Lead change in the 
criminal justice system.

Lead change in the
criminal justice system.

Master of Public Administration Program Highlights

  • Train to be a public service leader fostering positive change in the criminal justice system.
  • Earn your degree in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.
  • Create a schedule that works for you with evening classes.
  • Gain extensive real-world experience with a unique focus on socially responsible practice.

Our Master of Public Administration: Criminal Justice concentration prepares public service professionals to address issues in the criminal justice field through socially responsible administration, management, advocacy, or research. The program gives students training in public administration, financing, organizational leadership, ethics, economic analysis, policy development, and research methods—all indispensable for creating transformative change in the public arena.

Our innovative program meets the standards of the Higher Learning Commission and offers an academically rigorous curriculum that prepares students for leadership roles at all levels of public service, with an emphasis on crime control and prevention, rehabilitation and re-entry services for the formerly incarcerated, research, and program evaluation.

We offer a unique approach to addressing criminal behavior: collaboration between communities, mental health services, and the criminal justice system. Our immersive teaching environment brings together classroom learning with opportunities to gain real-world experience and implement solutions grounded in empirical findings. Adler University is a recognized pioneer in graduate education, preparing socially responsible practitioners to address today’s most pressing challenges.


Our program is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills for roles such as:

  • Executive director, manager, or administrator in government settings
  • Advocacy or public service leader or manager
  • Case manager
  • Economic development/municipal finance administrator
  • Fundraiser or grant writer
  • Municipal or community development planner
  • Project and performance manager
  • Program administrator
  • Program evaluator or researcher
  • Public service analyst
  • Quality and strategic manager

The range of opportunities in public service administration continues to grow: with national, state, and local governments; research centers; consulting firms; community action groups; and NGOs and direct service providers in the United States and around the world.

Professional Development & Training

Gain the knowledge and skills to create real change in the criminal justice system with small classes and individualized mentorship from leading practitioners and scholars in the field.

Connect to unique professional development opportunities tailored to your career goals. Working with the University’s network of hundreds of community partners, students get hands-on field experience and cultivate the skills to become agents of positive social change.

As part of successfully completing our program, you will complete an experiential capstone project in your specific area of professional interest working with a governmental, community, advocacy, or nonprofit organization.

Cohort Learning, Format & Support

Our program is designed with working professionals in mind and can either be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. We also offer weekend and evening classes.

When you enroll, you join a cohort or group of students who will take classes together throughout the course of the program. This cohort model emphasizes collaboration, communication, connection, and camaraderie among students.

Our program environment is characterized by Adlerian encouragement, empathy, genuine care, and good will, with the expressed purpose of supporting the personal and professional growth of each of our students based on their interests and professional focus.

Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s Alumni Association, which along with our Office of Alumni Affairs, provides extensive ongoing networking and professional development opportunities.