Undergraduate Contact Information

Justice Studies (Criminal Justice) Program

David H. Aussicker
Program Chairperson
Santa Maria Hall
Lower Level

Phone: (973) 290-4085
Email: daussicker@cse.edu

Graduate Contact Information

Justice Studies (Criminal Justice) Program

Dr. James S. Ford
Associate Professor/Course of Study Coordinator
Santa Maria Hall
Lower Level

Phone: (973) 290-4324
Email: jford@cse.edu

Justice Studies (Criminal Justice)

Overview & Mission

In keeping with the mission and values of the College of Saint Elizabeth, the Justice Studies (Criminal Justice) Program provides students with the scholarship and proficiency necessary to be successful working in key aspects of the legal and criminal justice system including victim advocacy or to pursue graduate study in these areas.

The Justice Studies major is a multidisciplinary program that draws on the strong liberal arts tradition of the College. The program aims to provide students with a broad but intensive understanding and appreciation of the important social, ethical, political, and cultural issues pertinent to criminal justice and the law. The program is carefully designed to meet the needs and expectations of both full-time and part-time students, as well as professionals working in the criminal justice field who want to continue and/or update their studies.


Students graduating with a degree in Justice Studies are furnished with the ability and the capacity to succeed in the Criminal Justice and related fields. Students are prepared for advanced educational pursuits in graduate and professional institutions. The graduates of CSE's Justice Studies Program work in a variety of fields. These include:

  • Business security
  • Corrections
  • Law enforcement
  • Parole
  • Practice of law
  • Probation
  • Victim and child advocacy

Justice Studies (Criminal Justice) Program

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Justice Administration and Public Service


Applicants must have:

  • Earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.00 average or better on a 4.0 scale;
  • A record of academic success in prior undergraduate courses;
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate's ability to perform a high level of academic work as a self-directed learner and to his/her good character. One letter should be from someone who has worked with or supervised the candidate;
  • A successful interview with a faculty member in person or via phone or webcam;
  • A writing sample will be submitted by the student at the time of the interview;
  • Demonstrated competence in technical knowledge as it relates to participating successfully in the online environment.


Upon being accepted into the M.A. in Justice Administration and Public Service Program, a student will be assigned a graduate advisor, who will help plan out the student's course of study. This advisement can take place via the phone or webcam, or if the student resides in proximity to the College then the student and advisor can choose to meet in person.


Online, Blended, or Traditional Format


The M.A. in Justice Administration and Public Service consists of 6 required courses and 4 elective courses for a total of 30 credits. The courses are as follows:

Required Courses (18 credits)

  • JUS650 Justice Administration (3)
  • JUS655 Justice Policy and Planning (3)
  • JUS660 Victimization and Justice (3)
  • MC626 Ethical Issues in Human Services Leadership (3)
  • JUS682 Research Methods (3)
  • JUS690 Capstone Seminar/Experience (3)

Elective Courses

  • JUS620 Law and to Legal Systems (3)
  • JUS665 Legal and Critical Issues in Justice Studies (3)
  • JUS670 Management in Justice Administration (3)
  • JUS675 Cyber Crime, Security and the Law (3)
  • JUS680 Investigation and Digital Evidence (3)
  • JUS683 Special Topics (3).
  • JUS685 Independent Study (1-3)
  • GST650 Continuous Enrollment (1)

Requirements for a Combined Baccalaureate to Master's Degree Program

The Combined Baccalaureate to Master's Degree Program enables highly motivated undergraduate students to transition into the graduate Justice Administration and Public Service program even while still completing the College's baccalaureate program. The Program requires candidates to complete as pre-requisites three of the four undergraduate courses listed below, as well as a series of selected graduate-level courses. To be eligible for the Combined Baccalaureate to Master's Degree Program, students must achieve a 3.0 or higher grade point average.

Qualified students, after successful completing their junior year, may apply to take two designated graduate courses (6 credits), which can be applied as free electives toward the completion of their undergraduate program and/or toward the 30-credit requirement for the Master's Degree in Justice Administration and Public Service. Combined degree students must continue in the master's program without interruption until completion or risk being dropped. Combined degree students must apply and be granted a leave of absence in order to interrupt their studies.


  • PS241 Public Policy and Administration (3), or
  • JUS305 Public Safety Management (4)
  • JUS405 Research for Justice Studies Majors (3)
  • JUS325 Victimology (3)


  • MC626 Ethical Issues (3)
  • JUS655 Policy and Planning (3)