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MS in Criminal Justice - Public Safety Administration

Students seeking an in-depth study of the criminal justice system while also gaining the skills needed to lead a public safety organization may want to consider Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Public Safety Administration. Find out more about the coursework in this online master's degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Public Safety Administration

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to this Master of Science in Criminal Justice program may already have some public policy knowledge or experience working in the criminal justice system. Good communication and problem-solving skills would also benefit a student in this program. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University master's degree programs must have already earned a bachelor's degree.

Program Description:

The curriculum of Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Public Safety Administration program offers advanced courses on the skills needed to lead public safety and criminal justice agencies. Core courses cover topics in managing conflict within an organization, using data to make effective decisions, challenges faced by today's criminal justice system, and ethical concerns for public safety leaders. The Public Safety Administration concentration courses allow students to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the public safety administrator, including their managerial, financial, and political duties. Additional topics include strategic planning and management techniques, human resources functions, and the importance of public policy. This program concludes with a capstone course.

Learning Format:

Online

Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses. Contact the SNHU Financial Aid office to learn more about your financial aid options.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Public Safety Administration:

Criminal Justice Required Courses

  • CJ 500: Critical Issues in the Criminal Justice System
  • CJ 510: Ethical Leadership in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 520: Criminology and Public Policy
  • CJ 550: Assessing Organizational Performance
  • CJ 560: Courts and Judicial Process
  • CJ 675: Data-Driven Decision-Making in Criminal Justice
  • WCM 610: Introduction to Organizational Conflict Management
  • CJ 790: Criminal Justice Capstone

Public Safety Administration Concentration Courses

  • PAD 630: Foundations of Public Administration
  • PAD 631: Strategic Management in Public Service
  • OL 600: Strategic Human Resource Management
  • CJ 650: Public Safety Administration

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

SNHU's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Public Safety Administration program could prepare students to seek advanced criminal justice careers where they lead departments or organizations or work with public policy. They could seek leadership or administrative positions with federal, local, or state governments; non-profits organizations; educational institutions; law enforcement agencies; and other public safety organizations.

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