Students interested in pursuing a career in corrections have a couple of academic opportunities in the state of Alaska, both through the University of Alaska system. Program options include at least one school with an internship and one that offers a web-based master's degree. Both of the Alaskan schools to offer degrees in corrections are four-year, public schools and offer both bachelor's and master's degree programs. Students can follow a curriculum in criminal justice that includes courses related to corrections.
The University of Alaska offers relevant programs at its campuses in Anchorage and in Fairbanks. Read on for more information about these two universities and the corrections programs they offer.
University of Alaska - Anchorage
The Anchorage campus of the University of Alaska houses a Justice Center that was established by the Alaska state legislature in 1975. Here students can find a bachelor's degree program in criminal justice that offers an overview of the field and prepares students for operational, administrative, research, and planning positions related to handling crime and administering justice in Alaska.
Courses in this degree program include justice research methods, corrections principles, restorative justice, justice management, crime and delinquency, alcohol and crime, criminal procedure, and justice practices. The university also encourages students to participate in an internship related to the field of criminal justice and corrections.
Students who already have an undergraduate degree can also pursue a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in criminal justice. This course of study encourages students to look deeply into the theoretical aspects of criminal justice management. The program covers managing people, finances, and operations within a criminal justice or law enforcement context.
University of Alaska - Fairbanks
Students interested in corrections and criminal justice can also find relevant degree programs offered in Fairbanks through the University of Alaska. The university's Department of Justice offers a bachelor's degree program in justice. The justice program offers both academic and professional training options for aspiring corrections professionals.
The curriculum of the program explores both theoretical and applied elements of the criminal justice system. Required core courses for the degree include research methods in justice, criminology, ethics and justice, juvenile delinquency, addictive processes, and American crime control. Students specifically interested in corrections may also take elective courses in corrections.
Advanced students can find a master's degree program focused on the administration of justice. This program boasts a web-based degree curriculum to accommodate criminal justice professionals unable to attend school full time. Students can find a handful of courses devoted to corrections, including juvenile justice, community justice, and management of criminal justice organizations.
School Comparison: At A Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Corrections Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|University of Alaska - Anchorage||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Arts in Justice,
Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice Emphasis
| $5,545 (undergraduate in-state)
$17,177 (undergraduate out-of-state)
$10,542 (graduate in-state)
$20,244 (graduate out-of-state)*
|University of Alaska - Fairbanks||4-year, public; small suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Justice,
Master of Arts in Administration of Justice
| $5,674 (undergraduate in-state)
$17,303 (undergraduate out-of-state)
$9,409 (graduate in-state)
$17,788 (graduate out-of-state)*
Source: *NCES College Navigator.