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Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP)

Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration

If you’re a current or aspiring criminal justice administrator, Keuka College’s M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration prepares you to become an influential manager and leader in your organization. Learn from the experience of our faculty and your fellow peers to gain a holistic view of resolving the complex issues facing the criminal justice system.

Each course examines contemporary topics and case studies through the lens of law enforcement, courts and law, and corrections. Through interaction with the course materials, your instructors, and fellow classmates, you’ll learn about the intricacies of being a criminal justice leader in today’s democratic society.

Above all, our master’s program gives you the power of choice. Personalize your interests by choosing a specific area to study. Driven by the student and navigated by the instructor, you’ll focus on the areas that contribute to your personal and professional growth. Topic areas could include: managing the criminal investigative process, the growth of private security across the U.S., border patrol and other homeland security issues, or developing leadership skills in CJ managers.

Use your subject area to develop an ongoing portfolio and to serve as the basis for your Action Research Project (ARP) – a 3-part course where you identify a workplace problem and develop a solution to put into practice.

Program Curriculum

The M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration curriculum consists of 12 courses and 35 credit hours. Face-to-face classes meet one night each week for four hours, and you’ll spend additional time outside of class completing readings, assignments, case studies, online discussions, and group work. Face-to-face classes other than EXP 500 will be held at your chosen branch campus or partner site; you’ll start EXP 500 on the College’s main campus when you attend New Student Orientation.

Courses You’ll Take

Course Title Credits
EXP 500 Foundations for Adult & Exp Learning 1
CRM 530 Admin Issues in CJ Organizations 3
CRM 510 Leadership in Criminal Justice 3
CRM 520 Ethics for Criminal Justice Professional 3
CRM 580 Introduction to Action Research 2
CRM 540 Decision Making for CJ Administrators 3
CRM 550 Human Resource Administration in CJ 3
CRM 560 System-Wide Issues in CJ Administration 3
CRM 570 Legal/Case Law Impacting CJ Administrators 3
CRM 590 Criminal Justice As Public Policy 3
CRM 581 Statistics for Action Research 2
CRM 600 Action Research Project 6

*EXP 500 – Foundations for Adult and Experiential Learning - This 3-week course requires students to attend an 8-hour, face-to-face class at Keuka College and to participate in online coursework.


Earn your M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration at one of the following locations:

Cayuga Centers Auburn

Skills & Job Information

Upon program completion, graduates will have acquired:

  • An increased depth of knowledge in criminal justice issues.
  • Professional skills related to leadership and ethics.
  • Critical decision making and problem solving skills.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Reflective and analytical ability.
  • The ability to apply research and theory in everyday practice.

Recent graduates represent a cross section of area employers and career fields including:

  • Law enforcement
  • Probation
  • Juvenile services
  • Federal service
  • Private industry
  • Corrections
  • Homeland security
  • Private investigation
  • Intelligence

Keuka College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Those with questions may contact the organization at:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: (267) 284-5000

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Graduate Admissions

Master’s programs run on a year-round basis provided minimum enrollment is met – the ideal cohort size is 8-12 students. Keuka College ASAP students are often considered full-time for financial aid purposes. Students must have access to the Internet, either at home or at a public location, for the entirety of their program.

Application Deadlines

Programs begin three times each year, with start dates scheduled in January, May and August. Applicants are encouraged to apply at least 30 days prior to the month of their planned enrollment.

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis and applicants will be notified of their admissions status once a decision has been made.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants lacking the minimum GPA may apply for a conditional admissions status.
  • Applicant must demonstrate an appropriate combination of maturity, experience and motivation.

Additional Requirements for M.S. in Nursing:

  • Bachelor’s degree must be from an accredited nursing program.
  • Applicants must hold an unencumbered NYS license and current registration as a Registered Professional Nurse (RN).
  • Applicants must be currently working as an RN either full- or part-time.

How to Apply

Candidates are encouraged to apply online. Required documents for admission include:

  • Completed application form
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts for each college or university attended
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement
    • Please make a brief, approx. 250-word statement describing your reasons for undertaking this particular program and your future academic and professional plans.
  • Essay
  • Two letters of recommendation (1 for Management, 1 for Criminal Justice, 3 for Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner)
  • Apply for financial aid (if applicable). This should be completed at the time of application. Failure to apply on a timely basis may delay the financial aid award and start of program.

Supplemental materials should be sent to:

Keuka College
Office of Admissions
141 Central Avenue
Keuka Park, NY 14478