Master of Science in Justice Administration and Leadership


The Master of Science in Justice Administration and Leadership (JAL) is an executive program offered by the School of Economic, Political and Policy Science and housed in the Department of Criminology.

The program is designated for professionals who are either interested in attaining leadership positions in agencies across the criminal justice spectrum or for those with full-time careers in the field.

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

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 three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Resume required: Yes

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


Dr. John L. Worrall, Program Head
Office - GR 2.126

Dr. Galia Cohen, JAL Associate Director

Possible Careers

The JAL program prepares students to lead, influence and manage others in an increasingly diversified criminal justice work environment.

Graduates of the program will emerge as leaders prepared to assume supervisory and executive positions in criminal justice and other related organizations.

Salary Information

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



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