University General Course Catalog 2016-2017 
    Feb 27, 2024  

Justice Management, M.J.M.

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I. Contact Information

Jane L. Robinson, J.D., MBA, Assistant Program Director
Telephone: (775) 682-7975 or (775) 784-6270

II. Brief Description

The Master of Justice Management is a special degree program offering a broad selection of courses including foundation courses in justice theory and process, essentials of justice management, and courses specific to emphases such as Juvenile Justice Management, Adult Justice Management, and Executive Court and Agency Administration. The MJM degree is conferred solely by the university and is organized jointly by the School of Social Research and Justice Studies, the National Judicial College and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. It is also supported by other organizations. The degree program is the only one of its kind in the nation.

The MJM degree may be earned entirely online.  Courses are offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.  New students may begin the program in Fall or Spring terms.

III. Program Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes

Theoretical knowledge: Students will become proficient in the diagnosis and analysis of problems through techniques developed by the social, behavioral and natural sciences.

Research/Scholarly knowledge: Students will develop research and problem solving skills.

IV. Admissions Requirement

Prospective students must meet both the general requirements of the University of Nevada, Reno, Graduate School, and specific departmental requirements below.

Admission to the UNR Graduate School 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 the undergraduate 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.

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

NOTE: Currently the following States do not have Federally required agreements with the University of Nevada, Reno, allowing their residents to participate in distance education online programs at UNR, and therefore we cannot accept applications from residents of: Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey and the District of Columbia.

Application Process: 

STEP ONE: Apply to the UNR Graduate School online.  Link:

After your application is complete, request ONE official transcript from the Registrar’s Office at EVERY post-secondary school you’ve attended (community college, university, etc.). Official transcripts are those sent directly from the institution attended; personal copies or “issued to student” are not acceptable even if they are in sealed envelopes.

Request transcripts to be sent to:
University of Nevada, Reno
Graduate School
Mail Stop 326
Reno, NV   89557-0326

STEP TWO: Apply to the Master of Justice Management Program.

Access the “Application for Admission to the Justice Management Program” form at:  Enter the information requested, print the completed form, date and sign the form, and submit it (together with your personal statement; see item number 12 on the application form for details) to the address below.

Two letters of recommendation (see item number 13 on the application form for details) should be sent directly from the persons writing the letters to the address below. However, if recommenders submit online recommendations via the graduate school’s website, that will satisfy this requirement. (Applicants should list the same recommenders on the Graduate School application and the MJM program application.  Three 3 recommenders may be listed, however, the MJM program only requires 2 of the recommenders to submit letters.)

Mail, fax, or email the separate MJM application to:
Jane L. Robinson, J.D., MBA,  Assistant Program Director
Justice Management Program /311
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

Fax: (775) 784-6273


Application as a Graduate Special student:

Apply online through the Office of Admissions & Records.  You will need to “Create a CollegeNET account” and establish a password.  After you have created an account, complete the “Nondegree & Graduate Special” application at:

The application for graduate special status must be made at least two weeks prior to the semester start date.

Note:  A maximum of 9 credits earned with Graduate Special status may be applied toward degree requirements.  Graduate Special students are generally not eligible for financial aid. All graduate special students are governed by university regulations, including academic warning and probation, and are encouraged to seek official admission at the earliest possible date.

V. Program Requirements

Non-thesis option:

  • Complete a minimum of 32 credits in course work, including a professional project (non-thesis option) within six years.

Course requirements:

  • Complete 18 required credits in foundation courses and courses representing essentials of justice management.
  • Complete 14 elective credits in such emphases as juvenile justice management, adult justice management, or executive court and agency administration, in any combination.

A minimum of 15 credits, including 3 professional project credits, must be at the 700-level.

Thesis option:

  • A student choosing the thesis option must complete 6 credits for an approved thesis in addition to 24 credits for a total of 30 credits.

A minimum of 12 credits, plus 6 thesis credits, for a total minimum of 18 credits, must be at the 700-level.

A. Required Courses

Core Courses (6 credits)
JM 601 - Introduction to Justice Management  
JM 602 - Methods of Program Research, Design, and Evaluation  

Additional Foundation Courses (minimum of 6 credits)
Please see the MJM Course Catalog for listing and description of courses:

Essentials of Justice Management Courses (minimum of 6 credits)
Please see the MJM Course Catalog

Elective Courses (minimum of 12 credits for non-thesis option, not including professional project credits; minimum of 6 credits for thesis option, not including thesis credits)
Students may choose Electives in any combination, subject to requirements concerning 700-level credits.
Please see the MJM Course Catalog

VI. Program Total Hours

Minimum 30 units for thesis option; minimum 32 units for non-thesis option.

VII. Undergraduate Prerequisites/Notes

No specific undergraduate major, minor, or courses are required for admission.

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