Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration

Amplify Good in the World

Where Career Transformation Happens

Hilbert College Global is nationally recognized as a criminal justice education leader because our programs are founded in servant leadership. We help mold the criminal justice professionals our world needs: those committed to strengthening communities through equitable policy and practice.

Our online Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice Administration is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system from investigations and the courts all the way to rehabilitation and forensics. Whether you want to move into a management position or excel in your current position of leadership, Hilbert College Global gives you a convenient and flexible means to grow, personally and professionally.

What You’ll Learn in the MS in Criminal Justice Administration

At Hilbert College Global, we’re committed to teaching you the practical skills for real-world application so that you can maximize your influence and impact. During your time in the online program, you’ll explore:

  • Major trends in public administration, specifically in the nonprofit, criminal justice and government sectors
  • Research designs as applied to problems of criminal justice, including tools available to criminal justice professionals
  • The status and role of police institutions in contemporary U.S. society with the intent of critiquing the strengths and weaknesses of our current system
  • The history and practice of social control, including incarceration, diversion and community-based corrections

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Advance Your Criminal Justice Career

Earning an online master’s in Criminal Justice Administration from Hilbert College Global can help you advance your salary potential and increase your impact. The exciting career paths our graduates take include the following:

Political Scientist (Policy Analyst)*

2021 Median Annual Salary: $122,510

Federal Special Agent**

Average Annual Salary: $86,920

Detective/Criminal Investigator*

Median Annual Salary: $83,640

Emergency Management Director*

Median Annual Salary: $76,730

Intelligence Analyst**

Average Annual Salary: $74,557

*Salary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

**Salary data from Payscale

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Curriculum & Courses

Required Courses (36 Total Credits)

  • CC 500 Organization Theory & Management (3 credits ; 8 weeks)
  • CJA 601 Proseminar in Criminal Justice Administration (3 credits ; 8 weeks)
  • CJA 640 Research Methods (3 credits ; 15 weeks)
  • CC 510 Program Planning & Evaluation (3 credits ; 8 weeks)
  • CC 505 Introduction to Graduate Statistics (3 credits ; 15 weeks)
  • CJA 679 Research Project / Independent Study (3 credits ; 8 weeks)
  • CJA 645 Nature and Causes of Crime (3 credits ; 8 weeks)
  • CC 515 Finance and Budgeting (3 credits ; 8 weeks)
  • CJA 660 Policing in Contemporary Society (3 credits ; 8 weeks)
  • CJA 650 Criminal Law (3 credits ; 8 weeks)
  • CJA 670 Penology (3 credits ; 8 weeks)
  • CJA 680 Capstone (3 credits ; 15 weeks)

You’ll work with professors to conduct research through Hilbert’s Institute for Law and Justice, a nationally renowned resource for a wide range of law and justice-related issues.

Martin Floss, Ph.D. Professor of Criminal Justice

Martin Floss, Ph.D.

Professor of Criminal Justice

John P. Culhane Jr., JD Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

John P. Culhane Jr., JD

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

716-649-7900, ext. 316
Josh Bowers, MPA Adjunct Professor

Josh Bowers, MPA

Adjunct Professor

Financing Your Degree

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$750 per credit

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36 credits

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Finish in as few as 16 months

At Hilbert College Global, we’re proud to offer top-tier graduate degrees in an online setting at a competitive price. The tuition for Hilbert College Global graduate programs is $750 per credit hour. In addition to tuition, you will be responsible for the following fees:

  • Course Resource Fee: $309 per course
  • Registration Fee: $40 per semester
  • Orientation Fee: $210 (one-time charge)
  • Graduation Fee: $260 (one-time charge, assessed in the last semester)
  • International Student Fee: $1,050 per semester
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Inclusive Community

Our cultural foundation in inclusivity and support creates a welcoming learning community that guides students to become servant leaders.

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High ROI

Hilbert was ranked in the top 25% in the nation for return on investment by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

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Attentive Faculty

Thanks to a 12:1 student-to-instructor ratio, you’ll develop strong relationships with our industry-leading faculty members, who are committed to your success.

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Real-World Curriculum

You’ll gain knowledge in key areas such as finance, accounting, supply chain and human resources, making you a valuable contributor to organizations across industries.

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With our cohort model, you’ll share courses and experiences with the same group of classmates — start together, finish together.

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Meaningful Courses

Courses in diversity and ethics help you to stand out to potential employers who are prioritizing DEI initiatives.

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Get Your Degree While You Work

Online coursework, affordable tuition and accelerated degree programs allow you to balance your personal and professional life while earning your degree.

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Application Requirements

Submit the following to apply:

  • Hilbert College’s free online graduate application
  • Official copies of your transcripts from your past institutions
  • Updated resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • There’s no GRE or MAT requirement, but you may submit your scores if you completed them for extra consideration
  • While we don’t have a GPA requirement, we encourage students who have a GPA lower than 3.0 to submit two academic letters of recommendation

Statement of Purpose

  • Two-page minimum
  • Detail the reason you’re applying to Hilbert College
  • Include personal and professional experiences
  • Discuss your goals and how the Hilbert College program fits into those plans
  • Describe any other important information about yourself that would contribute to your personal character

All application materials should be forwarded to the Center for Graduate and Online Studies Office via mail, or email

Do you have previous graduate credits? You may be eligible to transfer up to six graduate credit hours with grades of B or better into a Hilbert program at the discretion of the program chair. Credits must be from an accredited institution in graduate courses appropriate to the program being pursued.


About Hilbert College Global

Hilbert College is an independent institution of higher learning that embraces its Franciscan heritage and values. Students from diverse backgrounds learn through liberal arts and professional programs to become informed citizens committed to serving and strengthening their communities.

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