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    Online Master of Science Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies

    INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Institutional Membership(s): SOC THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF THE ACADEMIC COMMON MARKET/ELECTRONIC CAMPUS

    Students whose legal residence in the following states: Tennessee, Louisiana, upon admission may enroll at in-state tuition rates. Students must be certified by your home state ACM Coordinator. For information on the certification process please contact your state ACM Coordinator.
    PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information: Masters in Science - Master's Enrollment: 30 seats total Application Deadline: 12/1/2006 How Students and Instructors Communicate: Chat Room, E-mail, Threaded Discussion Board, Voice Subject: Education METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION
    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

    This course uses Blackboard

    This competency-based program is designed to prepare those seeking advanced knowledge and skills for leadership and managerial opportunities in human resource development enterprises. Applicants from the public and private economic sectors will find this program appealing in terms of quality and convenience.
    The Master of Science in Adult Education with a concentration in Human Resource Development may be completed at a distance through our online learning program. The program is designed for the part-time student taking two classes per semester and will take about two years to complete. All courses are delivered over the internet and require regular access to a computer.
    To participate in FSU's online programs, you need access to certain technologies. To minimize technical problems you may experience, FSU provides online technical support.
    To be successful in your online class, you must have:
    Regular access to a computer
    An Internet connection (ISP or Internet Service Provider)
    An Internet browser
    An FSU/ACNS computer account, which includes your login/username, password, and email account
    For detailed recommended system requirements, please visit the Guide to Technology Requirements for Online Courses on the Online Learning @ FSU web site.
    If you plan to use computer equipment that you do not own for participation in the program, be certain that you have permission to use the equipment for course work purposes. You must also be sure that you have permission to save data to the local hard drive.
    Online students at FSU can find support for every aspect of the University experience. Your computer and an Internet connection link you to the most comprehensive electronic campus in higher education. The FSU library may be reached at el: 850-644-2706. Currently enrolled students who are located 50 miles or more from Tallahassee can request materials to be sent to them. Some of your online courses may require you to purchase a Course Packet, which could include a study guide, textbooks, and/or media (video, audiotapes, CD-ROMs). Information about what, if any, course materials are required for your courses can be found through: Campus bookstores (FSU Bookstore and Bill抯 Bookstore), Departmental web sites, Course instructors, Academic Coordinators. Course materials can be ordered online and will be shipped directly to you. (You pay the cost of the course materials, plus shipping. The FSU bookstore can be reached at 1-800-255-3781. A mentor or teaching assistant is available online (and often by phone) to help clarify course materials and refer you to resources for all other aspects of the university experience. Visit the website for additional student resources information.
    Distance students enrolled in at least 6 semester hours have access to many of the same types of financial aid as residential students. If you need financial aid to help defray the costs of your education, begin to investigate the aid you may be eligible for as soon as possible. Office of Financial Aid, Suite 4400A University Center, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2430, (850) 644-0539, Fax (850) 644-6404, Email ofacs@admin.fsu.edu FAFSA FSU Federal School, Code: 001489, For more information on Financial Aid opportunities, visit the web site.


    Students seeking admission will be expected to meet current FSU Criminology School entry standards for this program, including:
    --A bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college.

    --a GRE score of 1000 combined for verbal and quantitative sections of the general test (Info on GRE is at www.gre.org)

    --a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for all upper level undergraduate coursework. (A master's degree from a recognized institution may be considered in lieu of the GPA requirement)

    --Two years professional experience in a criminal justice related field

    -- and to write an essay describing their reasons for seeking a professional degree via distance learning
    The program requires a total of 36 hours of graduate credit. Of these, 15 hours will be required of all students as core courses, which we list below. In addition, a 6-hour (2 semester) research and writing project, which we call the Capstone Practicum is required of all students. The remaining 15 credits will come from electives. Of these 6 credit hours should come from courses within the School Of Criminology and Criminal Justice, but up to 9 hours of electives may come form approved courses from other disciplines. A grade of "B" or higher must be maintained throughout all course work.
    Although the course materials you will use are designed for self-directed learning and the professor of the course will also be interacting with students on a regular basis, you may need or want additional help as you progress through a course. To support your progress and help you feel like a member of a learning community, most of the courses have a graduate student teaching assistant to provide that additional assistance. You will be able to communicate with the teaching assistant via threaded discussions, e-mail, phone, or fax. FSU抯 course management system also provides for extensive student-to-student communication via chat and group web-sites to help students develop and participate in a learning community.
    Up to six credit hours can be transferred from another institution upon approval of the Dean of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
    Non-Degree-Seeking Students (Special Students) who wish to enroll for professional development or personal enrichment may participate in the courses as Special Students.

    Students will be accepted into courses as special status students based upon available space. To apply for this status contact the Florida State University Registrar at 850-644-3574. Deadline is November 1, 2004 for Spring 2005 courses.

    Please note: Special student status is non-degree seeking and only up to 12 hours of classroom work may be transferred into a degree program provided that the below admissions criteria are met and one is admitted. Special student status does not automatically guarantee graduate admittance.

    Admission to individual courses will be at the discretion of the instructor.


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