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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, supervisor and leader in your organization.

Discover the skills to resolve the complex issues facing the criminal justice system. Learn from the work experience of Keuka’s faculty and your peers to gain a holistic view of what it takes to effectively manage people, policies and procedures.

Each 6-week course examines contemporary topics and case studies through the lens of law enforcement, courts and law, corrections, and community corrections. Through class discussion and assignments, our students quickly develop the leadership and decision-making skills to foster ethical behavior in the workplace.

Above all, Keuka’s master’s program gives you the power of choice. Personalize your interest in criminal justice 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 interview and interrogation tactics, 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 selected subject area to develop an ongoing portfolio and to serve as the basis for your Action Research Project (ARP)– a three-part course where you identify a workplace problem and develop a solution to put into practice. Upon graduation, you’ll be groomed for promotion into high-ranking leadership positions and to implement change within the criminal justice system.

For more information about becoming a student, including admissions requirements, click here. 

Attend class one night each week. Finish your degree in 17 months.


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

Corning Community College Corning
Finger Lakes Community College Canandaigua
FLCC-Victor Campus Center Victor
Monroe Community College—Damon Campus Rochester
Onondaga Community College Syracuse
Rochester Police Department Rochester

Program Curriculum

The M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration curriculum consists of 12 courses and 35 credit hours. For planning purposes, classes meet one night each week for four hours. Students spend additional time outside of class to complete readings, assignments, case studies, online discussions, and group work.

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 5-week course requires students to attend an 8-hour, face-to-face class at Keuka College and to participate in online coursework. The course begins 2 weeks prior to the in-class session and requires work to be completed each week.

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