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Drive Your Career Forward Faster
Pursuing career advancement in any arena requires commitment and ability. The fastest way to move your career forward is to get the credentials that will put you ahead of your competition. Anna Maria College offers you those credentials through our online degree programs in criminal justice, fire science, health administration, psychology and public administration.
A special feature of our online master’s programs is the 5th Year Option, a pathway which allows you to upgrade three bachelor’s level classes to the master’s level – charged at the undergraduate rate – so that you can complete your master’s degree in as little as one year.
Convenient, affordable and flexible, these programs are taught by a highly practiced faculty with years of field experience.
Making the decision to continue your education with an online degree from Anna Maria College is one of the best career moves you’ll ever make. In addition to career advancement and higher pay, you’ll enhance your critical thinking and research abilities, two vital skills that will help you succeed throughout your career.
- Bachelor’s degree graduates earn 67% more than high school graduates without a higher education degree or trade certification and 39% more than associate degree holders. Master’s degree graduates earn 18% more than bachelor’s degree holders.1
- Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts, was the first school in the United States to receive Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) recognition.
- Anna Maria College is accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education.
Career-Directed Programs for Your Success
Created to help you establish and grow a successful career in a variety of fields, the online programs at Anna Maria College focus on the skills you’ll need to qualify for the position you want. Explore our innovative, industry-driven undergraduate and graduate program options below.
Protect and serve your community with the online BS in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College. This Quinn-Bill certified program provides a deep understanding of real-world social and criminal justice issues and trains you to address them ethically and effectively as a leader in the field. You can also gain an immersive, real-world experience through an optional internship at an agency of your choice.
If you’re currently employed full-time in the criminal justice field, you may be eligible for a 15% tuition discount on your program! If this applies to you, choose the “Law Enforcement/Corrections” option.
In this flexible online program, you will study essential criminal justice and law enforcement topics and learn to:
- Identify and analyze a broad range of criminal justice concepts including the structure and operation of the criminal justice system.
- Demonstrate oral, written and technological communication skills consistent with standards in the field.
- Apply theoretical knowledge to practical problems and situations and assess their ethical and moral implications.
- Demonstrate leadership skills that embody a commitment to diversity, social justice and civic responsibility.
- Analyze the larger context of our criminal justice system and the implications of social, practical, global and economic forces.
This degree completion program requires an associate degree or at least 60 hours of college credit and completion of Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2 training for admission. It’s designed to help prepare you for prominent fire safety and protection roles, including fire chief, fire investigator and fire service trainer.
You will earn FESHE certificates for the qualifying fire science classes that you complete. Through this program, you will learn to:
- Comprehend, analyze and discuss a broad range of fire science concepts.
- Demonstrate the leadership skills expected of fire service professionals.
- Conduct a thorough and legally defensible fire investigation.
- Address the impact of fires and emergencies upon the community.
Prepare for careers at the intersection of business and healthcare with Anna Maria College’s online BS in Health Administration. This flexible online program offers interdisciplinary skill development through a combination of foundational business topics and coursework focused on health services management. You can also pursue an optional internship to gain hands-on experience and make professional connections in the field.
- Communicate persuasive written and verbal information as well as visual information, excel at teamwork and work well under sometimes sustained pressure and deadlines.
- Approach obstacles with modern strategy methods, utilizing the latest information and communication technology (ICT) tools to develop innovative solutions.
- Work with numbers, use statistical analysis and demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills.
- Understand the medical terminology and metrics used to analyze the financial and quality performance of an organization in the health services industry.
Prepare to help improve the well-being of children and adults in your community using research-based approaches. Throughout the program, you’ll study topics like experimental psychology, human development, social and cultural psychology, personality theory and research. You will also complete an internship in your local community to gain hands-on experience and make professional connections in the field.
Anna Maria’s psychology program is aligned with the undergraduate guidelines set by the American Psychological Association (APA). When you graduate, you’ll be able to:
- Describe key psychological concepts and principles and apply these psychological concepts to yourself and to society.
- Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena and demonstrate information literacy by designing, conducting, and interpreting psychological research.
- Apply ethical standards to psychological science and to clinical practice.
- Exhibit effective communication through writing and presentation skills.
- Apply psychological content to specific professional skills and career goals such as getting into graduate school, working as a research assistant, or preparing for a career in human services.
A Master of Public Administration degree will provide you with the tools, training and knowledge required to advance your firefighting career or assume a leadership position with state or federal emergency services providers.
This program includes your choice of five tracks:
- Criminal Justice
- Emergency Management
- Fire and Emergency Services
- Homeland Security
Become a leader in the criminal justice field by continuing your education. Anna Maria College’s online MS in Criminal Justice is Quinn Bill certified and designed for experienced criminal justice professionals. This program allows you to customize your studies by pursuing a specialization in an area relevant to the criminal justice field. Students who have previously earned a master’s degree in another discipline can pursue a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies.
Certified law enforcement professionals with three to five years of field experience can enroll in the Mid-Career Track, where previous work experience can count for up to six credits toward their master’s degree. These students complete a streamlined curriculum and can finish the degree in 10 months.
Specialization and certificate options include:
- Leadership and Administration
- Homeland Security
- Emergency Management
- Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies
A Mission of Excellence
The mission of Anna Maria College is to foster our students’ intellectual involvement, career preparation, social awareness, dedication to justice and peace, religious and moral sensitivity, and to facilitate a lifestyle capable of sustaining these within balance.Request Info
Online Flexibility to Suit Your Schedule
With the flexibility and convenience of an online program, you’ll be able to better balance your studies with your work and family commitments. Each course is offered in an asynchronous, eight-week format, allowing you to complete your schoolwork on the schedule that’s right for you.
Curricula Designed for the Real World
The faculty at Anna Maria College have years of experience serving on the front lines of their fields. They bring their expertise and insight to every course, giving you an opportunity to learn both practice and theory from professionals who have been in your shoes and who fill the roles you are striving toward today. Depending on your chosen program, you may find yourself taking courses like the following:
Steady Growth in a Variety of Sectors
The online degrees offered by Anna Maria College provide credentials that prepare graduates for long-term professional success. Through 2030:
- 51,700 new police and detective jobs are projected to be added to the market2
- Employment for urban and regional planners is projected to increase 7%3
- Job outlook for fire inspectors and investigators is projected to grow 11%4
- 32% job growth is expected for medical and health services managers5
- Employment for social and community services managers is projected to increase 15%6
- Border patrol agent
- Conservation officer
- Law enforcement officer (local, federal, state)
- Probation officer
- Special agent
- Fire chief
- Fire captain
- Fire marshal
- Fire prevention educator
- Fire officer
- Fire service trainer
- Fire/arson investigator
- Insurance investigator
- Medical and health services manager
- Health care consultant
- Human resources manager
- Insurance analyst
- Project manager
- Team leader or office manager in settings such as:
- Biotechnology companies
- Managed care facilities
- Medical sales and marketing agencies
- Nursing facilities
- Pharmaceutical and medical device companies
- Behavioral health specialist
- Case worker
- Child development specialist
- Human services manager
- Market research analyst
- Research assistant
- Social and community services manager
- Substance abuse counselor
- Victim advocate
- Police chief
- Prison warden
- Emergency management director
- Fraud investigator
- Security manager
- Special agent
- U.S. Marshall
- Chief Development Officer
- Emergency services director
- Emergency management specialist
- Public works director
- Fire chief
- Police chief
- City planner/manager
- Nonprofit director
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Sources and Disclaimer
- Education Pays, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Police and Detectives. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Urban and Regional Planners. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fire Inspectors. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Medical and Health Services Managers. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Social and Community Service Managers. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/.
Anna Maria College was approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to participate in SARA, and became a SARA institution in 2021. At this time, only California is not a member state. If you reside in California and are interested in taking an online class at Anna Maria College, please fill out the request form to get in contact with a program manager.