Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (MSCJA) Requirements


MSCJA Programs and Concentrations
The MSCJA degree requires a total of 36 credit hours.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION
The goals of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (MSCJA) program are to enable the student to develop critical thinking skills, the ability to review, analyze, and disseminate applied and theoretical knowledge pertaining to criminal justice administration. In addition, the MSCJA program prepares the student for instructional positions within the academic community as well as admission to other graduate programs.

The MSCJA degree is recommended for those individuals who are pursuing careers or furthering their education in the following:
• Federal, State, County, and Municipal Law Enforcement
• Homeland Security and leadership development
• Private Security and Investigation
• Probation, parole, and community corrections
• Law School

MSCJA Online Program
The MSCJA Online program is designed to meet the educational needs of all individuals who are unable to attend classes on the main campus of Chaminade University of Honolulu. The MSCJA Online degree requires a total of 36 credit hours of course work. The curriculum for the MSCJA Online program is as follows:

CJA 602

Agency Administration

CJA 604

Constitutional Law

CJA 605

Criminology

CJA 606

Research Methods

CJA 610

Law Enforcement

CJA 708

Terrorism and Justice

CJA 740

Community Corrections, Probation and Parole

CJA 766

Ethics in Criminal Justice and Public Administration

CJA 770

Hostage Negotiations

CJA 780

Criminal Evidence

CJA 790

Survey Research Methods and Statistics

CJA 791

Capstone

The MSCJA Online program is offered in a ten-week format, with a minimum of two classes offered per term. Students participating exclusively in the MSCJA Online program are required to successfully complete the online curriculum described above.

MSCJA Campus-Based Tracks

GENERALIST TRACK
The Generalist Track is a composite of courses designed to give the interested student a look into the inter-workings of the entire criminal justice system including law enforcement and corrections.

LAW ENFORCEMENT TRACK
The Law Enforcement Track, with a leadership and management curriculum, is designed for those working in law enforcement on the federal, state, and local level and for those seeking advancement into leadership positions within those agencies.

CORRECTIONAL TRACK
The Correctional Track is primarily directed toward meeting the needs of the Department of Public Safety as well as Federal, State, and County correctional personnel.

FORENSIC LABORATORY MANAGEMENT TRACK
The Forensic Laboratory Management Track is designed for those working or intending to work in a supervisory position within a crime laboratory.

MSCJA TRACK CORE COURSES The core courses are structured to provide strong foundations in legal systems, criminal justice management, research methods, and program planning and evaluation.

Required Core Courses

The MSCJA program is offered in a ten-week format. The below core courses apply only to the following concentrations: Generalist track, Law Enforcement track, and Correctional track.

CJA 602

Agency Administration

CJA 604

Constitutional Law

CJA 605

Criminology

CJA 606

Research Methods

CJA 766

Ethics in Criminal Justice and Public Administration

CJA 770

Hostage Negotiations

CJA 790

Survey Research Methods and Statistics

CJA 791

Capstone

MSCJA GENERALIST TRACK (18 CREDIT HOURS)

CJA 610

Law Enforcement

CJA 706 or

CJA 708

Managing Criminal Investigations

Terrorism & Justice

CJA 722

Inmate Rights

CJA 740 or

CJA 760

Community Corrections, Probation, & Parole

Contemporary Issues in Corrections

CJA 780 or

CJA 781

Criminal Evidence

Courtroom Evidence

MSCJA LAW ENFORCEMENT TRACK (12 CREDIT HOURS)

CJA 610

Law Enforcement

CJA 706

Managing Criminal Investigations

CJA 708

Terrorism & Justice

CJA 780

Criminal Evidence

MSCJA CORRECTIONAL TRACK (12 CREDIT HOURS)

CJA 612

Correctional Management & Administration

CJA 722

Inmate Rights

CJA 740

Community Corrections, Probation, & Parole

CJA 760

Contemporary Issues in Corrections

MSCJA FORENSIC LABORATORY MANAGEMENT TRACK (39 CREDIT HOURS)

CJA 602

Agency Administration

CJA 604

Constitutional Law

CJA 706

Managing Criminal Investigations

CJA 766

Ethics in Criminal Justice and Public Administration

CJA 780

Criminal Evidence

CJA 791

Capstone

FS 600

Forensic Sciences I

FS 601

Forensic Sciences II

FS 620

Laboratory Management

FS 650

Forensic Anthropology

FS 675

Management of Chemical Instrumentation and Analysis

MBA 600

Leading People in Organizations

MBA 602

Managerial Ethics and Decision Making

TRANSFER CREDIT POLICY
A maximum of six credit hours may be accepted as transfer or substitution for the 36 credit hours for the MSCJA degree. Students must submit a written request to the MSCJA Program Director for consideration of transfer or substitution credit hours. The student must also submit a course syllabus for each course to be evaluated. All transfer or substitution credit hours must be from an accredited university or college graduate program and must be approved by the Program Director. All transfer or substitution credit must be at the graduate level. Only graduate course work in which the student received a letter grade of “B” or higher may be considered for acceptance as valid transfer or substitution credit hours, including those from any other Chaminade University Graduate program.

PROGRAM CHANGE
A student must receive advisor approval and, upon approval, a new advising sheet will be generated, and will follow the program from the time the requested change in the program or emphasis was approved.

PROVISIONAL ACCEPTANCE
To obtain provisional admission, the applicant must meet the minimum graduate admission requirements as well as one of the following (1) a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher (2) an undergraduate GPA of 3.20 or higher in the last 45 hours of course work; or (3) a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. In addition, provisional status may be granted (at the discretion of the Program Director) based on the applicant’s work experience and exceptional accomplishments within a criminal justice or military profession.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
CONSEQUENCES REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO INSTRUCTORS:
A single instance of academic dishonesty may result in the instructor not counting that exercise as part of the semester grade, which can result in failure of the course.

A single instance of academic dishonesty may result in the student receiving a grade of “F” for the submitted work, which can result in failure of the course.

REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO THE MSCJA PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
An aggravated instance of academic dishonesty supported by evidence provided by the instructor may result in the student being dropped from the course.

A single instance of serious academic dishonesty supported by evidence provided by the instructor may result in dismissal from the MSCJA Program.

A second instance of academic dishonesty supported by evidence provided by the instructor will result in a final dismissal from the MSCJA Program.

All actions taken in response to a breach of academic integrity (academic dishonesty) are subject to the appellate process described in the Graduate Student Handbook.