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PROGRAM INFORMATION

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SCOPE

The Justice Management (JM) program provides an academic foundation for those seeking education or advancement in the varied fields associated with the administration of justice. It is the only degree program of its kind and is organized jointly by the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), and the National Judicial College (NJC). It is also supported by institutions listed above. Courses are provided by these cooperating institutions and the degree is conferred by the university.


ACADEMIC OBJECTIVES

One of the academic objectives of this program is to address the demand for graduate degree programs in the area of Justice Management. This program provides an interdisciplinary selection of courses to give students a broad-based academic foundation. Another objective is to allow students the opportunity to focus on current issues in Justice Management. Students will carry their academic achievements into the various professions associated with areas of justice and contribute to raising the capabilities of today’s justice systems.


IMPORTANCE TO THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

The justice system, including court annexed programs and private entities, represents the manifestation of society’s concepts of justice. Educational opportunities greatly affect the continued improvement of the system. The JM program is designed to provide an academic degree program that is national in scope and impact.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS, CRITERIA, AND PROCEDURES

Admission to the JM program requires admission to the UNR Graduate School, which requires an undergraduate grade-point average of at least 2.75 on a scale of 4.0, or an average of at least 3.0 for courses taken during the last half of the undergraduate program, and a completed baccalaureate degree from an appropriately accredited institution. If an applicant’s GPA does not meet this criteria, admission to graduate standing on a prescribed program may be considered. Alternatively, an applicant may take a limited number of courses - with permission from the Justice Management program - as a Graduate Special. This status does not guarantee admission to the program, but allows a student to demonstrate that he or she can satisfactorily perform graduate level work. (A student may transfer into the program a maximum of 9 credits earned prior to admission to the program. This limit includes both credits earned at Graduate Special status and credit for graduate courses taken at other universities.)

Scores of standardized tests such as the GRE are not required for application to the Master of Justice Management program.

Applicants must apply to the Graduate School and must also apply to the Justice Management Program. Instructions for applying to both programs can be found on our application information page

The Graduate School application and application fee may be submitted electronically. The Justice Management Program application must be completed, printed, signed and dated and submitted with a personal statement written by the applicant (see item number 12 on the application form for instructions), to:

   Jane L. Robinson, J.D., MBA
   Assistant Program Director
   Justice Management Program /311
   University of Nevada, Reno
   Reno, NV 89557
   Ph:(775) 784-6270
   Fax: (775) 784-6273
   Email: justmgmt@unr.edu

Two letters of recommendation (see item number 13 on the JM application form for details) should be sent directly from the persons writing the letters to the address above.


ADMISSION DATES

The JM program has two start dates each year. Please see our application information page for dates and deadlines.


TUITION

Tuition is paid via UNR’s online “MyNevada” system . For courses with a “JM” prefix, tuition is $264 per credit. Tuition for qualifying courses offered by other UNR departments is set at the current graduate credit cost. Certain courses and credits earned at on-site conferences may be charged at a different rate. Tuition for courses offered by cooperating entities (i.e., NJC, NJCSA) is paid directly to those entities.


CURRICULUM

The total number of credits required for the MJM is 32 (non-thesis option) or 30 (thesis option). For the thesis option, students take 6 thesis credits in addition to 24 other credits.

The curriculum is divided into two main categories: Required courses, which provide a foundation in justice theory and process, and the essentials of justice management; and Electives which are grouped by areas of concentration. Areas of concentration include: Juvenile Justice Management, Adult Justice Management, and Executive Court and Agency Administration.


REQUIRED COURSES - 18 credits total

6 credits in Core Courses:
   JM 601 Introduction to Justice Management, 3 credits offered online
   JM 602 Methods of Program Research, Design, and Evaluation, 2-3 credits offered online

6 credits in Additional Foundation Courses:
   JM 703 Judicial Process I (civil law & procedure), 3 credits offered online
   JM 704 Judicial Process II (criminal law & procedure), 3 credits offered online
   JM 705 Juvenile and Family Law and Procedure, 3 credits offered online
   JM 706 Applied Ethics in Justice Management, 3 credits offered online
   JM 707 Legal Research, 3 credits offered online
   JM 708 Legal and Administrative Report Writing, 3 credits offered online
   PHIL 657 Political Philosophy (Theories of Justice), 3 credits
   PSC 609 or PSC 611G Constitutional Law, 3 credits
   SOC 746 Social Psychology and Law, 3 credits

6 credits in Essentials of Justice Management Courses:

JM 690 Special Topics in Essentials of Justice Management, 2-3 credits (maximum of 9 credits)
Note: For courses offered by supporting organizations, students must be registered in JM 690 when the course is taken, and must also be registered with such organization.
  
