Partnership Promotes Educational Opportunities for Police

Posted: April 20, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

George Mason University and the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy have joined together to make graduate-level education more accessible to law enforcement professionals in Northern Virginia. Beginning in the fall semester, George Mason faculty will teach graduate courses at the academy’s Chantilly location that fulfill requirements for the Administration of Justice certificate program and the Administration of Justice concentration for the master’s degree in public administration.

Stephen Mastrofski, director of the Administration of Justice program, says the partnership was created to meet the needs of area law enforcement professionals. “Police leaders asked us to work with them to provide graduate-level courses in a way that would minimize disruptions to department work schedules and maximize convenience to their officers,” he says. “This partnership is a good way to meet these needs while providing the high-quality education for which George Mason’s public administration program has become nationally recognized. Courses are offered at a location convenient for students, and area police departments reap the benefits of a better-educated, highly professional workforce.”

Potential students must apply to the university and meet all admissions requirements. Administration of Justice concentration courses will be taught each semester at the academy, and other courses required for the master’s degree are taught at the Fairfax Campus.

A reception was held recently to celebrate the partnership between the university and the criminal justice academy. Attendees included Rector Edwin Meese, other members of the university community, and officials and representatives from law enforcement agencies throughout Northern Virginia. An information session followed the reception for those interested in the graduate programs.

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