Administration of Justice


The oldest Mercyhurst University graduate program, the Administration of Justice (AOJ) program, was created in 1978 under the assumption that criminal justice is a true profession dedicated to serving society and preserving the basic rights and freedoms of all people. The AOJ program is built on a common core of courses involving a broad overview of government management, organizational and interpersonal dynamics, professional ethics and research competence.

Program Philosophy

Our philosophy is to prepare highly competent criminal justice and social service practitioners as well as future doctoral students who are committed to the overall improvement of the criminal justice system. Our program provides students with an excellent education as well as a foundation to positively impact the criminal justice community. 

Learn More.

Frank Hagan
Director of the Administration of Justice graduate program
Phone: 814-824-2265

Candace Schiffer
Associate Director of Graduate Studies
Phone: 814-824-3384
Fax: 814-824-2055


Civil War photo exhibit
Photographs of the American Civil War

Dates: Jun 12-Aug 1, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

AOJ Course Catalog
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