Meredith College’s new online graduate program in criminal justice has earned approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges.
Meredith’s Master of Arts in Criminal Justice is a 36-hour online graduate program that also includes two certificate options. The program is flexible, allowing students to pursue the program at the pace that works best for them.
Graduate certificate options are the 18-credit hour Criminal Justice Graduate Certificate, for those interested in gaining more skills and knowledge to further their careers within the criminal justice sector, and the 12-credit hour Criminal Justice & Substance Use Disorder Certificate, which prepares criminal justice managers to more fully understand addiction and its effects on the field of criminal justice.
Meredith’s program is designed to provide both the academic knowledge and the practical skills criminal justice professionals need. Content courses will be taught by practitioners in the criminal justice field who have a solid research-based background and practical experience. The program will also include a focus on writing, an essential skill for the field of criminal justice, since a significant amount of policing involves writing reports and media messages, as well as keeping accurate, detailed, and clear field notes.
Meredith’s criminal justice programs are suitable for those who are already working in the field as well as those who are pursuing nontraditional pathways to careers in corrections and criminal justice.