Martin Methodist College in Pulaski plans to offer a new hybrid online Master of Science in Criminal Justice starting in the fall semester.
To continue to serve its geographic region, particularly in law enforcement and homeland and cybersecurity, MMC recognizes the need to adapt quickly in the development of new programs. Thus, over the last 18 months, faculty have examined regional needs, such as the future fusion center in nearby Huntsville, Ala., a facility to be established by the FBI for the gathering, analysis, and sharing of comprehensive crimes, hazards, and terrorism information. Statistics related to regional and national job markets, student interest, and program structures in addition to an existing strong undergraduate criminal justice program have pointed to the need for this particular type of program focused on homeland and cybersecurity.
The program includes 11 face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses to be taken over four semesters over 33-credit-hours of coursework.
The college says the program is designed to prepare working professionals for advancement in justice-related professions, particularly for administrative and management-level professionals and for the ever-growing expansion in homeland security. The program is designed to also prepare students for advanced study in doctoral or legal programs.
Candidates will be able to select between a concentration in homeland security or in strategic management, with the latter offered in collaboration with MMC’s M.B.A. program.
Courses include Criminal Justice Today, Delinquency Identification and Prevention, Current Issues in Homeland Security, and Trends in Terrorism and Radicalization.
The graduate program will be spear-headed by MMC Criminal Justice Program Coordinator Dr. Richard Schoeber.
“This program will allow graduate students an opportunity to immerse themselves in a curriculum that they can cater to their needs, while learning from a host of robust faculty who are not only academic professionals, but practitioners in the field,” Schoeber said.
Schoeberl has more than 25 years of experience in terrorism and law enforcement.
Fellow program leaders include Dr. Dan Scherr, Dr. Johnathan Dudek, Dr. Tina Jaeckle, Anthony Clark, J.D., and G. Dayton Cheatham, J.D. It will be housed in the newly-established Justice House.
“The addition of a Masters-level Criminal Justice program, especially one provided in our area, comes at a critical and opportune time,” said Scherr, an assistant professor of criminal justice at the college. “There is a huge need for criminal justice professionals in the area and across the country, and being able to help educate both current practitioners and future leaders offers an immense opportunity and responsibility. Martin Methodist is in an excellent position to provide this, both given the level of personal connection and attention students receive in the small classes and with the excellent cadre of faculty that Dr. Schoeberl has assembled for the program. I would place our professors up against any schools’ in the region and against some of the best programs in the country. Our program includes retired practitioners from the some of the most prestigious state and federal agencies nation-wide, along with legal professionals and practitioners across multiple fields.”
Martin Methodist College, founded in 1870, is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Martin Methodist offers baccalaureate degrees in 39 programs of study that include English, religious studies, music and dramatic arts, mathematics and natural sciences to business, social sciences, education, criminal justice, and nursing. Still changing lives after 150 years.
“We are delighted to expand our program offering in this significant area of focus for the college, our criminal justice program,” said MMC Board of Trustees Chair Mr. Richard Warren. “We know how important this area of study is to the southern middle Tennessee region that we serve and we look forward to continued growth in this graduate program.”
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