Criminal Justice MPA Online Courses

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.

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).

Degree Requirements/Curriculum
Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MPA 501Strategic Management of Human Capital3 credits
MPA 502Organizational Theories and the Public Sector3 credits
MPA 503Executive Leadership3 credits
MPA 504Management Policies in Governmental Finance3 credits
MPA 600Ethics in Public Service3 credits
MPA 602Managerial Statistics for Public Managers3 credits
MPA 603Public Policy3 credits
MPA 604Strategic Planning for Public Managers3 credits


Criminal Justice Courses
Course NumberCourse NameCredits
JAD 840Justice Administration3 credits
JAD 811Special Topics in Justice Administration3 credits
JAD 822Justice and Public Policy3 credits
JAD 610 or JAD 611Capstone Project or Applied Research3 credits


Public Administration Core Courses

MPA 501 Strategic Management of Human Capital (3 credits)
Provides an overview of how a leader can address current and emerging human capital challenges to drive organizational transformation. 

MPA 502 Organizational Theories & the Public Sector (3 credits)
The study of the fundamental theory of the management development process and the analysis of employee behavior patterns.

MPA 503 Executive Leadership (3 credits)
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. 

MPA 504 Management Policies in Government Finance (3 credits)
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.

MPA 600 Ethics in Public Service (3 credits)
The course will address a number a number of issues including ethics theory and the history of ethics, ethics and consciousness, ethics and self-control, emotional fallacies and ethics, tools for ethical thinking, ethics and professionalism in public service, the value of ethics in preventing public corruption, and creating public organizational ethics. Real-world ethical failures in public administration will be discussed.

MPA 602 Managerial Statistics for Public Managers (3 credits)
Focuses on probability and statistics with an emphasis on data analysis, including univeriate and multivariate techniques. Statistical problem solving is engaged using various data sources. 

MPA 603 Public Policy (3 credits)
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.

MPA 604 Strategic Planning for Public Managers (3 credits)
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

JAD 840 Justice Administration (3 credits)
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.

JAD 811 Special Topics in Justice Administration (3 credits)
This course deals with emerging topics in the field of justice administration.

JAD 822 Justice and Public Policy (3 credits)
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.

JAD 610 Capstone Project (3 credits)
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.

JAD 611 Applied Research (3 credits)
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.

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