Niagara University’s M.S. in criminal justice administration program (33 credit hours) prepares individuals for leadership positions in a wide range of fields within the criminal justice profession. Because the university is situated on the border of the United States and Canada, courses offer students an international perspective in the field. The faculty in the criminal justice program is highly credentialed and accessible to students in the program.

The program curriculum covers practical experience, critical research, integrated management and administration techniques, analytical and communication skills, decision-making and professional ethics.  

Students’ powers of discrimination and judgment are enhanced, preparing them to function effectively in any organizational environment. The program is designed to equip students to anticipate, address and correct problems faced in the criminal justice professions in an efficient, effective and ethical manner.

  • Research conducted by criminal justice faculty includes imprisonment policies and their effects on crime rates, probation absconders in Erie County and the relationship between religiosity and delinquency and drug use.
  • Alumni from Niagara’s criminal justice program are working for the F.B.I., the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

NU’s criminal justice administration program offers:

  • Highly credentialed and accessible faculty
  • Industry-specific internship opportunities
  • Convenient weeknight classes
  • Networking with criminal justice professionals
  • 4+1  BS/MS accelerated program options
  • The master’s degree program is designed for completion in one calendar year for full-time students and two calendar years for part-time students

Niagara University’s master’s degree program prepares you for a variety of careers in the field, as well as for advancement in your own position.

The criminal justice department subscribes to the most current job source publications and online resources available, and NU’s Office of Career Services offers lifetime job placement assistance for all graduates.

Niagara University’s graduate program in criminal justice administration performs a pertinent and valuable function to members of the law enforcement community. The highly versatile faculty provide a well-rounded education in all aspects of the criminal justice field.

Franco Piscitelli, ’98

Law Enforcement
Higher Education
Drug Enforcement Administrator
Homeland Security


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Complete your studies in one year (or at your own pace) – with a flexible schedule that includes on-campus, online, hybrid, and weekend course offerings.


Working professionals (full or part-time) in the United States and Canada with at least five years of experience are eligible for a 50% tuition discount. Many employers offer tuition reimbursement benefits as well.


Our criminal justice faculty members publish in nationally and internationally acclaimed journals, and are known as research leaders in law enforcement, the death penalty, domestic violence, court systems, street gangs, and much more.