In order to meet the needs of the 21st Century, the College of Saint Elizabeth has developed a program that focuses on the development of exceptional professionals and ethical leaders in the areas of justice administration, community safety, law enforcement, social justice, and public service.

The College believes that individuals who serve the public must be fully grounded in all aspects of the justice milieu and responsible decision-making consistent with democratic societies. A graduate of the Master of Arts in Justice Administration and Public Service program will be prepared to assume managerial and executive positions within various sectors of justice administration and law enforcement including police departments, courts, corrections, probation, parole, homeland security and military systems.

Graduates also receive training in counseling victims and offenders as well as the administration of public service and compliance activities within their chosen Justice profession.

Unique Elements of This Program

  • Ranked in the top 30 nationwide by Affordable Colleges Online.
  • Tied at number 13 in the nation of 45 schools ranked and 54 schools measured by the U.S. News & World Report.
  • 50% tuition discount for sworn-in law enforcement.
  • The program can be completed fully online.
  • Small class size maximizes learning.
  • Provides scholarly interaction with faculty experienced in the justice and public service fields.
  • Flexible advisement hours and registration either in person or online.
  • Design applied projects pertaining to professional and workplace needs and moral, ethical and justice issues and challenges related to public safety and security.
  • Apply acquired knowledge of justice administration and public-safety problems by devising detailed, appropriate responses and resolution.
  • Provides library services that include access to a worldwide array of online databases.
  • No GRE or GMAT exams required.
  • The program consists of 30 credits.

Program Overview

The College of Saint Elizabeth developed the M.A. in Justice Administration and Public Service in recognition that a program to develop exceptional leaders was needed in the 21st Century. A graduate of the program is prepared for managerial and executive positions within the major areas of the criminal justice program including law enforcement, courts, corrections probation, parole and counseling victims of crimes.

Applicants must have:

  • Earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.00 average or better on a 4.0 scale;
  • A record of academic success in prior undergraduate courses;
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate's ability to perform a high level of academic work as a self-directed learner and to his/her good character. One letter should be from someone who has worked with or supervised the candidate;
  • A successful interview with a faculty member in person or via phone or webcam;
  • A writing sample will be submitted by the student at the time of the interview;
  • Demonstrated competence in technical knowledge as it relates to participating successfully in the online environment.

Graduate Advisement

Upon being accepted into the M.A. in Justice Administration and Public Service Program, a student will be assigned a graduate advisor, who will help plan out the student's course of study. This advisement can take place via the phone or webcam, or if the student resides in proximity to the College then the student and advisor can choose to meet in person.


A graduate of the Master of Arts Program in Justice Studies will be able to:

  • Design research projects pertaining to moral, ethical, and social justice issues related to public safety and security.
  • Apply acquired knowledge of crime and public-safety problems by devising detailed, appropriate team-developed responses and resolutions.
  • Construct model policies and action plans that test, evaluate, and respond to current problems pertinent to community safety and security.
  • Successfully complete complex academic assignments, utilizing databases and primary source material, about topics relating to public safety administration and security.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application;
  • Personal statement;
  • Resume;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Completion of a successful interview either in person or via webcam;
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) colleges/universities attended.

For International Students:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. International transcripts must be evaluated by NACES (i.e. WES) on a course by course basis.
  • TOEFL/IELTS (if necessary).
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated November 15, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
12 - 15 months
1,001 USD
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