The Master’s in Criminal Justice Online

Learn what an advanced degree in criminal justice is all about, see which schools offer online programs, and get answers to commonly-asked questions.

Best Online Criminal Justice Master’s Programs of 2020

Whether pursuing a career in law enforcement, security, or public policy, an online criminal justice master’s degree can provide the educational edge you need to meet your career goals. However, not every school is going to be a good fit. To help you find the right school, we’ve created the following list of the best criminal justice master’s degree programs from across the country. In addition to reviewing top programs, you can also sort schools by cost, length, accreditation, and other characteristics important to your educational journey. Narrow down your options and create your shortlist today.

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1 Florida International University Miami, FL ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs2 Get Info

Florida International University’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice focuses on criminal justice research and is designed for students intending to pursue a career in academia or applied research analysis, or continuing on with their academic studies to earn their doctorate. FIU also offers a Master of Arts in Global Affairs with an International Crime and Justice track that prepares students for careers in international and domestic justice and law enforcement by combining coursework in international crime and justice with courses in subjects such as international relations and economics. Both programs are non-thesis, require completion of 36-credit hours of coursework, and can be earned 100% online.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students34,281 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid76% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$46,300 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
2 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

The University of Colorado Denver’s Master of Criminal Justice degree program features an interdisciplinary curriculum covering criminology and justice issues related to law enforcement, the corrections system, the judiciary, juvenile justice, and the development of relevant laws and codes. Students have the option of customizing their studies by choosing one of four concentrations: Crime Analyst, Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Gender-Based Violence, or Nonprofit Organizations. The 36-credit hour curriculum consists of required coursework in theory, practice and research methods along with concentration and elective courses, and culminates with either a thesis or an applied research capstone project. Students with previous professional experience in the criminal justice field can complete all degree requirements entirely online. Students with no previous criminal justice experience, however, must complete an in-person internship with an approved local, state, or federal justice organization.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students6,582 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid50% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$56,400 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
3 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

Florida State University’s online Master of Science in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare students for a range of career opportunities, including new jobs with law enforcement agencies, leadership positions with current employers, and teaching positions at Florida community colleges. This 36-credit hour, non-thesis degree program is offered 100% online with no campus visits required. Courses are delivered in an asynchronous format, meaning that classes are accessed and coursework completed at times most convenient to the student. Full-time students can complete the entire degree program in two years by taking two courses each semester. Admission requirements include a previously-earned bachelor’s degree, current resume, and personal statement indicating the student’s reasons for pursuing the degree through distance learning. A GRE score is additionally required for applicants with less than five years of relevant professional experience.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students16,355 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid66% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$46,400 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
4 University of Houston-Downtown Houston, TX ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) degree from the University of Houston – Downtown features coursework that integrates practical and theoretical aspects of criminal justice as they relate to both the juvenile and adult justice systems. The fully-online degree program is designed primarily for currently-employed professionals interested in advancing into leadership positions in law enforcement, corrections, the judiciary system, and other criminology and criminal justice-related jobs. The curriculum consists of 36 credit hours of required and elective courses, and a culminating capstone project. The asynchronous format allows students to conveniently fit their studies around their busy work schedules. Admission requirements include a baccalaureate degree and minimum 3.0 GPA on the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate or graduate study. Applicants with a non-criminal justice bachelor’s degree may be required to complete preparatory coursework prior to program acceptance.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students6,928 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid72% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$45,000 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
5 California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, CA ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

California State University – Long Beach’s online Master of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice degree program offers a balance of theory and practical knowledge and skills to provide students with a competitive edge in the job market for leadership positions with law enforcement and correctional agencies. The degree program is presented in an accelerated format and features fully-online asynchronous coursework. Students can complete their programs in as little as 24 months. Admission requirements include a previously-earned bachelor’s degree, preferably in a criminal justice or closely-related major or minor. Students whose bachelor’s degree is in an unrelated field may still apply upon school approval. A GRE or LSAT score is also required. However, applicants may be accepted without a test score with submittal of writing samples that evidence the applicant’s research potential.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students9,591 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid44% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$48,100 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
6 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice offered by the University of Central Florida’s distance learning division, UCF Online, is a 36-credit hour program aimed at creating future criminal justice leaders. Subjects covered in the curriculum include criminal justice, management, and administrative theory, along with statistics and research methods. All degree requirements can be completed 100% online and with as little as two years of academic study. Some prerequisite and elective courses, however, may only be offered on the UCF campus. Thesis and non-thesis options are available. Students may pursue a MS in Criminal Justice/Master of Public Administration Dual Degree that requires completion of 51 credit hours of coursework.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students38,073 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid41% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$45,400 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
7 Columbia College Columbia, MO ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