(a) Court Management; (b) Leadership; (c) Caseflow Management; (d) Information Technology; (e) Human Resources Management; (f) Budget and Finance. The following are examples of courses offered under this category:

(a) Examples of courses: Professional Juvenile Justice Administrator (PJJA) courses (online courses supplemented by JM Instructors, 3 credits, offered year-round); Professional Juvenile Justice Manager (PJJM) courses (online courses supplemented by JM Instructors, 3 credits, offered year-round); Court Management for Judges and Court Administrators (NJC on-site course), 2 “S/U” or graded credits; Court Management for Tribal Court Judges and Personnel (NJC on-site course open to Tribal Court personnel only), 2 “S/U” or graded credits.

(b) Examples of courses: Supervision and Staff Development (3 credits, offered online Fall term); Managing with Creativity (3 credits, offered online Summer term);  Juvenile Justice Management Institute: Leadership and Management of Organizations (NCJFCJ on-site course), 2 “S/U” or graded credits; Leadership in Public Organizations (PSC 785, on-campus course, 3 credits, offered periodically).

(c) Examples of courses: Court Administration & Caseflow Management (3 credits, offered online Fall term); Effective Caseflow Management (NJC on-site course), 2 “S/U” or graded credits; Fundamentals of Caseflow Management (ICM online course, 3 credits)

(d) Examples of courses: Managing Infosys for JM Professionals (3 credits, offered online periodically); Managing Computer-based Information Resource Systems (BADM 750, on-campus course, 3 credits, offered periodically); Data Communications (IS 677, on-campus course, 3 credits, offered periodically).

(e) Examples of courses: Cultural Competence (3 credits, offered online periodically); Public Personnel Administration (JM 690e , 3 credits, offered online periodically - also offered on-campus under PSC 604(b); Juvenile Justice Management Institute: The Performance Spectrum: Building Employee Commitment and Motivation (NCJFCJ on-site course), 2 “S/U” or graded credits.

(f) Examples of courses:  Juvenile Justice Management Institute: Strategic Leadership through Effective Human Resources and Fiscal Management (NCJFCJ on-site course, 2 “S/U” or graded credits); Public Financial Administration (PSC 604(a), 3 credits, offered on-campus periodically);  Government Budgeting (PSC 744, 3 credits, offered on-campus periodically).


ELECTIVE COURSES

14 credits total (non-thesis option - including 3 credits of JM 796)
12 credits total (thesis option - including 6 credits of JM 797)

Electives may be chosen from any of the following Areas of Concentration. Students may also take more courses listed above under Additional Foundation courses and Special Topics in Essentials of Justice Management courses as Elective credits. Students in the non-thesis option must do a professional project (JM 796) as part of the 14 elective credits.

Juvenile Justice Management:
   JM 720 Juvenile Defendants in Adult Systems, 3 credits future course offering
   JM 721 Victims’ Issues, Restitution, and Restorative Justice, 3 credits offered online
   JM 722 Interstate Compact: History, Theory, and Operation, 3 credits future course offering
   JM 723 Early Intervention and Crime Prevention Programs, 3 credits offered online
   JM 724 Electronic Monitoring and Emerging Technologies, 3 creditsfuture course offering
   JM 725 Race and Gender in Juvenile Justice, 3 credits offered online
   HDFS 631 Advanced Studies in Human Development, 3 credits
   HDFS 633 Administration of Child and Family Services, 3 credits
   HDFS 634 Family Education and Intervention Programs, 3 credits
   HDFS 658 Families and Public Policy, 3 credits
   SOC 683 Family Violence, 3 credits
   JM 780 Independent Study, 1-6 credits offered online
   JM 781 Internship, 1-3 credits offered online
   JM 791 Special Topics in Juvenile Justice Management, 1-3 credits (max. of 9 credits) (Examples: AD/HD and Learning Disabilities in the Juvenile System; Working with Difficult Offenders; Assessment and Treatment of Juvenile Sexual Offenders; Dependency and Delinquency; Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative) offered online
   JM 796 Professional Project, 3 credits offered online
   JM 797 Thesis, 1-6 credits

