As an academic discipline, Criminology and Criminal Justice explores all aspects of crime and criminal behavior by relying on interdisciplinary study within the fields of sociology, psychology, economics, political science, statistics, anthropology, and criminology, to provide students with a well-rounded liberal arts education. The course work will prepare students and professionals alike for graduate study or law school, and for careers in forensics, social work, victim advocacy, policing at the local, state and federal level, public policy, and much more! The MCJ program allows students the option of declaring program concentrations in Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Gender-Based Violence (formally known as the program on domestic violence), or students can develop an individualized focus by selecting elective courses with faculty advisement. The program delivery works with any lifestyle and career demands. Courses meet in a variety of formats. SPA offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master Degree in Criminal Justice entirely online, on campus, or a combination of campus and online.
Public administration encompasses administration, policy and management in the public and nonprofit spheres, allowing students with diverse career objectives the opportunity to customize their program of courses to meet their professional needs. Public administrators effect changes for the public good at the local, state & federal levels by enhancing the management of public and nonprofit entities. Students are equipped with essential management skills, including leadership, ethical judgment, organizational management, public finance, research methods, administrative law, public policy and governance, applicable to a variety of professional sectors. SPA offers an MPA with several options for concentrations and program delivery to meet the needs of your career and lifestyle. For more information on degree types and options in public administration and public policy, visit the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration website.
The Ph.D. in Public Affairs at SPA emphasizes development of advanced analytical and research skills but maintains a focus on using theory to address pressing policy and management problems Graduates of SPA's PhD program go on to careers as administrators or faculty in higher education, as researchers or policy analysts for government or business, as consultants, or as high-level practitioners who often are adjunct faculty at colleges or universities. The PhD program will help you master the scholarly theory, concepts and research skills required to teach university students, and provide the expertise necessary to research and analyze complex public and nonprofit sector challenges.