Best Online
Criminal Justice Master’s Programs

2017_MastersDegree.com-best-online-programs-criminal-justiceA graduate degree in criminal justice can be the key to a rewarding career in a number of fields. Detectives and law students benefit from the master’s extensive examination of topics like policy and arbitration. Case workers and federal agents apply their master’s to field research and problem-solving casework, while corrections and parole officers refine the administrative and counseling skills needed to guide their clients to more lawful, productive outcomes.

With law enforcement careers expected to grow by 5% through 2020, a graduate degree will likely be the most common level of education amongst successful criminal justice careerists. Criminal justice professionals with advanced qualifications also stand the best chance of landing senior positions within the field, meaning their pay is likely to meet or exceed the median salaries of detectives and criminal investigators, at $79,030, or criminal law and law enforcement educators, at $61,850.

The following colleges and universities have been chosen for this list because their accredited online criminal justice master’s programs met our rigorous standards. We have appraised each school using our unique methodology, resulting in the following rankings.

Our Methodology

Our rankings methodology begins with two crucial factors:

The school's commitment to consistently rewarding degrees - We pit the number of students awarded a master's degree in the most recent academic year against total graduate student enrollment for the same year. The more degrees awarded, relative to the student population, the more the school prioritizes helping their students complete programs and obtain degrees.

The school's commitment to online graduate education - We look at the total number of master's programs offered by a school compared to the number of online master's programs offered. This tells us the school is committed to providing a quality, online program that compliments, or even goes beyond, their on-campus graduate offerings. It is also an indicator of the school's commitment to working students who need no small amount of flexibility in order to pursue an education and advance their career.

From there, we confirmed that the school offered the following services, as reported by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS):

  • Academic/Career Counseling Service
  • Employment Services for Students
  • Placement Services for Completers

These services are the essential indicator that a school understands how to bridge the gap between their online master's programs and the working world. Any school lacking in these basic services was not included in our final list.

All data referenced above is sourced from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, overseen by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Criminal Justice Resources

  1. 1

    Virginia College in Birmingham

    Location

    Birmingham, AL

    Tuition

    • $30,296 annually

    School Type

    Private (For Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • ACICS

    What to Expect

    • The coursework for this online Masters of Criminal Justice degree is designed to prepare students for leadership and managerial roles in positions such as corrections officers and police detectives. The 56 credit program is only available online, but students are still welcome to visit the campus in Birmingham to walk with the rest of their class during commencement.

      • Students can expect to spend 77 weeks to complete this degree program, taking two classes at a time during each 11-week quarter.
      • The costs of this program are all-inclusive; tuition covers all textbooks and materials, as well as the fee for a cap and gown for graduates.
      • Virginia College's online programs are built with affordability in mind; according to campus representatives, 89% of the students enrolled online at Virginia College receive financial aid.

    The Online Environment

    • Online, students use the Canvas learning management system. Many of the professors are working professionals in the criminal justice field, bringing their experience and knowhow into the digital classroom. Online students can expect the same quality education as their on-campus counterparts, since 92% of the graduate students at this college attended school completely online in 2013. VC understands there can be apprehension for first-time distance learners, so the college offers a 30-day window for students to back out of classes risk-free and with a complete refund.

  2. 2

    South University

    Location

    Savannah, GA

    Tuition

    • $26,143 annually

    School Type

    Private (For Profit)

    Contact Information

    • 709 Mall Blvd
      Savannah, GA 31406

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Science in Criminal Justice at South University's Savannah Online is offered entirely online. Available to students who already possess a bachelor's degree, applicants must submit GRE test scores or MAT scores and must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher in order to qualify for the program. Prospective students must also complete a statistics prerequisite course before or after they are accepted at SO.

      • Upon graduating from the 15-month, 48-credit program, students will be prepared for entry-level management positions in settings like colleges and universities, correctional facilities, law enforcement agencies and governmental departments.
      • Unfortunately, Maryland students are not able to enroll in internships/externships or field experiences for the program.
      • Students are encouraged to contact their academic counselors in order to determine if they are enrolling in the right courses given their state of residence.
      • The Savannah campus of the South University is authorized to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. However, international students with an F-1 visa status are currently ineligible for online-only programs at SUSO.

    The Online Environment

    • SUSO is a highly connected school, which is reflected in the school's efforts to work student goals and achievements into the SO social media experience. Students learn asynchronously through the ECompanion learning management system, sticking to weekly due dates but determining when and where they attend classes and complete coursework. Classes take advantage of web conferencing and other technologies whenever possible to enhance the learning experience and encourage students to work collaboratively.

      Although students can attend this online criminal justice master's program without ever setting foot on campus, web conferencing allows students to listen in on guest speakers and view demonstrations, watch or read class lectures and discussions and take virtual field trips with their classmates. The college also offers a 24/7 library portal, which provides access to over 60 databases, 50,000 ebooks and hundreds of educational videos.

  3. 3

    Lynn University

    Location

    Boca Raton, FL

    Tuition

    • $23,760 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Available completely online, this Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration degree is a 36-credit program offered to students who already hold a BA. The degree is designed to cultivate leadership and hone managerial skills for people working in criminal justice administration and the public sector. Foundational coursework, such as Public Institutions and Public Policy and Democracy, prepare students to further an existing career or start a new one.

      • Students can expect to experience career-specific learning throughout the program.
      • They may also be asked to follow criminal cases and investigations in the news and to analyze the criminal justice system in their community.

    The Online Environment

    • The learning management system at Lynn is run on Blackboard, one of the country's most trusted LMS networks. Students also use LiveText to author online portfolios; manage files and documents online; connect with peers via social networking; and access audio, visual and written educational resources. Managing financial aid and scholarship submissions can be done online via the student services portal E-SAS. Lynn University, as of fall 2014, offers undergraduate degree courses online via its iPad-friendly Blackboard platform and intends to offer this same format to its graduate students in the future.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • Lynn University was recently one of 200 schools recognized by the U.S. News & World Report for the outstanding quality of its online degree programs.
    • Thanks to Lynn's iPad learning initiative, this university is a 2014-15 Apple Distinguished School. This honor is granted to those higher learning institutions that meet criteria for "innovation, leadership and educational excellence" and that exemplify Apple's vision of using technology to enhance learning.
  4. 4

    Monroe College

    Location

    Bronx, NY

    Tuition

    • $27,504 annually

    School Type

    Private (For Profit)

    Contact Information

    • 2501 Jerome Avenue
      Bronx, NY 10468

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • Monroe's Master of Science in Criminal Justice is offered online, on campus or as a hybrid of the two. Students typically complete eight core courses and may choose to specialize in either a Human Services or Urban Crime Policy focus. Upon completion of this program, students can expect to demonstrate skills in causes of crime, analysis of police/courts/the correctional system, crime reduction strategies and research/investigative strategies.

      • The coursework covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from disaster preparedness and internet security, to urban crime and its prevention.
      • The program is 36 credit hours in total.
      • In 2013, 98% of enrolled students completed the program within 2 years.
      • The average student to teacher ratio at Monroe College is a moderate 15:1, and over 80% of graduate students at Monroe attended at least partially online in fall 2013.

    The Online Environment

    • Online course materials are managed over the Blackboard Learn LMS. Through this course management system, students will participate in class discussions, access syllabi, connect with peers and instructors and complete quizzes and exams. In an effort to maintain the integrity of the school's online program, proctored tests may be occasionally administered at an approved location near the student's home.

      Students also have access to Google's productivity tools, allowing them to run their college emails through a Gmail account and to access Google office apps like GDocs and Sheets.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • U.S. News & World Report: #11 - Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
  5. 5

    Concordia University in Saint Paul

    Location

    Saint Paul, MN

    Tuition

    • $8,550 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • Concordia's online Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Leadership program teaches students how to access criminal justice resources, gain a deeper understanding of legal and legislative issues and understand the philosophies and rehabilitation methods behind correctional policy and practice. The program culminates in a capstone project, an online portfolio in which students reflect on and demonstrate their competencies.

      • Applicants to this program should be professionals in the criminal justice field, and they should have a 3.0 cumulative GPA on courses earned in pursuit of their bachelor's degree.
      • Courses in this degree program last seven weeks, and students must complete the 36 credit hours in order to graduate.

    The Online Environment

    • The program is a blend of synchronous and asynchronous material. Classes meet online every Thursday and take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. CT. Course material is presented via Concordia's Blackboard Learn LMS, where students can access reading materials, videos and podcasts. WebEx conferencing software is used for online meetings.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • U.S. News & World Report: #34 - Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs

    • Through research I did as part of the program, I found a new area of need in law enforcement: targeted violence threat assessment. As a result, I am developing expertise in this area and hope to use it to affect significant changes within the criminal justice system in the way we assess and manage threatening and violent situations.

      Randy McAlister, Police Sergeant, MACJL Online Graduate
  6. 6

    Fairmont State University

    Location

    Fairmont, WV

    Tuition

    • $6,404 annually-in-state
    • $13,694 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    • 1201 Locust Ave
      Fairmont, WV 26554-2470

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program focuses on criminal law and policy, correctional system operations and public attitudes about various crimes. To be admitted, students must have already obtained a BA with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students must also complete undergraduate prerequisite courses in statistics and research methods in order to be considered for admission to Fairmont State University.

      • The faculty of Fairmont's criminal justice program bring diverse, rich career experiences to share with students.
      • In 2013, 58% of the graduate students at Fairmont State University enrolled in courses offered completely online.
      • The master's degree in criminal justice was the third most popular graduate program at FSU in 2012.

    The Online Environment

    • Online students use the Blackboard learning management system to access their course materials, participate in online class discussions and complete homework and assessments. Students also receive a dedicated student email, called Webmail, which is offered through the Outlook email system.

    • The master's program gives me firsthand experience in conducting research within the field. The classes are really relevant to the world outside of college. It's very convenient to be able to present my questions to the faculty. I can even pick their brains about my future options. I also think the extra tier of education will give me a leg up on the competition entering the work world.

      Sean Marion, student in the Criminal Justice master's program
  7. 7

    California University of Pennsylvania

    Location

    California, PA

    Tuition

    • $7,956 annually-in-state
    • $11,934 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Arts in Social Science Applied Criminology online program at Cal U teaches students to identify offenders, to develop relevant and admissible evidence used in tribunals and courts and to understand criminal behaviors and offenses. Using analytical skills learned in this program, students should be equipped with the tools to predict, prevent and solve crimes following graduation.

      • Prospective online students may also pursue the Master of Science in Legal Studies program which offers three concentrations for students to choose from: criminal justice, public policy and homeland security.
      • The Master of Arts in Social Science Applied Criminology is another online option. This master's degree, which has four start dates per year, is suited for students who have already completed a lower-level degree in criminology, sociology, criminal justice, psychology or forensic science.
      • There are scholarships and financial aid available for online students at Cal U Global; 90% of the enrolled students receive some form of aid.

    The Online Environment

    • The learning management system at California University of Pennsylvania is Desire2Learn. Students new to online learning can take a virtual tour of the LMS to learn about how course materials are presented. Through D2L, students will have access to lesson plans and modules, quizzes, exams, discussion boards and a secure campus email.

      Cal U Global recognizes that collaboration is also important in the digital classroom. For this reason, the college has partnered with Blackboard Collaborate in order to allow for synchronous discussions, classroom meetings and virtual office hours.

  8. 8

    National University

    Location

    La Jolla, CA

    Tuition

    • $10,368 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • WASC/SCUC

    What to Expect

    • Qualitative and quantitative research are important parts of earning a Master of Criminal Justice degree at National University. This 54-credit online program prepares students for rewarding careers in law enforcement, criminal justice administration, security and post-secondary criminal justice education. By integrating theory with practical experience, students in this program will learn how to apply research and reasoning to real-world examples and situations; from there, they will then use this knowledge to arrive at lawful and ethical outcomes.

      The Master of Forensic Sciences also offers a specialization in Criminalistics, giving students the chance to study 18 quarter units in subjects such as Trace Evidence, Forensic Toxicology and Forensic Anthropology. In 2013, Forensic Science was the most popular criminal justice degree offered at the graduate level, with homeland security being the second most popular law-enforcement focused degree.

      • Distance and non-traditional students make up a large part of the demographic at La Jolla's National University.
      • In 2013, 70% of graduate students were enrolled exclusively in online programs, and three-quarters of the student body were 25 and older during that same school year.
      • The large volume of NU students enrolled in online education demonstrate the school's popularity among students seeking a flexible degree from a respected university.
      • NU is part of the National University System, created in 2001, which seeks to connect students and create an accessible network of like-minded professionals.

    The Online Environment

    • The college uses the Blackboard Learn management system, which allows students to connect and network with peers, alumni and other professionals through the chat and email functions. A very comprehensive and user-friendly course demonstration is available for prospective students who wish to familiarize themselves with online classes. While students access course material and assessments on Blackboard, they use the SOAR student portal for their email, course catalog, billing information and course announcements.

  9. 9

    Troy University

    Location

    Troy, AL

    Tuition

    • $6,084 annually-in-state
    • $12,168 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The core of the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree revolves around understanding and analyzing the issues facing the modern justice system. The curriculum covers the organization, history and trends in the American legal system. Upon graduation, students will be well-equipped for a career in any justice-related field they may choose.

      To be admitted to this program, students must:

      • Complete either the GRE or MAT exam within 18 weeks of their program start date
      • Hold a BA in any concentration, although possession of a degree in corrections, law enforcement or police administration may exempt students from other admission requirements
      • Have a GPA of 2.5.

    The Online Environment

    • Blackboard Learn is Troy University's learning management system. From this hub, students can access PDF and audio/visual lessons, as well a discussion board and classroom communications. TrojanWeb acts as a homepage for students online. Here, they can review available courses, select classes and verify their student information, such as grades or student email.

      Occasionally, Troy may ask students to participate in proctored exams, which may be held at physical locations to ensure the academic integrity of test results. If necessary, these exam dates will be clearly outlined in the syllabus, and students will have a great deal of advanced notice to determine an approved location to take the test.

  10. 10

    Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

    Location

    Slippery Rock, PA

    Tuition

    • $7,956 annually-in-state
    • $11,934 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • The online Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program offered at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania consists of 30 credit hours and was designed specifically with working students in mind. Students have the option to pursue either a thesis or an internship track; the latter path requires students take comprehensive exams that test the knowledge they've gained in the field.

      • With start dates in spring, summer and fall, this degree program may be completed in as few as 15 to 18 months.
      • In addition to the possession of a bachelor degree, students must have a 2.75 cumulative GPA in order to be admitted into the program.

    The Online Environment

    • Through access to the MySRU portal, students can easily register for classes, review their course schedule, check grades and quickly access important links and resources. Online students use Desire2Learn to access class syllabi, course materials, assignments, exams and discussion boards. While the classes for this criminal justice degree are all offered in a digital environment, the materials are organized, easy-to-access and comparable to all on-campus learning tools.

    • The course content was current and relevant to what I do. The online format made it accessible to people like me who work full time, [... and the content was outstanding]. Professors have always accessible, helpful, quick to respond to questions, and were very approachable. [...]

      John Yarnelli, 2012 graduate of Slippery Rock's Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice program
  11. 11

    Lamar University

    Location

    Beaumont, TX

    Tuition

    • $5,544 annually-in-state
    • $11,916 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • This 36-credit Master of Science in Criminal Justice is available through Lamar Online, and courses in the program are delivered in 8-week increments. This degree is ideal for students who seek to secure positions in coveted agencies, such as the CIA or FBI, and is also designed to support students currently employed in some branch of law enforcement.

      • The program has five start dates per year.
      • Students can enroll in courses such as Theoretical Foundations of Crime Control or Criminal Justice Leadership.
      • To be admitted to the program, students must have completed at least one research and one statistics course.
      • Ideal applicants possess a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, criminology or sociology.
      • Students lacking criminal justice work experience or whose degrees are in other disciplines will be considered under approval from an advisor.
      • The criminal justice master's program is delivered entirely online, but instructors also challenge students to apply the theoretical knowledge obtained in-class with practical, hands-on experience and fieldwork.

    The Online Environment

    • Students considering an online graduate degree from Lamar University are in good company; 73% of graduate students at this college chose to earn their degree online. Distance learners at Lamar use the Blackboard Learn course management system. Here, students will find all of their coursework, testing materials, forums for discussing each week's lectures and a secure portal for student account information, all accessible without restriction 24/7.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • U.S. News & World Report: #31 - Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
  12. 12

    Charleston Southern University

    Location

    Charleston, SC

    Tuition

    • $22,050 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Students can earn a Master of Science in Criminal Justice at Charleston Southern University either on-campus, online or in a hybrid learning environment. Criminal justice students may pursue the thesis or non-thesis degree tracks. Those who plan to continue on to doctoral-level study, want to continue researching for this field or who plan to teach in a post-secondary setting often choose to write a thesis . The non-thesis option places an emphasis on professional skills and competencies and is selected most often by career criminal justice workers.

      • Students will earn a total of 36 credit hours, with an emphasis on leadership roles in corrections and law enforcement, the nature and aftermath of crimes for aggressors and victims and crime's place in present-day society.
      • Those who possess an acceptable GPA can join Alpha Phi Sigma, the national Criminal Justice Honor Society.
      • Students in this program also receive opportunities to network with other professionals at local, state and federal levels and can coordinate with instructors and advisors to take part in internships.
      • Prospective students are required to submit GRE scores for admission, although the requirement may be waived for students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

    The Online Environment

    • Online students use Blackboard Learn at Southern Charleston University. The service lets students access teaching materials, complete assignment and exams and connect and engage with peers. Students can also access their course materials on the go, thanks to Blackboard's mobile functionality. There is a basic sample course module available for prospective students interested in trying an online demo.

