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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Criminal Justice Administration (CJA)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 43.0103
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (BC)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 33

Contact Information:
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Criminology Department (CJP)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue SOC 107
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Max Bromley
Phone: 813-974-7281


Faculty Search: Behavioral and Community Sciences Faculty List

Program Information

The M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration is a specialized and concentrated program of study designed specifically for practitioners and those whose desire is to complete an M.A. with a special emphasis on administration and management within the criminal justice system. Generally it targets individuals who do not anticipate continuing on to the doctoral studies. It is a concentrated weekend, cohort-based program leading to the M.A. in five consecutive semesters. Up to two classes may be offered via the internet. Classes are held on weekends, meet for one day, and run seven weeks back-to-back. The program is modeled after a typical executive M.B.A. program for working professionals.

This is a cohort-based model. This degree concentrates on issues related to the organization and operation of criminal justice agencies and related organizations.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: August 1
Spring: --
Summer: --

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: May 1
Spring: --
Summer: --

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

Students are required to have:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university or college
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicants abilities to succeed at the graduate level
  • A statement of purpose addressing the motivations to attain a graduate diploma and the intention to apply the diploma to a specific set of purposes

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)


Program Degree Requirements






CJE 6025
CJE 6029
CJE 6712

Current Issues in Law Enforcement
Theoretical Approaches to Criminal Behavior
Research Methods in Criminology
Policy Organization, Behavior, and Administration
Adv Seminar in Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice Graduate Capstone Seminar
Quantitative Analysis I
Theory, Practice, and Research in Law Enforcement


Additionally, two courses in public administration at the 6000 level are required (6 credits).
The department recommends the following or similar courses in PAD approved by the CJA Program Director in coordination with the Public Administration Program.


Ethics and Public Service
Selected Topics in Public Administration







College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships


Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

CCJ6936, CCJ6605, CCJ6705, CCJ6935, CCJ6706, CCJ6406, PAD6041, PAD6934,