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LR adds Criminal Justice Leadership graduate program
LR adds Criminal Justice Leadership graduate program

Lenoir-Rhyne University continues to expand upon its variety of graduate programs, recently announcing a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Leadership degree.

There are over 30 graduate programs available between the University's three campus locations including Hickory and Asheville, N.C., and Columbia, S.C. The Criminal Justice Leadership program will be housed on the Hickory campus, with coursework provided both online and in traditional classroom settings.

"There are tremendous expectations for leaders within the field of criminal justice," said Robert Stallings, Ph.D., Criminal Justice Leadership program coordinator. "This program is designed to prepare students to introduce effective policies and procedures, support and direct staff, and accomplish the overarching goals of protecting the welfare and safety of the public."

Through the program, students will gain the skills needed to work in a variety of criminal justice administrative positions, including areas of local, state, and federal law enforcement, probation, courts, corrections, victim services, and criminal justice advocacy.

"With a strong demand for effective administration within the criminal justice system, it is important to provide higher education opportunities for individuals working in this field," said Mary Ann Gosnell, director of graduate admission. "Through the program, we hope to help our students gain the knowledge needed to advance their careers."

The Criminal Justice master's degree program is offered by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and requires 39 credit hours for completion. Curriculum includes 24 hours of core leadership classes in the areas of business, education, and leadership. An additional 15 hours of course work covers specialized topics in criminal justice such as criminology, criminal justice administration and management, and criminal justice analytics and policy. Students will also be required to complete an internship experience within the criminal justice field.