MPA in Criminal Justice Administration

The St. Thomas Aquinas College Master of Public Administration in Criminal Justice program prepares you for a career in public administration, whether you are progressing in your current organization, changing careers, launching a second career, or starting out with a college degree. Top-notch faculty from our Criminal Justice program and our School of Business combine forces to provide you with a unique graduate school experience that creates a solid foundation for your career. The MPA-CJ Program represents high quality education with a personal touch.

The mission of the MPA-CJ is to prepare students for careers in public or non-profit administration. The MPA-CJ will enhance graduates’ ability to contribute to their organization and to society at large. The program is designed to cultivate the potential and creativity of our students through critical inquiry, communications, and research using select business management concepts as the medium for inquiry in public administration. After completing the MPA-CJ, students will have the tools to assume or improve on their roles managing criminal justice programs at the public, non-profit, and private levels. Graduates will also have the appropriate credentials and perspectives to teach undergraduates in the field of criminal justice. The MPA-CJ is also a valuable degree for those in public administration in social and human services.

The 39 credit MPA is divided between Criminal Justice and the School of Business, and affords maximum flexibility for when students enroll in these classes. Offering on-line, hybrid, and in-class courses, the program follows a quarter system, with four, nine-week sessions in September, December, March, and June. Classes are typically scheduled in the evenings or on weekends, which allows students to continue working at their full-time jobs. There is a discount for criminal justice professionals, and for STAC graduates.