ChaminadeUniversity is Hawaii’s only Catholic university. Its on-campus and online
programs emphasize academic excellence and preparation for professional
careers. The university’s online program is extensive, and can be fully
completed online, or in a hybrid format for either undergraduate or graduate
school is guided by the traditions of Catholic, Marianist and liberal-arts
education values, and so it encourages not only academic achievement, but also
development of moral character, competence, and a personal commitment to build
a just and peaceful society.
Chaminade University’s online program allows students
to log on to coursework at times convenient to the student. In addition, there
is asynchronous participating in discussions and course assignments. The school
uses “eCollege” to deliver the curriculum of its online coursework. Technical
support is available 24/7 through e-mail or phone.
university’s program in Criminal Justice is the largest and oldest in Hawaii,
preparing students for careers in criminal justice, criminology, law
enforcement, corrections and administration. In addition, there is a special
undergraduate track that offers a minor particularly for students interested in
Federal law enforcement and justice employment. The special track includes
coursework in business, accounting and computer science.
undergraduate curriculum is built on studies in the behavioral sciences,
criminal law and procedure, contemporary issues in criminal justice, law
enforcement, corrections, management, juvenile deviancy, psychology,
race/ethnic relations, mental disorders, and ethics.
graduate level studies leading to the Master of Science degree in Criminal
Justice Administration offer preparation in critical thinking skills,
leadership and management, program evaluation, agency administration, personnel
administration, and research methods. The emphasis is on both study and
University requires that all work toward the Master of Science in Criminal
Justice Administration be completed within five years, beginning with the term
during which a student enters the program.
courses for the Master’s degree include Constitutional law, criminology, agency
administration, research methodologies, ethics, survey methods and statistics,
law enforcement, correctional management and administration, forensic science,
forensic psychology, managing criminal investigations, terrorism and justice,
crisis/hostage negotiations, and evidence.
special track in the graduate program is the Homeland Security Leadership
Development course of study, which is offered in partnership with the Naval Postgraduate
School. The special track
is designed for civilian or military officials who have direct responsibilities
in homeland security and civil defense. Coursework includes special studies in
homeland security strategies, technology, planning, budgeting, critical
infrastructure vulnerability, intelligence, and the psychology of fear
for those students not seeking a Master’s degree in the special track, there is
a certification program that requires eight of the homeland security courses.
time, tuition for the graduate program is $655 per credit hour. A large
majority of students have financial aid, grants or loans to assist with tuition
costs, and the university provides assistance with the applications for such
Chaminade University prefers faculty members who are
also practitioners in their fields of law enforcement, administration and
specialized skills. One example is Dr. Ronald Becker, who is a specialist in
underwater forensic investigations.
faculty-student ratio is a goal of the university. That ratio now averages
about 17 to 1. This allows instructors to teach and to guide their students in
a more intensive focus on achievement, and it allows students to obtain help
quickly, if needed.
1960, Chaminade University has enjoyed accreditation by the Accrediting
Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of
Schools and Colleges.
university also holds membership in such educational organizations as the
American Association of Higher Education, the Association of Catholic Colleges
and Universities, the Council of Independent Colleges, and The Leadership
Alliance, which is an academic consortium of over 30 colleges that seeks to
develop under-represented students into outstanding leaders and role models in
academia and careers.
Stephenie Slahor, Ph.D., J.D.,
writes in the fields of law enforcement and security. She can be reached at