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Director: Patrick M. Seffrin, Ph.D.

The Social Sciences Department offers graduate programs in Criminal Justice and Public Administration.

Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice

The graduate Criminal Justice Program combines a strong background in criminal justice with the management skills need for an administrative position in a criminal justice agency. The program is designed for those who wish to assume, or already hold, a criminal justice management position, as well as for those who wish to pursue doctoral work elsewhere after completing their Marywood degree.

Coursework in the program provides:

  • a background in American criminal justice institutions;
  • a knowledge of the causes of delinquency and crime, the effectiveness of rehabilitation programs, and the research on which this knowledge is based;
  • an evaluation of contemporary criminal justice research and policy;
  • experience with appropriate management tools;
  • opportunities to communicate complex ideas orally and in writing, and to further develop analytic and critical skills.

Program faculty combine strong academic credentials with extensive experience of criminal justice agencies at the state and federal levels. Classes are small, typically seminars, in which students assume responsibility with the instructor for the presentation of material. The program offers substantial opportunities for students to explore their individual interests in criminal justice and closely related fields.

Financial aid, including the opportunity to work closely with program faculty as a graduate assistant, is available.

The program is housed in the Department of Social Sciences, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate major in criminal justice, sociology, or a related field is recommended, but not required. (Students without an undergraduate course in criminology, delinquency, or deviance and those without an undergraduate course in statistics or social research will be asked to complete an undergraduate course before taking advanced, graduate work in these areas.) An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better is required.

A completed application must include:

  • official, unopened transcripts from all institutions attended, including Marywood;
  • two letters of recommendation from college or university faculty (these may be supplemented with recommendations from supervisors in a criminal justice agency);
  • an essay discussing the applicant’s career objectives and the way in which the CJ Master's program will contribute to these objectives.

Program of Study

36 semester hours
I. REQUIRED COURSES
21 semester hours

CJ 503 Criminal Justice Administration
3
CJ 505 Financial Management
3
CJ 507 Criminal Justice Research Methods
3
CJ 522 Criminology
3
CJ 530 Criminal Justice Policies
3
CJ 544 Staff Supervision in Criminal Justice 3
CJ 595 Thesis
3
OR    
CJ 597 Criminal Justice Management Project /Internship
3

II. ELECTIVES*
15 semester hours (choose five courses)

CJ 524 Sex, Drugs, & Crime
3
CJ 526 Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice 3
CJ 528 Youthful Offenders 3
CJ 533 Crime over the Life Course 3
CJ 540 The Constitution & Criminal Justice Policy
3
CJ 560 Urban Crime Patterns
3
CJ 576 Corrections
3
CJ 578 Community Corrections 3
CJ 598 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
3

*Students may also elect up to two graduate courses in Business, Public Administration, Psychology, Counseling, and/or Social Work with the approval of their advisor.

Graduate Specialization in Criminal Justice

The program also offers a 12 credit specialization in Criminal Justice for graduate students who wish to combine work in another graduate field (for example, Counseling, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Work) with coursework in Criminal Justice.

I. REQUIRED COURSES

6 semester hours

CJ 503 Criminal Justice Administration
3
CJ 522 Criminology
3

II. ELECTIVES*:
6 semester hours

CJ 524 Sex, Drugs, & Crime
3
CJ 526 Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice 3
CJ 528 Youthful Offenders 3
CJ 533 Crime over the Life Course 3
CJ 540 The Constitution & Criminal Justice Policy
3
CJ 560 Urban Crime Patterns
3
CJ 576 Corrections
3
CJ 578 Community Corrections 3
CJ 598 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
3

*The electives selected must be approved by the Director of Criminal Justice Programs.

Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) Program

Program Objectives

The general purpose of the M.P.A., M.H.S.A., and Gerontology programs at Marywood is the administrative training of men and women concerned with the provision of public, health, and human services. Specifically, the programs strive:

  1. To expose participants to a wide range of administrative and managerial problems, processes, practices, and responsibilities involved in providing public, health, and human services.
  2. To prepare participants in planning, organizing, staffing, and generally implementing and administering public, health and human services.
  3. To facilitate the participant’s understanding and command of basic theories of management and supervision and applied social science theory related to the delivery of public, health, and human services.
  4. To help participants develop analytical and evaluation skills and techniques leading to effective managerial decision-making applied to the complex task of providing public, health, and human services.
  5. To help participants develop an awareness of equity and public interest concerns and the political process in which they arise.
  6. To provide advanced education in management issues related to the provision of nonprofit services.

The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), as well as the Master of Health Services Administration (M.H.S.A.), and the Master’s in Gerontology (M.S.) provide entry-level, post-entry-level, and mid-career participants from a variety of public, health, and human service settings with practical directed experiences involving use of case studies, simulations, group discussion and analyses, interpersonal development exercises, audio-visual media, field observation, and intensive coursework.

Degree Program Overview

The M.P.A. degree is a broad area professional degree which focuses on management skills. A healthy organization results from excellence in management, a product of the Marywood M.P.A. program.

Master of Public Administration/Master of Social Work Overview

The Master of Public Administration and Master of Social Work is a dual degree program designed to assure the acquisition of both management and social work skills necessary for competence as a manager/administrator in the social work field. Today social workers must be knowledgeable in managerial and administrative problems, processes, practices, and responsibilities in their role as middle managers, administrators, department heads, and in other similar capacities. The M.P.A. curriculum follows National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration guidelines and the M.S.W. program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Upon successful completion of the M.P.A./M.S.W., a graduate will be qualified to accept a middle management position such as social work director or program administrator in a community program.

Admission to the M.P.A./M.S.W. program will be on a selective basis. The prerequisites and admission process will follow that of the Munley College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of Social Science and the School of Social Work.

A Professional Contribution is required as an application of the theoretical base to a practical situation. The guidelines for the Master of Social Work and Master of Public Administration will be followed.

M.P.A. Admissions Requirements

  1. The admissions application, two references and official transcript from previous educational programs, along with an essay describing the reasons why the applicant wishes to pursue a particular program.
  2. The GRE is recommended but not required.

Other Requirements of M.P.A.

Each student is required to discuss with his/her assigned faculty advisor the application essay which outlines career goals and objectives and their relationship to the M.P.A.

After completion of class coursework, a candidate must take the Professional Development Seminar. Any candidate who cannot demonstrate a clear record of administrative responsibility must pursue a three-credit-hour field internship in addition to, and in conjunction with, the Practitioner’s Seminar. A field internship must be arranged six months prior to its intended commencement. Internships in public, human, and health service agencies each consist of up to twelve weeks of full-time employment or their equivalency, on an extended, part-time basis.

The Practitioner’s Seminar/Internship is an exceptional feature of the program, providing each student with an opportunity to apply concepts from coursework.

The Professional Contribution is a closure requirement which provides the student with an opportunity to work with faculty on a research project. The Professional Contribution applies theoretical knowledge to a practical situation. Refer to detailed guidelines for closure requirements.

The course on Problem-Solving Methods for Modern Management provides a foundation of knowledge about behavior in public organizational settings. This required course affords an opportunity for self-appraisal of one’s practices from a behavioral science perspective, thereby providing a base for enlightened choice and change, i.e. personal and organizational.

M.P.A. students interested in Criminal Justice may take Criminal Justice courses as electives. (See M.S. in Criminal Justice.)

M.P.A. Program

39 Semester Hours

Follows the curriculum of the National Association of Schools of Public Administration and Affairs (N.A.S.P.A.A.)

I. REQUIRED COURSES

24 semester hours

PUB 501 Dimensions of Public Administration 3
PUB 502 Problem-Solving Methods for Modern Management 3
PUB 505 Financial Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations 3
PUB 506 Research Theory 3
PUB 507 Organizational Dynamics 3
PUB 518 Policy and Program Analysis 3
PUB 519 Administrative Law 3
PUB 555 Professional Contribution/Research Design 0
PUB 599 Practitioner’s Seminar in Administration* 3

*Note: Any participant lacking administrative work experience is required to pursue a field internship for an additional three credit hours, for a total of 42 semester hours. A waiver request must be submitted to the program director.

II. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION – GENERAL CONCENTRATION

15 semester hours

PUB 508 Human Resources Administration and Personnel Systems 3
PUB 510 Organizational Communication 3
PUB 511 Ethics in Management 3
PUB 512 The Grantsmanship Process 3
PUB 513 Strategic Planning 3
PUB 522 State and Local Administration 3
PUB 523 Public Sector Labor Relations 3
PUB 552 Computer Application of Social Science Data 3
PUB 579 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector 3
PUB 581 Issues of Governance in Nonprofit Organizations 3
PUB 582 Fundraising in Nonprofit Organizations 3
PUB 583 Strategic Marketing 3
PUB 585 Program Assessment and Evaluation 3
PUB 598 Special Topics (Intensive short courses, variable credit)*

*A maximum of 9 hours of pass credit can be applied to M.P.A. degree requirements. Any courses within the Master of Health Services Administration degree may be used for general electives upon consultation and approval by the Program Director.

Master of Public Administration/Master of Social Work

81 semester hours

This program is designed for those who wish to combine the development of administrative and managerial expertise with knowledge, skills, and values of the social work profession. The joint focus on public interest, policy, and management prepares students for a range of professional options and opportunities. Participation in the dual degree program permits a student to earn the Master of Public Administration degree and the M.S.W. degree in a manner that expedites the time required by crediting work undertaken for one degree to the requirements of the other.

Interested students must make application for admission to both programs.

Social Work Classroom Credits: 39

MSW Classroom Credits (36 semester hours)

SW 501 Practice I: Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families 3
SW 502 Practice II: Social Work Practice with Groups 3
SW 503 Practice III: Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations 3
SW 504 Practice IV: Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families 3
SW 505 Practice V: Administration in Social Work 3
SW 506 Practice VI: Culminating Integrative Seminar 3
SW 601 Human Behavior I 3
SW 621 Social Work Perspectives on Psychopathology 3
SW 701 Research I 3
SW 702 Research II 3
SW 801 Social Justice, Welfare Policy and Professional Legacy 3
SW 802 Social Policy Advocacy 3
SW 971 Ethical Issues in Social Work Practice 3

Social Work Practicum (12 semester hours)

SW 591 Field Education I: Foundation Field 3
SW 592 Field Education II: Foundation Field 3
SW 595 Field Education III: Advanced Practice 3
SW 596 Field Education IV: Advanced Practice 3

M.P.A. Classroom Credits: (18 semester hours)

PUB 501 Dimensions of Public Administration 3
PUB 502 Problem-Solving Methods for Modern Management 3
PUB 505 Financial Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations 3
PUB 513 Strategic Planning 3
PUB 519 Administrative Law 3
PUB 555 Professional Contribution 0

MPA General Electives (15 semester hours)

PUB 508 Human Resources Administration and Personnel Systems 3
PUB 510 Organizational Communication 3
PUB 511 Ethics in Management 3
PUB 512 The Grantsmanship Process 3
PUB 522 State and Local Administration 3
PUB 523 Public Sector Labor Relations 3
PUB 552 Computer Application of Social Science Data 3
PUB 579 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector 3
PUB 581 Issues of Governance in Nonprofit Organizations 3
PUB 582 Fundraising in Nonprofit Organizations 3
PUB 583 Strategic Marketing 3
PUB 585 Program Assessment and Evaluation 3
PUB 598 Special Topics (Intensive short courses, variable credit)*  

*A maximum of 9 hours of pass credit can be applied to M.P.A. degree requirements. Any courses within the Master of Health Services Administration degree may be used for general electives upon consultation and approval by the Program Director.


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