  13. 13

    Tiffin University

    Location

    Tiffin, OH

    Tuition

    • $12,600 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • At Tiffin University, students can earn the Master of Science in Criminal Justice online; emphases to choose from: Crime Analysis, Criminal Behavior, Justice Administration or Homeland Security Administration. There is also a program in Forensic Psychology available to criminal justice students at Tiffin, but this degree requires on-campus attendance.

      • Criminal justice master's programs at Tiffin are designed for professional students who already hold positions in corrections, law enforcement or criminal justice ― though any student who meets the academic prereqs can be accepted.
      • Students can study subjects ranging from the psychopathology of criminals to contemporary trends in criminal justice.
      • There are no thesis exams for this program, and the GRE and the MAT are not required for admission.

    The Online Environment

    • A whopping 83% of graduate students studied entirely online in 2013, proving that TU knows how to deliver a quality distance education. The college uses Gmail for secure campus communications and encourages students to become familiar with Google's cloud-based word processing and desktop publishing applications, such as Docs, Sheets and Slides.

      Online students study, communicate and collaborate using Moodle and Blackboard. With these secure portals, students have access to course materials, assessments and discussion forums. Most courses are asynchronous at Tiffin University, and some instructors use video, audio and Powerpoint materials to supplement their written lectures.

      For the convenience of its students and faculty, Tiffin offers an app for iOS and Android users. Acting as a student portal, this mobile interface allows students to access important campus-wide announcements, information about breaking news and events, internet radio, TU social media and weather and a directory of vital campus contacts.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • U.S. News & World Report: #6 - Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
  14. 14

    Saint Joseph’s University

    Location

    Philadelphia, PA

    Tuition

    • $14,200 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • There are a number of concentrations available to students who seek the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree from Saint Joseph's, all of which are available online: Behavior Analysis, Federal Law Enforcement, Homeland Security and Intelligence and Crime Analysis.

      The program offers courses that prepare students for the hands-on challenges and intricacies of a career in criminal justice. Classes such as Professional Writing for Law Enforcement emphasize the skills, on-trend issues and concerns students need to be aware of as they enter a new career or advance in their present position.

    The Online Environment

    • Most classes in the criminal justice program online are asynchronous, so students are most often not required to be present online at specific days or times throughout the semester. However, classroom meeting dates and times are at the discretion of the instructor and must be observed as closely as a student would observe an on-campus class.

      Students learn using the Blackboard management system. Through Blackboard, students have access to course modules, lectures and presentations at all times. Instructors can choose to present lectures via videos, podcasts or slideshows. Students earn their participation grades by interacting with classmates over forums.

      Prospective students can try a remote criminal justice course prior to enrollment. In this test flight, students get a feel for the kind of material covered in these courses and will gain insight into what to expect from a completely online graduate program.

  15. 15

    University of Houston in Victoria

    Location

    Victoria, TX

    Tuition

    • $4,535 annually-in-state
    • $10,906 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • As part of the interdisciplinary degree from UHV, students are able to select any two of 12 concentrations, including: Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, History and Psychology, all of which can be pursued online. Combining studies from two disciplines offers scholars a unique opportunity to network with professionals in criminal justice. This broad focus also assists students by creating new contacts and building skills in specializations like forensic investigation or computer science. It is important to note that distance students must verify that their second concentration choice is available online prior to enrollment.

      In working towards the Criminal Justice degree, students will complete six courses in a prescribed order over the course of two academic years.

      • Coursework for the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies offers students an understanding of criminal behavior.
      • Many students who attend this program are already professionals in the justice administration, so the program aims to refresh core competencies and teach research and analysis methods, as well as rehabilitation methodologies.
      • For admission to this program, students must furnish GRE scores with a Graduate Admissions Index of 1400/980 or higher.

    The Online Environment

    • Blackboard is the University of Houston-Victoria's learning management system. Students use peripheral tools in online learning such as Outlook email and software that enables peer-to-peer video and file sharing. The central student portal for information, WebCT, allows students access to important information from their smartphone or mobile device. The college considers internet security a top priority and has a broad collection of safety resources for student reference. The college has prepared an online orientation to eLearning for prospective students.

  16. 16

    University of North Alabama

    Location

    Florence, AL

    Tuition

    • $4,968 annually-in-state
    • $9,936 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • North Alabama's Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree is available entirely online. The faculty is comprised of criminal justice professionals with experience in forensics, sociology, psychology, emergency response, security and other hands-on fields of public service.

      • Students are eligible for unconditional admission if they already hold a master's degree or better from an accredited institution of higher learning.
      • Bachelor's degree holders with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and minimum GRE or MAT scores, set by the university, are also eligible.
      • Students lacking minimum scores will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
      • Once enrolled, students are encouraged to join criminal justice fraternities as a great way to connect with other professionals and explore networking opportunities.
      • This degree readies students for careers in both the public and private sector.

      Upon graduation from this distance learning program, students possess the reasoning skills, practical experience and research tools needed to be successful in corrections, law enforcement, court administration and university teaching positions.

    The Online Environment

    • Students will learn online via the Canvas Instructure learning management system. One of the most trusted names in course delivery, Canvas offers students a mobile app, available to iOS and Android users, to make accessing course content simple and easy to navigate on the go. Distance learners can expect to take quizzes and assessments, access and submit assignments, send and receive direct messages, listen to podcasts and watch videos via the Canvas platform.

      Integrity is an important part of an online education and is vital to the success of online programs. At University of North Alabama, students benefit from online proctor software, Remote Proctor Now, which bypasses the sometimes costly testing centers and web proctors that other colleges use to maintain academic rectitude. This software uses a student's own webcam to verify they are completing course assessments honestly.

  17. 17

    Western Kentucky University

    Location

    Bowling Green, KY

    Tuition

    • $9,800 annually-in-state
    • $12,800 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Arts in Criminology from Western Kentucky is available 100% online. Through this versatile and practical professional degree, distance learners will develop a deeper understanding of the penal system, rehabilitation and recidivism and criminal law. A major focus of this online master's program is to teach students how to evaluate and interpret criminological input.

      • Students must take 33 credit hours to graduate and will learn from a faculty that consists entirely of professionals with a terminal degree in their field. Dr. Jerry Daday, for example, holds a PhD from the University of New Mexico, and his interests overlap with the subjects he teaches at WKU: violent crime, genocide, sociological theory and quantitative research methods.
      • No out-of-state tuition is ever charged for this program.
      • Courses are offered on-demand, so students can begin their journey to a graduate degree any time of the year without restriction.
      • Students are expected to submit passing GRE test scores along with all other standard admission requirements.

    The Online Environment

    • Student email, TopperMail, is delivered through Microsoft Office365. Through this secure .edu email address, students receive important messages from the university, peers and instructors. They also have access to Microsoft calendar and messaging functions upon enrolling.

      All course information is accessible from almost any mobile device. iWKU offers a host of apps for students that include a campus map, online course catalog, current course schedule and other tools that are accessible from any smartphone, tablet or desktop.

      Blackboard, the college's learning management system, supports mobile functionality as well as WKU online. Thanks to this optimized platform, students can access their course materials and submit assignments from literally anywhere, at any time.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • U.S. News & World Report: #11 - Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
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    Northeastern University

    Location

    Boston, MA

    Tuition

    • $26,730 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NEASC/CIHE

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree, offered at Northeastern University's online campus, is a 45-credit program designed to prepare students for leadership and management roles in public service. Whether students seek to advance their career in private security or move forward in a correctional field, this online degree will ready students for advancement in the justice system.

      Educators in this program place a strong focus on the complex nature of the criminal justice landscape today. Through the MSCJ, students explore current trends in justice, such as: gangs and gun violence, cybercrime, community and intelligence-led policing and the use of technology to prevent and counter crime. Communication skills and management capabilities are a keystone of this program, allowing working students to interact with instructors and fellow students freely through email and discussion boards.

      • The average online student pursuing this degree has roughly three years of experience working in the criminal justice sector.
      • Students who enroll in this program full-time typically complete their studies within two years.
      • Part-time students generally take three years to finish their degree.
      • For students who would like to learn more about the program, there is an online video that further explains the MSJC program at Northeastern University.

    The Online Environment

    • Online students conduct their work over the Blackboard Learn course management system. This comprehensive service gives students access to registrar information such as grades, previous and pending enrollment status and more, from nearly any mobile device.

      Blackboard is not just for course content and assessments; students can also use it to create blogs, participate in discussion boards and submit homework via software like Turnitin. Students also use Blackboard's Collaborate feature for video and audio conferencing between instructors and peers. The campus offers an instant messaging platform to help students communicate as quickly and conveniently as possible when urgent matters need attention.

