Developed by law enforcement professionals, for law enforcement professionals.

Cumberlands’ online Master’s in Criminal Justice Administration (MJA) program is uniquely designed to provide opportunities for rural and local criminal justice agency personnel to interact with other professionals employed in criminal justice administration jobs throughout the nation, all while gaining first-hand perspective of how larger law enforcement agencies, such as state and federal authorities, operate.  

Our online Master’s in Criminal Justice Administration is designed to accommodate both pre-professional students interested in furthering their education and those already working in criminal justice careers who wish to advance within their respective agencies. With highly experienced criminal justice faculty, we are aware of the risks and pressures faced by personnel in this field. We are committed to helping non-traditional students earn their Master Degree in Criminal Justice Administration online by allowing them to work, study, and interact with faculty as their professional schedules permit.

Anchor: Stats
Anchor: Programs & Requirements
Programs & Requirements

Programs & Requirements

Master’s in Criminal Justice Administration

This MJA degree can be completed in as little as one year. University of the Cumberlands’ Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (MJA) program is for both recent baccalaureate graduates as well as in-service professionals hoping to secure further training in and credentials for effective service and leadership in justice administration through a master of science program. 

Criminal justice administration course rotation and program features are thoughtfully designed to best suit your personal schedule and needs. As an online master’s in criminal justice administration degree candidate, you will need to complete common core coursework, one specialization, and a capstone project.

A content emphasis area of at least twelve (12) hours must be earned in one of these disciplines:

  • Addiction Studies
  • Corrections
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital Forensics
  • Homeland Security
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Law Enforcement
  • Criminal Justice Education and Leadership

For a full list of course offerings or more program specific information, visit our Academic Catalog

Anchor: Mission & Goals

Mission and Goals

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (MJA) program builds upon your foundational knowledge and skills within the realm of criminal justice.

Be prepared for professional careers and advancement within the criminal justice system.
Understand key principles of the courts, law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, and more.
Enhance your skills in critical thinking and communication.
Embody crucial leadership qualities and management skills.
Practice applying statistics and social science research methods in correct situations.
Anchor: Career Outcomes

Criminal Justice Administration Careers & Outcomes

All stats from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Police Officer: $65,790

Police Officer: $65,790

Maintain order and protect life and property by enforcing local, tribal, state, or federal laws and ordinances. Perform a combination of the following duties: patrol a specific area; direct traffic; issue traffic summonses; investigate accidents; apprehend and arrest suspects or serve legal processes of courts. 

Corrections Officer: $47,920

Corrections Officer: $47,920

Correctional officers guard people in penal institutions and guard those in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Bailiffs are law enforcement officers who maintain order in courtrooms.  

FBI Agent: $66,020

FBI Agent: $66,020

Detectives and criminal investigators gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes.  

Emergency Management Director: $76,730

Emergency Management Director: $76,730

Emergency management directors prepare plans and procedures for responding to natural disasters or other emergencies. They also help lead the response during and after emergencies. 

Homeland Security Agent: $66,020

Homeland Security Agent: $66,020

Detectives and criminal investigators gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes. 

Information Security Analyst: $102,600

Information Security Analyst: $102,600

Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. 

Anchor: FAQs

Common Questions

University of the Cumberlands’ online master’s in criminal justice administration degree program is made by criminal justice professionals, for criminal justice professionals. It’s designed to accommodate both pre-professional (post-baccalaureate) students who wish to further their education and those already working in criminal justice careers looking to advance within their respective agencies. 

There are a total of 31 credit hours required to complete this program, meaning it is possible to complete this program in as little as one year. Our program is designed to accommodate working professionals, so you can build your class schedule around your work schedule. You have up to four years to complete your credit hours to receive this degree. 

With an online MJA, you could make an impact on public safety and wellbeing through a number of rewarding positions across the criminal justice field. A master's degree in criminal justice administration prepares you for a variety of career paths in criminology, juvenile justice, cybersecurity, psychology, corrections, homeland security, and justice administration. You will be equipped for leadership positions within criminal justice agencies at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as in the private sector. 

