Accelerated Online

Bachelor's degree in public service

If you are ready to have a positive impact in your community and the world—perhaps a degree in public service is the right fit. You'll emerge with analytical skills, critical thinking skills, and go on to practice in organizations fostering service and commitment to serve local, national and international organizations.

Your choice of concentrations:
  • Leadership
  • Management of Criminal Justice

Whichever concentration you choose, you will have the option to combine an internship or project in exploration of career opportunities in these fields. The internship will provide you an opportunity to exercise, in a practical manner, the skills, knowledge and responsibilities of a practitioner.

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Fast-track your degree while you continue to work with our 8-week online courses.

Choose your concentration and electives; add on additional certifications to set you apart in the field.
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Regardless of which concentration/track you choose, you will also be well versed in many areas of public policy. You'll take a look at ethical decision-making by criminal justice workers. You’ll also gain an introduction to a wide variety of other topics, like psychology, as well as public policy and its effect on the American court and criminal justice system. You’ll have an opportunity to understand investigation processes like interviewing, crime scene analysis, and collection of evidence.

You’ll study the law as it relates to arrests, searches, and seizures by law enforcement, probation and parole officers, and corrections officials. You’ll even study the rules of evidence and courtroom procedures.

Required Courses
  • Foundations of Leadership
  • Crisis and Emergency Management
  • Public Information and Community Relations
  • Stress Management
  • Public Finance and Budgeting
  • Career in Justice and Service - options of an internship or project in exploration of career opportunities in the field.
  • Ethics in Justice and Service
  • Leading in an Inclusive, Diverse and Equitable Organization

This concentration emphasizes skills needed to inform your interests and the expertise needed to lead a public service agency.

Required Courses
  • Intro to Public Policy
  • Social Welfare Policy and Programs
  • Business Research
  • Human Resource Management

This concentration emphasizes skills needed to inform your interests and expertise needed to lead justice-related organizations, namely corrections, courts, justice administration, law enforcement, and probation/parole.

Required Courses
  • Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • Forensic Investigation
  • Management of Public Service Agencies
  • Criminal Justice Liability Law

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