      Students can use Kaltura to record their desktop for screen sharing and have access to online training modules via Lynda.com. If students ever need assistance with their online resources, there is a dedicated help service and 24/7 chat line at their disposal.

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    Wilmington University

    Location

    New Castle, DE

    Tuition

    • $7,632 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Science in Administration of Justice at Wilmington University is broken into two unique concentrations. The first, Leadership and Administration, emphasizes the development of administrative and leadership skills. This focus is perfect for students working to further their career in criminal justice in a policymaking or penal justice position. For this major, students can choose from electives that focus on supervision, workplace law, police leadership and crisis management.

      The Criminal Behavior Concentration teaches students the importance of decorum, best practices and professional interactions with clients. Client-oriented professionals, such as probation and corrections officers, will benefit from the courses in this degree track that touch on client issues like addiction and mental health, violent crime and therapy.

      Both concentrations are offered on-campus at the Wilson Graduate Center and online.

    The Online Environment

    • Wilmington University online students enjoy all the same services and tools as on-the-ground scholars. Students can receive web-based advising services; specific tutoring via Smarthinking, which provides sessions that can be saved and referred to later; and the entirety of the resources found in WU's library, all from the comfort of their homes.

      Blackboard Learn is the management system in place at this university. With this portal, distance learners use their dedicated student email address to access the course content found online, including videos, audio lectures, interactive assignments, pop-up quizzes and in-class discussions. Students can view all of their higher learning resources ― email, tuition, student records and Blackboard ― via WebCampus.

    • My online experience has been very much in my favor because I am able to be a mother, full time student, and an employee, without any interference. Also, I am able to complete my current and some future assignments without waiting for anybody else to either understand or catch up with the work. If you are a person who is self-motivated, fast learner and worker, and does not procrastinate, then I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed or dissatisfied in taking Distance Learning courses.

      Kennika W., Criminal Justice major
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    Lewis University

    Location

    Romeoville, IL

    Tuition

    • $13,950

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The online master's of criminal justice program at Lewis University, which builds upon students' prior years of experience, stands apart from other such degrees. Not only is this MSCJ completely online, the program also marries a broad education in criminology and legal justice administration with a unique frame of reference on the most pertinent issues in public service, social service and law enforcement. Students can choose to focus on one of two distinct tracks in this Master of Science in Criminal/Social Justice: a Homeland Security Track or a Custom Track.

      • This 36-credit degree focuses on research, leadership and problem-solving skills. Students typically take around two years to complete.
      • Prospective students should either possess a bachelor's degree in social or behavioral science, serve as a criminal justice practitioner or meet specific standard application/GPA requirements before they consider applying.
      • Graduates of this program have gone on to work in Homeland Security and the FBI.

      The college may offer special enrollment incentives to new students, such as tuition reductions. Prospective students should inquire online for more information about special tuition rates.

    The Online Environment

    • The course management system in place at Lewis University is Blackboard. Courses offered in an online and blended format are mostly asynchronous, with due dates on a weekly basis. On-campus students use many of the same technologies as eLearners: discussion boards, webmail, video supplements, podcasts and more.

      Lewis is also mobile. The college has its own mobile app, available for iOS and Android. Students can use it to sync their smartphone or tablet's calendar and email, view the campus news feed, access online services and links, chat and find campus deals and course content.

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    Jacksonville State University

    Location

    Jacksonville, AL

    Tuition

    • $8,376 annually-in-state
    • $16,752 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice at Jacksonville State University is one of 30 online degrees offered online by this Alabama college. A 39-credit program, this master's degree is ideal for students interested in becoming public administrators, who also possess an interest in the penal system.

      • Students must present minimum GRE, MAT or GMAT scores in order to be admitted to this or any other graduate program at JSU.
      • In addition to other standard application material, such as official transcripts, statement of interest and minimum GPA requirements, applicants must present a professional resume.
      • Students who cannot provide verifiable references from a role in either a non-profit or a branch of local, state or federal government will be required to complete an internship as part of their degree.
      • Students can reach out to program administrators online for any questions they may have.

    The Online Environment

    • Students use Gamecock Enterprise Messaging (GEM) to communicate via a secure, campus-assigned email address. Through GEM, students can also create and sync calendars, import contacts and store/share files.

      Blackboard is the learning management system used at Jacksonville State University. Through the LMS's Collaborate and Mobile Learn tools, distance students can access a vast array of educational activities, including securely navigating class modules, exploring discussion boards covering topics relevant to learning and communicating with instructors. Students are also able to share voice-over-internet-protocols and video conferencing and access their coursework online confidently and safely from almost any device.

      Students can also access another online resource, Tableau Software, at JSU. This software provides access to institutional research and assessment data on iOS devices or via desktop.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • U.S. News & World Report: #28 - Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
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    University of Louisiana at Monroe

    Location

    Monroe, LA

    Tuition

    • $5,046 annually-in-state
    • $15,693 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice degree at ULM is offered online in a 33 semester-hour thesis track, as well as a 36 semester-hour non-thesis track. Distance learners may take as many as 36 months to complete this program, depending upon the availability of individual courses.

      • To be considered for this program, prospective students should possess a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
      • Applicants with a bachelor's degree in other disciplines will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may be required to make up any undergraduate deficiencies prior to pursuing their degree.
      • Prospective students should have a minimum GPA between 2.2 and 2.5 and GRE scores that satisfy the program.

      Students may wish to take prior learning assessments in order to earn credit for life experience. Some distance learners may also be interested in testing out of courses, where applicable. Portfolios may also be assessed for credit.

    The Online Environment

    • Through MyULM, students can use a single username and password to access multiple systems. With this portal, scholars receive campus notifications, news and announcements, email and a syncable calendar. Louisiana at Monroe developed a web-based advising system, called Flightpath, designed to help keep track of student goals and advisement meetings. Students have access to this, as well as course content, assessments and discussion boards via Moodle, the college's learning management system.

      At ULM, students have access to the My Homework Application, which assists distance learners by organizing homework assignments by urgency or course and then creating completion reminders. The resource is free and is available for iPhone, Android, Kindle or Windows 8 PC operating systems.

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    National American University in Rapid City

    Location

    Rapid City, SD

    Tuition

    • $27,594 annually

    School Type

    Private (For Profit)

    Contact Information

    • 5301 South Highway 16
      Rapid City, SD 57701-2823

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • Students will graduate from the Master of Management in Criminal Justice Management with both the theoretical and practical knowledge that is required to succeed. Courses in this degree program place a focus on the points at which law, public policy, emergency management, planning and innovation within the criminal justice system meet. The aim of this curriculum is to prepare students for leadership roles in the field of criminal justice.

      • Distance learners studying for their management degree will take nine courses that focus on general business and leadership concepts, followed by three of four specialized courses: Criminal Justice Planning, Management of Critical Incidents, Management in Criminal Justice and Law and Public Policy.
      • Students do not need to complete GRE or GMAT testing as a requirement for admission to National American University.
      • The college is proud to offer reduced rates to military members and veterans.

    The Online Environment

    • Students use Desire2Learn to access all of their online course materials, enroll in classes, check grades, study, turn in homework, have virtual meetings with peers, take part in study groups and complete assessments. Additionally, eLearners will use the student portal to help unify course-related content and services, such as email, D2L course announcements and more.

      Prospective students can browse a suite of video tutorials concerning how to use D2L to get a feel for the course structure and delivery. NAU also provides links to software necessary to accessing online course materials.

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    Kaplan University

    Location

    Davenport, IA

    Tuition

    • $22,620 program-total

    School Type

    Private (For Profit)

    Contact Information

    • 1801 East Kimberly Road
      Davenport, IA 52807-2095

    Career Services

    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program at Kaplan University is designed for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree in any discipline. The foundational learning of this criminal justice program consists of generalist knowledge that instructs students on how to analyze social deviance, study case law, and implement workable solutions to diverse problems.

      • Available nationwide, this online master's program requires students, in some locations, to complete at least 50% of the program online.
      • The 55-credit program also offers several focused tracks to best suit each student's goals and interests.
      • Students can specialize in Corrections, Global Issues in Criminal Justice, Law and Leadership and Executive Management.
      • Full-time students can expect to complete this program in 12 to 18 months; part-time students may need 24 to 33 months to finish this degree.

    The Online Environment

    • The interface for Kaplan's online learning is simple and intuitive, and the school provides a video overview of its functions. Interactive files and multimedia lessons, as well as a wealth of data and case files, support didactic learning with real-life examples. Resources for completing papers or conducting research are clearly organized and presented to Kaplan students, making homework streamlined for the busy working adult.

      Students collaborate online and take part in seminars using conferencing software and chat interfaces. Should students need to connect with their instructors for extra assistance, teachers and students have access to screen sharing software that allows information to be shared instantly on a virtual whiteboard. Occasionally, students and instructors may connect on software like Skype.

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    Missouri Baptist University

    Location

    Saint Louis, MO

    Tuition

    • $5,700 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Science in Criminal Justice offered at Missouri Baptist University can be earned entirely online, either full- or part-time. An ideal option for those already employed in the field of their choice and looking to progress their leadership role or advance their skills, this degree fits into the busy schedules of working police, parole and corrections officers, court personnel and criminal justice administrators.

      • The program offers an accelerated cohort system that has been optimized to be as flexible as possible.
      • Students online can earn their degree at a pace of their own choosing and may complete their studies in as soon as one year.
      • Classes are typically eight weeks in length, although some courses can occasionally take 16 weeks to complete.
      • Graduates can expect to move forward into leadership roles, teaching positions or to move up organically in their current career path.
      • Professionals who find themselves working full-time while attending MBU are welcome to apply for a $500 Law Enforcement Grant; this scholarship is available to any member of the justice system that is able to work and go to school full-time.

    The Online Environment

    • Like so many colleges and universities in the U.S., Missouri Baptist University trusts its online learning to Blackboard's learning management system. Education through Blackboard is immersive and easy-to-navigate. Students may communicate with classmates and instructors through the student portal, then continue on the Blackboard's homepage to view course content for each class.

      Blackboard supports collaborative tools and conferencing software in addition to housing class materials and resources. Distance students should expect to earn participation credit online by engaging with peers each week and posting about material in professor-initiated discussion board posts.

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    DeSales University

    Location

    Center Valley, PA

    Tuition

    • $21,000 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • DeSales University offers two online Master of Arts in Criminal justice degree programs with concentrations in either digital or investigative forensics. These programs are informed by the role of technology in changing and empowering the criminal justice landscape.

      Pursuing a degree in digital forensics, students will graduate the 33-credit program prepared to make an immediate contribution to their field. This program consists of 11 courses, including a capstone project and practicum seminar. Investigative forensics is another 33-credit program, during the course of which students will learn about subjects such as toxicology, advanced criminology and forensic science in the courtroom.

      • Applicants do not need to submit a resume or standardized exam scores for admission.
      • Unlike many graduate-level, criminal justice programs, students are not required to have previous experience in criminal justice prior to enrollment. This makes the DU program a wonderful opportunity for those students who are considering a career change as an administrator or enforcement professional.

    The Online Environment

    • DeSales University trusts Blackboard for its distance education needs. Students will find all of their distance course materials on this learning management hub. Everything from written materials to podcasts is tucked into the course modules for each week. At the discretion of the instructor, students may need to use other tools to interact online. All online courses require participation in discussion forums, but, occasionally students may need to interact via webcam or voIP.

      For students who are curious about what they might expect from an online program at DeSales, the university offers a sample distance course.

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    Florida International University

    Location

    Miami, FL

    Tuition

    • $8,652 annually-in-state
    • $20,174 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • This 36-credit, Master of Science in Criminal Justice program from FIU is offered through the Department of Criminal Justice at the College of Art and Sciences' School of International and Public Affairs. The department has ties to the Center for the Administration of Justice, a trusted source of data and influence on justice reform in Latin America.

      • Courses at FIU are highly interactive, collaborative, convenient and flexible.
      • Students take 12 courses, five of which consist of core requirements in theory, research and data analysis in criminal justice roles.
      • Four classes in criminal justice electives are also required and explore topics like the death penalty and juvenile crime.
      • Students must also choose three general electives, which can also be completed online.

      There is an online application available, and it is recommended, but not required, that students complete the GRE or GMAT prior to seeking admission. Students are not required to possess a bachelor's degree with a criminal justice focus in order to enroll in this program.

    The Online Environment

    • Blackboard Learn is the course management system used at Florida International University. At any time, students will have access to a multitude of class materials including: announcements, email, quizzes and exams. Using Blackboard, students can view their grades and course documents around the clock, as well as share information and files with professors and peers.

      It is recommended that students own a copy of Microsoft Office in order to complete classroom assignments. Some of the software that students can expect to use at FIU online includes Adobe Connect, NBC Online, Respondus, StudyMate, Turnitin and ProctorU.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • U.S. News & World Report: #19 - Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
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    Sam Houston State University

    Location

    Huntsville, TX

    Tuition

    • $4,410 annually-in-state
    • $10,782 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a fully-online, 36-credit degree designed for working criminal justice administrators and officers. A graduate of this program could expect to pursue a career in one of the many dynamic roles in the justice system including judge, probation officer or victim advocate.

      The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management program is also available and is designed for professionals who work in mid-management positions in the public and private sector. The goal of this degree is to make career advancement attainable for those who already work full-time.

      • Each of these programs offers start dates in the spring and fall semesters.
      • Students who apply must be able to provide adequate GRE test scores, especially if their GPA is inordinately low.
      • Distance learners must also complete an admissions questionnaire, and it is prefered that students have an employment record of at least three years as a criminal justice professional of some kind.

    The Online Environment

    • Students and faculty rely on Blackboard Learn to connect and collaborate online. In addition to all of the course content that students will need to study, distance learners will also find discussion forums, chat rooms and messaging and calendar services on this course management system. Students will create an account at SHSU online in order to select and pay for courses.

      Teaching methods vary by instructor, but students can always expect an engaging learning experience online. Some courses contain multimedia elements and require students to participate in conferences and video meetings. Others are more reading-intensive and may require note-taking and frequent classroom discussions.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • U.S. News & World Report: #5 - Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
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    Missouri State University

    Location

    Springfield, MO

    Tuition

    • $5,928 annually-in-state
    • $11,856 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • Missouri State's Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice offers a thesis or non-thesis track for degree completion. The 30-credit thesis option involves the development and defense of a scientific-based research study, which students must present to a thesis committee as a condition of graduation. The non-thesis, 36-credit option involves a capstone composition of a comprehensive policy analysis paper, which will be supervised and guided by a graduate faculty member.

      • Students expect to learn about criminal justice theory, research methods and leadership/administrative skills.
      • Electives for this program include courses on law enforcement, correctional theory and juvenile justice.
      • In order to be admitted to this program, students must have earned a bachelor's degree in the same fields; related undergraduate degrees will be considered on a per applicant basis.
      • In addition, students should have a 3.0 GPA or a combined score of 290 (875 under the old scoring system before August 1, 2011) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.
      • There are several scholarships available to criminal justice majors at MSU-Springfield, including the Crime and Society Scholarship Fund and the Don Ivie Scholarship Fund.

    The Online Environment

    • Course management is handled by Blackboard Learn at Missouri State University. Students will use this portal to access course content and materials, as well as to connect with peers. Participation is as important online as it is on-campus, and criminal justice students are required to communicate with their fellow students about topics covered in class, group projects and assigned reading. Using their student username and password, students can access their student email, hosted by Outlook and other online services such as school-wide announcements and online course catalogs.

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    Bowling Green State University

    Location

    Bowling Green, OH

    Tuition

    • $10,168 annually-in-state
    • $17,476 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • Bowling Green's Master of Science in Criminal Justice is ideal for students looking for career advancement opportunities, as well as students interested in pursuing doctoral studies in criminology. Distance students learn about research and analysis methods pertaining to the field of criminal justice, as well as processes in the penal system, leadership and other pervasive criminal justice essentials.

      • The program consists of 33 credit hours, which translates to roughly 11 classes.
      • Full-time students may take one or two courses every seven weeks and can expect to complete the program within two years.
      • Between each course, there is usually a one-week break.
      • The completion of the GRE is not necessary for students with an acceptable GPA or five-year work history.
      • Prior to graduation, students are asked to create a portfolio that describes the specific projects they intend to complete as part of their studies.

      Students who have questions can reach out to the program's Graduate Coordinator for information.

    The Online Environment

    • Bowling Green State University students use Canvas for unfettered access to eLearning materials. Organized with popular design and social media in mind, this popular interface is user-friendly and intuitive, making the platform simple to understand and navigate. Students may access their classes on almost any device.

      Recorded lectures may be used at the discretion of the instructor, but most classes consist of studying instructor-presented material, completing offline reading and applying critical thinking and research skills to the practical evaluation of real-world laws and scenarios. Some classes uses wikis, podcasts and other applications to further enhance information retention and classroom participation.

      Interested students can view a video that introduces the Canvas LMS.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • U.S. News & World Report: #17 - Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
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    Angelo State University

    Location

    San Angelo, TX

    Tuition

    • $3,612 annually-in-state
    • $9,984 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Offered by the Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice at Angelo State University, the Master of Science in Criminal Justice was created for working adults who seek to broaden their knowledge of U.S. criminal justice policy and process. Offered entirely online, this degree is a great choice for those wanting to advance their current criminal justice careers.

