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Criminal Justice MPA Online Courses

Curriculum Details

36 total credits required

Master of Public Administration – Criminal Justice Specialization

Master the Justice System

Take your interest in criminal justice to the next level! Anna Maria College’s Criminal Justice specialization of the Master’s in Public Administration online degree gives you the most current knowledge and information to continue advancing in a variety of fields related to criminal justice.

For students who have recently graduated or are looking for a career change, the MPA online Direct Track is 12 classes, including the Public Administration core curriculum and four Criminal Justice concentration courses.

MPA Core Courses


Provides an overview of how a leader can address current and emerging human capital challenges to drive organizational transformation.

The study of the fundamental theory of the management development process and the analysis of employee behavior patterns.

This course focuses on the study and analysis of human behavior patterns. Special consideration is given to the role of the emergency services department management team member as a leader and motivator of people.

This course explores various aspects of local financial management including developing new revenue sources, designing a budget that includes performance reporting, conducting strategic economic development, understanding debt management and bond sales, use of modern information systems to improve financial decision, and meeting the day-to-day challenges of financial management from procurement to labor negotiations.

Examines ethical principles as they apply to the many practical problems that confront criminal justice professionals in the performance of their duties and responsibilities. Uses case studies to illustrate ethical reasoning and examine issues of social justice.

Focuses on probability and statistics with an emphasis on data analysis, including univariate and multivariate techniques. Statistical problem solving is engaged using various data sources.

This course uses case studies and other materials to help students to develop excellence in oral and written skills in the formation of public policy at the senior management level. Drawing on previous course work in ethics, quantitative analysis and management students will develop models for solving significant problems in the public arena coupled with the planning strategy for implementing these policies.

Through the utilization and application of risk assessment and master planning concepts, this program will guide the student through the process of problem identification and comparative analysis. This course will focus upon identifying the benefits and the development of a long term planning effort within the student’s local jurisdiction.

Criminal Justice Specialization Courses


Examines planning models and techniques applicable to public administration. Topics will also include theories of administration, leadership types, group decision-making, the budget process, the role of the work environment and grant writing.

This course will examine the concept of community in public service. The focus will be to explore partnership initiatives with public and private institutions as well as federal, state, and local agencies. Students will review the experiences of diverse agencies in developing, implementing, and maintaining partnerships within local communities. Issues, obstacles, and limitations that are involved with collaborative interventions will be explored.

Facilitates critical thinking about various models and approaches to the delivery of public services. Includes the study of actions, behaviors and attitudes of individuals and interest groups in various agencies in an attempt to understand and assess planning decisions. Develops concepts of political culture, interdependence, jurisdictional disputes and the goals of contemporary justice administration in a democratic society.

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Designed to give students the chance to apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired throughout their graduate education to real-world situations. A capstone project is designed for those entering directly into a specific field, without plan for postgraduate study.

Designed to give students the opportunity to do focused research on a topic from their respective field of study. Applied research is designed primarily for those planning to continue to doctoral or other postgraduate studies.

Mid-Career MPA Track Available

Students who have graduated from a qualified police academy and work in a relevant field may be eligible to take the Anna Maria College Criminal Justice MPA Mid-Career Track, allowing them to complete the degree program with just 10 courses (six from the MPA online core curriculum and four Criminal Justice concentration courses).

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