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Administrative Justice Majors

Administrative justice programs teach skills necessary for criminal justice support positions at prisons, courts and government agencies. Learn about degree requirements, courses and career options in this field.

What is Administrative Justice?

The field of administrative justice is designed to support law enforcement. Workers in this field are usually employed by government agencies, social service providers or state and federal correctional centers. Job titles in this field include bailiff, court clerk, juvenile detention specialist, corrections officer, parole officers, bail bonding agent and more.

Possible Careers Corrections officer, court clerk, bailiff, bail bonding agent, parole officer
Program Options Associate's degree, bachelor's degree, certificate program
Prerequisites High school diploma, or equivalent; applicants may be ask to take a drug test, depending upon the institution
Common Courses Criminal investigations, constitutional law, police administration, evidence, issues in corrections
Learning Environment Traditional classroom and online degree options are available
Median Salary (2020)$115,640 (Training and Development Managers)
Job Outlook (2019-2029)7% growth (Training and Development Managers)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

What Kinds of Degree Programs Are Available?

Many schools offer an Associate of Arts in Administrative Justice. You'll find that a few schools also offer this is as a Bachelor of Arts program, while others fold administrative justice concentrations and coursework into a criminal justice program. Many bachelor's programs are designed for students who currently work in administrative justice positions but seek a degree for career advancement. A few certificate programs may be available as well.

Are There Any Prerequisites?

Because administrative justice programs often lead to careers in corrections, law enforcement and related fields, you may be expected to take a drug test and submit a criminal background check. A current resume as well as your high school transcript is often required for both associate's and bachelor's degree programs.

What Courses Will I Take?

Along with some general education requirements, you'll study a broad range of law enforcement-related subjects. Some programs let you choose a concentration, such as corrections, forensics or law enforcement practice. Topics you can expect to study include:

  • Community relations
  • Evidence
  • Criminal investigations
  • Issues in corrections
  • Police report writing
  • Police administration
  • Constitutional law

You'll usually be asked to complete an internship as part of your degree requirements. This may take place in a courtroom, forensics lab or correctional facility, among other locations. Once you have successfully earned an associate's degree, most of your credits can be transferred into a bachelor's program. Some programs may allow you to apply course credits toward police academy certification.

Can I Study Online?

There are few online undergraduate degree programs in this field, although you may find some available certificate or graduate programs. For online study, you'll mostly find criminal justice programs, which usually include topics and coursework related to administrative justice. These classes require access to a computer with high-speed Internet capability.