MSJA - Master of Science in Justice Administration

The Master of Science in Justice Administration degree prepares students for management and leadership positions in criminal justice management and allied fields. Students may expect to gain broad organizational knowledge and specific functional competence.

Graduate Study in Justice Administration Offers ...

Part-time Study

Part-time study allows you to continue your job, career, and personal activities without interruption while taking two courses each Fall and Spring semester. Summer and Intersession courses are also offered.

Convenient Scheduling

Evening classes are offered at 5:25 and 8:00 PM. We also offer some courses on Saturday mornings.

Easy Access and Comfortable Surroundings

Our beautiful 315-acre Westside campus is easily accessible from I-84. The campus offers a modern classroom building with computer facilities, a library to support the MSJA program, snack bar, bookstore, student study areas, student lounges, and outdoor recreational areas. The Ives Concert Center and O'Neill Center are also located on the campus.

An Outstanding Learning Environment

Small classes, usually fewer than 30 students, encourage interactive learning and collegiality among students. Students are not lost in large or overcrowded lecture sections. Each has personal access to course instructors.

Exceptionally Qualified Faculty

MSJA instructors successfully combine academic and practitioner perspectives to enhance the value of your education. The graduate faculty includes professionals in law enforcement, corrections, and law, as well as management consultants and trainers. All are committed to providing relevant, challenging courses that benefit working graduate students and their employers.

Adjunct faculty having exceptional qualifications, experience, or preparation occasionally teach selected courses or are invited to offer special courses on current topics.

What You Will Study

  • Managing Public Organizations
  • Public Financial Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Human Resource Management
  • Legal Issues in Public Administration
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Research in Justice Administration
  • Policy Analysis in Justice Administration
  • Seminar in Law Enforcement
  • Special Issues in Judicial and Correctional Administration

What You May Elect

The program offers three graduate courses in any field to tailor the program to your professional needs and objectives.


Admission to the MSJA program requires submission of the following materials:

  • Graduate Admission Application Form and Fee
  • Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Graduate Test Scores: MAT, GMAT, LSAT, or GRE

Information and Application

Dr. George Kain
Coordinator, MSJA
Western Connecticut State University
181 White Street, WS 347
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone: (203) 837-8514; Fax: (203) 837-8527

Graduate Admissions Office
Old Main 101
Western Connecticut State University
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone: (203) 837-8245; Fax: (203) 837-8338

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