Master of Public Administration in Criminal Justice

Master of Public Administration in Criminal Justice (MPA-CJ)

STAC's 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. Classes include public and non-profit administration, criminal justice policy and planning, leadership, ethics, criminal justice, and administrative law. Visit our Course Offerings page for a complete listing.

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Earn Your Degree with Flexible Course Scheduling

The Master of Public Administration in Criminal Justice degree provides a high-quality education with a personal touch. Earn your 36 credit MPA-CJ in just 6 quarters of full-time study (2 classes per quarter) in just a year and a half. You can also pursue the degree as a part-time student. Our small classes afford maximum flexibility for working professionals, with classes delivered through in-person, remote, online, and hybrid formats.

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs are available that allow students to complete their degree within a year of earning their B.S. degree.

Careers in Criminal Justice Administration

The mission of the MPA-CJ program is to prepare students for careers in public or non-profit administration. The program will enhance graduates’ ability to contribute to their organization and to society at large. It is designed to cultivate the potential and creativity of our students through critical inquiry, communication, 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 their roles in managing criminal justice programs at the public, non-profit, and private levels. Graduates will have the appropriate credentials and perspectives to teach undergraduates in the field of criminal justice. The degree is equally valuable for those in public and non-profit administration in social and human services.

Apply to STAC’s MPA in Criminal Justice Administration program!

St. Thomas Aquinas College’s Master of Public Administration in Criminal Justice program offers a tuition discount for criminal justice professionals, as well as for STAC graduates. Start your application process here!


Masters in Public Administration in Criminal Justice graduate, Eldredge Blalock '22, was honored by ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Eldredge is the Development Manager at Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison. Conratulations on this amazing opportunity!

Eldredge smiling holding gavel next to bell in middle of NYSE building on Wall Street wearing suit and tie