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Westfield State University hosts graduate information session for public administration and criminal justice programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2019
CONTACT: Troy Watkins,, 413.572.5523

Flexible, affordable programs designed for the working adult

Westfield – The College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE) at Westfield State University will host an information session for its Master of Public Administration and Master of Science in Criminal Justice programs on Tuesday, October 15 at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Horace Mann Center, 333 Western Avenue, Westfield.

The two programs and all of Westfield State University’s graduate programs offer students an affordable and flexible experience. The ability to attend full- or part-time, while taking courses in the late afternoon, evening, and online during fall, spring, and summer sessions, is responsive to the needs of today’s adult learner.

The University’s Master of Public Administration—sponsored by the departments of Political Science, Criminal Justice; Geography, Planning, and Sustainability; and Economics and Management—prepares students to develop as professional administrators in public, nonprofit, and criminal justice settings.

“Our students are public service minded and are seeking to enhance their leadership and management skills,” said Program Director Charles DiStefano, Ph.D. “The MPA program offers a collaborative learning experience where you will learn from professors and fellow students who have a wide range of public sector experience and expertise.”

The Criminal Justice graduate program focuses on theoretical and applied issues in law enforcement, corrections, administration, and public law. Its goal is to further critical thinking about significant issues in crime and criminal justice. Judges, lawyers, managers, and criminal justice researchers supplement the faculty, bringing many practical considerations to the study of the discipline.

“The Masters of Criminal Justice provides a great opportunity for those who work in the criminal justice field to advance their education and potentially their career,” said Program Director Christopher Kudlac, Ph.D. “It also provides a way for those interested in entering the field to earn a master’s degree to make themselves more marketable.”

Information session attendees will have the opportunity to speak with outreach team members and faculty about the programs and application process. The $50 application fee will be waived for all attendees. To RSVP, visit For more information, call 413-572-8020 or email

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public, co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.  For more information about Westfield State University, visit us at,, or


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