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AASU offering new programs for professional development
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Armstrong Atlantic State University announces the addition of new certificate and degree programs for both undergraduates and graduate students. The new academic programming is designed to help advance students and professionals’ careers with credentials and leadership skills that will give them an edge in a competitive hiring environment.

The new degree programs are all available during Armstrong’s flex term to help fit the busy schedules of professionals and fast-track the process. The seven-week, flex term classes run from Oct. 10 to Dec. 3. Flex term courses are available online or on campus. The deadline for admission is Oct. 1.

 The Master of Arts in Professional Communication and Leadership prepares students for workplace communication, critical thinking and organizational leadership. It is directed toward both working professionals and college graduates who are either already in the work force or who are making the transition from an undergraduate degree to a professional setting, and who aim to sharpen their communication abilities.

At the core of the program are four courses that focus on writing and leadership. From there, students choose among six more specialized courses in information design, psychology, leadership, communication or ethics to complete the 30 credit hours.

The previously announced Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication and Leadership is a complementary program to the master’s that can be completed in 15 credit hours for individuals who need or desire more training in workplace communication and leadership but not a master’s degree, or for those who are interested in graduate training in communication and leadership but are not yet certain if they want a master’s degree.

For more information on the master’s and graduate certificate programs, contact Mark Finlay at or visit the degree program’s web site.

Armstrong’s Department of Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science has established a new undergraduate certificate in criminal justice that can be completed in one year of full-time study, available entirely online. Coupled with relevant work experience, academic study in criminal justice sharpens a graduate’s competitive edge for state and federal law enforcement openings, court administration positions and state and federal probation and parole positions. Career opportunities in criminal justice also include police officers, private security professionals, corrections officers, intake and classification specialists and juvenile justice agency personnel.

For more information on the undergraduate criminal justice certificate, contact Daniel Skidmore-Hess at or (912) 344-2593 or visit the program’s Web site.