Master of Science

The most powerful leadership tool you can have is education. TU’s master’s program ensures a comprehensive education in justice administration with classes in human resource management, contemporary issues in justice administration, legal and ethical issues, management practices and design of educational programs and training sessions. Then, you can lead the field by expertise and example. 

Graduate Program Tabs

Bringing The Real World Into The Classroom: The MS, Justice Administration Concentration

Tiffin University’s Master of Science (MS) Degree in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in Justice Administration, is an outstanding example of how the real world meets the classroom experience. Our faculty members have all been working professionals in the field, and our students are also working professionals, which provides for an exciting dialogue and a dynamic education filled with connections.

 

What Is TU’s MS?

The Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice is a professional practical degree program that attracts skilled managers, agents, and clinicians from many components of the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems. Combined with the faculty who direct and facilitate the educational experiences in the MS program, the school's talented and multifaceted students complete the mixture and create an intellectual synergy that’s found in very few graduate programs.

Our faculty bring years of executive, operations-level, clinical, academic and research experience in criminal justice to the graduate learning process in a way that sparks debate, fosters insight and elicits innovation. Joint student-faculty collaboration on learning projects is a common occurrence.

 

The Justice Administration Concentration

In the Justice Administration Concentration, the first semester will provide the student with perspectives in human resource management, statistical applications and contemporary issues in Justice Administration. The second semester explores legal and ethical issues, policy formation and analysis and research and analysis. The final semester covers law and management practices, administrative theory and the design and analysis of educational programs and training sessions.

 

Justice Administration Concentration 30 hours

  • JUS510 Contemporary Criminal Justice: Issues and Trends 
  • JUS520 Statistical Applications in Criminal Justice
  • JUS531 Human Resource & Personnel Management in Criminal Justice - Law & Theory
  • JUS515 Research Design and Analysis
  • JUS525 Legal and Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
  • JUS532 Human Resource & Personnel Management in Criminal Justice - Application
  • JUS610 Justice Administration Policy Formulation & Analysis
  • JUS612 Strategic Planning, Cooperation & Coordination
  • JUS618 Budget & Finance for Criminal Justice Administrators
  • JUS635 Leadership & Practical Application in Criminal Justice 

Total MS 30 hours

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

Online - Offered in two 7-week terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

Contemporary Criminal Justice: Issues and Trends (JUS510) - Provides a contemporary overview of the criminal justice system with a focus on current trends, major crime problems and statistics, crime control issues, the nature and causes of crime, justice agencies and personnel, key decision-making by justice agents and the changing features of the American legal system and criminal justice agency management which impact the quality of service to community residents.

Research Design and Analysis (JUS515) - Examines various research design models applied to the study of crime and agency administration issues. The course concludes a discussion of the philosophy of scientific inquiry, the discovery and conceptualization of research questions (descriptive, relational, and casual), the operalization of project concepts and variables, conduct of the study, data analysis, formulating conclusions and generalization of findings. This course will allow students to analyze various research designs such as historical, legal, action, quasi-experimental, experimental, content analysis, polling, meta-analysis, data mining, citation analysis, policy analysis, investigative reporting, action research, comparative method, observer, participant-observer, micro history, ethnography, oral history, symbolism, photographic analysis, geographic information systems, program evaluation, evaluation, survey research and other designs and methods. Students will also read and practice policy decisions from report research.

Statistical Applications in Criminal Justice (JUS520) - Explores and applies practical statistical methods to the relevant work of criminal justice agents, managers and executives. The course will focus on statistical methods to prepare students to be intelligent consumers of reported research, to apply appropriate statistical analysis to various types of research designs, to report criminal justice agency performance results and to identify and use various criminal justice statistical data sources in print and electronic form.

Legal and Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice (JUS525) - The course examines ethical systems/models and their application to the multitude of criminal procedure, ethical, and civil liability issues in criminal justice such as substantive/procedural justice, legal paternalism, moral paternalism, punishment of the mentally ill/juveniles/white collar criminals, authority, power, discretion, duty, discrimination, gratuities, on-duty use of drugs/alcohol, graft, sexual harassment, excessive/deadly force, undercover work, media, investigation/interrogation, loyalty/whistle-blowing, professionalism and corruption.

Human Resource & Personnel Management in Criminal Justice Application (JUS532) - Provides a thorough examination and application of the administration and substance of the human resource functions in criminal justice agencies which includes sound principles of personnel management, employment and civil service law, the setting and background for human resource administration, the recruitment of personnel, employment testing methods and issues, the selection process, job analysis and position classification, fair employment practices, promotion, transfer, discharge, performance evaluation, the discipline process, training and education, worker motivation and job satisfaction and wage and salary administration

Faculty

Scott Blough
Scott Blough Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Jeffry Stockner
Jeffry Stockner Professor of Business Law & Criminal Justice
Kevin Cashen
Kevin Cashen Dean School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences / Assistant Professor, Criminal...
Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice / Chair for Undergraduate Off-Campus Seated...
Pete Piraino
Pete Piraino Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies / Chair for Main Campus...
Dr. Lacy Ellis
Dr. Lacy Ellis Assistant Professor & Chair for Criminal Justice Graduate Programs / Internship...
Charles White
Dr. Charles White Assistant Professor / ATIC & OPOTA Coordinator
Dr. Gordon Crews
Dr. Gordon Crews Professor of Criminal Justice & Criminology

Testimonials

  • "Tiffin University is the college that has helped me grow into the person that I am today. While at Tiffin, I have made unforgettable memories and friends. I continued my education at The University of Toledo College of Law. Although I am moving on, I will never forget everything I have gained from my time at Tiffin University."

    – Jessica Paule, Class of 2015

  • "Tiffin University was my top choice when searching for colleges. I knew with nationally recognized Criminal Justice Programs, I would receive the best education for my future career goals. Because my undergraduate experience was so positive and rewarding, I have pursued my Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at TU working as a graduate assistant for First-Year Programs. As a GA, I have been able to give back to an institution that has given so much to me and my fellow classmates. Go Dragons!”

    – Sean M. Durocher, Class of 2015

  • "The aspects of Tiffin University that I really like include low tuition cost and the fact that there are generous scholarships available for international students. Tiffin’s quiet atmosphere makes it easy to concentrate on your studies, but the surrounding cities have plenty to explore including a vibrant entertainment scene.”

    - Xin Guo, China

  • "TU wasn’t just the place I went to get my degree. It was the place I grew up and I am forever thankful for my Dragon family. It’s always a great day to be a Dragon.”

    – Allison Marie Staunton, Class of 2016

  • "TU gave me the extra boost needed to move forward with accomplishing my dream of becoming a small business owner. With the help and encouragement of my professors and coach, I was able to take that leap into the business world knowing I could not succeed if I did not take risks."

    – Emily Miller

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