Note: The Criminal Justice Administration Specialization is unavailable at this time.

Who is it for?

This specialization is for students who want to work in public service positions within criminal justice administration.


  • An ethical and scholarly understanding of current and anticipated policies in criminal justice
  • Develop people who can use the independent, analytical thought needed in a democratic society
  • Provide a core of professionals familiar with criminal justice management and policy analysis


The criminal justice administration specialization is ideal for:

  • Local, state and federal law enforcement
  • Health and human services
  • Court administration
  • Corrections
  • Probation and parole
  • Public safety
  • Victim services


To earn a master's degree in public service administration, students must complete 36 hours of course work.

Core Courses

Required courses (12 credits)

PUBS 6000 History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics 3 credit hours
PUBS 6205 Urban Policy and Public Service Administration 3 credit hours
PUBS 6025 Research Methods 3 credit hours
PUBS 6210 Ethics in Public Service ~ or ~ 3 credit hours
PUBS 6581 Police Leadership & Ethics (CJAD certificate only) 3 credit hours


Constrained electives (3 credits)

PUBS 6051 Contemporary Leadership 3 credit hours
PUBS 6215 Nature of Cities 3 credit hours
PUBS 6220 Organizational Behavior in Public Service 3 credit hours
PUBS 6230 Legal Issues in Public Service 3 credit hours
PUBS 6235 Communication and the Management Process in Urban Service 3 credit hours
PUBS 6240 Urban Public Sector Economics 3 credit hours
PUBS 6571 Budgeting & Finance for Policing (CJAD Certificate only) 3 credit hours
PUBS 6995 Independent Study 1-3 credit hours
PUBS 6931 Topics in Public Service 1-3 credit hours


Specialization Courses

Specialization courses (15 credits)

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: 12 required core credits, 3 credits of a constrained elective, 6 required specialization credits, 9 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