A recognized leader in criminal justice studies in western New York, Hilbert College is proud to offer the 16-month on-campus or online Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration—the only accelerated criminal justice administration program in western New York.
Build on your expertise in the criminal justice field and become a leader as you gain a deeper understanding of criminal justice policy and best practices, ethics and development, leadership and organizational management, finance and budgeting, and research and data analysis, as well as advanced problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
If you are interested in serving your community at the intersection of criminal justice leadership and public management, then our master's in criminal justice administration degree program is for you.
A master’s degree in criminal justice can help you qualify for and advance in an array of rewarding careers, including:
Hilbert College’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration program is unique in incorporating an ongoing, integrated research project throughout the curriculum. As your courses teach you the theory, your research will act as a foundation on which to ground your knowledge and find practical applications in a final capstone project. This focus on practical skills for real-world situations is the key to a Hilbert College education, online or on campus.
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The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration program at Hilbert College is designed to strengthen your knowledge of public policy and theoretical frameworks and apply them to current trends and issues in the criminal justice system. Students will develop and prepare a research project throughout the curriculum and present their findings upon completion of the capstone course.
Key components of the program include:
The master’s in criminal justice administration curriculum consists of 36 credit hours (or 39 hours, including an optional 3-credit internship, for students who have not yet achieved full-time employment in their field). The program uses an accelerated cohort model that’s convenient for individuals who are employed full time. Students take one course at a time and move with a cohort, creating chances to meet new colleagues and build lifelong friendships. Cohorts remain together throughout the 16-month program, starting a new course every five weeks to complete 12 sessions.
You can choose to enroll in on-campus classes held on Saturdays from 9 am until 3:30 pm. or complete your degree entirely online.
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