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M.A. in Justice Administration and Public Service

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Why Pursue the M.A. Degree?

Are you looking for a flexible program that allows you to advance your career without interfering with your shift work or family obligations? The M.A. in Justice Administration and Public Service from Saint Elizabeth University is the ideal program for both active law enforcement officers and those looking to enter into the criminal justice field. This fully online master's program is taught by professors with decades of criminal justice experience and allows students to complete coursework on their own schedule.

Since a master's degree is becoming increasingly important for law enforcement officers to advance in their careers, students will improve their likelihood of earning promotions, advancing in rank and enhance their overall marketability.

Key Elements

  • Program consists of 30 credits
  • 50% tuition discount for sworn-in law enforcement officers
  • No GRE or GMAT exams required
  • Program is completed fully online
  • Small class sizes maximize learning
  • Flexible advisement hours and registration online
  • College credits awarded for specialized training such as graduates from the FBI Academy, FBI-LEEDA, New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, and State of NJ Certified Public Manager® Program (CPM)
  • Taught by retired or active law enforcement officers
  • Design applied projects pertaining to professional and workplace needs and moral, ethical and justice issues and challenges related to public safety and security
  • Apply acquired knowledge of justice administration and public-safety problems by devising detailed, appropriate responses and resolution
  • Provides library services that includes access to a world-wide array of online databases


Counter Terrorism

Cyber Security Investigation

Leadership in Community Policing


Ranked No.18 in the nation for Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice Programs in 2024 and #1 in the Mid-Atlantic Region by U.S. News & World Report.

Best Online Program

SEU Criminal Justice alumna

SEU criminal justice faculty

SEU believes that individuals who serve the public must be fully grounded in all aspects of the justice milieu and responsible decision-making consistent with democratic societies. Graduates also receive training in counseling victims and offenders as well as the administration of public service and compliance activities within their chosen Justice profession.

What can I do with this degree?

A master's degree is imperative to advancing your career in law enforcement. Alumni have gone on to earn positions in the Department of Homeland Security, New Jersey State Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration, non-profit organizations, local police forces and more.

Graduates of this program will be well equipped to work in leadership positions for:

  • Police departments
  • Courts
  • Corrections
  • Probation
  • Parole
  • Homeland Security
  • Military Systems
  • Victim Services

What internship opportunities are available?

Chief Mark DiCarloStudent Insight: Chief Mark DiCarlo

"Law Enforcement is extremely competitive these days and opportunities for advancement are even more competitive," says DiCarlo.

"This job has changed dramatically over the years and is more complex and technological. A great, current education is imperative."