2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Criminal Justice Administration

Degree Type: Master of Science in Criminal Justice
College(s): College of Business

Program Requirements

Criminal Justice Administration, MSCJ Program Checksheet


  • Program Core Courses, Administration Courses and Culminating Experience Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose Criminal Justice Administration?

The Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration is designed to offer post-baccalaureate education to criminal justice professionals, administrators and traditional students seeking criminal justice graduate education. The curriculum offers coursework and skills necessary for successful administration in police, corrections and court agencies, as well as private criminal justice agencies; such as residential treatment centers, halfway houses and private security firms. Students seeking admission to law school and doctoral studies in criminal justice will find this program appealing.

For full-time students, the degree will take one academic year (fall, winter and summer semesters). If the student elects to take two classes per semester, the degree can be completed in two years, or if the student attends one class per semester, the degree can be completed in four years.

Career Opportunities

The program is designed to prepare students for the demand of administrative or managerial positions within public or private criminal justice agencies. The degree emphasizes four core areas:

  • Administrative and Leadership Skills
  • Personnel and Budgeting Management
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Crime and Violence

  • More Information

    Ferris State University
    School of Criminal Justice
    1349 Cramer Circle
    Bishop Hall 506
    Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
    Phone 231-591-3652 or 231-591-5080
    Or 1-800-4FERRIS (from MI, IL, IN, OH, WI)

    Required Courses
    Credit Hours

    Program Core

    15 Credit Hours Required:
    Legal Issues in CJ
    Nature of Crime
    Quantitative Inquiry
    Qualitative Inquiry
    Choose One:
    Seminar in Law Enforcement
    Seminar in Corrections


    9 Credit Hours Required:
    Organizational Leadership
    Financial Management
    Human Resource Management

    Culminating Experience

    6 Credit Hours Required:
    Option 1
    Criminal Justice Thesis
    Option 2
    Graduate Topics in CJ
    Comprehensive Critique
    This degree requires 30 semester hours for graduation.