Faulkner University

Academic Information

The Master of Justice Administration Program (formerly MCJ program) offered by Faulkner University is 100% online. There are 10 courses in the program. Each course lasts 7 weeks. Course offerings are structured so that a student can enter the program at the beginning of the spring (January), summer (May), or fall (August) term and can complete the program in just over one year or in about two years, depending upon their personal needs or preferences.

Program Description

The Master of Justice Administration program is designed to integrate Christian ethical and moral perspectives with value systems within the criminal justice system through a broad-based approach to the study of Justice Administration for practitioners and undergraduate students with a legal focus at the graduate level.

Program Objectives

To provide practitioners with a graduate-level degree to qualify them for advancement within their chosen criminal justice field; enable students without practical experience in the field of criminal justice to enter at a higher level and, in some cases, obtain employment at the state and federal levels of law enforcement and corrections; prepare students for management positions in criminal justice organizations, broadening students' awareness of the interdependency of each criminal justice component (law enforcement, courts and corrections).

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Master of Justice Administration Program, a prospective student must have:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Human Resources, Business Administration or a related discipline from a regionally accredited institution, or a bachelor's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution with three years of work experience in the criminal justice field. Transcripts from all institutions attended must be forwarded to Faulkner.
  • A minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) and a minimum major grade point average of 3.0.
  • Graduate admissions exam such as MAT, GRE or GMAT not more than five years old. Exam results must be forwarded directly from the testing service to Faulkner.
  • Three letters of recommendation with specific comments regarding the applicant's academic work, professional experience, and ability to successfully complete graduate study. The letters are usually from the applicant's faculty members or supervisory personnel.
  • A letter of intent (minimum of 300 words) specifying the applicant's interest in the program, plus the applicant's academic and professional background in preparation for graduate study in criminal justice.
  • A resume to include education and work experience.
  • All of the items above must be sent to:

    Faulkner University
    Attn: Graduate Enrollment
    5345 Atlanta Highway
    Montgomery, AL 36109.

Program Design

The Master of Justice Administration Program has the following features:

  • All course work completed as distance education
  • Degree completed in approximately 14 months or 2 years
  • Degree consists of 10 courses
  • Each course is seven weeks in length
  • Courses are taken one or two at a time, depending upon the student's timetable for completing the program.
  • Estimated student time per week: 12 - 15 hours (per course)

Transfer Credit

No transfer credit is accepted for the Master of Justice Administration program.

Master Schedule of Course Offerings

The Master of Justice Administration Degree consists of 10 three-semester-hour courses offered in seven week course durations beginning in January (Spring), May (Summer) or August (Fall). Justice Writing (JA 5310) is required for all other courses in the program and must be taken in the student’s first term. Once a student has successfully completed JA 5310, they can take one or two classes per module (2 - 4 per term), depending upon how quickly the student plans to finish the program. It is recommended but not required that Research Project (JA 5395) be taken alone and after the student has completed all other courses.  The term in which the student enters the program will dictate the order in which the student will take all courses. For a suggested rotation of courses please see Course Rotations.

Faulkner University reserves the right to alter the order in which courses are offered or to revise the list of faculty anticipated to teach specific courses at particular times. The information below should be viewed as a forecast of future course offerings. Enrolled students will be kept apprised of any schedule changes as their cycle of the program progresses.

Hardware and Software Requirements

The following hardware and software are minimum specifications to work with the Faulkner/Blackboard application. The software must be installed and running prior to beginning the first course:

  • Platform Windows 98, 2000, NT, or ME, XP
  • Hardware
    • 64 MB of RAM
    • 1 G of free disk space
    • 24 X CD-ROM
    • Accelerated video card w/2MB RAM
    • 100% Sound Blaster compatible sound card w/speakers
  • Software
    • Microsoft Word
    • Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express
    • Microsoft PowerPoint or PowerPoint Viewer
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
    • Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher (JavaScript & Cookies must be enabled)
  • Modem Broadband connection only (DSL, Cable or T1 Line)

Program Policies

Students enrolled in the Justice Administration Program are held to the policies and procedures set forth in the JA Student Handbook and the Graduate Catalog for Faulkner University. In the event that the graduate catalog and the program specific handbook conflict, the program specific handbook (JA Student Handbook) is the final authority.

Grading Policy

Students enrolled in the JA program are expected to be familiar with and abide by all requirements for course participation, academic honesty, successful course completion and for maintaining the minimum grade point average. For grading policies and other relevant information, please see Program Policies.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Faulkner University
Master of Justice Administration Program
5345 Atlanta Highway
Montgomery, AL 36109

Contact the Program Director: mja.director@faulkner.edu or RThetford@faulkner.edu.

Admissions & Information: mja.info@faulkner.edu

For financial aid information, please contact the financial aid office at faid@faulkner.edu.

Course Retake Policies

In order to graduate from the MJA program, a student must pass all courses in the program. If a student fails a course, that course must be repeated and a passing grade must be achieved in that course. Effective December 1, 2007, a student may not repeat more than two courses, total, while enrolled in the MJA program. No student may repeat any one course in the program more than once. This statement does not modify the requirement that in order to graduate from the program a student must have an overall MJA grade point average of at least 3.0 when all courses have been completed.

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