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Program Details

Fayetteville State University offers an online Master’s degree program in the study of Criminal Justice.  The importance of earning an education in addition to the foundation of a Bachelor’s degree will provide graduates the competitive advantage when seeking careers in the industry.  The multi-faceted program of study will introduce students to concepts of law creation, court systems, policing procedures, correction facilities in addition to the academic curriculum needed for a broad depth and breadth understanding of the discipline.  

An advanced education in criminal justice will consist of a student learning the goals associated with enforcing laws, reducing crime, providing security and punishing those who infringe on established rules.  The concept of criminal justice is a blend of practices and organizations that carry out the learned goals.  The long standing set of goals and ideas of a criminal justice program have originated from previous cultures, religious sects and improved awareness of mental disorders.  Students can choose between a thesis and a non-thesis track, each requiring 33 credit hours for completion.  

Criminology can be used in many aspects of modern society, and is in constant demand for well trained and educated professionals.  A strict program of study will introduce students to the fundamentals of law, courts and corrections.  

Law is a system of rules and regulations that provide the general population a standard of government.  The law is established with two types of codes; civil law and criminal law.  Civil law is the laws that govern incidents between inpiduals.  Criminal law is the standard of behavior set for the betterment for society as a whole.  

Courts serve as a venue from which inpiduals charged with an infraction of either civil or criminal law, can prove innocence, listen to testimony, plead, meet with defendants or prosecutors and administer sentencing.  The propriety of the court is held by a judge, a jury and law enforcement staff.  

Corrections serve as the institutions where inpiduals found guilty of a charge will serve out a sentence.  A corrections facility can be minimum or high security dependent on the severity of the crime or guilty inpiduals can choose to serve out sentences on weekends or house arrest.  Corrections officers are the law enforcement agents trained to oversee these prisons, jails or holding facilities.          

Students pursuing a Master’s education in the area of Criminal Justice will use the curriculum as a solid foundation to supplement specialized courses in concentrations such as forensics, law enforcement, crime scene investigators, detectives, psychology, corrections officers, law, paralegal or furthering an education in earning a PhD in a related field.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges