Online Graduate Program Allows Alumnus to Return Home MacKenzie Riley Young | December 15, 2020
Jason Webster and family

When Thomas College changed its graduate programming to include an option to complete its Master’s in Criminology degree completely online, Jason Webster ’16 MS ’21, who currently resides in Vermont, jumped at the chance to continue his education at his beloved alma mater.


“Thomas holds a special place in my heart due to everything it has done for me, so it was very easy to come back when this was offered. I knew I would get a good education while also getting the help I needed, if any, from students and staff,” said Jason.

Jason will complete his master’s degree in less than a year while working full-time as a Community Corrections Officer for the Vermont Department of Corrections – and raising his son with fellow alumna Sarah (Peterson) Webster ’15, MBA ’18.

“Studying criminology helps me dig into and understand the multi-faceted Criminal Justice System,” says Jason.

Jason understands that over time, his master’s degree will continue to help him move forward in his career.

“I know the education and networking I gain from my time in the master’s program will help me progress in the Vermont Department of Corrections. Master’s degrees will soon be the new norm of applicants, and I know my master’s from Thomas will help to secure my future in my career.” During this time of uncertainty, Jason knows one thing for sure: “Thomas cares about their Alumni and it is a great community to be a part of. Thomas has not only helped me gain skills and knowledge, but also meet my wife and land my current job. It has also grown immensely, and I know it will only continue to.”