School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies

The School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Strategic Studies includes the Department of Criminal Justice, the Department of Military Science, the Institute for Predictive and Analytic Policing Science, and the Institute for Homeland Security, Cyber Crime and International Criminal Justice Studies.  The mission of the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Strategic Studies is to provide students in criminal justice and military science with a quality education through academic and leadership experiences, as well as to provide service to the community and profession through research and scholarship.

Degree programs offered include the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Criminal Justice Administration, the Master of Criminal Justice, and the Master of Public Administration.  There are three graduate certificates offered through the School  In addition, a minor in Military Science is also available.

Master of Public Administration

The MPA is offered as a thesis or non-thesis track program.  This interdisciplinary program is designed to offer students a broad-based educational experience in the public administration field. 

Master of Public Administration

Required Courses
MAPA Core Courses
MAPA 5300Public Administration 3
MAPA 5301Organizational Behavior3
MAPA 5302Human Resource Management3
MAPA 5307Statistical Methods3
MAPA 5311Intergovernmental Relations 3
MAPA 5315Public Budgeting 3
MAPA 5322Advanced Ethics3
MAPA 5331Public Policy3
MAPA 5350Public Administration Capstone 3
MAPA 5398Research Methods3
Total Hours30
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Non-Thesis Track
Electives - Choose 2 of the following:6
NonProfit & Public Sector Marketing
Legal Aspects
Introduction to Public Administration
State and Local Government
Advanced Public Budgeting and Financial Management
Critical Incident Management
Managing Critical Social Problems
Seminar in Public Administration
Independent Study
Total Hours6
Thesis Track
MAPA 5088Thesis1-6
Total Hours6

Graduate Certificates

The three graduate certificates offered through the School are the Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate, the Cybercrime Field Response Certificate, and the Strategic Studies Certificate.  Each certificate requires completion of 12 hours of graduate coursework.  The certificates may be completed independently or as part of the MCJ program.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate will allow students to  learn the basic principles and methodologies involved with resolving conflict, as well ast to implement their new found knowledge throughout the coursework.

Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution

Required Courses
Required Courses9
Mediation-Methods of Dispute Resolution
Advanced Mediation Strategies
Effective Communication Skills for ADR Specialists
Electives - Choose 13
Arbitration-Methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution
Advanced Arbitration Theory and Methods
Negotiations and Collective Bargaining
Mediation Practicum/Internship
Total Hours12
Cybercrime Field Response Certificate

The purpose of the Cybercrime Field Response Certificate is to expose, familiarize, and train law enforcement practitioners with the information to combat and investigate cybercrimes. Students will gain hands on experience with various programs and techniques used to identify and investigate cybercrimes.

Certificate in Cybercrime Field Response

Required Courses
CRIJ 5353Global Cyber-Security3
CRIJ 5354Introduction to Digital Forensics3
CRIJ 5355Cellular Forensics3
CRIJ 5356Digital Forensics Analysis3
Strategic Studies Certificate

The Strategic Studies Certificate focuses on organization communications and the value of evidence-based policy and practice as well as cutting edge analytic strategies as a means to prepare future leaders in criminal justice and public policy.

Certificate in Strategic Studies

Required Courses
Required Courses6
Homeland Security
Electives - Choose 26
Global Cyber-Security
Intersection of Domestic and Military Policing
Transnational Trafficking
Executive Leadership
Total Hours12


MAPA 5088. Thesis. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Scheduled when the student is ready to begin the thorough and scholarly investigation of a topic acceptable to the thesis committee. The thesis must provide evidence that the candidate has pursued a coherent program of research related to the student’s area(s) of specialization, the results of which reveal academic excellence and which make an original contribution to the discipline. Prerequisite: Student must successfully complete the MPA comprehensive examinations and all preliminary coursework. Project must have approval of major professor.

MAPA 5300. Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This is an introductory, survey course designed to give students an understanding of public administration as a scientific discipline applied to professional practice within the context of American government at the local, state and federal level. Topics include a master’s level survey of the major theories of public administration and governance, interagency and intergovernmental relations, agency reform, ethics of public service, organizational dynamics and behavior, human resource issues, and public budgeting and finance.

MAPA 5301. Organizational Behavior in the Public Sector. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Behavioral theory in organizational context for the public sector. A study of individual and group dynamics in the business environments. Specific emphasis is given to leadership, motivation, communication, employee supervision, and morale in all organizational settings.

MAPA 5302. Human Resource Management in the Public Sector. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Presents the fundamental principles and techniques of personnel management and examines the management of human resources from the point of view of the personnel officer, the operational manager and the employee for the public sector. Examines the responsibilities of organizational leadership for incorporating human resource issues in strategic planning and initiatives. Emphasis is placed on current legal considerations, issues and research.

