Anna Maria College Online Program Requirements and Application Checklists

Step-By-Step Preparation for Your Future

Know exactly what you'll need to apply to an online program at Anna Maria College. The admissions requirements for each program are listed below. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at 877-265-3201.

Program Requirements

Undergraduate Programs*

B.A. in Psychology

  • GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Personal statement

B.S. in Criminal Justice

  • GPA of 2.0 or higher (some prior college-level coursework required)
  • Personal statement
  • Students applying for the Law Enforcement/Corrections option to receive a 15% tuition discount must provide evidence that they are currently employed in a full-time capacity in the criminal justice field (typically an agency ID or employer letter).

B.S. in Fire Science

  • 60 credit hours or an associate's degree
  • A GPA of 2.0
  • Provide evidence of an official undergraduate degree, an associate's degree in fire science from a regionally accredited United States college or university. Applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree in another discipline must be FF 1&2 certified.

Download the B.S. in Fire Science application checklist to ensure you prepare all the necessary documentation to apply.

Note: For B.S. in Fire Science students, transcripts with transfer credits from other institutions will be posted but will not appear on the Anna Maria College transcript until three Anna Maria College courses are successfully completed.

B.S. in Health Administration

  • GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Personal statement

*Note: In addition to the requirements listed above, any first-time undergraduate students must also submit a letter of recommendation, unless student is applying for the Law Enforcement/Corrections option of the online B.S. in Criminal Justice degree program.

Graduate Programs**

Master of Public Administration

  • Hold a bachelor's degree (in any academic discipline) from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A GPA of 2.7
  • Current resume
  • Two references
  • Personal statement
  • Mid-Career Track applicants must have graduated from a qualified police or fire academy and work in a relevant field, or for the General Track, have 4+ years of applicable field experience

Download the MPA application checklist to ensure you prepare all the necessary documentation to apply.

M.S. in Criminal Justice

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A GPA of 3.0 or better (a lower GPA may be eligible for conditional acceptance)
  • Two references
  • Personal statement (recommended but not required for current law enforcement officials)
  • Current resume
  • Mid-Career Track applicants must have graduated from a qualified police academy and work in a relevant field

**Note: For the graduate programs, international students must also submit TOEFL scores, with a minimum score of 565 (PBT); 225 (CBT); or 85 (IBT) along with the other required documents.

A Program Manager will help you obtain transcripts from your previously attended institutions electronically.

Technology Requirements

Taking online courses involves meeting specific technology requirements to ensure success in the program. To review all of these requisites, please visit our online platform site and click on the Technology Requirements tab.

Our Learning Management System, Engage, is the platform you will use throughout your online learning experience with Anna Maria College. Feel free to explore this site and familiarize yourself with other suggested plug-ins, software and library resources. Below is a video that shows you how the online learning portal works.

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SPEAKER: Welcome to Engage, a new learning management system designed to foster student and faculty community and collaboration. Engage brings a new dimension to online learning with the integration of social learning collaboration tools and mobile access. Courses in Engage provide quick access to upcoming announcements and assignments.

The first thing you'll see when you log into Engage is your home page. The home page is a centralized hub that will allow you to reach your individual courses. The main menu bar at the top of the screen provides quick access to commonly used features, such as your course mail, a listing of the courses that you are enrolled in, community groups, and your university resources. To navigate to the course, click the title of your course.

Your course is arranged in two columns. On the left is your course content, where you view and interact with your course material. To the right of the course content are a number of tools that will help you stay up to date and aware of the course. At the top of the page on the right is your instructor information block, with the name and the photo of your instructor along with various tools for keeping in contact. Your instructor is just a click away.

The Course Links section helps you track your course progress and manage your grades. Clicking the progress and grades link takes you to your grade book. It allows you to track how you're doing on each of your grades broken down by week. The roster shows you the list of your colleagues in your course, and the calendar link takes you to the calendar where you can track assignment due dates. The Latest News section provides access to your instructor announcements.

Your course material is accessed by clicking on the course topic area indicated by the gray bar. From this area, you'll be able to view all of your reading assignments, writing assignments, multimedia, and resources that you need to complete the course. The orange stars indicate that an assignment is graded and tied to the grade book.

Let's review the different assignments. Clicking the title of the discussion accesses the discussion page. You'll read the prompt and add a response by clicking the button below the prompt. Clicking the assignment title takes you to the assignments where you'll follow the directions to complete the assignment and then upload it to the assignment dropbox.

Your courses will have different learning assignments, such as exams, quizzes, and journals. The assignments will be accessed much like the assignment dropbox, clicking the title of the assignment and following the directions to complete the assignment. This concludes the demonstration for navigating Engage.

For more information about the admission and technology requirements at AMC, please contact us at 877-265-3201 to speak to a Program Manager.

Anna Maria College was approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to participate in SARA, and became a SARA institution in 2021. At this time, only California is not a member state. If you reside in California and are interested in taking an online class at Anna Maria College, or for more information about our participation in SARA, click here.