The online Master of Criminal Justice program was featured in the latest U.S. News & World Report magazine Best Online Graduate Education Rankings. In the first-ever ranking of online criminal justice programs, the MCJ program placed ninth nationally and fifth among public institutions. Key factors in the rankings include student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer reputation and admissions selectivity.
Graduates of the MCJ online program pursue careers in crime analysis, social work, victim advocacy, policing at the local, state and federal level, public policy and more. Students in the MCJ online program come from a wide range of backgrounds and professional experiences.
“We are thrilled by this powerful endorsement of our online program,” says Callie Rennison, associate professor and MCJ program director. “Students in the program benefit from faculty who are not only highly respected researchers, but who also have worked in the criminal justice field. Our graduates are very well prepared for contemporary criminal justice jobs in crime analysis, victim advocacy, nonprofit organizations and law enforcement.”
The MCJ online program is ideal for those juggling busy lifestyles and career demands. Most students earn their degree in two years, and many in just 18 months.
“One of the great strengths of our MCJ online program is that students learn from the same professors and take the same courses as our in-person program,” says Paul Teske, dean of the School of Public Affairs. “A degree earned from the MCJ online program is just as rigorous as a degree earned in the traditional program.”
The School of Public Affairs also offers an undergraduate criminal justice degree. In addition, a dual Bachelor/Master of Criminal Justice program allows qualified undergraduate students to get a jump-start on an MCJ degree while simultaneously completing their bachelor’s degree. Students in this program can earn the MCJ degree with one year of full-time study upon completing the bachelor degree.
Visit the Criminal Justice and Criminology website for more information about degree programs.