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Curriculum & Plan of Study: GC - Criminal Justice Administration (Z130)

Mentoring and advising are an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the academic program director to ensure that educational goals and career learning and development goals are met. To learn more, prospective students should contact the program director, Dr. Les Andrist via email:


  • GC-Criminal Justice Administration is a 12-credit, 4-course graduate program that trains students to analyze law enforcement ethics and strategies for contemplating legal, cultural, and political issues in an applied working environment. 
  • Plan of study includes case studies that help students learn to apply best practices to complicated real‐world challenges, so they can develop a critical and informed understanding of possible criminal justice responses to common problems.
  • Program can be completed in in twelve months of continuous part-time enrollment. See Designation of Full-time/Part-time Status.
  • The program uses the semester academic calendar with classes held during fall and spring semester (16 weeks each) and Summer Session (two 6-week sessions).


  • Below is a listing of all program courses. For a detailed course description that includes pre-requisites or co-requisites, see The Graduate School Catalog, Course Listing as follows: CCJS Course Descriptions.

CCJS631: Ethics in Criminal Justice, 3 credits.
CCJS632: Making Sense of Criminal Justice Methods and Statistics, 3 credits.
CCJS633: Translating Research into Practice, 3 credits.
CCJS658: Civil Legal Issues in Policing, 3 credits.
CCJS***: Building Partnerships with Criminal Justice and Social Services Agencies, 3 credits.
CCJS***: Patterns of and Responses to Terrorism, 3 credits.
CCJS***: Campus Safety, 3 credits.
CCJS***: Technology in Modern Policing, 3 credits.

Registration Overview

  • See the sample plan of study, below. Students should use this as a guide to develop a plan with the academic program director. 
  • Actual course offerings are determined by the program and may vary semester to semester. Students should note if a course has a pre-requisite or co-requisite. 
  • Specific class meeting information (days and time) is posted on UMD’s interactive web service services, Testudo. Once on that site, select “Schedule of Classes,” then the term/year. Courses are listed by academic unit. 
  • Program uses specific section codes for registration, which are listed on the sample plan of study.

Sample Plan of Study

Semester Course Number Section Code Credits
Fall CCJS631 PLL* 3
Fall CCJS632 PLL* 3
Spring CCJS633 PLL* 3
Spring CCJS658 PLL* 3
Summer CCJS*** PLL* 3

Online Learning

  • The program features 100% online instruction with engaging and interactive learning.
  • Instruction provided by University of Maryland faculty and professionals in the field. 
  • Using advanced audio and video technology, UMD’s online learning environment delivers dynamic and interactive content.
  • Featuring convenience and flexibility, online instruction permits asynchronous or synchronous participation.
  • Lectures are video archived. Students who are unable to attend in real time can review the session through asynchronous participation.

Upon successful completion, graduates will have mastered the following competencies:

  • Demonstrate competency in the ability to read, interpret, and synthesize (in writing) important research related to the criminal justice system. 
  • Demonstrate understanding of the ethics of law enforcement and strategies for balancing legal, cultural, and political issues in an applied working environment.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the research methods used in the study of criminology and criminal justice and explain how to apply the knowledge gained in robust findings to decisions made in the field. 
  • Demonstrate a deeper understanding of one of the following:
    • The demands of criminal justice leadership in the context of working with other social service agencies. 
    • Responses to heightened terrorist threat.
    • The complexities of working within a university setting to ensure campus safety.
    • Technologies in modern policing. 
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