Dual Master's Degree CJ/PA

Please note:  The Dual Degree Plan will only be available until December 2019.  Beginning Spring 2020, the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Department will no longer offer a Dual Degree.


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.

2016-2018 Catalog

The following courses are required for this course of study:

  • CJ 5301, Overview and Administration of CJ
  • CJ 5315, Seminar in Courts and Judiciary
  • CJ 5318, Seminar in Criminal Justice Theory
  • 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. up to 9 hours of Graduate level electives may come from a different Discipline with prior approval. These electives should be determined through consultation with an advisor.  All Criminal Justice graduate courses are offered in an online format only.

Degree plan

Dual Degree Plan CJ/PA 2016-2018

Dual Degree Plan CJ/PA 2014-2016