      • The program consists of 36 credit hours of criminal justice theory, research, analysis and policy courses.
      • A final exam is required in order to graduate from this program and can be administered via teleconference for student convenience.
      • Students must also complete a capstone seminar, which requires them to locate, evaluate and write a publishable, article-length paper based on independent research.
      • Anyone holding a bachelor's degree is welcome to apply to this program.
      • Test scores are not a requirement for admission, nor is a resume.

    The Online Environment

    • The learning management system used for Angelo State University's online justice program is Blackboard. Here, students can expect different requirements from their instructors depending on the parameters of their courses. Students will likely need to collaborate with teachers and peers via webcam or Skype as the final project and exam near completion. Android and iOS users can download the Blackboard Mobile app to access learning modules, turn in assignments, and even complete assessments on the go.

      Distance students have access to the Angelo State library's vast collection of journals, books and government documents which are relevant to criminal justice policy, leadership and research. Other software that distance students have access to during their enrollment includes U-search, LibGuides and AskAcademic - a tutoring resource that is available 24/7.

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    Southeast Missouri State University

    Location

    Cape Girardeau, MO

    Tuition

    • $6,079 annually-in-state
    • $11,383 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a 36 credit hour program offered as part of a partnership between Southeast Missouri State University and Missouri Southern State University. The goal of this program is to provide working professionals in the field of criminal justice with a convenient and easy-to-access vehicle for completing graduate work.

      • Over four semesters and two summer terms, taken consecutively, students study in a fixed rotation under instructors from both universities.
      • In this way, the program can be completed in as little as one year.
      • Coursework emphasizes the practical application of research and analysis, as well as comprehension of the complex issues relevant to criminal justice today.
      • All classes are completed online.
      • In addition to standard admission criteria, students must have previously completed 18 hours of social sciences courses, an undergraduate statistics course, an introduction to criminal justice course and a criminal law course.
      • There are a number of scholarships open to professional criminal justice students.

      Upon enrollment, students may choose from four degree paths that determine what sort of culminating experience they need in order to graduate: internship, capstone seminar, comprehensive exam or thesis.

    The Online Environment

    • At SMSU, there is never any need to visit a physical campus. Students learn online using Blackboard. This learning management system is one of the most trusted in the delivery of course materials online. Using this LMS, students can read their assignments and material in learning modules. Guided by instructor prompts, students convene with their peers to discuss course content in online forums, where students can share links to articles, online videos and news to further their conversations about the course content. Assessments can be completed directly in Blackboard.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • U.S. News & World Report: #15 - Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
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    Tarleton State University

    Location

    Stephenville, TX

    Tuition

    • $3,312 annually-in-state
    • $9,144 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Tarleton State University's Master of Criminal Justice is a 30-credit, online program that was designed for criminal justice professionals who want to advance their careers or remain competitive in their field. Curriculum focuses on generalist criminal justice studies, including theory, research and data analysis, leadership and justice administration.

      • Attending TSU full-time with consecutive fall, spring, and summer semesters, a student can expect to complete his or her degree within two years. Part-time students complete their degree in roughly three years.
      • In order to be granted full admission to Tarleton, students must have a 3.0 GPA for the last 60 credit hours they have earned. If an applicant's GPA is too low, they may be enrolled under an "admission warning" status. If they do not earn a 3.0 GPA during their first semester of classes, they may be placed on academic suspension.
      • Criminal justice students must also complete a phone interview in addition to meeting all other admission requirements.

    The Online Environment

    • Distance learners use Blackboard to study online, connect with peers and faculty. They can also visit community forums to discuss assignments, assessments and criminal justice related topics. This learning management system delivers well-designed course environments that encourage interaction between students and faculty online.

      Blackboard users are encouraged to take advantage of Blackboard Mobile. This app takes all of the functionality and convenience of Blackboard's well-organized and easy-to-use learning management system and scales it down to be used on tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices.

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    University of Northern Colorado

    Location

    Greeley, CO

    Tuition

    • $8,735 annually-in-state
    • $17,379 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The University of Northern Colorado's Master of Arts in Criminal Justice is a hybrid program. Leadership, management, planning, research, recognized best practices and policy are some of the subjects that graduate students can expect to study on campus and online. The degree was curated for working criminal justice professionals who wish to advance their career standing or seek out new opportunities. There is a strong research focus in this program.

      • Students must submit their GRE test scores along with their application, letters of recommendation, transcripts and entrance essay.
      • Additionally, students should be able to demonstrate a 3.0 GPA or better on the last 60 credits towards their most recent bachelor's degree.
      • Courses run for 16 weeks at a time during the spring and fall semesters. Each class meets once a week during the evening.
      • Graduates of the MACJ will be well-prepared for careers in teaching, criminal justice application and administration, or for a continued graduate education.

    The Online Environment

    • Criminal justice students use Blackboard for their distance studies. This learning management system is a versatile platform, perfect for delivering all manner of content. Some online content is pre-recorded, while other content summarizes the information students learned in on-campus classes. Whatever the course, instructors use this LMS to enhance and enrich face-to-face learning.

      Students will have access to blogs, journals and wikis to study for their tests, as well as to track their progress for posterity and portfolios. As a hybrid program, students are expected to visit the UNC campus to fulfill some of their degree requirements.

    • Had it not been for the UNC Criminal Justice master's degree, I would not be in the position I am in today. The skills I acquired played a key role in my promotion and continue to help me in my current job assignment.

      Adam Turk, Program Graduate, Investigations Lieutenant, Greeley Police Department
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    Drexel University

    Location

    Philadelphia, PA

    Tuition

    • $29,295 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • Offered on a full or part-time basis, the Master of Legal Studies in Criminal Law is Drexel University's first program to be offered entirely online. Students pursuing this degree can choose to pursue one of four specializations: Criminal Law, Health Care Compliance, Human Resources Compliance and NCAA Compliance and Sports Law

      • Criminal Law offers a focus on enforcement roles, corrections, social work, martial law and immigration systems.
      • In Health Care Compliance, students learn about the laws that pertain to health care delivery and the best ways to ensure that state and federal laws surrounding health care are being satisfied.
      • Human Resources Compliance is a study in crucial regulations and governance of employee rights and actions, management and mediation.
      • NCAA Compliance and Sports Law informs students on the legalities of sports contracts, labor law, tax, arbitration and constitutional statutes.

      This 30 credit hour online program is offered entirely online by Drexel's Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Perfect for working professionals, the content provides a comprehensive, focused study of today's legal system. Distance learners will develop new skills and build on ones already in place. Program applicants typically represent industries such as law enforcement, human resources, college sports and health care.

    The Online Environment

    • Blackboard Learn is the course management system with which students will interact while online at Drexel University. Here, students will experience the same quality education over the internet that they would expect from an on-campus program. Students will connect with their instructors and peers two or more times per week, and an all-inclusive classroom email list makes communicating with other students easy and non-invasive.

      Learning is comprehensive, using multimedia tools at Drexel, such as embedded video, recorded lectures and Powerpoint demonstrations. Students may also interact via live video conferencing or chat for their classes and should possess up-to-date hardware and software before deciding to enroll in online courses.

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    University of Central Missouri

    Location

    Warrensburg, MO

    Tuition

    • $6,630 annually-in-state
    • $13,260 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • Founded in 1962, the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program at the University of Central Missouri is ideal for students already working in criminal justice and looking to secure leadership, research or teaching roles in criminal justice fields.

      • This online program covers materials focusing on issues in the justice system, data analysis and other legal and administrative topics.
      • The faculty for this completely online program is comprised of instructors who boast high academic credentials and years of fieldwork and experience.
      • Classes are typically eight to 16 weeks in length and are asynchronous unless otherwise noted.

      Admissions requirements state that a BA in criminal justice or a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate and graduate coursework is necessary. Those with a bachelor's degree in a field other than criminal justice may need to complete 15 hours of prerequisite classes prior to beginning graduate coursework. Those with relevant professional experience, however, may be exempt from this requirement.

      Students should consult with a Criminal Justice Graduate Coordinator to determine their specific admission requirements.

    The Online Environment

    • UCM provides a number of tools and resources to give distance learners access to their online course materials. Blackboard is the campus learning management system. Using this portal, students log on to courses created by program administrators. Weekly class modules, assessments and discussion boards are all easy to locate once students log on and begin exploring.

      Students can also access course-related podcasts via iTunesU, educational videos through NBC Learn, and to use software like SoftChalk, Respondus and SafeAssign to further enhance the learning experience online.

      Students use Google to access their secure student email at UCM. They are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with Google's free apps that are available to help students more efficiently collaborate and network with other distance learners.

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    The University of Texas at Dallas

    Location

    Richardson, TX

    Tuition

    • $11,940 annually-in-state
    • $21,606 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Science in Criminology has been offered entirely online since 2012. This program blends didactic learning with applied research to provide an education focusing on the origin and management of crime from past to present. Research completed by students and faculty as part of this degree program is often utilized by local, regional and national communities, programs and organizations. Graduates of this program can expect to gain leadership and research skills designed to propel their already-existing career in criminal justice.

