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Aiming high with ASU Online

October 30, 2017 · 1 min read · By ASU Online
Military Justice Paralegal Samantha Gaxiola explains why she decided to pursue her graduate degree in criminal justice online at Arizona State University. She touches upon the program’s rankings, the university’s reputation and more.
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Military Justice Paralegal, Samantha Gaxiola, wanted the very best when she decided to further her education.

Having received a bachelor’s degree previously, Gaxiola wanted to pursue her graduate degree in criminal justice. But Gaxiola wasn’t interested in any generic program. She wanted to receive the very best education possible.

“I searched specifically for the best online criminal justice graduate programs, and ASU Online was the school that fit all of my criteria,” Gaxiola said.

ASU Online’s master’s degree in criminal justice has been named one of the top five online criminal justice graduate programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and the program offers the same courses taught by ASU’s award-winning faculty.

ASU Online had both the recognition and reputation Gaxiola desired to start her graduate degree program. As a military student, Gaxiola also found comfort in the convenience and accessibility ASU Online offered her.

Military Justice Paralegal, Samantha Gaxiola, holding her ASU diploma
Military Justice Paralegal Samantha Gaxiola holds her diploma from Arizona State University. 

“The website is easy to navigate, and the program is accelerated and accommodating for anyone who wants to complete the program all the way through without taking any semesters off,” Gaxiola said.

Ultimately, she was able to earn her master’s degree in less than two years, and while working full time for the Air Force.

ASU has been a top-ranked ‘Military Friendly School’ by G.I. Jobs magazine for seven consecutive years. Gaxiola hopes that other military members and veterans will take advantage of what the university has to offer them.

“Overall, ASU Online was the best choice I could have made,” Gaxiola said. “The professors are incredibly involved and responsive, my fellow students were engaged and clearly interested in the classes as well.”

Since joining the ASU community, Gaxiola was admitted into the National Criminal Justice Honor Society and Alpha Phi Sigma. She also won multiple Airman of the Quarter awards through the Air Force for furthering her education.

ASU is a 2017 Best for Vets College.


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