On February 29th, 2016, West Liberty University announced two new Master’s programs, including the Master’s of Science in Criminology.
The MS in Criminology offers an in-classroom, lecture/seminar format. Designed to be completed in four semesters, with an average course load of nine credit hours per semester, the criminology master’s program will prepare students for careers in law enforcement, corrections and courtroom positions, as well as entry into doctoral programs.
“The big highlight of our program is that it will have a focus on grant writing, which is an area of real demand for local law enforcement,” said Dr. Keith Bell, program director of the new criminology degree. “Another major point is that this fulfills a real need in our region, since our closest rival for this program is Marshall. Plus, the new criminology degree offers a thesis option, for those seeking preparation for admission into doctoral programs.”
Bell is an associate professor of Criminal Justice in the College of Liberal Arts and joined the university in 2011.
“Students are eager for this degree,” said Bell, explaining that his Criminal Justice undergraduate students who are completing their bachelor’s degree this spring are jumping on the chance to apply for fall 2016.
“I’m happy to help with the application process if needed,” he said. Dr. Bell can be reached by calling 304-336-8376.
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