      • Full-time students—those who can take as many as four classes per semester—are able to complete this program in as little as one year.
      • Prospective students must submit GRE scores with a combined verbal and quantitative average of 300 and have a cumulative GPA of 3.2.
      • It is also recommended that applicants have a professional background in criminal justice and have completed a bachelor's degree program in criminal justice or a related field.
      • For prospective students with questions regarding admission, contact information for this program can be found online.
      • Students will be pleased to know that there are many scholarships available to online learners at UTD.

    The Online Environment

    • The University of Texas at Dallas trusts their online course management to Blackboard Learn. Students can access their classes via desktop or mobile thanks to this easy-to-navigate interface. Online and on-campus learners log on using their campus-assigned NetID credentials for access to ebooks and teacher designated resources. Some instructors post primarily written lessons, PDFs and slideshow presentations, but many choose to add additional dimensions to online learning via videos, recorded lectures and links to articles and news that help bring learning to life.

      Other online resources include access to a digital collection of research journals, periodicals and books, Office 365 and student email.

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    Texas A&M International University

    Location

    Laredo, TX

    Tuition

    • $3,114 annually-in-state
    • $9,486 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The aim of TAMIU's online Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) is to prepare graduates to evaluate and respond to real-world issues in criminology and the legal system. Theory and knowledge of corrections, ethics, justice and administration are the focus of this comprehensive online degree. Students will find an emphasis on research and leadership roles in the justice system and will improve upon present writing and inquiry skills. Upon completing this degree program, students will be ready to move forward in their present career or begin a new one.

      • The MSCJ program offers a thesis option calling for students to research, write and publish a paper focused on an issue relevant to a student's chosen field.
      • There is also a non-thesis track for this master's degree requiring the completion of additional credit hours for graduation.

    The Online Environment

    • The course management system at Texas A&M is called ANGEL. Students can connect with their classmates and faculty via interactive video-conferencing software, where students explore scholarly literature to absorb new concepts and challenge one another in thoughtful online discussions. TAMIU also uses the Trans-Texas-Video Conference Network to bridge the divide between the virtual classroom and on-campus instruction.

      Distance learners will find an all-inclusive list of online tutorials to guide them through the software to which they will have access, including: portfolio creators, Powerpoint Photo Story, Turnitin, webmail, course materials and assessments. The college also offers a tutorial concerning the fundamentals of the ANGEL LMS.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • U.S. News & World Report: #35 - Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
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    Prairie View A&M University

    Location

    Prairie View, TX

    Tuition

    • $3,776 annually-in-state
    • $10,184 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The 36 credit hour Master of Science in Juvenile Justice can be completed online in two years. This is one of a handful of graduate degrees in the U.S. that give master's candidates the opportunity to study interdisciplinary facets of the juvenile justice system. Since 1992, students have been exploring the foundations of this program, which include studies in statistics, administration, psychology and criminology, all from a flexible, virtual classroom environment.

      • Students can explore a thesis or non-thesis option of the MSJJ degree.
      • The non-thesis degree program requires 36 credit hours to complete and culminates in a final examination.
      • Thesis students complete 30 credit hours, as well as develop and defend a thesis. which requires an additional six credit hours of courses.
      • Prospective students should be prepared to complete an Applied Statistics course within the first 12 hours of the program as a condition of acceptance, should they not already possess such credits.
      • Distance students are ineligible to participate in graduate assistantship positions at PVAMU.

    The Online Environment

    • Distance students learn via eCourses, the online learning management system at Prairie View. With this LMS, they have the opportunity to do many things quicker and more efficiently than they might in a face-to-face classroom, such as keep a dossier of their college projects to share with others on the ePortfolio application.

      Instructors may use SoftChalk to distribute course content with students and can share pre-recorded and two-way video through ODL Smart Labs. Using Respondus makes exploring course content more interactive by integrating teaching aids like flash cards and crossword puzzles into study materials. In addition, students can access and download recorded lectures via iTunesU.

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    University of Central Florida

    Location

    Orlando, FL

    Tuition

    • $6,916 annually-in-state
    • $25,759 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • This Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a program, offered entirely online, where students explore the complex and evolving issues surrounding today's criminal justice system. Online learners also analyze the political, economic and philosophical factors that shape the penal system. As with most criminal justice programs offered today, research, data analysis, computer literacy and writing skills are other focal points of this degree.

      • Distance learners can enroll in the 36 credit hour professional track, which is designed to equip graduates with research, evaluation and leadership skills needed to advance in the criminal justice arena.
      • The 30 credit hour research track of this program is not available online.
      • To be admitted, students should possess a 3.0 GPA for the last 60 completed credit hours of coursework, acceptable GRE scores and a resume that is no longer than two pages in length.
      • In order to graduate, students must complete 21 criminal justice credits at UCF.
      • During the last semester of enrollment, all students are required to complete an exit interview and examination remotely.

    The Online Environment

    • Students will use the Canvas learning management system to stay up-to-date on their course materials, homework and guided peer discussion groups. They also have access to on-demand software - Microsoft Publisher, Word, Excel assessment - and assignment programs such as Respondus and Obojobo. Resources, such as an online library and interactive teaching media like Materia, keep students well-connected and engaged in their distance studies.

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    University of Colorado in Colorado Springs

    Location

    Colorado Springs, CO

    Tuition

    • $9,368 annually-in-state
    • $18,098 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Criminal Justice program at the University of Colorado covers a broad spectrum of the core issues relevant to the administration and enforcement of justice-related fields. The program places emphasis on developing research, reasoning and leadership skills, ensuring that students are prepared to forward their career or embark on a new path upon graduation.

      • The MCJ takes an interdisciplinary perspective and explores areas of the judicial/penal system, juvenile crime and punishment and policy and law-making.
      • The program offers electives that students will not find at many online campuses, such as gang mentality or social class and its role in crime.
      • Students who have no prior professional experience will be required to complete an internship prior to graduation.
      • There is both a capstone seminar and a thesis option available for this online degree program, which requires anywhere from 39 to 42 credit hours to complete.
      • This professional degree aims to encourage growth and change in the justice system through its alumni.

    The Online Environment

    • Blackboard is UC's course managements system that gives students access to their coursework and assessments online. This LMS is a versatile and dynamic learning platform, and students use multimedia learning aids in addition to traditional textbook and white-paper assignments.

      Furthermore, students have access to Microsoft 365 cloud-based software once they have been enrolled at UC. Outlook serves as the secure student email client, and distance learners have full use of the most up-to-date word processing and spreadsheet software as part of their enrollment at UCCS.

    • My experience with the MCJ program at UCCS has been quite positive. The small classes allow for more individual contact with the professors and more productive class discussions of the required material.

      Laurie Buchanan, Master of Criminal Justice 2013
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    University of Wisconsin in Platteville

    Location

    Platteville, WI

    Tuition

    • $18,900 annually

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program at the University of Wisconsin provides students with three areas of focus to choose from: theory, management or victim and offender services. Through this 30-credit program, no matter what concentration or electives students choose to explore, graduates gain a new skillset of supervisory and analytical competencies.

      • The more generalist degree emphasis, Criminal Justice Theory, prepares students to continue on to doctoral-level education or for careers in government research.
      • Criminal Justice Management is an ideal area of focus for professionals looking to advance existing careers in managerial or administrative criminal justice leadership.
      • The Victim and Offender Services is a better focus for those who want to work directly with clients in a community-based setting.
      • For an additional nine credit hours, students can earn a Certificate in Child Advocacy online; this program is designed to prepare justice workers for the care and protection of children in crisis.

      In order to apply, students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.75 towards any bachelor degree subject. They must also submit a current resume to be considered for this program. The MSCJ is best-suited to those with a working history in the field of criminal justice.

    The Online Environment

    • The Desire2Learn course management system serves as the digital classroom for this versatile degree program. Online learners can find everything they need to study with this easy-to-navigate portal, such as course syllabi, assignments, learning aids and multidimensional media tools like video and podcasts. In most classes, criminal justice students meet asynchronously to discuss material covered on a week-to-week basis by connecting through D2L's virtual discussion boards.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • U.S. News & World Report: #15 - Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
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    Boston University

    Location

    Boston, MA

    Tuition

    • $33,980 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NEASC/CIHE

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Criminal Justice at Boston University is offered entirely online and is centered around working professionals that represent the full spectrum of criminal justice occupations. From counselors to court professionals to corrections officers, this program's goal is to broaden perspectives. By familiarizing students with the trends, policies and best practices of criminal justice workers, the instructors at BU prepare graduates to advance their existing careers and change lives.

      • The program consists of 40 credit hours of coursework.
      • Students generally enroll in two 7-week courses per semester and can complete their master's degree within 20 months.
      • There are six spring, summer and fall start dates for the MCJ at BU.
      • Test scores are not required for entry into this program, although students should plan on submitting a current resume along with other standard application materials.
      • Distance learners should also be aware that this program is rigorous and designed for motivated professionals with strong organizational skills and the ambition to succeed.

