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Master of Public Administration in Criminal Justice (MPA-CJ)

Ignite your future with an MPA in Criminal Justice from St. Thomas Aquinas College and build the knowledge and leadership capabilities essential to advance in many rewarding careers—in all levels of government and nonprofit organizations and in planning, policy analysis, program development, administration, and more.

Our multidisciplinary community of scholars and working professionals will challenge you in a unique graduate school experience that emphasizes public and nonprofit administration with a focus on criminal justice. You will be personally mentored throughout your academic journey as you plan for the next chapter of your career. Expand your network in small classes where you will connect with professionals in the field and a close-knit cohort of students with diverse interests and backgrounds. Whether you are just starting out or moving in a new direction, our program will empower you to achieve your full potential and make a meaningful contribution to society.

At a glance

  • 36 Credit Graduate Program
  • Flexible Schedule Options


  • Joy Gallagher, Assistant Director, Transfer & Graduate Coordinator jgallagh@stac.edu | 845-398-4101

YOUR way to an MPA in Criminal Justice

Designed With The Working Professional In Mind

Fulfilling goals. Stepping forward to lead. At St. Thomas Aquinas College, you will find an academic community that energizes you for success, you’ll discover new possibilities to advance your career and ignite the passion within to propel you forward.

Our 36-credit MPA program offers students and busy working professionals the flexibility and convenience of achieving their degree in a way that works best for them: full-time or part-time. Classes are scheduled on campus, with hybrid and remote options available for many classes. Plan a schedule that balances your education and professional life and fulfills your personal goals.

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Get A Head Start With Our Combined Degree Programs

In addition to tuition incentives, you will be able to enter the workforce sooner through these accelerated programs. The MPA-CJ program prepares you for a variety of professional careers, including those found in government, public service, and the non-profit sector both in criminal justice agencies and more broadly.

St. Thomas Aquinas College students have the opportunity to combine a B.S. and MPA-CJ (4+1) to earn their MPA-CJ within one year of earning their B.S. degree. While RCC Transfer students can take our accelerated 2+2+1 Combined Degree (5-year) and earn their master’s degree in criminal justice in as little as three years after transferring to St. Thomas Aquinas.

Learn about our Combined Degree Programs here.

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What Success Looks Like

“The MPA-CJ is allowing my dream of working for social change to come true. The classes, faculty, and people I’ve met have opened endless doors and opportunities for me to have a lasting and positive impact on the criminal justice field and to serve my community.”
Casey Hannon
Recent MPA-CJ and B.S. in Criminal Justice graduate
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Career Options

The MPA in Criminal Justice at St. Thomas Aquinas equips you with the advanced knowledge and skills to propel your career forward or pivot into a new one. Our graduates work in a diverse range of settings, including:

  • Federal Agencies
  • Law Offices
  • Local Government
  • Nonprofit Agencies
  • Social Services Organizations