This is a new track starting Spring 2017.
The Criminal Justice MS - Public Administration MPA Dual Degree Track provides the opportunity for students to earn graduate degrees from two academic programs, the Master of Science in Criminal Justice and the Master of Public Administration, concurrently. Students successfully completing this MS/MPA dual degree program will have the skills and analytical techniques for successful careers in both criminal justice and public administration. After successful completion of the MS/MPA dual degree program, students will receive two diplomas, one for the Criminal Justice MS and one for the Public Administration MPA.
|The dual degree track (Master of Public Administration / Master of Criminal Justice) consists of 51 credit hours. Each student completes a core of 11 courses (33 credit hours), two research methods and statistics courses (6 credit hours), two electives (6 credit hours), and a capstone experience of two courses (6 credit hours).|
|Total Credit Hours Required:|
Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
Required Courses—45 Credit Hours
Core—33 Credit Hours
- CCJ 5015 The Nature of Crime (3 credit hours)
- CCJ 5456 The Administration of Justice (3 credit hours)
- CCJ 6106 Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
- CCJ 6118 Criminal Justice Organizations (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6035 Public Administration in the Policy Process (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6037 Public Organization Management (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6053 Public Administrators in the Governance Process (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6207 Public Financial Management (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6227 Public Budgeting (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6335 Strategic Planning and Management (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6417 Human Resource Management (3 credit hours)
Research Methods/Statistics—6 Credit Hours
Select one PAD course and one CCJ course:
- PAD 6700 Research Methods in Public Administration (3 credit hours) or CCJ 6704 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6701 Analytic Techniques for Public Administration (3 credit hours) or CCJ 6706 Quantitative Methods and Computer Utilization in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
Capstone—6 Credit Hours
- PAD 6062 Advanced Concepts and Applications in Public Administration (3 credit hours)
- CJE 6718 Proseminar in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
Electives—6 Credit Hours
Select two of the following courses:
- CJC 5020 Foundations of Corrections (3 credit hours)
- CJE 5021 Foundations of Law Enforcement (3 credit hours)
- CJJ 6020 Juvenile Justice (3 credit hours)
- CJL 6568 Law and Social Control (3 credit hours)
- CJL 6520 American Criminal Courts (3 credit hours)
Additional Program Requirements
Students must achieve a grade of "B" or higher in every CCJ course and a grade of "B-" or higher in every PAD course in the required courses, including the Capstone courses. Students must maintain a program of study and graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher and can only graduate with a graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Independent LearningIndependent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum, through the process of inquiry and dialogue. Tangible projects, such as scholarly research, papers, internships, and the capstone experience also contribute to the self-development of students. The capstone courses, PAD 6062 and CJE 6718, provide the independent learning experience.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to meeting general
UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must
to this degree is competitive; applicants meeting the minimum university
and/or program application requirements are not guaranteed admission to the
- One official transcript (in a sealed
envelope) from each college/university attended.
- Three letters of recommendation
specifically for the MPA/Criminal Justice MS program evaluating scholarly and professional
capacity. Letters from professors from the colleges/universities
attended are preferred, but if that is not feasible, letters from
current or past supervisors will be accepted. The recommender must
address the applicant's work ethic and ability to succeed at
graduate-level academic work.
- Current professional résumé
including public service experience (paid or voluntary).
Statement: The goal statement is a key component of the admission
review process and serves as an example of the applicant's ability
to express himself or herself in writing. The goal statement must be
no longer than two pages double spaced (500-800 words) and should
address the following:
- Personal background and
career aspirations in public service.
for pursuing graduate study in public administration, including future
career goals and plans.
- Specific areas of public
administration that interests you.
applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the
United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA
calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services
(WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
- All international students must meet university
minimum TOEFL score requirements regardless of language in which the
undergraduate program was completed.
All requested material
must be submitted by the established deadline date. Materials
received after the established deadline may not be considered.
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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.