• Online Corrections Administration Certificate

    Many public administrators 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 to reentry.

    With a Corrections Administration Certificate 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 the policy and operational aspects of corrections administration through a simulation exercise.
    • 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 eight continuing studies credits.

    Cost for the certificate program is $2,950, payable in two installments in September and January.


    September 2017 to March 2018. The course is online with two required one-day residencies on Saturday, September 23, 2017, and Saturday, March 10, 2018. Residencies meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch is provided. Breaks include one week off in November and no classes in December.

    About The Instructor

    D. Christine Owens is currently a manager with the Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation. Her management experience includes serving the assistant supervisor to the Juvenile Detention Center, director of Juvenile Probation, and area director for Juvenile Services. She currently manages the Community Offender Management Division. An advocate for mentoring in the workplace, she 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. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Public Administration from Hamline University.

    Degree Candidacy

    Participants are eligible to earn graduate or continuing studies credit. Graduate-level elective credits from all certificates may be earned and applied to the Master or Doctorate of Public Administration. Additionally, elective credits may be earned and applied to the Master of Business Administration or Master of Nonprofit Management from the Leadership Communication Skills Certificate.