The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration Program

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration program at Chaminade University of Honolulu is designed to prepare leaders and managers with a sound foundation in management, personnel administration, program evaluation, and research methods.

Grounded in judicial theory and practice for both civil and criminal areas, graduates are prepared for managerial and research positions in both the public and private sector.  The program also prepares students for instructional positions within the academic community.

Correctional Track

The Correctional Track is primarily directed toward meeting the needs of the Department of Public Safety as well as Federal, State, and County correctional personnel. Our MSCJA degree is recognized by the Department of Public Safety as the equivalent of a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare (MSW) for positioning, pay, and promotion.

Law Enforcement Track

The Law Enforcement Track, with a leadership and management curriculum, is designed for those working in law enforcement on the federal, state, and local level and for those seeking advancement into leadership positions within those agencies.

Generalist Track

The Generalist Track is a composite of courses designed to give the interested student a look into the inner-workings of the entire criminal justice system including law enforcement and corrections. This track can be completed on-ground or online.

Online Program

The MSCJA Online Program is designed to meet the educational needs of all individuals who are unable to attend classes on the main campus of Chaminade University of Honolulu.


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Prospective Students

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Consideration for admission into the MSCJA program will not be begin until the graduate application file is complete. All required admissions materials (discussed below) must be received by the MSCJA program no later than one month prior to the beginning of classes for the term in which admittance is sought.

Admission Criteria
  1. Bachelor’s Degree (earned from an accredited university or college)
  2. Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or Higher (on a 4.0 scale)
    The applicant must have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in one of the following ways:

    1. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) in all coursework; or
    2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in a minimum of nine graduate hours of coursework from an accredited university or college.
  3. Completed Graduate Application (See Graduate Application Procedures for additional information and forms)
  4. Non-Refundable application fee
  5. Official Transcripts from All Previous Universities or Colleges Attended:
    Sealed official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate Services Office at Chaminade University of Honolulu. Official transcripts are defined as being generated by the Registrar’s or Records Office, with the signature and/or seal of the Registrar.
  6. Letters of Recommendation
    Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are qualified to comment on the student’s potential for successful graduate study in criminal justice administration are required. Letters from previous instructors are preferable; however, letters from other qualified individuals (i.e. employers) may be submitted. Letters from family members, co-workers, or friends do not fulfill the letter of recommendation requirements. Letters of recommendation should be submitted to the PACE Graduate Office.
  7. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    An applicant from a foreign country for whom English is a second language must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550. The TOEFL is waived for foreign students who have graduated from an accredited American university or college.
  8. Interview
    Upon receipt of the completed graduate application file, all applicants will participate in a formal interview with a member of the MSCJA faculty. If deemed necessary, a second interview with the Program Director and/or another MSCJA faculty member may be required. If the completed graduate application file is not received in a timely manner, this will delay the interview process; thus, delaying the applicant’s possible entry into the program.
Admission Status

Classified Status
An applicant who has successfully met all MSCJA criteria for admission will be admitted as a classified student. Classified students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. If a classified student receives a grade of a “C” in a core class, that class must be retaken the next time it is offered in which a grade of a “B” or higher must be attained.

Provisional Status
An applicant who has submitted all application materials but does not satisfactorily meet the classified admission requirements may be granted provisional status. Provisional status may be granted to applicants who show potential for successful completion of the MSCJA degree requirements. In order for the provisional student to continue within the MSCJA program, the student must attain classified status within the time period specified in the provisional admittance letter. If a provisional student receives a grade of a “C” in any class during the designated time frame, the student may be subject to dismissal from the MSCJA program.

Unclassified Status
Unclassified status may be granted to the applicant who satisfies the minimum admission requirements. Unclassified students are allowed to complete a maximum of twelve credit hours within the MSCJA program, providing the approval of the Director has been obtained. Students with unclassified status will not qualify for degree candidacy (classified degree status) until accepted by the Admissions Committee. Unclassified students who complete twelve credit hours must either choose to apply for classified degree status or cease taking graduate courses. Unclassified students are expected to comply with all MSCJA program policies.