William Carey University will offer an online master’s degree in criminal justice beginning with the winter term in February 2016.
The master’s degree offers several benefits to those with an interest in the field, said Dr. Karla Pope, chair of Carey’s Department of Criminal Justice.
“For students currently employed in the field of criminal justice, the master’s degree will offer a competitive edge when testing for promotion within the agency and, in some instances, will provide an educational pay incentive,” said Pope. “A master’s degree also provides qualifications for an individual wanting to teach criminal justice at the undergraduate level in community colleges or on the university level.”
The degree will also provide an opportunity for graduates of Carey’s undergraduate criminal justice program to continue their education. The criminal justice program started at the Tradition campus in Biloxi in fall 2012 with two students and has now expanded to more than 60 students.
“The growth of the undergraduate program, along with many inquiries from people within the field who already have bachelor’s degrees but would like to earn a master’s degree in a convenient format, prompted us to establish the master’s degree,” said Pope.
The degree, which is offered in both Master of Arts and Master of Science tracks, consists of 30 required hours. Twenty-four of the 30 hours will be required courses. The M.A. degree track will include an additional six hours of thesis work. The M.S. track will include six hours of additional electives and a comprehensive written exam upon conclusion of the required coursework.
For more information on the master’s degree or the undergraduate degree in criminal justice, contact Pope at (228) 702-1834 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.