Criminal Justice MS Dual Degree This is a Track

College : Health and Public Affairs Degree :MPA
Department : School of Public Administration Option : Nonthesis
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The Public Administration MPA - Criminal Justice MS - Dual Degree Track provides the opportunity for students to earn graduate degrees from two academic programs, the Master of Public Administration and Master of Science in Criminal Justice, concurrently.


The dual degree track (Master of Public Administration / Master of Criminal Justice) consists of 51 credit hours. Each student completes a core of 11 courses (33 credit hours), two research methods and statistics courses (6 credit hours), two electives (6 credit hours), and a capstone experience of two courses (6 credit hours).
Total Credit Hours Required:
51 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—45 Credit Hours

Core—33 Credit Hours

  • CCJ 5015 The Nature of Crime (3 credit hours)
  • CCJ 5456 The Administration of Justice (3 credit hours)
  • CCJ 6106 Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
  • CCJ 6118 Criminal Justice Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6035 Public Administration in the Policy Process (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6037 Public Organization Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6053 Public Administrators in the Governance Process (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6207 Public Financial Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6227 Public Budgeting (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6335 Strategic Planning and Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6417 Human Resource Management (3 credit hours)

Research Methods/Statistics—6 Credit Hours

Students must select one PAD course and one CCJ course:

  • PAD 6700 Research Methods in Public Administration (3 credit hours) or CCJ 6704 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6701 Analytic Techniques for Public Administration (3 credit hours) or CCJ 6706 Quantitative Methods and Computer Utilization in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)

Capstone—6 Credit Hours

  • PAD 6062 Advanced Concepts and Applications in Public Administration (3 credit hours)
  • CJE 6718 Proseminar in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)

Electives—6 Credit Hours

Select two of the following courses:

  • CJC 5020 Foundations of Corrections (3 credit hours)
  • CJE 5021 Foundations of Law Enforcement (3 credit hours)
  • CJJ 6020 Juvenile Justice (3 credit hours)
  • CJL 6568 Law and Social Control (3 credit hours)
  • CJL 6520 American Criminal Courts (3 credit hours)

Additional Program Requirements

Students must achieve a grade of "B" or higher in every CCJ course and a grade of "B- (80%)" or higher in every PAD course in the required courses, including the Capstone courses. Students must maintain a program of study and graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher and can only graduate with a graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Independent Learning

Independent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum, through the process of inquiry and dialogue. Tangible projects, such as scholarly research, papers, internships, and the capstone experience also contribute to the self-development of students. The capstone courses, PAD 6062 and CJE 6718, provide the independent learning experience.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to meeting general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended. 
  • Three letters of recommendation specifically for the MPA/Criminal Justice MS program evaluating scholarly and professional capacity. Letters from professors from the colleges/universities attended are preferred, but if that is not feasible, letters from current or past supervisors will be accepted. The recommender must address the applicant's work ethic and ability to succeed at graduate-level academic work.
  • Current professional résumé including public service experience (paid or voluntary).
  • Goal Statement: The goal statement is a key component of the admission review process and serves as an example of the applicant's ability to express himself or herself in writing. The goal statement must be no longer than two pages double spaced (500-800 words) and should address the following:
    • Personal background and career aspirations in public service.
    • Reason for pursuing graduate study in public administration, including future career goals and plans.
    • Specific areas of public administration that interests you.   
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
  • All international students must meet university minimum TOEFL score requirements regardless of language in which the undergraduate program was completed.
Admission to this degree is competitive; applicants meeting the minimum university and/or program application requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.

All requested material must be submitted by the established deadline date. Materials received after the established deadline may not be considered.  

Application Deadlines

Criminal Justice MS Dual Degree *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jun 15Nov 1


International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1


International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1


*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.