Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration

Enabling students to develop critical thinking skills, and the ability to review, analyze, and disseminate applied theoretical knowledge pertaining to criminal justice administration.

About the Program

Chaminade University’s MSCJA Program offers students a theoretical and practical understanding of all aspects of the criminal justic system while preparing them for leadership roles in their careers.  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.  Many graduates of the MSCJA program go on to pursue additional graduate education such as law school or enjoy rewarding careers in the criminal justice profession.

Program Concentrations

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

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.

Advantages of the Program

Class Format

Convenient evening and online classes

Class Size

Small class sizes ensure individualized attention


Timeline to Degree Completion

The program of study can be completed in 18 to 24 months.

Accelerated Schedule

Accelerated 10-week course semester/terms


Program Admission

Admission for four terms beginning January, April, July, and October

Dedicated Faculty

Faculty with real-world experience and a commitment to personal mentoring

Where Our Graduates Work

Federal Level

  • Criminal Investigation Command
  • Dept. of Commerce & Consumer Affairs
  • Dept. of Homeland Security (HSI)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Federal Detention Center
  • Federal Probation and Parole
  • Federal Probation, District of Hawai‘i
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Military Service
  • National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Naval Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS)
  • Paroling Authority F.B.I.
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • United States Marshals
  • US Customs & Border Protection
  • US Pretrial Services
  • US Secret Service

State Level

  • Child Protective Services
  • Department of the Attorney General
  • Hawai‘i Department of Education
  • Hawai‘i Department of Public Safety
  • Hawai‘i High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas
  • Hawai‘i Judiciary, Victim Witness Services
  • Hawai‘i Paroling Authority
  • Hawai‘i Probation Office
  • Hawai‘i State Judiciary
  • Hawai‘i Youth Correctional Facility

County & Municipal Level

  • Honolulu Fire Department
  • Honolulu Police Department
  • Maui Police Department
  • Oahu Community Correctional Center (Department of Public Safety)
  • Prosecutors Office

Private Sector

  • Bank of Hawaii, Security Division
  • Crime Prevention Justice Association
  • Division of Attorney General
  • Goodenow Associates
  • Hale Kipa
  • Private Law Offices/firms
  • Research & Academic Institutions
  • Securitas
  • TJ Mahoney