Program Overview

Albany State University currently offers an online Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice for students wishing to advance their education and career in the criminal justice system.  Students can also gain a foundation for teaching criminal justice in high schools and two-year colleges through this program.

The program requires 30 credit hours and consists of 15 hours in core courses, nine hours in specialty courses, and six hours in a thesis or non-thesis option.  

Core courses include theory and philosophy, organization and administration, and research methods and statistics.  Also, students must select from two separate concentrations:  Law Enforcement and Corrections.  The Law Enforcement concentration emphasizes leadership, planning, and the broader management functions.  This concentration teaches students the organizational workings of police institutes, how theories are being used in these institutes, and how the organization interacts with other areas in the criminal justice system.  Students take courses in policing in a democratic society and law enforcement operations.

For the Corrections concentrations, students learn organizational, legal, and social aspects of modern correctional agencies.  This concentration helps prepare students for employment as parole officers, corrections supervisors, prison administrators, and case workers in treatment programs.  Students take classes in rehabilitation and treatment, correctional management, and corrections foundations.

Students must already have a bachelor’s degree to enter this program.  If a student does not already have a degree in criminal justice, they  may need to take one or two extra courses, which will also be available online.  The program, though fully online, imitates the on-campus experience because it lets students interact and collaborate with each other and their professors.  Professors have online hours and can help students via phone and email.  Also, the faculty will help students in potential internship and employment opportunities.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Albany State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, the National League for Nursing, the Georgia Board of Nursing, and Council on Social Work Education.


    Student must already have a bachelor’s degree to enter this program.  If a student does not already have a degree in criminal justice, he/she may need to take one or two extra courses.

    School Overview

    From its founding in 1903 until the incorporation into the University System of Georgia in 1932, Albany State University met two important milestones. First, the university opened as the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institution, by Joseph Winthrop, in order to prepare African-American students for industrial work and instill religious instruction. By 1917, the institution transitioned into the public two-year Georgia Normal and Agricultural College introducing teacher training and agricultural programs. The institution adopted the name Albany State College in 1943 and was officially designated a teacher-training school. Since that period, Albany State has continued to expand, adding “University” to its name in 1996, along with broadening academic programs. 

    Albany State University awards bachelor’s, master’s, and Education Specialist degrees, along with hosting various non-degree programs. A wide range of undergraduate programs are divided among four colleges:

    • College of Arts & Humanities
    • College of Business 
    • College of Sciences & Health Professions 
    • College of Education 

    For working professionals or students requiring added flexibility, ASU Online offers an alternative educational route. These courses retain the same high standards of those taught on-campus. Additionally, a large number of online courses are delivered in accelerated 8-week sessions. Asynchronous formats also allow students to complete assignments and learn at their convenience.


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