MAPA 5303. NonProfit & Public Sector Marketing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will examine the role and application of marketing in public and nonprofit settings. The course focuses on a conceptual understanding of the marketing discipline and marketing processes and shows how basic concepts and principles of marketing are applicable to public and nonprofit organizations.

MAPA 5304. Legal Aspects. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A critical evaluation of the role courts play in American public administration. Topics include the structure, function, and operations of the courts at the state and federal level. Credit will not be awarded for both CRIJ 5304 and/or CRIJ 6304 and/or MAPA 5304.

MAPA 5307. Statistical Methods. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of basic and advanced descriptive and inferential statistics, with an emphasis on applications in public administration. Credit will not be awarded for both MAPA 5307 and CRIJ 5300. Prerequisite: MAPA 5398 or CRIJ 5398.

MAPA 5310. Introduction to Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An overview of the history and intellectual foundation of public administration including the major ideas, developments, theories, concepts, and contributors to the growth of public administration and its practice in the United States. Credit will not be given for both MAPA 5300 and MAPA 5310.

MAPA 5311. Intergovernmental Relations. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course is a study of the interrelationship of local, state, and federal government entities with emphasis on intergovernmental relations on administration, planning, budgeting, and policy making.

MAPA 5315. Public Budgeting. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is a master’s level introduction to the principles of planning, budgeting and budget administration as applied to the unique requirements of local, state, and federal government agencies. Although strongly based in budgeting theory, the major course goal is to provide students with the basic skills needed to effectively work as an effective team member with agency professionals and external consultants to create and administer public agency budgets.

MAPA 5320. State and Local Government. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

State and local governments within the context of the American governmental system. Special emphasis on federalism, the constitutional/legal relationships between state and local governments, and the institutions, organizational forms, and political processes in American state and local government especially related evolving governance models, such as new public management, new public service and other models.

MAPA 5322. Advanced Ethics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The practical implications of moral philosophy and ethics in a free society on a day-to-day basis in public administration will be discussed. Credit will not be awarded for both CRIJ 5322 and MAPA 5322.

MAPA 5330. Advanced Public Budgeting and Financial Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an in-depth study of the budgeting and financial management of government agencies. Topics include taxation, bonds, special issues in administering matching funds, grants and grant administration, revenue flow, contracts, and fiscal problems of local and state governments including maintenance of services during revenue shortfalls. Prerequisite: MAPA 5320 Public Budgeting and ACCT 5307 Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting or permission of instructor.

MAPA 5331. Public Policy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Course provides broad exposure to the fundamental tools of policy formulation, negotiation, implementation and analysis. While competitive markets are often efficient, there are many barriers to perfectly functioning markets, such as market failure(s), that lead to the need for public policy. Ultimately, the goal of the course is to lead students to appreciate the method of thought and processes associated with allocation of resources at their disposal as seems “best” to them — and how this method can be a widely useful tool for assessing the need for and impact of public policy.

MAPA 5340. Critical Incident Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is a graduate level introduction to crisis planning and management for mass casualty and high profile events. Topics include agency roles natural and man-made disasters, terrorism and other major criminal events, and other high profile incidents. Emphasis will be placed in inter-agency cooperation and interfacing in planning, event management, and long-term, post-event management.

MAPA 5345. Managing Critical Social Problems. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will provide students with an overview of the contemporary social issues and the role of government in management or mitigation of those issues. Topics include crime, employment, health care, neighborhood stability, gentrification and community regeneration, and their effects on community residents.

MAPA 5350. Public Administration Capstone. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course requires demonstration of competency in public management through completion of a substantial research project incorporating independent study and critical analysis of a specialized area of the field. This is the capstone course for the Master of Public Administration Program. Prerequisite: completion of all other course work required for the Master of Public Administration degree, including core courses and emphasis area courses, unless an exception is approved by the major professor.

MAPA 5380. Internship. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course gives students the opportunity to integrate the more theoretical aspects of their coursework with participant observation of the operations of a government agency closely related to the student’s area of specialization. The experience will utilize a series of work assignments within the agency to give students a range of experiences to enhance their understanding of professional, public administration. Students will document their experience for presentation as determined through consultation with their major professor who will arrange placements with agency mentors. Prerequisite: Approval of major professor.

MAPA 5385. Seminar in Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will allow for flexible topic choice related to current and future trends in public administration. Topics such as comparable and futures studies in public administration along with other evolving and emerging issues in public administration can be further explored via this course.

MAPA 5390. Independent Study. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This is an independent research course requiring development of a literature review. methodology, and/or data collection in collaboration with the supervising professor. Prerequisite: Approval of MPA graduate advisor.

MAPA 5398. Research Methods. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will introduce students to multiple research methods, specifically applied in the fields of public administration, in particular to public, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, and policy evaluation. This course will assist the student in understanding the role of research and evaluation in public programs. Credit will not be awarded for CRIJ 5398 and MAPA 5398.