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Middlesex offers associate degrees in business administration, liberal arts and sciences and liberal studies completely online.

It includes online programs in criminal justice administration and fire protection and technology, which include one hybrid course with some on-campus class meetings.

MCC also offers other degree and certificate programs in liberal arts, business administration, criminal justice and life sciences that are at least 80 percent online. Middlesex also offers dozens of credit and noncredit online courses, as well as hybrid courses in a wide variety of academic disciplines each semester.

Hybrid courses combine face-to-face classroom experience with online instruction. They are a good option for students who want to try an online course, but are hesitant about working entirely online. In addition to meeting on campus, students in hybrid classes participate in interactive online learning activities and laboratory-based learning.

For more information, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu.

Thanks to a National Science Foundation grant, Middlesex Community College is launching a two-year associate degree program, as well as a one-year certificate program in computer forensics this fall.

Computer forensics combines knowledge of computers and other digital information systems with an understanding of the criminal justice system and local, state and federal laws.

“This field is ideal for information technology and criminal justice students and professionals interested in how computer technology can be applied to criminal investigations,” said Margaret Bleichman, chair of MCC’s Computer Science Department. “The curriculum integrates computer technology and criminal justice elements throughout the required courses. Extensive hands-on training will be provided in our new Computer Forensics laboratory located on the Lowell Campus.”

The computer forensics certificate program is designed to augment the skills and opportunities of professionals already working in either computer technology or criminal-justice careers. Graduates of the certificate program who do not have a degree may apply their credits toward the associate degree program.

Students in the associate degree program take the same information technology, computer forensics, and criminal justice courses as students in the certificate program. They also must complete 34 credits of liberal studies courses to receive an Associate in Science in Liberal Studies degree.

For more information , call 1-800-818-3434 or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu.