Note: The Criminal Justice Administration Specialization is unavailable at this time. However, you may want to consider: general track leadership or specializations in health care administration, nonprofit sector administration or sports leadership.


The master's degree in leadership studies with a criminal justice administration specialization can be completed fully online or blended online.

Who is it for?

The specialization is for students who want leadership positions within criminal justice administration.


  • Offers an ethical and scholarly understanding of the issues and ramifications of current and anticipated policies in criminal justice.
  • Developing persons capable of exercising independent, analytical thought consistent with the needs of a democratic society.
  • Providing a core of leaders familiar with the issues of criminal justice management and policy analysis.


The Criminal Justice Administration specialization can serve people working in all areas of criminal justice, including:

  • Local, state and federal law enforcement
  • Social services
  • Court administration
  • Corrections
  • Victim services


To earn a master's degree in leadership studies, students must complete 36 hours of course work.

Leadership Studies Core Courses (18 credits)

Class Name Course Title Credit Hours
LEDR 6000 History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics* 3 credit hours
LEDR 6005 Self-Leadership 3 credit hours
LEDR 6010 Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Team Leadership 3 credit hours
LEDR 6025 Research Methods 3 credit hours
LEDR 6015 Influence of Leadership on Behavior in Organizations --- OR --- 3 credit hours
LEDR 6020 Leaders as Worldly Citizens 3 credit hours
LEDR 6030 Qualitative Research and the Social Impact on Leaders' Decisions --- OR --- 3 credit hours
LEDR 6035 Applied Quantitative methods in Leadership Studies 3 credit hours
  *Prereq for all LEDR course work  


Criminal Justice Administration Specialization Courses (12 credits)

Class Name Course Title Credit Hours
CJAD 6400 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice - required 3 credit hours
CJAD 6405 Criminological Theory in Public Service - required 3 credit hours
CJAD 6410 Juvenile Justice 3 credit hours
CJAD 6415 Victims and Victims Policy 3 credit hours
CJAD 6420 Correctional Management and Policy Analysis 3 credit hours
CJAD 6425 Females: Offenders, Victims, and Works in Criminal Justice System 3 credit hours
CJAD 6430 Clinical Issues in Criminal Justice 3 credit hours
CJAD 6435 Forensic Psychology in Criminal Justice 3 credit hours
CJAD 6440 Issues in Criminal Justice Policy-Making 3 credit hours
CJAD 6986 Internship in Criminal Justice 3-6 credit hours
CJAD 6995 Independent Study 1-3 credit hours
CJAD 6931 Topics in Criminal Justice 1-3 credit hours
CJAD 6510 Policies in Policing (CJAD certificate) 3 credit hours
CJAD 6511 Legal Issues in Law Enforcement (CJAD certificate) 3-6 credit hours


Integrative Learning Options

Integrative Learning Options (choose one)

Professional Project

  • Six (6) credits of a professional project. This course is taken three credits at a time, preferably in two consecutive semesters. The professional project courses are generally not offered during summer.

There are basically two (2) options for a professional project.

  1. Work independently with a faculty advisor and possibly an organization to produce a research based service or product.
  2. Submit for publication to a peer reviewed journal the findings from a research study, which has been supervised by a faculty member.

Comprehensive Exams*

  • Thirty-six (36) credits of course work followed by a comprehensive examination. Students will take: 18 required core credits, 6 required specialization credits, 6 elective specialization options, and the final 6 credits should be approved by the program advisor.


The Importance of Education in the Field of Criminal Justice

Milwaukee Police Department Assistant Chief James Harpole and Menomonee Falls Police Department Sergeant Matt Lewek discuss how important educated decisions and leadership in criminal justice are.


Contact College of Professional Studies

Email the college

Marquette University College of Professional Studies
707 Building, Room 403
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-3153 or (800) 793-6450, extension 2
FAX: (414) 288-3298