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MPA in Criminal Justice

Northcentral University's Master of Public Administration with a Criminal Justice specialization program offers students advanced training in bureaucratic and organizational management with an emphasis on criminal justice. Discover more about this online program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Public Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

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Program Prerequisites:

Students who are thinking about applying for the Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice program at Northcentral University should have strong analytical and problem-solving skills as well as an interest in the legal system. All applicants to Northcentral University graduate programs need a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Northcentral University's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is designed to help students understand the complex workings of public organizations. Courses focus on topics like behavioral theories, the role of government and public interest, public policy procedures, and human resources management. The specialization in criminal justice is intended to take these principles and apply them to the legal system. Students are offered instruction in juvenile crime, forensic science, and the complex part that drugs play in society. The program concludes with a capstone course.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

36 credits

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Northcentral University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Public Administration with a Criminal Justice Specialization:

This MPA is a 36-hour program. 24 credit hours are devoted to the core curriculum in public administration, nine credit hours involve topics from the specialization, and three credit hours are part of a capstone research project. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements (27 credits)

  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Government and the Public Interest
  • Public Sector Human Resources Management
  • Public Budgeting and Finance
  • Quality Management in Public Administration
  • Public Policy Process
  • Organizational Behavior and Theory
  • Survey of Research Methods
  • Capstone Seminar

Criminal Justice Specialization Requirements (9 credits)

  • Students choose three courses from the following:
    • Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • Juvenile Offender
    • Organized Crime
    • Drugs, Values, and Society
    • Current Issues in Law Enforcement
    • Survey of Forensic Sciences

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After graduation from the Master of Public Administration with a Criminal Justice specialization, NCU students might decide to pursue a terminal degree in public administration or criminal justice. Doing so could help them find employment at the highest levels of the field as well as prepare for research or postsecondary teaching careers. The following are some degrees that MPA graduates could consider:

  • Doctor of Public Administration
  • Doctor of Criminal Justice
  • Doctor of Criminal Justice - Homeland Security specialization
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration
  • Ph.D. in Criminal Justice

Career Paths:

Northcentral University's Master of Public Administration program may prepare students for leadership careers in public organizations. Those who graduate from the Criminal Justice specialization might be ready to seek such positions within the criminal justice field, such as with correctional institutions, in law enforcement agencies, or within the court system. The idea is to prepare students directly for a job in the field. Some positions that graduates might consider include:

  • Correctional institution administrator
  • Criminal justice administrator
  • Government program coordinator
  • Public service director
  • Police chief

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