Management in the Public Sector (5 credits)
  • Choose one of the following:
  • PP 698: Applied Research (5 credits)
  • PP 602: Comprehensive Exam Capstone (5 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of Kaplan University's Master of Public Administration program with an intensive study area in Criminal Justice could be prepared to pursue administrative or management positions in government criminal justice agencies or judicial offices.* They could apply theoretical concepts in management, leadership, organizational behavior, and criminal justice management.

A Master of Public Administration from Kaplan University could prepare graduates to work for government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as nonprofit and for-profit nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and corporations that work closely with the government.

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