Whether you're a current criminal justice practitioner looking to move into a leadership position, or want to change careers and enter this growing field, the master of science degree in administration of justice at Mercyhurst University will provide you with the skills and knowledge to achieve your goals. The program focuses on a common core of management courses, providing a broad overview of government management, organizational and interpersonal dynamics, professional ethics and research competence. Because the program is committed to in-service professionals whose career and personal responsibilities make it very difficult to acquire advanced managerial training, our graduate program consists primarily of evening and online courses.

Mercyhurst's Administration of Justice Program

Mercyhurst University’s master of science degree in Administration of Justice (AOJ) provides both current and prospective practitioners with the administrative and management preparation to further their careers and to move into leadership positions within criminal justice and social service organizations. The program begins with core management courses designed to develop a broad overview of governmental management, organizational dynamics, professional ethics and research competency. With elective courses in a variety of areas, such as criminology, forensics and the law, AOJ students develop the knowledge and skills they will need to do advanced work in the field and careers.

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. 


Candace Schiffer, M.A., assistant director of adult and graduate programs
Phone: (814) 824-3384
Fax: (814) 824-2055

Frank Hagan, director of the graduate program in the administration of justice
Phone: (814) 824-2265