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Coker College’s Master of Applied Criminology Program Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2016 Semester

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Hartsville, S.C. – June 6, 2016 –  Coker College’s postgraduate Master of Science in Applied Criminology degree program was recently accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) and is now accepting applications for the fall 2016 semester, which will begin on Aug. 8, 2016.

The 15-month program comprises 10 six-week terms, and students can enter the program at multiple intervals throughout the year. Courses cover topics including correctional philosophies, crime control tactics, and grant writing. Students also examine how the criminal justice system relates to gender, race and social class, with ethics and diversity training integrated throughout the program. Courses are offered entirely online through technology that incorporates interactive assignments and Coker’s signature discussion-based learning.

“The master's degree is an especially exciting addition, both because it is the realization of a long-held dream of faculty like Dr. Mike Siegfried and because it builds on a strong undergraduate program in criminology,” said Coker Provost Tracy Parkinson. “The review process for this program has been rigorous, and I am grateful for the ways that feedback from our accreditor has encouraged us to make improvements to the program before it even starts.”

Tuition for the full 33-hour program totals $17,520, or $584 per credit hour. Admissions requirements include a bachelor’s degree and a portfolio with a resume, a personal statement, and three letters of recommendation.

“Education helps you perform better and make better decisions as a supervisor and as a leader,” said Chief James Hudson, Chief Deputy of the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office and former Hartsville Police Chief. “We’re not working in the same system that we were in 15 or 20 years ago—most agencies want you to have an associate’s degree or better before you can even make sergeant. This program will further the participants’ careers because they’ll have a better understanding of how the entire system works beyond the day-to-day.”

The program is Coker’s third postgraduate degree and its second degree to be offered primarily via online instruction. In May of 2012, Coker added a Master of Science in Athletic Administration program and upgraded its institutional classification from Level II, a baccalaureate college, to Level III, an institution that offers a master’s degree as its highest degree. A second program, a Master of Education in Literacy, was added in June 2014.

To inquire online, visit: https://www.coker.edu/masters.

To apply online, visit: https://coker.edu/admissions-aid/graduate-students/applied-criminology/applied-criminology-application

Release written by Media Relations Coordinator Elizabeth Coxe Hubbard.

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Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 21 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.