Administration Of Justice (MS)

Program Overview

The graduate program is designed to advance students’ understanding of justice in the contemporary era, and prepares them for challenges in law enforcement, corrections, and judicial administration. The program will prepare academicians, policy makers, top administrators and researchers by advancing their knowledge of theory, research and data analysis. In addition, the program places emphasis on the historical and contemporary issues in administrative and policy matters, including race and crime, homeland security, and the application of geographic information systems. In order to accommodate the needs of our professional graduate students, the Department of Administration of Justice offers its courses in the evening.

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Departments: Administration of Justice


Admission Criteria


Students with an interest in pursuing a Master of Science degree in Administration of Justice must meet the admission requirements of the TSU Graduate School. An application for admission to the Graduate School must be completed and is processed through the TSU Graduate School. Completed applications are referred to the School of Public Affairs for an acceptance decision by the Graduate Admissions Committee in the MSAJ program. Decisions of the MSAJ Graduate Admissions Committee are referred to the Dean of the Graduate School.

Students must also submit the following to the Graduate School:

  1. A typed 250-300 word statement of their interest in administration of justice, their goals and objectives.
  2. Three letters of recommendation.
  3. Two copies of official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
  4. Test scores from the GRE.
  5. Evidence of proficiency in the use of the English language.

In addition to Items 1 through 8, International Students need to also supply the following information:

  1. Affidavit of Support
  2. Transcript Evaluation
  3. TOEFL = 79 or IELTS (iBT) = 6.0 (if not from an English speaking country)

Successful applications who do not score 3.5 on the analytical writing portion of the GRE or GMAT will be required to demonstrate English proficiency by successfully completing the course English 501 Graduate Professional Writing.

Students must have successfully completed an undergraduate course in criminology/criminal justice theory, a course in research methods and a statistics course prior to admission. Students without these courses can be admitted conditionally and are required to complete any prerequisite courses in the School of Public Affairs with at least a grade of “B.” Undergraduate preparation in either administration of justice, criminal justice, criminology, public affairs, or the social sciences is preferred but not required.


Online Application – CLICK HERE to Apply (DEADLINE: JULY 15)


Curriculum Summary


Core Courses (18)
AJ 500 Seminar in Administration of Justice (3)
AJ 501 Seminar in Administration of Justice/Criminal Justice/Criminological Theory
AJ 502 Research Methods (3)
AJ 503 Seminar in Quantitative Methods I (3)
AJ 504 Race, Class, Gender, and Crime in Administration of Justice (3)
AJ 505 Seminar on Ethics and Administration of Justice (3)

MSAJ Required Course (Thesis Option only) (6)
AJ 788/789 Thesis (6)

MSAJ Required Courses (Nonthesis Option only) (6)
AJ 701 Capstone Seminar in Administration of Justice (3)
AJ 702 Internship (3)

MSAJ Elective Courses (Thesis and Nonthesis Option) (12)
AJ 607 Police Administration (3)
AJ 608 Crime Lab Administration (3)
AJ 609 Issues in Corrections Administration (3)
AJ 610 Issues in Judicial Administration (3)
AJ 611 Issue in Juvenile Justice Administration (3)
AJ 612 Administrative Law for Justice Agencies (3)
AJ 613 Evaluation Research for Justice Agencies (3)
AJ 614 Issues in Terrorism and Administration of Justice (3)
AJ 615 Seminar on Special Topics in Administration of Justice (3)
AJ 616 Environmental Crime and Administration of Justice (3)
AJ 701 Capstone Seminar (3)
AJ 702 Internship (3)