Scales of Justice illustration. The joint MSCJ/MPA prepares students for positions in the public sector, including police agencies, correctional agencies, and agencies involved in ancillary roles with the criminal justice system. Offering a unique and rigorous curriculum, the program focuses on the administration of agencies operating within the criminal justice or juvenile justice systems. The program arose from the need for middle managers in these agencies to be versed in the latest theories and practice of criminal justice, as well as possess administrative and management skills including public policy, human resource management, and program evaluation. The program thus provides its graduates a solid foundation in criminal justice and the skills needed to become an effective supervisor or manager.

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete a total of 60 semester hours for the coordinated degree (includes 3 hours of internship and a 3 hour capstone project). This includes 30 hours in each department. Full-time students should be able to complete all degree requirements within three years.

  • MPA 600: Ethics and Morality in Public Service
  • MPA 601: The Public Policymaking Process
  • MPA 602: Administrative Theory and Behavior
  • MPA 603: Public and Nonprofit Budgeting
  • MPA 604: Human Resource Management
  • MPA 605: Information Management for Government
  • MPA 697: Graduate Research Paper (capstone)
  • 9 hours of electives
  • JS 583: Crime Patterns
  • JS 600: Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice
  • JS 601: Seminar in Criminology Theory
  • JS 604: Seminar in Criminal Justice Policy
  • JS 605: Seminar in Research Methods
  • JS 606: Seminar in Data Analysis
  • JS 696: Internship
  • 9 hours of electives

Course descriptions are available in the UAB Graduate Catalog's Criminal Justice and MPA catalogs.

Program Admissions

Students must apply and be admitted to the MPA and MSCJ programs separately. The requirements for each degree must be met and close communication with both programs is required.

More Information

For more information, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Heith Copes.