Graduate Studies: The Smartest Decision a Prisoner Can Make

For the most part, prisoners are undereducated. Most lack even a high school diploma. But those who have earned a bachelor’s degree, have the option of continuing their education at the masters and doctorate levels.


There are two factors to consider in choosing a graduate program.

  1. Ideally, the graduate school should be regionally accredited. 
  2. All required courses must be in a paper-based format. The program must allow the incarcerated student to take examinations proctored by their prison’s education department, and media components (e.g., CDs, DVDs, VHS Tapes) and field work (e.g., being a teacher’s aide) must be able to be waived.

Recommended Graduate Correspondence Programs

Unfortunately, at the graduate level of correspondence study, there aren’t many programs to pick from. With this in mind, the inmate should focus on finding a program that they can live with, even if it is not their first choice. We recommend the following correspondence graduate programs, which are accessible to prisoners:

  • Adams State University
  • California Miramar University
  • California Coast University
  • University of South Dakota

Graduate Correspondence Programs for Prisoners