UB Launches 100% Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Degree Program
The University of Bridgeport continues its tradition of excellence in criminal justice education by offering an online master’s degree starting in Fall 2020. This flexible, 100 percent online, quality academic program will offer six start dates per year in seven-week accelerated terms, which may be completed in 12 to 15 months.
The online student-centered degree is designed for anyone with a bachelor’s degree and an interest in the advanced study of criminal justice, either to advance an existing career or to transition to a rewarding career with growth potential in the criminal justice field. Individuals in victim advocacy, social work, counseling, and other related careers may be especially interested in an advanced degree in criminal justice.
A wide variety of career options are available in the criminal justice field with a forecast of positive job growth. Career tracks include law enforcement and other positions in federal, local, and state criminal justice agencies, as well as preparation for more advanced studies in law or criminal justice. UB’s accredited program provides an excellent pathway to career success and advancement.
A graduate of the online program may advance from police officer to sergeant or captain, from detective to FBI agent, or from military personnel to entry into civilian employment.
“A career in criminal justice affords one the opportunity to serve the community and contribute to the betterment of mankind; it is a challenging, stimulating career where the incremental rewards add up over a career to something great,” said Stephane Kirven, JD, assistant professor of criminal justice and human security and chair of the Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice and Human Security degree program.
Experienced faculty with deep expertise in criminal justice educate students in the core competencies of theory and practice through a local and global lens. Students are prepared for real-world application and hone their critical thinking and problem-solving skills with project-based curriculum that will enhance their effectiveness in leadership roles.
In this increasingly connected global world, UB’s longstanding historical commitment to internationalism offers its students significantly enhanced abilities to understand international criminal justice processes.
“The way we, as a society, handle crime will determine a great deal about our future,” said William Lay, JD, director of the School of Public and International Affairs and associate professor of criminal justice and human security.
It’s an all-important balance at the intersection of public order, safety, and individual freedom. “By pursuing an MA in criminal justice at UB, criminal justice professionals will enhance their ability to ensure that local, state, and national criminal justice policies and practices effectively ensure order while protecting freedoms and treating individuals with respect,” Lay explained.
According to Kirven, “Each day brings fulfillment in serving others while dedicated to the proposition that there is no higher calling than saving lives and protecting one’s fellow citizens.”
A bachelor’s and a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Human Security are also offered on the UB campus.