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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 needed 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.

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.

Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice

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 569 Media and Crime 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.

Specialization 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 569 Media and Crime 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 MPA program at Marywood University is a completely online program. The general purpose of the program is the administrative training of men and women concerned with public policy and administration issues on local, state, national, and international levels. Specifically, the program strives to:

  1. Expose participants to a wide range of public affairs and administrative issues, as well as processes, practices, and responsibilities involved in providing public service.
  2. Train public administrators on local, national, and international levels within cooperative networks through active engagement in problem solving.
  3. Train public managers and administrators on all levels to adapt ethical responses toward issues of public service.
  4. Identify problems and issues among groups, organizations, and nation-states in order to arrive at realistic and non-violent approaches to both local and global issues through cooperative association.
  5. Develop collegial and supportive associations within the profession to share resources and expertise on local, national, and international levels.
  6. Prepare participants in planning, organizing, staffing, implementing, and administering public service.
  7. Facilitate the participant’s understanding and command of theories of management and supervision and applied social science theory related to the delivery of public service.
  8. Help participants develop analytical and evaluation skills and techniques leading to effective managerial decision-making applied to the complex task of providing public service.
  9. Help participants develop an awareness of equity and public interest concerns and the political process through which they arise.
  10. Provide advanced education in management issues related to the provision of public service, especially in the areas of public policy and administration, state and local government, the federal government, international relations and foreign policy, national security, disaster management, and nonprofit leadership.

The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) provides entry-level, post-entry-level, and mid-career participation from a variety of public, private, and nonprofit settings on local, state, national, and global levels with cutting-edge education in administrative sciences involved in research, theory, case studies, assimilations, group discussion and analyses, interpersonal development exercises, audiovisual media, field observation, and intensive coursework.

The M.P.A. at Marywood University is engaged in network development on local, regional, national, and international levels to promote practical approaches to administrative systems in the public sphere. Rather than focusing on the institutionalization of outdated policy and administrative issues, the program focuses on developing cooperative efforts to engage in networking and promote social justice, peace, and ethical leadership. The program seeks to give voice to the global. The program also seeks engagement and cooperation with NGOs on the global level.

The Master of Public Administration program (M.P.A.) at Marywood University is involved in researching issues of public and administrative affairs, nonlinear dynamics, homeland security and disaster management, and peace and non-violence in resolving conflicts and comparative international administrative systems. Accordingly, the program is engaged in the development of the following activities:

  1. Coordinating and organizing annual and periodic conferences on public affairs and administration through international dialogue. These conferences will include local, regional, national, and international participants.
  2. Publishing a peer-reviewed journal on public policy and administration as a tool for peace studies, security, public service, dialogue, and conflict resolution.
  3. Offering workshops to local governments and nonprofit organizations on public management.
  4. Integrating research as critical part of both the education and network dimensions of the program.

Degree Program Overview

The M.P.A. at Marywood University follows the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)’s guidelines. It bridges theory and practice while developing research and analytical skills, all of which students need to become effective administrators. The program is an exclusively online graduate degree. The program welcomes mid-level practitioners in public and nonprofit agencies, in addition to full- or part-time students of both genders and all ages, nationalities, and experiences. The curriculum presents the cutting edge in public policy and administrative studies, while emphasizing interconnectedness, globalization, sound governance, and care for the environment. The online classroom dynamic reflects discussion, analysis, and studies of various administrative, political, and public affairs issues in various parts of the world in comparison with those in the United States. The program offers six specializations: General Public Administration, Nonprofit Leadership, Homeland Security and Disaster Management, Health Service Administration, Social Work, and Criminal Justice.

Departmental Admissions Requirements

  1. Online application
  2. Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): Identify your educational goals, expectations from the program, and background. All applicants should also demonstrate any experience in public or nonprofit organizations that involve administrative skills in areas such as planning, organizing, staffing, directing, coordinating, reporting, or budgeting. Lack of administrative skills will not impact admission but provides the program with useful information on how to provide the student with internship projects once admitted to the program.
  3. Professional résumé: Current résumé including job responsibilities, relevant experience, and educational history.
  4. Two letters of recommendation: From individual(s) with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor, or colleague.
  5. Official transcripts of prior education, including undergraduate degree documentation.
  6. Proof of English language proficiency: Only for students for whom English is not their primary language and who did not graduate from a university at which the language of instruction was English.
  7. No general tests are required.

