Certificate in Judicial Administration

Judicial Administration Programs Moratorium

The Judicial Administration Masters and certificate programs have a moratorium on admissions through Summer 2020.

If you have questions, please contact the School of Criminal Justice at 517-355-2197.

Description of Courses

CJ 812 – Criminal Justice Management Seminar

Credits: 3 | Offered: On-campus Spring, online Spring
 | Available To: Graduate Online Certificate

Organization theory and behavior for the criminal justice agency. Organization and policy planning, budgeting, forecasting, human resource management, and project implementation.

This course has specific sections geared toward CJ and JA masters students.

CJ 829 – National and Global Trends in Court Planning

Credits: 3 | Offered: Spring
 | Available To: Graduate Online Certificate

Emerging judicial trends. Stakeholder expectations. Impact on judicial branch planning. Regional, national, and global trends that frame strategic issues, planning, actions, and leadership.

This course focuses on the role of emerging trends and the changing expectations of key stakeholders in the strategic planning process. The basic premise of the course is that planning is not a linear process whereby today’s realities can be used as an accurate and dependable marker for making prudent decisions regarding the future. The goal is to help those working in the justice system, and those preparing for such careers, to learn how to analyze the “discontinuous” world in which they live and must function, so they can identify the strategic issues which will frame a meaningful planning process for their organization. Students will analyze and write from the context of their respective organizations, but with an understanding of regional, national, and global issues that influence their organizations. Each student will interact with the instructor through written assignments and through group discussions with the instructor and with the other members of the class.

CJ 860 – Historical Foundations/Contemporary Frameworks of Judicial Administration

Credits: 3 | Offered: Fall
 | Available To: Graduate Online Certificate

Foundations in the legal and historical evolution of courts. Contemporary methods, practices, and theories of court administration, including purposes and responsibilities of courts, rule of law, caseflow management, and court governance and leadership models.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge about the historical foundations of the judicial branch and the formation of judicial administration. This provides the context for the role and responsibilities of the courts in contemporary society, as well as the rule of law globally. The historical foundations will address the questions of why courts exist, how they continue to evolve, and how courts are guided from legal mandates to public perceptions. Tracing the historical foundations will expose students to the development of a new profession: court management.

The role of the court manager will be analyzed in the context of judicial branch mores, ethical codes, and culture. The business of the courts—caseflow management—will be explored and analyzed. The course will also investigate the court culture and how it affects governance and leadership. Students will be engaged in the subject matter through readings, group discussions, writing assignments, and analysis of case data.

CJ 864 – Elements of Essential Court Operations

Credits: 3 | Offered: Spring
 | Available To: Graduate Online Certificate

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to study the essential management infrastructure of court operations; to analyze the intersections of court operations and constitutional mandates related to issues of judicial independence, interdependence, transparency, and accountability; to explore methods for measuring court inputs, outputs, and outcomes; and to situate the role of the courts within the communities they serve.

Students will be exposed to contemporary issues in judicial systems including: challenges to separation of powers, due process, and privacy rights; societal changes and demands that impact court operations and the concept of justice, such as problem-solving courts, self-represented litigants, courts as collection agencies, alternative dispute resolution, restorative justice, and the establishment of specialty courts; systems analysis for electronic courts and records management; and project management applied to operating diverse court services with competing priorities. Students will be engaged in the subject matter through readings, group discussions, writing assignments, and analysis.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are not enrolled in a degree-granting program at Michigan State University, you will need to enroll as a Lifelong Education student. You will find information about Lifelong Education at reg.msu.edu under the Enrollment and Registration tab.

Lifelong Education students will need assistance enrolling, and can contact Melissa Christle at 517-353-7133 or burrier@msu.edu for help.

The tuition rate can be found here.  Click on Resident or non-Resident, then scroll to see Graduate Lifelong Education tuition rate in the Graduate Student section.

Moving the Graduate Certificate Forward

After completing the graduate certificate, students may transfer their credits to another university or apply them toward the Master of Science in Judicial Administration.  The graduate certificate comprises the judicial administration specialization of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice.


Instructors in the graduate certificate in judicial administration include:

Maureen Conner, PhD

John K. Hudzik, PhD

James Woodward, Esq.