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 the Master of Science in Criminal Justice, concurrently.
Students successfully completing this MPA/MS dual degree program will have the skills and analytical techniques for successful careers in both public administration and criminal justice. After successful completion of the MPA/MS dual degree program, students will receive two diplomas, one for the Public Administration MPA and one for the Criminal Justice MS.
Please note: Criminal Justice (MS) may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.
International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit www.international.ucf.edu. If you have questions, please consult International Affairs and Global Strategies at 407-823-2337.
UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.
The dual degree track (Master of Criminal Justice / Master of Public Administration) 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
Research Methods/Statistics: 6 Credit Hours
Select one Research Methods course and one Statistics course. One from each discpline (one Criminal Justice and one Public Administration). Choose one option:
Electives: 6 Credit Hours
Select two of the following courses:
Additional Program Requirements
Students must achieve a grade of “B” or higher in every CCJ/CJE course and a grade of “B-” or higher in every PAD course in the core 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 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.
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 Criminal Justice MS/MPA 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 criminal justice and public administration, including future career goals and plans.
- Specific areas of public administration and criminal justice 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.
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|*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.