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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.
It is the only degree program of its kind and is organized jointly by the University of Nevada, Reno; the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; and the National Judicial College. Courses are provided by these cooperating institutions and the degree is conferred by the university. The program is also supported by 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.
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 to 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 societys 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.
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 entirely online.
* Provides focus on current issues and topics
* Improves analytical skills
* Sharpens writing skills and improves managerial communication
The MJM program is a challenging, stimulating academic degree program designed to:
* Provide a structured, interdisciplinary academic curriculum applicable to
your professional needs
* Encourage you to take an active role in managing, planning, and administering
* Provide you with experience (by virtue of the professional project
requirement) in designing, implementing, and evaluating program
outcomes in the improvement of justice administration
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 creditsOffered online
* JM 602 Methods of Program Research, Design, and Evaluation, 2-3 creditsOffered 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).
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.
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.
* Admission to the UNR 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 met 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 English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 500 TOEFL iBT® test: 61
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.
The University of Nevada, Reno was founded in 1874 as the State University of Nevada in Elko, Nev., about 300 miles northeast of its present-day campus in Reno. The site for the university preparatory school in eastern Nevada (where no state institutions had previously been located) proved to be impractical, as nearly half of the state's residents lived in the Reno-Carson City area. In 1885, the legislature approved the move of the University from Elko to Reno.