Judicial Administration Credit-bearing Certificate Program
School of Criminal Justice – College of Social Science
Michigan State University
Thank you for your interest in the Judicial Administration Program (referred to as J. A. Program or J. A.).
Applications for this program are reviewed by the School of Criminal Justice Judicial Administration Program
after all supporting documents and the application fee has been received. Submit a nonrefundable
application $20 fee (checks should be payable to Michigan State University).
Please read the entire application and review all the instructions before you start completing the form.
Program Information. You should indicate the semester and year you wish to begin enrolling in courses.
Students must complete the Credit-bearing Certificate Program within 6 years of your initial class enrollment.
Identification Information. This section includes one of the steps necessary to enter you into the Michigan
State University (MSU) student information system. Once accepted into the J. A. Program, you will be
instructed about Lifelong Education Status (see next section) and assigned a MSU student number called
Personal ID Number (PID) which will be used for university business including registering for classes. Use your
Lifelong Education Status at MSU. MSU provides a registration status entitled Lifelong Education:
Unclassified Status for people who would like to take regular courses without being admitted to a degree-
granting program in the University. This status allows individuals to enroll in the MSU Judicial Administration
Credit-bearing Certificate Program. You should consider the following information about this status:
You must have a high school diploma to enroll.
If you do not have a Bachelors Degree but you intend on completing one, the courses in the J. A.
Credit-bearing Certificate may be applied toward your Bachelors Degree if your educational institution
will accept the credits. You should check directly with your institution.
The credits earned in the J. A. Credit-bearing Program may be applied to either your Bachelors
Degree OR a Masters Degree. You CANNOT USE THE CREDITS FOR BOTH DEGREES at Michigan State
If you have absolutely no intention of applying for the Criminal Justice Masters Degree (Judicial
Administration Specialization), using Lifelong Education Status will be appropriate for this Certificate
If you think you will consider applying for the Criminal Justice (J. A. Specialization) Masters Degree
Program, there are restrictions which apply to the number of credits that may be transferred from
courses enrolled through Lifelong Education Status. The Criminal Justice Masters Degree (J. A.
Specialization) only allows you to transfer 9 credits from courses taken through Lifelong Education
Status. Therefore, you will have to make a decision before taking the last 3 credits of the J. A.
Credit-bearing Certificate Program as to whether you wish to apply for this Masters Degree.
Contact Information. This section includes information needed to contact you regarding the program. You
are given the opportunity to decide where you wish to be contacted: either at home or your professional
address. Contacts are usually made through email, so it is mandatory that you provide your email address. If
applicable, provide your nickname or indicate how you wish to be addressed.
Michigan State University Information. If you have applied for admission or enrolled in courses at MSU
without formal acceptance in an academic program, you were assigned a MSU PID number. To eliminate
unnecessary confusion, provide us with that number. Indicate if you do not remember the student number.
Affirmative Action Status, Birthplace, Citizenship. Although affirmative action status is optional, it will
provide statistical data for the university and assist us in evaluating diversity in our program. You are
requested to include gender, birthplace, and country of citizenship in this section.
Personal Statement of Career Goals. Information provided in this section will assist you and us in assessing
what you want to accomplish through this program. It will also assist us in advising you and providing mentor
relationships. This statement should be typed and submitted with the application. Be sure to provide all the
information requested under the correct bolded headings.
Employment and Career Resume. Include an updated resume with your application. This document should
provide the reader with your current and past experiences in the field and should cover all the requested
information that pertains to your personal and professional history.
Formal Education. Include your educational background after high school graduation. If you are currently
working on a degree, state that in the space provided (date completed section).
Language Proficiency. Although not necessary to be successful in the program, we are interested in what
other language skills learners have besides English. List the language(s) and describe your reading, writing,
and speaking skills.
Program Sources. In order to improve marketing, we are interested in how you found out about the
Background Information. Provide the required information in this section. If you answer YES to either
question, attach the letter of explanation to your application.
Your Signature. All applicants are required to sign the application. Read this section carefully as you are
attesting to the fact that the information provided in this application and all documents provided are true and
accurate. You are also acknowledging that the fee is nonrefundable, and all documents become the property of
Michigan State University.
Checklist for applicants:
Application for Judicial Administration and $20 application fee
Personal statement of career goals
Employment and career resume
Send the application packet to:
Judicial Administration Program
School of Criminal Justice
Michigan State University
1407 South Harrison
Suite 330 Nisbet Building
East Lansing, MI 48823-5239
Application for Admission
Judicial Administration Credit-bearing Certificate Program
School of Criminal Justice - College of Social Science
Michigan State University
This form is to be completed solely by the applicant. Before beginning, read all the instructions carefully.
Print clearly in ink or type.