    The Online Environment

    • Students are connected to their fellow professionals and instructors 24/7 thanks to the collaboration tools in the Blackboard learning management system. The university relies on this LMS to provide students with access to all of their course materials, exams, assessments, assignments and major project syllabi. Students use Google for mail and live collaboration.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • U.S. News & World Report: #2 - Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs

    • I am an agent with the U.S. Secret Service and this particular program has exceeded my expectations. Even though my hours and travel were hectic, the program always met my needs. Further, the instructors as well as the course material were in my opinion, outstanding. I am proud to say that I am a graduate of Boston University.

      Mark Childers, Master of Criminal Justice Graduate
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    Arizona State University in Tempe

    Location

    Tempe, AZ

    Tuition

    • $10,300 annually-in-state
    • $21,080 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • At Arizona State University, the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice online student studies the causes of crime and its impact on society. The faculty that supports this program consists of working criminal justice professionals who, much like many of the students who enroll in this degree, have knowledge of the current trends and problems that criminal justice workers face on a daily basis. Through research, policy analysis and management training, graduates exit this program ready to take their career to the next level.

      • Test scores on general competency tests, such as the GRE, are not required for admission into this program.
      • However, the cumulative GPA on record for applicants must be 3.0 or above in order to be considered for the MACJ at ASU.
      • This 33 credit hour program can be completed in as few as 18 months for full-time students.
      • Part-time students can tackle this degree on their own time but must complete their studies within six years of the date of their first criminal justice class at ASU.
      • Online courses are roughly 7.5 weeks in length.

    The Online Environment

    • ASU's online courses are taught by the same award-winning faculty that teach on-campus. This college was one of the first to partner with Google to offer Apps for Education, which the campus has integrated into its student portal to help streamline academic productivity and due dates.

      Students and faculty use Blackboard to access multimedia lesson materials, submit assignments and work through problems on digital white-sheets. ASU students have access to a free database of software and applications. These often costly programs, such as Adobe's entire Creative Suite, Microsoft Office's latest collection and 3D modeling software, are all available through a cloud-based technology that can be accessed absolutely anywhere.

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    Indiana State University

    Location

    Terre Haute, IN

    Tuition

    • $6,714 annually-in-state
    • $13,194 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • Indiana State University offers two criminal justice graduate degree programs completely online. These curriculums have been tailor-fit to the academic needs of professionals who are employed full-time in a criminal justice occupation.

      The Masters of Art in Criminology and Criminal Justice is a 33 credit hour program that culminates in a thesis and is seen as a precursor to a terminal degree in criminology. The Masters of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice is a 36 credit hour program. It is a good fit for students considering a law degree, or for those looking to round out their experience with a graduate degree credential.

      • Due to the popularity of these criminal justice programs, applicants may be wait-listed.
      • Students are encouraged to call a program advisor for details on one of the three start dates that these graduate degrees offer each year in order to select the enrollment plan that best suits their needs.
      • Online programs at Indiana State University are not currently offered in Arkansas or Massachusetts, nor are they available to international students at this time; prospective students should review program availability.

    The Online Environment

    • These sought-after programs in criminal justice use Blackboard to deliver high-quality content that is accessible 24/7. To accommodate the busy lives of working professionals, most courses are offered asynchronously and have a common, weekly due date for assignments, quizzes and discussion board participation.

      Some live web-meetings may be conducted online through Collaborate, a video conferencing tool offered to university students. Some instructors may also use Tegrity, a lecture capture program that allows students to access pre-recorded lectures at their leisure.

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    Utica College

    Location

    Utica, NY

    Tuition

    • $30,432 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • Utica College offers two online degrees that deal with fraud-related criminology. The Executive Master of Science in Economic Crime Management is a two-year cohort program designed to be completed two classes at a time over the course of six semesters. This program was created for individuals with two or more years of fraud-related experience, such as law enforcement, attorneys, military police and fraud detection specialists. There is a four day residency requirement for this otherwise online program that is fulfilled over a long weekend.

      The part-time Master of Business Administration in Economic Crime and Fraud Management requires students to complete a GMAT if they do not possess a strong background in business or if their GPA is below 3.0. The program for this in-demand specialty degree is typically completed by taking one course every eight weeks. This program is a good alternative to students interested in the EMSECM, who do not have any prior fraud-related educational or professional experiences.

    The Online Environment

    • Utica College uses the Engage learning management system in order to deliver course content. Engage, powered by ANGEL, is how students communicate securely with faculty and connect with their peers. Students can log on at any time to access course content and complete assessments using this LMS. Graduate candidates collaborate and network with their peers via the course-specific discussion boards, relying on their cohort in the case of the Executive Master's degree, to draw conclusions and complete research projects.

    • The ECM master's curriculum is outstanding—a cornucopia of economic crime courses from global management to fraud analysis to cyber economic crime. The exposure that students receive in the areas of economic crime is phenomenal.

      Grace McCarthy, MS in Economic Crime Management graduate
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    Liberty University

    Location

    Lynchburg, VA

    Tuition

    • $8,820 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • At this Christian college, students have several options for online criminal justice graduate programs. All are designed to prepare graduates to be leaders in their fields.

      Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree that was completed with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Students at Liberty University can apply if they are still completing their bachelor's degree, but they must contact an enrollment specialist directly.

    The Online Environment

    • Liberty University uses Blackboard technology to keep on and off-campus students connected to instructors. For students who have never attended an online course, the college offers a welcome tutorial and other help videos to make sure that every student has the tools to succeed from the first day of classes. Asynchronous classes are the norm for these programs, although live webinars, lectures and meetings can also be called at the instructor's discretion.

      Students can access a comprehensive online library of scholarly journals, periodicals and other research materials. All online students can also use Summon, a database similar to Google's cross-discipline collection of research articles, Scholar which is also at the distance learner's disposal.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • U.S. News & World Report: #18 - Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
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    Albany State University

    Location

    Albany, NY

    Tuition

    • $3,402 annually-in-state
    • $13,590 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program at Albany State University is a 30 credit hour program that focuses on didactic training and some experiential learning This degree prepares students in the criminology, best-practice investigation, data analysis, leadership and management in the justice system.

      This program offers specialty concentrations in Corrections and Law Enforcement that are available to online students only. Law enforcement students focus on topics like operations and management systems in criminal justice, while those with a corrections specialty focus on counseling and rehabilitation topics. Public administration is another element of this degree program, giving students a chance to explore budgeting, ethics, human resources and policy pertaining to criminal justice.

      • Passing GRE or GMAT scores are a requirement for admission into this program.
      • A final examination is required in order to complete this degree.
      • Thesis students culminate their degree with a paper which they must develop, research and present in order to graduate.
      • Non-thesis students enroll in additional courses in Technology and Criminal Justice, as well as a three credit CJP evaluation.

    The Online Environment

    • Prospective students can easily explore and register for courses using Banner Web online. Once enrolled, Banner is also the portal through which students access their hub of online courses, check important messages concerning tuition, catch up on campus news and explore personal account information. Students use the suite of Microsoft Office products and access their email accounts through Office 365.

      Online course access is possible through the Desire2Learn course management system. Classes often follow a basic format of assigned reading, instructor-provided lectures, learning exercises and mandatory discussion board postings to help peers connect over learning materials. Networking and collaboration are easy using D2L's in-line video and instant messaging functions, and instructors can call synchronous class meetings in order to offer students a more traditional learning experience.

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    Youngstown State University

    Location

    Youngstown, OH

    Tuition

    • $7,752 annually-in-state
    • $10,160 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice offered at Youngstown State University is a 30 credit hour program. Classes towards this major emphasize topics such as management, leadership, analysis and research. For students who are working full-time in a criminal justice field, this degree offers flexible, asynchronous class times and knowledgable, experienced faculty.

      • Students enroll in two courses each semester and are expected to take part in courses for at least one summer session as well.
      • Graduate students are responsible cultivating and presenting a thesis, for their thesis proposal and the formation of a committee prior to their final semester.
      • In order to be accepted to this 100% online program, students should have a GPA of 3.0 on their last 40 hours of undergraduate coursework.
      • If this condition is not met, students should possess a 2.75 GPA and submit acceptable scores on standardized tests such as the GRE or GMAT.

    The Online Environment

    • A specific rotation of courses is offered online for this degree program, and those classes can be accessed using Youngstown's learning management system, Blackboard. Classes are available anytime, so distance learners can peruse course modules, take assessments and connect with their peers day or night as their schedules permit.

      Students use Microsoft Office's latest software for email and document production thanks to a partnership with Office 365. Classes are supplemented with multimedia elements such as pre-recorded or interactive lectures, live conferencing and other technologies to make sure that students are experiencing the very best value for their education.