Criminal Justice (M.S.) - Public Administration

Criminal Justice (M.S.) - Public Administration

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2023 through summer 2024. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Core Courses
CJUS 500Criminal Justice Integration3
CJUS 520Administration of Justice Organizations3
CJUS 530Human Resource Management in Criminal Justice Organizations3
CJUS 550Topics and Trends in Criminal Justice3
CJUS 601Criminal Justice Program Evaluation 13
CJUS 610Leadership, Ethics and Policing 13
Total Hours18

May register for CJUS 601 Criminal Justice Program Evaluation (3 c.h.) and CJUS 610 Leadership, Ethics and Policing (3 c.h.) after successfully completing 12 hours of graduate level CJUS courses

Public Administration Cognate
PADM 501Fundamentals of Public Administration3
PADM 530Politics, Strategies, and Initiatives of Community Economic Development3
PADM 550Public Policy Analysis3
PADM 610Management of Public Sector Organizations3
Total Hours12
Thesis or Elective Courses 1,2,3
CJUS 688Thesis Proposal3
CJUS 689Thesis Research 4,53
CJUS 690Thesis Defense0
Total Hours6

Students may take two elective courses instead of CJUS 688 Thesis Proposal (3 c.h.), CJUS 689 Thesis Research (3 c.h.), and CJUS 690 Thesis Defense (3 c.h.)


Choose from the following courses: Any 500-600 level courses offered by the Helms School of Government. Other 500-600 level courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis


Public Safety Professionals who graduate from a National or Regional Command College and who have received graduate credit from a regionally accredited sponsoring university, and who have not previously used such credit for a degree, may transfer up to 12 hours of graduate credit associated with the Command College to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice as Experiential-Learning credit


Any thesis student who is not ready for enrollment in CJUS 690 Thesis Defense (3 c.h.) after completing CJUS 689 Thesis Research (3 c.h.) may be required, as determined by the student's thesis chair, to repeat CJUS 689 Thesis Research (3 c.h.) until deemed ready for enrollment in CJUS 690 Thesis Defense (3 c.h.)


While CJUS 689 Thesis Research (3 c.h.) may be taken more than once, only one enrollment in the course will be permitted to count toward degree requirements

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 36 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-)
  • No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-)
  • Degree must be completed within 5 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Online Format

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