Dual Master's Degree CJ/PA

Students enrolling in the dual degree program will take all of the required courses for both programs and a series of electives which will be determined through consultation with an advisor. The total course of study will be 54 hours, with 18 hours shared between the two degrees. Upon completion of the course of study, the student will receive an MS in Criminal Justice and an MA in Public Administration.

The following courses are required for this course of study:

  • CJ 5301, Overview and Administration of CJ
  • CJ 5318, Seminar in Criminal Justice Theory
  • CJ 5323 Homeland Security
  • CJ 5325, Graduate Seminar
  • PS 5303, Public Administration Survey
  • PS 5310, Public Budget and Finance
  • PS 5311, Intergovernmental Relations
  • PS 5313, Public Policy Analysis


  • PS 5307, Scope and Methods


  • CJ 5334, Methods of Social Research

Students will also take at least two of the following:

  • PS 5315, Local Government Administration
  • PS 5316, Special Topics in Public Administration
  • PS 5317, Seminar in US Government
  • Students may also retake one of the above if the topic differs

Students will also take 21 additional hours of electives from Criminal Justice and Public Administration. These electives should be determined through consultation with an advisor - Dr. Lorie Rubenser All Criminal Justice graduate courses are offered in an online format only.

Degree plan

Dual Degree Plan CJ/PA 2014-2016