MA in Criminology (Online) Adler University

MA in Criminology (Online) Adler University

Chicago, IL
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Leading Social Change

For more than 60 years, the Adler School of Professional Psychology has been committed to educating and training socially responsible graduates, defined as people who embrace diverse perspectives; who work to build and maintain bridges across social, economic, cultural, racial, and political systems; who empower others to identify and address shared problems; and who foster the development of social equality, justice, and respect through compassionate action throughout the global community. Degree programs ground students in research and theory about the impact of structural and systemic factors on the well-being of humanity. Programs also provide training for impacting social policies, addressing community issues, and solving the ills of society. Adler School students can expect:

- A mission-driven curriculum designed to train socially responsible practitioners

- Stimulating and academically challenging programs of study

- High caliber faculty members

- A unique blend of theory and practice

- Real-world skills developed through practicum and volunteer experiences with over 700 community partners

M.A. in Criminology (Online)

The contemporary criminal justice field faces more challenges than ever, coping with issues such as mental illness, terrorism, gangs, racial disparity, and advances in technology. Offered exclusively online, the Adler School's criminology program is specifically designed to train practitioners to address the challenges facing the criminal justice system in the 21st century, through a blend of coursework that focuses on the intersection of criminology, psychology, and social justice.

Criminologists use psychology, social trends, and statistics to examine criminal behaviors and methods to help predict and prevent future criminal behavior. The school's criminology program takes a fresh approach to examining criminal behavior and justice through the lens of social responsibility. Students are asked to consider issues of social justice with specific deliberations on race, class, and gender -- acknowledging the inequitable distribution of justice. The curriculum also focuses on sustainable solutions for the present and future, equipping students with the skills to promote social change.

Graduates of the program are well-prepared to find fulfilling careers in a variety of settings including academia, research, corrections, law enforcement, investigations, court systems, retailers, financial institutions, law firms, insurance companies, and government entities such as the Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Department of Homeland Security.

Online Delivery

This 36-credit program is offered entirely online and can be completed in less than 24 months, making it an attractive option for students who may be currently employed. The asynchronous learning model allows for convenience and flexibility. All components of this program can be accessed through an Internet browser running on an PC (Windows or Linux) or Apple Macintosh (Apple OS). Students must have access to a broadband Internet connection and a personal computer manufactured within the last 3 years.

Admission Requirements

At the Adler School, faculty members and staff members take great pride in the diverse student body. Students represent a wide range of professional interests, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and academic and work histories. Adler admits individuals with records of outstanding academic achievement and commitments to social responsibility.

To be considered for admission, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

- Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution.

- A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for graduate and undergraduate coursework. Exceptions may be granted for applicants who demonstrate improved academic performance or academic ability in other ways.

- Relevant volunteer and professional experiences are also taken into consideration.

- Complete the following prerequisite course subjects with grades "C" or better: general or introductory psychology, and one course in criminology or criminal justice. Equivalent coursework in other social sciences may also be considered. Students may be admitted prior to completing these prerequisites, but all students must complete these courses by the end of their 1st semesters of enrollment at the Adler School.

- Approved applicants will be invited to interviews as the final step in the application process.

Degree Requirements

Requirements include:

- Satisfactory completion of all required credit hours, including all required courses

- A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and no more than 2 grades or 6 credit hours of "C" or "C+"

- Completion of application for graduation and full payment of all outstanding tuition and fees

- Faculty member approval and recommendation to the Board of Trustees for the conferral of the Master of Arts in Criminology degree

The Adler School Difference

The National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology (NCSPP) recognized the Adler School of Professional Psychology with its 2011 Advocacy Award for its significant contributions in the education and training of advocacy and public interest issues.

The Adler School has earned a coveted spot on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Honor Roll is the highest acknowledgment an institute of higher learning can receive from the federal government in recognition of its dedication to service learning, volunteerism, and community engagement.

In 2007, the school received the American Psychological Association Board of Educational Affairs Award for Innovative Practices in Graduate Education in Psychology. This is a significant and prestigious recognition for the school's commitment to educating and training socially responsible psychologists through innovative programs that combine service learning in the form of the Community Service Practicum and coursework.

In addition to continuous research and community outreach and engagement, the Adler School Institutes and Centers advance social justice for underserved and disadvantaged communities. The Adler Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) was created in 2005 to introduce the concept of "social exclusion" into the national discussion about social disadvantage. The central theme of the work of the ISE is the notion of "structured" disadvantage -- the idea that human welfare is heavily influenced by social, political, and economic context and that addressing disadvantage requires identifying and tackling its underlying structural origins. The Adler Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice was created in the winter of 2009 to increase awareness of socially just policies and practices within the realms of law enforcement and homeland security, and to actively encourage others to adopt such practices through public dialogue and community involvement.

Institute Accreditation

The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA) (30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602,

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MA in Criminology (Online)

Adler University

Chicago, IL

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