Graduate Studies

Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
2017-2018

Please refer to the Law Enforcement and Justice Administration graduate program section for information including the school’s contact information, a list of graduate faculty members, program description, and course descriptions.

Requirements for Enrollment

Admission into the integrated Law Enforcement and Justice Administration program requires the following:

  • Application to the School of Graduate Studies
  • A minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA
  • A minimum 3.25 major GPA
  • Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended
  • Completed 90 semester hours
  • Current resume
  • Three letters of recommendation, two of which must come from LEJA faculty
  • Personal essay of 1000-1500 words that includes academic goals, career plans upon completion of the program, perceived motivations, attributes, and abilities that will lead to their success in the program

Integrated Degree Program Description

Students in the integrated program are allowed to use nine semester hours of B-level courses to satisfy both the Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Arts degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. The following courses may be used: LEJA 500B, LEJA 501B, LEJA 502B, LEJA 503B, LEJA 504B, LEJA 505B, LEJA 506B, LEJA 507B, LEJA 508B, LEJA 509B, LEJA 510B, LEJA 511B, LEJA 512B, LEJA 513B, LEJA 514B, LEJA 517B. If taken after the undergraduate degree has been completed, the courses should not be taken with the “B” designator. Student must meet with academic advisor prior to registration.

Integrated Degree Program Requirements

I. Core Courses: 15 s.h.

LEJA 500/500B Advanced Quantitative Techniques in Criminal Justice (3)
LEJA 501/501B Theory in Criminal Justice (3)*
LEJA 502/502B Management Issues in Law Enforcement Administration (3)
LEJA 503/503B Research Methodology in Criminal Justice (3)
LEJA 504/504B Civil and Criminal Liability (3)

*LEJA 501 is a prerequisite for the following courses: LEJA 502/502B, LEJA 506/506B, LEJA 507/507B, LEJA 508/508B, LEJA 509/509B, and LEJA 510/510B.

II. Select on of the following plans:

A. Thesis: 18 s.h.

LEJA 600 Thesis Research (3)
LEJA 601 Thesis (3)
Electives in one of the following departments (12):

educational administration, law enforcement and justice administration, management sciences, political science, psychology, or sociology; or in any other department with approval of the LEJA Graduate Committee and Director. Courses should be geared toward career objectives.

A final oral presentation and defense of the thesis.

Thesis proposal must be approved before research is undertaken.

TOTAL PROGRAM: 33 s.h.

B. Non‑Thesis: 24 s.h.

Electives in one of the following departments (21)*:

educational leadership, law enforcement and justice administration, management sciences, political science, psychology, or sociology; or in any other department with approval of the LEJA Graduate Committee and Director. Courses should be geared toward career objectives.

LEJA 518 Comprehensive Seminar in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (3)

* No more than 12 s.h. of electives may come from departments outside of LEJA.

TOTAL PROGRAM: 39 s.h.

In either option, no more than 9 semester hours of 400G level courses will be counted toward fulfillment of the degree requirements without permission of the LEJA Graduate Committee.