Professional Studies

The diverse programs offered by National University’s College of Professional Studies are designed to prepare students for a rewarding career in a wide variety of fields, including accounting, engineering, criminal justice, healthcare, and more.

How to Become a Probation Officer

The criminal justice system has many branches, all of which work together to ensure that the process of justice is served from beginning through end. One aspect of criminal justice focuses on a specific point in the process: parole or probation. This is a period of court-ordered supervision of an offender after they are released …

What Is Public Administration?

For one National grad, it is a career choice that has brought a lot of professional satisfaction. As the city treasurer of Redding, California, Allyn Van Hooser already knew a lot about the interworking of local government when she decided to go back to graduate school. Although she’s already accomplished in her field, her Master …

What is Criminal Justice Administration?

The word “justice” often conjures images of spandex-clad superheroes saving the day from masked evil-doers. In reality, the field of criminal justice is full of everyday heroes, from police officers and forensic scientists to child welfare caseworkers. They keep our streets safe, keep our communities running, and stand up for what’s right when things go …

How to Choose: Criminal Justice Administration Degree or a Juvenile Justice Degree?

You’re interested in preventing or solving crimes involving youth or adults. Finding a rewarding justice career at the local, state, or federal level is possible but which is the best fit — a broad criminal justice focus or narrower juvenile justice focus? In this article, we’ll detail the differences and specifically focus on National University’s …

What Can You Do With a Master’s in Criminal Justice?

A master’s in criminal justice gives you a professional advantage in an increasingly competitive field. National University’s online criminal justice degree prepares you for a range of careers at the more than 18,000 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in the United States.   So What Can You Do With a Master’s In Criminal …

What Is an MPA Degree?

If you’re interested in starting or furthering your career with a government, public service, or a nonprofit organization, chances are you’ve come across the letters “MPA” in your search for information. MPA is a common abbreviation for master’s of public administration, a graduate-level, professional degree considered a top credential for community, government, and nonprofit leaders. …

Ask an Expert: Why Is Criminal Justice Important?

When you have a difficult question, it’s always best to turn to a subject matter expert for answers. In our blog series, Ask An Expert, National University faculty take turns answering challenging questions in their areas of expertise. In this post, we put the focus on criminal justice. We sat down with Professor Marc Bailey …

What Can I Do With a Master’s in Public Administration?

When you drive through your city or town, you might take notice of traffic signals, sidewalks, landscaping, recreational fields, and fire hydrants. You might see new residential or commercial construction projects or road or utility work. When you’re home, you flip on the lights, turn on the water, take out the trash and recycling. There …

What Can You Do With a Criminal Justice Degree?

Suppose you could have a career where you could serve as a role model, solve problems, navigate chaos, promote safety — and make a difference? Sounds idealistic? Not really. A bachelor’s in criminal justice can lead to a career that will allow you to do all that and empower you to make change for the …