• Online Corrections Administration Certificate

    Many public administrators have to interact with the corrections system, whether serving as a city manager, county commissioner or small town sheriff. With Hamline’s Online Corrections Administration Certificate, you will learn how the corrections system touches every level of government by undertaking an in-depth examination of corrections from incarceration to treatment and re-entry.

    With a certificate in Corrections Administration from Hamline, you will:

    • Develop a global understanding of how the corrections system works and touches managers inside and outside the system.
    • Expand your knowledge of correctional theories and practices to be better equipped to interact with the corrections system.
    • Explore emerging issues and controversial topics in corrections administration, including sex offender civil commitment, decriminalization of marijuana offenses, certifying juveniles as adults, and trauma treatment for female offenders.
    • Investigate, through a simulation exercise, the policy and operational aspects of corrections administration.
    • Learn from top practitioners in the field.

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    Program Overview

    The course is taught online, with two required one-day residencies at the Hamline Minneapolis location. Students who complete the corrections coursework will receive a certificate from the Hamline University School of Business Public Administration program and 8 Continuing Studies credits.

    Cost for the certificate program is $2,800, payable in two installments in September and January.


    September 2015 to February 2016 for 20 weeks. The course is online with two required one-day residencies on Saturday, September 12, 2015, and Saturday, February 20, 2016. Residencies meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch is provided.

    About The Instructor

    D. Christine Owens is currently a manager with the Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation. Her management experience includes past roles as Assistant Superintendent of the Juvenile Detention Center, Director of Juvenile Probation and Area Director for Juvenile Services. She currently manages the Community Offender Management Division. She is an advocate for mentoring in the workplace and has served as a mentor for the past 10 years. She has been involved in the development of many innovative programs in corrections and has been the recipient of multiple awards for her work in Hennepin County. Ms. Owens has a BA in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s in Public Administration from Hamline University.

    Degree Candidacy

    All participants are eligible to earn the certificate and Continuing Studies credits regardless of prior academic experience. Eligible students who wish to earn master's level elective credits toward the Master of Public Administration must meet the requirements for admission to the Hamline School of Business and complete additional academic work in the class.