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About Criminal Justice Administration at Keuka College

If you’re a current or aspiring criminal justice administrator, Keuka College’s M.S. in criminal justice administration prepares you to become an influential manager and leader in your organization. Learn from the experience of our faculty and peers to gain a holistic view of resolving the complex issues facing the criminal justice system.

Above all, our master’s program gives you the power of choice. Personalize your interests by choosing a specific area to study. Driven by the student and navigated by the instructor, you’ll focus on the areas that contribute to your personal and professional growth. Topic areas could include: managing the criminal investigative process, the growth of private security across the U.S., border patrol and other homeland security issues, or developing leadership skills in CJ managers.

Criminal Justice Administration Program Highlights

Experienced Professors

Professors bring extensive professional experience to the classroom. Learn from those who have first-hand experience on the front lines.

Flexible Format

Face-to-face classes are one night each week, making it easy to accommodate the in-flux schedules of our profession.

Convenient Locations

Attend classes at a Keuka College branch campus or partner site near your home or office.

Explore Criminal Justice Administration

Program Overview

As a criminal justice administration student, you’ll gain valuable knowledge that enhances the agencies you work for and prepare you for advanced administrative roles.

Each course examines contemporary topics and case studies through the lens of law enforcement, courts and law, and corrections. Interaction with course materials and your instructors and classmates help you learn the intricacies of being a criminal justice leader in today’s democratic society.

Face-to-face classes meet one night each week for four hours, and you’ll spend additional time outside of class completing readings, assignments, case studies, online discussions, and group work.

Throughout your program, you’ll complete an action research project (ARP) as the real-world capstone to your studies. You’ll receive the tools to identify a workplace issue and then develop a solution to put into practice. Our students tell us that the results of their ARP are often implemented in their workplace, which builds value for their employer and their career.

The Faculty

Every professor in Keuka College’s criminal justice administration program has extensive experience in their respective fields. From psychology courses taught by professionals who work with traumatic brain injury, to supervising judges and chief police executives who teach a variety of courses on law, ethics, policy, and decision making.

Faculty in the Division of Basic and Applied Social Sciences

Adjunct Faculty


Throughout most of their programs, our undergraduate and graduate students are working on their action research projects.

In these projects, you identify a problem, hypothesize a probable reason for the problem, then research to test your hypothesis in order to offer a possible solution. Several of our students have had their ARP's implemented in their agencies, including a recent field training program for the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department Jail Bureau.

After Graduation

Upon program completion, you will have acquired:

  • A broad-based knowledge of criminal justice issues from an administrative perspective
  • In-depth knowledge of the various administrative aspects within criminal justice agencies (e.g., decision-making, public policy, leadership)
  • Critical, reflective and analytical thinking skills
  • The ability to conduct research and apply theories to help understand and work to solve current criminal justice issues
  • Enhanced verbal and written communication skills
  • Increased problem solving and decision making skills

Recent graduates represent a cross section of area employers and career fields including:

  • Law enforcement
  • Public and private investigations
  • Corrections
  • Probation
  • Private industry
  • Education
  • Law and the court system
  • Juvenile services
  • Crime Analysis/Intelligence
  • Substance abuse counseling service

Admissions Requirements

Master’s programs begin in the fall and spring, provided minimum enrollment is met—the ideal cohort size is 8-15 students. You must have access to the Internet, either at home or at a public location, for the entirety of their program.

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee.

Candidates must apply online. Additional information, such as essay requirements and supplemental items, are on the application.

Tuition & Aid

Program Credits Cost/Credit Total Scholarship Cost After Scholarship
Master of Science, Criminal Justice Administration 35 $575 $20,125 $2,500 $17,625

Financial Aid

Keuka College's full-service financial aid office is here to help you make graduate school affordable. Learn more about financial aid for graduate students.

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Where We Teach Criminal Justice Administration

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