Master of Justice Management Degree

Flexible classroom instruction

Our program is the only one of its kind to have the majority of its courses offered completely online. This allows us to select our faculty and students from all over the country. Students may earn their degree in a flexible, yet supportive, online environment.

Scope of the justice management program

As part of the School of Social Research and Justice Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, the Justice Management Program provides an academic foundation for those seeking education or advancement in the varied fields associated with the administration of justice. Cooperating institutions help to provide courses online and the degree is conferred by the University. The National Juvenile Court Services Association, the National Center for State Courts' Institute of court Management, the American Probation and Parole Association, the American Correctional Association and the Child Welfare League of America also support the program.

Broad program of study

The program offers three areas of concentration (juvenile justice management, adult justice management and executive court and agency administration) and provides a large selection of courses allowing students to create a program of study unique to their interests and professional needs. Special topic courses include a wide variety of study areas and address current trends in justice administration.

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 Justice Management Program is designed to provide an academic degree program that is national in scope and impact.

Admission requirements

  • Admission to the University of Nevada, Reno Graduate School, which requires an undergraduate grade-point average of 2.75 (or 3.0 for last half of undergraduate study). If the applicant does not meet this criteria, admission to graduate standing can be considered after a student has taken a limited number of courses as a Graduate Special.
  • A completed baccalaureate degree from an appropriately accredited institution.
  • Approval by the JM Admission Committee.

Degree requirements

  • Non-thesis option: 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.
  • Thesis option: 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 six additional credits at the 700 level.

How do I apply?

Justice management applicants can apply online to the University's Graduate School. Applications are accepted in the spring and the fall.

The student must be approved by the justice management admission committee. See the justice management department for complete details.

What's next?

You can apply now if you are ready to begin at the University. If you would like to learn more about the program, please contact: Program Director, Shawn Marsh.