It is no secret when prospective students decide to obtain an online degree that they are looking for flexibility while they earn their degree. What the University of North Georgia (UNG) provides with their Master of Science in Criminal Justice is flexibility from the time you decide to apply to the time to graduate.
How is this possible? Graduate admission to UNG is program specific. With the criminal justice program the “hoops” have disappeared with new students accepted each semester, no entrance test requirements, and the program is completely online.
“It allows working professionals to complete the program requirements without interfering with their occupational responsibilities,” says Jennifer Allen, department chair of criminal justice.
Beyond flexibility, students enrolled in the online program can expect to get a curriculum not often offered in a traditional criminal justice program. The M.S. in Criminal Justice provides a focus in international crime and policies. Allen says by providing this perspective, students are encouraged to look beyond the border about policies, procedures and practices.
When the program started in fall 2011, their biggest challenge to overcome was demonstrating that academic rigor and quality would be maintained. They used rubrics and a national benchmark program called Quality Matters to ensure they were designing quality courses.
“We’ve been very successful in creating and teaching courses that provide the type of academic excellence people have come to expect from UNG and from the department of criminal justice,” says Allen.
The university saw a real need for an online criminal justice program. They can provide the flexibility to students working in field-based jobs, looking for job advancement, or considering a career change.
“The program has been hugely successful because it offers courses that focus on skills that professionals can use right now in their current positions but are transferable to positions in upper management and to other careers, such as teaching,” says Allen.
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Dr. Jennifer Allen, Coordinator