First s Semester you wish to enroll (check): ___ Fall (August) ___ Spring (January)
___ Summer A (May) ___ Summer B (July)
Name (First, Middle Initial, Last) Date of Birth (Month, Day, Year)
Home Address: Number and Street, Apt. # Home Telephone Number (include area code)
___________________________________________________ Home Fax Number (include area code)
City, State, Zip Code
Wireless Number (include area code)
Work/Company Name Work Website Address
Work/Company Address: Number and Street, Suite # Work Telephone Number (include area code)
City, State, Zip Code _________________________________________
Work Fax Number (include area code)
Preferred Contact Email Address
Check Preferred Contact Address and Phone: Home ___ Work/Company ___ Nickname ________________________
Michigan State University Information
Previously or currently an enrolled student in a Credit-bearing program at Michigan State University? ___Yes ___ No If yes,
indicate last semester and year attended____________________ and MSU PID number___________________
Current or former Michigan State University Lifelong Education student? Yes ___ No ___ If yes, indicate last semester and
year attended in this status _______________ and MSU PID number___________________
Affirmative Action Status, Birthplace, Citizenship
Gender (Check) ___Male ___ Female
To Be Completed by U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents (optional):
A. Ethnic/Racial Group Check the category that best describes you or you most identify with. If you also wish to indicate
multiethnic or multiracial as a separate category of identity, continue to B.
___1. White/Caucasian (not of Hispanic origin, having origins ___2. Black/African American Non-Hispanic
in any of the original peoples of Europe, North Africa,
or the Middle East)
___3. Chicano/Mexican American ___4. Hispanic
___5. American Indian/Alaskan Native; ___6. Asian/Pacific Islander
(Asian American; Indian subcontinent)
B. Multiethnic or Multiracial Category
___7. Yes, I consider myself multiethnic or multiracial. The specific groups my parents identify with are:
To Be Completed by All Applicants:
Place of Birth (city, state and county) _______________________________________
U.S. Citizen Yes ___ No ___ Permanent Resident Alien Yes ___ No ___
Country of Present Citizenship (if non-U.S. Citizen) ___________________________
Personal Statement of Career Goals
Provide a brief typed essay response to the following questions. Provide your answers under the bolded heading identified for
Position Description Indicate your present position or occupation, including position title. If unemployed, list your last full-
time position. Use job tasks to describe the position.
Career Goals Describe your career goals and indicate how this program will assist you with attaining these goals.
Mentor/Mentee Experiences In terms of lifelong learning, the Judicial Administration Program will attempt to connect
learners to others in the field with similar interests. Indicate your experience(s) as a mentor and/or mentee, including the
professional area(s) where the experience(s) occurred. Indicate if you have time to mentor someone with similar interests.
Employment and Career Resume
Submit a resume which includes your employment history in reverse order (include dates beginning with the most recent
position); military; Peace Corps; entrepreneurial or business ventures; consulting work; education; also include, in order of
importance to you, such information as: professional organization involvement and professional activities including committee
or board memberships, and conference presentations; publications; relevant collegiate extracurricular activities, community
service, volunteerism in judicial administration (if not already included); honors, distinctions, awards and other recognition of
achievement with an indication of the nature of the honor(s) and date(s) received.
List all educational institutions you have attended beyond high school. If you have attended no academic programs past high
school, write “NA” in the first box below.
Undergraduate (post-secondary) Institution City/State/Country Degree(s)/Major Date(s) Completed
Graduate (post-bachelor’s degree) Institution City/State/Country Degree(s)/Major Date(s) Completed
If you have language proficiencies other than English, list the language(s) and describe your reading, writing, and speaking
How did you hear about the Judicial Administration Program? ______________________________________________
Michigan State University seeks to admit students who provide evidence of intellectual performance, good character, and
potential which will permit them to profit from programs of the academic rigor of those offered by Michigan State University.
The University recognizes that learning opportunities are enhanced by a secure environment. As part of the admissions
process, we require applicants to respond to the following questions. Information provided in response to these questions
needs to be reviewed, but rarely results in denial of admission.
Have you ever been expelled, suspended, disciplined, or placed on probation by any secondary school or college
you have attended because of academic dishonesty, financial impropriety, or an offense that harmed or had the
potential to harm others? Yes____ No____
Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offense (including in juvenile court) other than a minor traffic violation
or are there criminal charges pending against you at this time? Yes___ No____
If you answered yes to either of these questions, submit a letter of explanation. If circumstances arise in the future (until the
time you begin taking classes) that make your answers to the above questions inaccurate, misleading, or incomplete, you
must provide the Director of Judicial Administration with updated information.
I hereby apply for admission to the Judicial Administration Credit-bearing Certificate Program at Michigan State
University. I certify that all statements are correct and complete, and my responses were written solely by me. I understand
that the application fee is nonrefundable and that all documents submitted in support of this application become the
property of Michigan State University and will not be returned. If admitted, I agree to observe all the rules and regulations
of Michigan State University. Failure to comply can result in University disciplinary action.
Signature of Applicant Date