Master in Public Affairs with a specialty in Criminal Justice

General

Program Description

Graduates of the Master in Public Affairs program with a specialty in Criminal Justice will be trained to administer, design and evaluate service programs within the components of the Criminal Justice System of Puerto Rico related to the prevention, security, protection and investigation of crime and delinquency.

Employment opportunities

  • Analyst, evaluators or planners in the field of Criminal Justice
  • Scientific research, mainly in the areas of deviant behavior, crime and criminality
  • State or municipal police
  • Court Placer
  • Conflict mediator
  • Criminal guard
  • Legal assistant in law firms engaged in criminal practice

Curriculum Content

Core Courses

  • MSPA 500 Theory, Practice and Change in Public Policy Administration
  • MSPA 505 Computer Education for Administrators
  • MSPA 510 Research Techniques and Quantitative Methods Applied to Public Administration
  • MSPA 520 Administrative and Ethical Law
  • MSPA 530 Planning and Evaluation: Theories, Methods and Techniques
  • MSPA 540 Seminar: Development, Planning and Evaluation of Human Resources
  • MSPA 550 Fiscal Resources Administration

Specialty Component

  • CRJU 500 Foundations, Practice and Change in the Administration of the Criminal Justice System
  • CRJU 520 Philosophy of Punishment
  • CRJU 565 Seminar: Program Design and Evaluation in the Criminal Justice System
  • CRJU 715 Seminar: Particular Situations in the Administration of Correctional Programs
  • MSPA 710 Public Affairs Research Seminar

Electives component

  • CRJU 505 Fundamental Principles of Law in Criminal Justice
  • CRJU 510 Law and Society
  • CRJU 540 Police and Legal Changes
  • CRJU 575 Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation Programs
  • CRJU 600 Seminar: The Victim: Crime, Victims and Society
  • CRJU 630 Techniques on Police Organization and Administration
  • CRJU 635 Mental Health and Law
  • CRJU 640 Addition Problems: Legal and Psycho-social Aspects
  • CRJU 645 Comparison Correction Systems
  • CRJU 650 Special Laws in the Administration of Criminal Justice
  • CRJU 730 Criminality, Crime Control and Criminal Justice
  • MSPA 600 Seminar: Special Topics in Public Affairs

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Sequential Curriculum

First year

First semester

  • MSPA 500
  • MSPA 505
  • MSPA 510
  • MSPA 520

Second semester

  • MSPA 530
  • CRJU 500
  • CRJU 520
  • MSPA 540

Second year

First semester

  • MSPA 550
  • CRJU 565
  • CRJU 715
  • Elective

Second semester

  • MSPA 710

General Admission Requirements

  • Have completed a baccalaureate (undergraduate / undergraduate).
  • Have a general average of 2.75 (GPA) or more in their high school studies (undergraduate / undergraduate).
  • Some academic programs may have specific admission requirements. See the program section in the catalog for more information.

Required documents

  • Complete the application for admission
  • Submit an official transcript (official certification of grades) from the accredited university where you obtained the baccalaureate or bachelor's degree.
  • Submit a copy of a valid color identification, on both sides, issued by the state, with a photo and evidence the address where the applicant resides. This identification can be:
    • Driver's license
    • Citizenship card or citizenship certification (ID)
Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

The Dallas Area Campus of Ana G. Méndez University represents a continuation of our commitment to provide access to higher quality education for Hispanic adult students. College degrees are offered in ... Read More

The Dallas Area Campus of Ana G. Méndez University represents a continuation of our commitment to provide access to higher quality education for Hispanic adult students. College degrees are offered in bilingual studies with a methodology developed by the Ana G. Méndez University, which was an originally adapted model successfully developed and implemented by Regis University in Denver, Colorado, a leader in accelerated adult education. Read less