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Explore Regent's online MA in Human Services – Criminal Justice and Ministry program.

M.A. in Human Services – Criminal Justice & Ministry

Lead as a Positive Social Change Agent

You can help bring lasting rehabilitation to the incarcerated and others within the legal system. The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Services – Criminal Justice & Ministry is offered online in partnership with Regent School of Law. This criminal justice degree focuses on juvenile and criminal law, international trafficking, and immigration rules and procedures. Courses are taught using a combination of real-time interaction with professors, small-group projects, podcast lectures, and asynchronous chat room discussions.

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Our award-winning faculty are here to help – online or on-campus in Virginia Beach – as you pursue your master’s in human services. This degree culminates in a capstone that includes field experience in your area of interest.

Upon completion of the M.A. in Human Services – Criminal Justice & Ministry degree, you will be able to:

  • Analyze common law concepts and statutory provisions.
  • Study legal parameters of the juvenile law system.
  • Learn procedures of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Board of Immigration Appeals, Department of State and Department of Labor.
  • Examine global issues of human trafficking and the treatment of trafficked persons as victims of crime.

Career Opportunities

  • Juvenile detention/youth counselor
  • Behavioral disorder counselor
  • Caseworker
  • Police administration
16%
Projected growth in social and human services employment from 2016-2026

Discussion of problems related to minority status, including jurisdiction of the state, detention, responsibility for the crime, rights and responsibilities of the parents, and the constitutional, statutory and case law parameters of the juvenile law system.

Overview of the global problem of trafficking in persons for purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor. The course examines the issue of trafficking from several perspectives: (i) the various international conventions that prohibit trafficking in persons; (ii) regional examples of trafficking and factors that contribute to it such as civil unrest and governmental corruption; and (iii) the United States legislative and foreign policy response to trafficking in persons. This course will focus on trafficking in persons as a human rights violation and the treatment of trafficked persons as a victim of a crime.

Citizenship, acquisition and maintenance of major immigrant and non-immigrant classifications; admission into and exclusion or deportation from the U.S.; and structure and procedures of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Board of Immigration Appeals, Department of State and Department of Labor.

Focus on the foundations and common law doctrines of criminal law and modern statutory provisions.

2020-2021 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester 2 weeks prior to the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

Session

Semester Check-In

Session Start Date

Session A

Friday, August 14

Monday, August 24

Session M

Friday, September 11

Monday, September 21

Session B

Friday, October 16

Monday, October 26

Session C

Tuesday, January 5

Monday, January 11

Session T

Friday, January 29

Monday, February 8

Session D

Friday, March 5

Monday, March 15

Session E

Friday, April 30

Monday, May 10

Session F

Friday, June 11

Monday, June 21

Prerequisites:

Master’s applicants must:

  • Hold a B.A. or B.S. from a regionally accredited college or university. Desirable degrees include those in counseling, psychology or related human behavioral fields. Other degree fields will also be considered.
  • Have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA for all undergraduate coursework.

Application Process:

The Admissions Committee may require a brief Admissions Interview on a case-by-case basis. Interviews are conducted over the phone or Skype with one of our admissions staff and/or SPC faculty members and typically take 20 minutes.

Step 1: Application
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application

Step 2: Application Fee
Pay the nonrefundable $50 application fee by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Step 3: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*
We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript from a U.S.-based school, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SPC Master’s Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University’s Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

Step 4: Complete an Academic Background Questionnaire

Step 5: Government-Issued ID
To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to apply@regent.edu with the subject line: Government ID.


Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4498 or email psycounadmissions@regent.edu, should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

M.A. in Human Services

$595 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


 

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students) $550

2020-21 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

M.A. in Human Services

$595 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


 

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students) $600

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

“Regent opened up so many opportunities for further training and further education.”

Melanie Mosbarger, M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 2016

“I would recommend Regent's counseling programs to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of others and of themselves.”

Karen Palmer, M.A., 2011 Human Services

“Regent has exposed me to so much. I’ve had so many opportunities to learn and grow as both an advanced clinician and as an educator.”

Gus Tan, Ph.D., 2010 Counselor Education and Supervision

“"God ordained all the circumstances, and I simply made the step of faith to follow."”

Marina Kuzmina, M.A. in Counseling, 2010 Community Counseling

“I'm grateful for my Regent mentors. Their emphasis on relationships and guidance has helped me navigate a challenging yet rewarding journey.”

Alexandra Melchiorre, M.S. in Psychology, 2018 Registered Behavioral Technician