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Georgia State is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible programs for all prospective students because we value the investment each student makes in their education. We understand that the path to a student’s future shouldn’t be blocked due to finances and we pride ourselves on offering financial assistance and scholarships that can support students through their education.

How long will it take?

This is a fully online criminal justice administration master’s degree. Students complete 30 credit hours of coursework that can be completed in 2 years.

All required classes to earn a degree can be completed online.

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Online Criminal Justice Administration, M.I.S.

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The online Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (M.I.S) in Criminal Justice Administration at Georgia State’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies blends courses in criminal justice and criminology with managerial principles and practices in public management.

The criminal justice system is affected and influenced by social, political and economic factors. The online criminal justice program’s approach will have you studying these interconnected facets, including:

  • How offenders and victims fit within the criminal justice system.
  • How society influences and is influenced by crime and criminal justice institutions.
  • Evidence-based solutions for crime prevention and restorative justice practices.
  • Knowledge of how governments fund the criminal justice system and the financial challenges they face to support services.

The criminal justice administration master’s degree prepares you to:

  • Lead and manage in criminal justice systems at the local, state and federal levels.
  • Think critically to solve problems and make decisions that affect short- and long-term outcomes for the institutions you lead.
  • Articulate and apply a set of ethical principles in the criminal justice system that comports with democratic values and respect for human rights.
  • Understand and analyze research on crime and criminal justice policy.
  • Communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

Program Highlights

Serve Your Community with a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration at Georgia State Online

The online master’s degree in criminal justice administration at Georgia State can jump-start your journey to a more fulfilling career in the criminal justice agencies that serve our society.

Learning Objectives

The master’s degree in criminal justice administration has three learning objectives:

  • Increase knowledge of current and emerging criminal justice issues and how to address them.
  • Increase knowledge of how to more effectively and efficiently lead and manage criminal justice institutions.
  • Increase understanding of ethical principles and their application in the criminal justice system.

These learning objectives should contribute to the development of a number of capabilities graduates will gain from the criminal justice administration program. At the conclusion of their programs, master’s degree in criminal justice administration graduates will be empowered to enact change and make a positive impact on the criminal justice institutions of our society.

Careers in Criminal Justice Administration

Career Fields

Career opportunities for graduates of the online criminal justice administration master’s degree are numerous, diverse and rewarding. The program can also be beneficial for individuals in careers that intersect with criminal justice such as social work, journalism, victim advocacy, non-profit administration or psychology. Those with a background in these areas can utilize the criminal justice master’s degree to supplement their knowledge of the criminal justice system, implement new processes in their workplace, make a career shift or earn promotions or raises.

Graduates find employment at the following:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Georgia Bureau of Investigation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Secret Service
  • Local and state law enforcement and correctional agencies
  • Probation and parole agencies
  • Juvenile justice agencies

Earnings Potential

Salaries for careers in criminal justice can vary depending on geographic location, years of experience and employment agency.

Those already employed in law enforcement may become eligible for promotions with the completion of the master’s program. 

Program Details

A completed application includes:

  • Submitted Online Application: Online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  • Application fee: A non-refundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  • Personal Statement: A brief personal essay explaining the applicant’s interest in the program.
  • English Language test scores (International applicants only): International applicants are required to submit official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) academic scores.
  • Two letters of recommendation: Letters should be submitted through the online application.
  • Upload Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
    • Upload each transcript to the Academic History section of the online application before submitting your application or upload to your application status page under the Upload Materials section if your application has been submitted.
    • Review requirements for submitting transcripts.
    • Failure to follow these requirements will delay your application processing.

For more information on submitting your transcripts, visit the graduate transcript requirements page.

The online Master of Interdisciplinary Studies in Criminal Justice degree program consists of 30 credit hours of study: 27 hours of core courses and 3 hours of a capstone course.

Required courses include:

  • Data Analysis and Visualization
  • Public Management and Democracy
  • Public Budgeting and Finance
  • Public Management Systems and Strategies
  • Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Cybercrime and Cybersecurity

For a complete list of up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the course catalog.

At Georgia State, we understand that students come to our institution from a range of financial backgrounds. We value the investment our students make in their education, and we aim to provide access to scholarships and aid opportunities that can support students through their academic journey.

Criminal justice administration master’s degree students are eligible for the Jean Childs Young Fellowship and the James L. Maddex, Jr Scholarship. In addition to these scholarships, Georgia State students also have access to the Scholarship Resource Center – a support tool established in 2011 to help students seeking financial assistance find scholarship opportunities.

Learn more about tuition rates or use Georgia State's cost calculator to determine the investment required for your course of study.

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The M.I.S. in Criminal Justice Administration program produces graduates who will promote the development of effective and humane justice systems. The criminal justice administration master’s degree will ensure that graduates attain a sophisticated understanding of the ways in which law enforcement, judicial and correctional institutions interact with other segments of government and society.

Students will develop strong leadership skills designed to promote best practices for 21st-century democratic societies. Graduates of the program will enter the workforce with the tools needed to administer high-functioning, forward-thinking and ethical justice systems.

These leaders will produce systems that promote public safety by a) preventing and reducing the harmful effects of criminal and delinquent behavior on victims and societies, b) providing victims and defendants with a judicial system that is fair, effective and efficient and c) establishing correctional systems that protect civil society while also reintegrating offenders back into society.


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