Adult Justice Management:
   JM 730 Privatization in Justice Management, 3 credits offered online
   JM 731 Sentencing Models and Alternatives to Incarceration, 3 credits future course offering
   JM 732 History and Development of Parole and Probation, 3 credits offered online
   JM 733 Medical Issues in Justice Management, 3 credits future course offering
   JM 734 Mental Health Issues in Justice Management, 3 credits offered online
   JM 735 Special Topics in Homeland Security: Threat Groups, 3 credits offered online
   JM 736 Special Topics in Homeland Security: Impact on Jurisprudence, 3 credits offered online
   JM 737 Special Topics in Homeland Security: Innovative Technology, 3 credits future course offering
   JM 780 Independent Study, 1-6 credits offered online
   JM 781 Internship, 1-3 credits
   JM 792 Special Topics in Adult Justice Management, 1-3 credits (maximum of 9 credits) (Examples: What Works in Corrections, Population Projection Models, Correctional Institutions: Form & function; Planning & Development, The Death Penalty, The Sex Offender, The Female Offender, Community Supervision) offered online
   JM 796 Professional Project, 3 credits offered online
   JM 797 Thesis, 1-6 credits

Executive Court and Agency Administration:

   JM 600 Foundation of Research Methods offered online
   JM 693 Selected Issues in Court Management, 2-3 credits offered online
   MGT 653 Organizational Change and Development, 3 credits
   PSC 604(c) Politics of Administration, 3 credits
   PSC 604(f) Administrative Law, 3 credits
   PSC 755 Planning and Evaluation, 3 credits
   BADM 720 Management and Organizational Science, 3 credits
   COM 730 Seminar: Organizational Communication, 3 credits
   JOUR 703 Media Dynamics in Society, 3 credits
   JOUR 708 Mass Media and American Politics, 3 credits
   JM 780 Independent Study, 1-6 credits offered online
   JM 781 Internship, 1-3 credits
   JM 793 Special Topics in Executive Court and Agency Administration, 1-3 credits (maximum of 9 credits) (Examples: Treatment of minorities - race, gender, disabilities; Court Security, Crisis Management; Science in the Courts, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Court Annexed Programs) offered online
   JM 796 Professional Project, 3 credits offered online
   JM 797 Thesis, 1-6 credits


COMPLETION OF COURSE WORK

For the Master of Justice Management, a student may take up to six years to complete the program, but it is designed to be completed in two to four years. Most students complete the degree entirely online.  All courses with a “JM” prefix are delivered online.  Students may (but are not required to) take on-campus courses from other departments as approved, and may take special JM courses presented at various regional seminar facilities. Completion time is also dependent upon course schedules and graduate-level transfer credits.

Course work is comprised of 18 required credits and 14 elective credits totaling 32 credits for the non-thesis option. For the thesis option, students would take 6 thesis credits for approved thesis work in addition to 24 other credits for a total of 30 credits. For either option a student can take no more than 3 credits "S/U" - Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.


ENROLLING AND PAYING FOR ONLINE COURSES

Students admitted to the Justice Management Program, and students who have obtained Graduate Special status with the University, may enroll in online JM courses and make tuition payments via UNR’s online “MyNevada” system.

Tuition for each 3-credit Justice Management course is $792 ($264 per credit). Students are responsible for meeting registration and tuition payment deadlines posted by UNR.


REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AWARD OF MASTER OF JUSTICE MANAGEMENT

To be awarded the degree of Master of Justice Management, a student choosing the non-thesis option must: complete a minimum of 32 credits in the prescribed curriculum, 15 of which must be at the 700 level; maintain a 3.0 grade point average in graded courses; complete all required courses, exams, assigned papers, and complete a professional project. A student choosing the thesis option must: complete a minimum of 24 credits in the prescribed curriculum, 12 of which must be at the 700 level; maintain a 3.0 grade point average in graded courses; complete all required courses, exams, assigned papers, and complete a thesis approved by the JM advisory committee for 6 additional credits at the 700 level.


CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES AT NJC AND NCJFCJ PROGRAMS

Registered JM students who participate in NJC and NCJFCJ programs may receive credit toward the Master of Justice Management for courses under specified conditions. Please consult with the Justice Management Program for details.


TRANSFER CREDITS

Students may request to apply a maximum of 9 graduate credits completed at another accredited institution toward the JM degree. This maximum also includes credits earned at UNR prior to admission to the JM program (i.e., credits earned under Graduate Special status or during participation in another graduate program). Only courses with a grade of "C" or better may be transferred to a master's program. Credits completed during the semester in which the student is approved for admission to the JM program are exempt from the transfer credit limitation. Transfer credits must be approved by the JM Advisory Committee or the student's director of graduate studies, the Graduate Dean, and verified and certified by the Office of Admissions and Records.


FINANCIAL AID

Financial aid is available through the University of Nevada, Reno for students who maintain at least 1/2 time graduate student status (taking at least 5 credits per semester). Complete information can be viewed on the UNR - Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships webpage at:
http://www.finaid.unr.edu/mainpage.php

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