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Westfield State University to host virtual graduate information session for public administration and criminal justice programs

Flexible, affordable programs designed for the working adult

WESTFIELD, Mass.—Westfield State University will host a virtual information session for its Master of Public Administration and Master of Science in criminal justice programs Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m., on Zoom.

The two programs—and all of Westfield State University’s graduate programs—offer students an affordable, flexible educational 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 busy adult learner.

Westfield State’s Master of Public Administration—supported by faculty in the departments of Communications, Criminal Justice, Economics and Management; Geography, Planning, and Sustainability; Nursing, Political Science, and Sociology, as well as career professionals—prepares students to develop leadership and management skills needed to succeed as professional administrators in public, nonprofit, healthcare, and criminal justice settings.  

“Our students are preparing to make a difference as emerging public sector leaders,” said MPA Program Director Charles DiStefano, Ph.D. “The MPA program offers a collaborative learning experience, where they will learn from professors and fellow students who have a 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 master 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 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 barriers 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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