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Master of Science in Justice Administration and Leadership


The executive master of science in justice administration and leadership degree program, housed in the Department of Criminology, prepares students to manage and administer justice and other social service organizations. The program will deliver an innovative and integrated curriculum that connects such key components of leadership and administration in the justice setting as policy implementation and analysis, organizational behavior and change, planning and decision-making and legal issues and conflict resolution to prepare students for supervisory and executive positions.

Program Information

School: School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Program: Justice Administration and Leadership

Catalog page: MS

MS in Justice Administration and Leadership Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Applicants do not have to have an undergraduate degree in criminology or a related field, but they should have a passing grade in an undergraduate statistics course. If they do not, they would be admitted conditionally for one semester during which they would fulfill that prerequisite.

GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Letters of recommendation: 2

Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the completed Request for Recommendation form. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the program.

Resume required: Yes

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


Galia Cohen, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer and Associate Director
800 W. Campbell Road GR31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Office: GR 3.220

Possible Careers

Positions of leadership and administration in the justice setting

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.