Any applicant who lacks administrative experience must pursue a three-credit-hour internship. Internships consist of up to twelve weeks of full- or part-time assignments in an agency (minimum of 20 hours per week).

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

M.P.A. students who are interested in specialization in Social Work, Criminal Justice, and Health Service Administration may take (with approval of their advisors) four Social Work, Criminal Justice, and Health Service Administration courses as electives. Elective courses in Social Work, Criminal Justice, and Health Service Administration, however, are offered within the respective departments and are not online. Only General Public Administration, as well as Homeland Security and Disaster Management, and Nonprofit Leadership elective courses (as well as the M.P.A. required courses) are offered online.

The M.P.A. PROGRAM

(30 Semester Hours; Online)

I. REQUIRED COURSES: 15 semester hours

PADM 501 Principles of Public Administration 3
PADM 502 Public PolicyAnalysis 3
PADM 503 Human Resource Management 3
PADM 504 Research Methodology 3
PADM 505 Public Budgeting and Finance 3

II. ELECTIVE COURSES: 12 semester hours

PADM 506 Law and Public Affairs 3
PADM 507 Ethics 3
PADM 508 Communication, Strategic Planning, and Organizational Dynamics 3
PADM 509 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector 3
PADM 510 Fundraising and Grants Writing in Nonprofit Organizations 3
PADM 511 Program Assessment and Evaluation 3
PADM 512 Issues in National Security 3
PADM 513 Introduction to Homeland Security 3
PADM 514 Domestic and International Terrorism 3
PADM 515 International Relations and Globalization 3
PADM 516 American Foreign Policy 3
PADM 517 Intelligence for Homeland Security 3
PADM 518 Natural Disasters 3
PADM 519 Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action 3
PADM 520 Emergency Management and Geographic Information Systems 3
PADM 521 Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation 3
PADM 522 Information Security, Technology, and Risk Management 3
PADM 596 Internship 3

III. CAPSTONE COURSE: 3 semester hours

PADM 600 LEAD Project 3

Master of Public Administration/ Master of Social Work Overview

The Department of Social Sciences (Master of Public Administration) and School of Social Work offer 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 SocialWork 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 administrator in a community program.

Admission to the M.P.A./M.S.W. program is selective. Prerequisites and admission processes adhere to all guidelines and policies of the College of Health and Human Services, the Munley College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of Social Sciences, and the School of Social Work.

A Capstone 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.

Master of Public Administration/Master of Social Work Dual Program

81 semester hours (combination of 51 Social Work and 30 Public Administration 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. Core Courses (12 semester hours)

PADM 501 Principles of Public Administration 3
PADM 502 Public Policy Analysis 3
PADM 503 Human Resource Management  
PADM 505 Public Budgeting and Finance 3

M.P.A. Electives (15 semester hours)

PADM 506 Law and Public Affairs 3
PADM 508 Communication, Strategic Planning, and Organizational Dynamics 3
PADM 509 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector 3
PADM 510 Fundraising and Grants Writing in Nonprofit Organizations 3
PADM 511 Program Assessment and Evaluation 3
PADM 512 Issues in National Security 3
PADM 513 Introduction to Homeland Security 3
PADM 514 Domestic and International Terrorism 3
PADM 515 International Relations and Globalization 3
PADM 516 American Foreign Policy 3
PADM 517 Intelligence for Homeland Security 3
PADM 518 Natural Disasters 3
PADM 519 Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action 3
PADM 520 Emergency Management and Geographic Information Systems 3
PADM 521 Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation 3
PADM 522 Information Security, Technology, and Risk Management 3

M.P.A. Capstone (3 semester hours)

PADM 600 LEAD Project 3


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