Cumberlands’ online master’s in criminal justice administration degree program is made up of 31 credit hours from a variety of academic departments. All online MJA graduates must complete common core coursework, one specialization, and a capstone project. Available specializations include law enforcement, corrections, homeland security, juvenile justice, criminal psychology, addiction studies, cyber security, digital forensics, and criminal justice education and leadership.  

If you are a recent baccalaureate graduate or an in-service professional wishing to secure further training in (and credentials for) effective service and leadership in justice administration, then a master’s degree in criminal justice administration is a good fit for you. A master’s degree will prepare you for many challenging but well-paying careers in the criminal justice sector, including police officer, patrol sergeant, corrections officer, FBI agent, homeland security agent, and border patrol agent.  

No. Students applying to the MJA program are not required to have an undergraduate degree in criminal justice in order to qualify for acceptance to the program.

For Full Admission to be granted, an entering MJA student’s official transcript must reflect a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. For Conditional Admission to be granted, an entering MJA student’s official transcript must reflect a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.6-2.99 on a 4.0 scale.

The answer is, “it varies.” Our programs are designed to accommodate working adults, and a lot depends on how quickly you choose to pursue the program. A 31 credit hour program can be completed in as little as 12 months.

The program of study for the MJA degree must be completed within four (4) years of enrolling in the first course of the program. Any request for extension of this time limit must be approved by the Program Director.

The Master of Science in Justice Administration program accepts transfer of credit from a variety of properly credentialed academic and professionally-affiliated institutions and programs, including- but not limited to-the schools and organizations identified below. Please inform your Graduate Admissions Counselor if you have coursework you would like evaluated during the admissions process. All graduate academic course work must reflect a minimum grade of "B" to be eligible for transfer. Documentation received is reviewed by the MJA Director, MJA faculty, and the UC Registrar. Upon completion of the review process the student will be notified of the decision regarding what credit has been determined to be eligible for posting as credit to the student’s graduate degree plan and/or graduate transcript.

  • Kentucky Law Enforcement Council
  • Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training
  • Southern Police Institute (SPI)-University of Louisville
  • Lexington-Fayette Division of Police- Sgt. Academy
  • FBI National Academy
  • Kentucky Criminalistics Academy (KCA)
  • Command Officer's Development Course (CODC)- University of Louisville
  • North Carolina State University- AOMP
  • Police Law Institute- North Carolina Justice Academy
  • Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command- Northwestern University
  • National Criminal Justice Command College (NCJCC)- University of Virginia
  • National Forensic Academy- University of Tennessee
  • National Forensic Academy Collegiate Program- University of Tennessee at Martin
  • Department of Homeland Security (BITAC)
  • State POST Councils
  • Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
  • National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI)
  • Forensic Science Academy- Virginia Department of Forensic Science

Criminal Justice Certifications Accepted for Graduate Students

  • CLEE (Certified Law Enforcement Executive) - (9 credit hours)
  • CPM (Certified Public Manager) - (6 credit hours)
  • LADC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor) - (6 credit hours)
  • LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor) - (6 credit hours)
  • CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor) - (6 credit hours)
  • GCFE (GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner) - (6 credit hours)
  • CEM Certified Emergency Manager- CROL 663 Criminal Justice Training and Education I (6hrs) or CROL 664 Criminal Justice Training and Education II (6 hrs) 
 
Anchor: Faculty

Faculty Experts in Criminal Justice

Get to know more about your future criminal justice professors.

Dr. Jack Brown

Dr. Jack Brown

Director of Graduate Studies
Criminal Justice
Master in Criminal Justice

Dr. Jack Brown

Contact Information

jack.brown [at] ucumberlands.edu
NKY Campus
Dr. Bo Bennett

Dr. Bo Bennett

Adjunct Faculty
Criminal Justice
Master in Criminal Justice

Dr. Bo Bennett

Contact Information

boderick.bennett [at] ucumberlands.edu
Dr. Jennifer Larson

Dr. Jennifer Larson

Adjunct Professor
Criminal Justice
Master in Criminal Justice

Dr. Jennifer Larson

Contact Information

jennifer.larson [at] ucumberlands.edu

Request Information

You have questions? We have answers.

Loading...