36 months
1187 USD/credit 11870 USD/year
1109 USD/credit 11090 USD/year
468 USD/credit 4680 USD/year
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The joint Public Administration - Criminal Justice MSCJ/MPA from The University of Alabama at Birmingham prepares students for positions in the public sector, including police agencies, correctional agencies, and agencies involved in ancillary roles with the criminal justice system. 


Offering a unique and rigorous curriculum, the program focuses on the administration of agencies operating within the criminal justice or juvenile justice systems.

The Public Administration - Criminal Justice program from The University of Alabama at Birmingham arose from the need for middle managers in these agencies to be versed in the latest theories and practice of criminal justice, as well as possess administrative and management skills including public policy, human resource management, and program evaluation. The program thus provides its graduates a solid foundation in criminal justice and the skills needed to become an effective supervisor or manager.

Fast Facts:

  • In 2019, police officer and detectives earned around $65,000 per year. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Programme Structure


  • Patterns in Crime
  • Criminological Theory
  • Research Design
  • Data Analysis
  • Criminal Justice Policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Most students admitted to the program have earned a cumulative undergraduate grade point of average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.  
  • Students who otherwise meet minimum admission criteria but who have not taken both the statistics and the research methods courses may be admitted to the MSCJ program on a "contingency" basis. 
  • Students so admitted will not be allowed to register for graduate coursework until the contingencies are removed. 
  • Students meeting the minimum requirements for admission including taking the statistics and research methods courses but who lack a substantive background in criminal justice may be admitted to the MSCJ program on a "contingency" basis, but will be required to take remedial coursework before they will be allowed to register for any graduate courses.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11870 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1187 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    11090 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1109 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • In-State

    4680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 468 USD per credit during 36 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

1019 - 1648 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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