Established in 2005, the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration Program reflects Husson's long-standing commitment to education for leadership. This program was developed based on expressed needs to have further education beyond the existing B.S. in Criminal Justice. The University believes such education is more than a matter of theory and books. Active classrooms, courses tied closely to actual criminal justice administration experience, and a diverse student body representing various academic and industry backgrounds contribute to a fuller, more useful education.
The Master of Science in Criminal
Justice Administration Program is a thirty-six credit graduate
management curriculum designed to develop and strengthen skills in
analysis, decision-making, and implementation. The program balances
strengths in the traditional areas of law, budgeting, and policy-making,
with careful attention to the development of skills in communication,
interpersonal relations, psychology and leadership essential to
effective performance in organizations. Students also have the
opportunity to participate in experiential internships with
organizations related to the Criminal Justice field that they choose (click here to go to the Internship Opportunities webpage).
In the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration Program, there are no undergraduate prerequisites to graduate level course work. Working professionals with bachelor's degrees from a wide range of fields find the program well suited to balancing current job demands with the need for continuing professional development. If a student does not have an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice or a related degree or does not have experience working in a criminal justice related career field, then the student will need to take a graduate level introductory course on criminal justice professions and material related to law enforcement, corrections and the court system.
Classes are scheduled on evenings and weekends to accommodate participants' work schedules. The part-time student can complete the program in two and one-half years without career interruption. The program is offered on the Husson Campus in Bangor, at the University's Westbrook Campus, and at selected other off-campus locations.