The purpose of Columbia College’s online Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree is to fill two goals for its students. First is to provide currently practicing criminal justice professionals with enhanced administrative and leadership skills. Second is to prepare students for continued academic study on the doctoral level by providing them with a strong foundation in criminal justice theory and analysis. Coursework emphasizes four specific areas: policy development and analysis, research design, ethics, and trends in criminal justice. Students particularly interested in the development of management skills may opt for a management track in Corrections Administration or Law Enforcement Administration. Earning the degree requires completion of 36 credit hours of coursework culminating in a capstone project in which students apply concepts learned in their studies to leadership-based scenarios. All requirements for earning this degree can be completed 100% online.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students9,727 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid49% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$38,300 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
8 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

West Virginia University offers its online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree to accommodate the busy schedules of currently-employed mid-career professionals seeking to gain leadership and administrative skills to advance into management positions in criminal justice, human relations, law enforcement, court administration, and other related fields. Students choose from among three areas of emphasis: Healthcare, Homeland Security, and Justice Systems. Most students complete the 21-credit hour curriculum with five semesters of study, but coursework may be customized allowing for more or less time for completion. No thesis is required with academic work culminating in a research capstone. All degree requirements are completed 100% online.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students8,151 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid68% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$45,800 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
9 Arizona State University-Skysong Scottsdale, AZ ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

The online Master of Arts in Criminal Justice offered by Arizona State University’s is geared toward current criminal justice agency professionals seeking to advance their careers. Course subjects include criminology, justice systems operations, research methods and statistics, planning and management, and policy analysis and program evaluation. This 33-credit hour program can be completed in as little as 18 months of full-time study, but part-time study is also allowed. Students can develop their own individualized specializations in areas such as management, corrections, or policing. There is no thesis requirement, with the program culminating with a capstone course in criminal justice theory and practice. All coursework and degree requirements are presented entirely online with no campus visits required. Students residing outside of Arizona pay the same tuition rates as Arizona residents.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students30,422 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid53% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$47,700 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
10 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham is designed to provide working professionals with a flexible and convenient way to earn their degrees while maintaining their current jobs. The program's curriculum features training in areas such as policy analysis, research methods, and program evaluation to prepare students for advancement into administrative and other leadership positions in the criminal justice field. The degree plan is structured to allow students to complete their studies in a fall, spring, summer, fall sequence of four semesters. All coursework for this MSCJ degree is taken 100% online, with students completing a Demonstration Project in lieu of a thesis.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students11,409 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid74% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$41,200 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
11 California State University-San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students5,806 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid58% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$44,500 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
12 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students8,135 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid54% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$44,200 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
13 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students2,203 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid61% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$58,400 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
14 Capella University Minneapolis, MN ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs2 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students36,284 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid50% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$63,600 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
15 University of Toledo Toledo, OH ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students7,807 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid92% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$43,800 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
16 East Carolina University Greenville, NC ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students12,348 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid49% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$40,500 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
17 George Washington University Washington, DC ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students6,485 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid75% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$69,600 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
18 Washington State University Pullman, WA ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students5,811 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid76% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$50,600 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
19 Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students6,021 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid78% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$37,000 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
20 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs5 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students9,639 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid99% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$43,800 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
21 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs3 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students10,547 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid9% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$44,600 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
22 Park University Parkville, MO ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students8,859 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid47% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$45,900 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
23 Wichita State University Wichita, KS ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students8,821 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid64% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$40,400 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
24 Webster University Saint Louis, MO ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students5,122 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid93% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$42,300 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
25 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students75,154 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementNo Institutional Financial Aid97% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$52,700 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
26 Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, NC ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students3,646 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid93% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$31,200 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
27 University of North Texas Denton, TX ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students15,821 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid50% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$45,000 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
28 American Public University System Charles Town, WV ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs2 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students46,420 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementNo Institutional Financial Aid52% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$62,400 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
29 University of Massachusetts-Lowell Lowell, MA ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students5,943 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid76% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$53,300 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
30 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students14,235 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid79% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$38,000 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
31 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students4,470 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid70% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$38,000 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
32 New Mexico State University-Main Campus Las Cruces, NM ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students5,771 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid65% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$34,600 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
33 Angelo State University San Angelo, TX ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students3,840 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid60% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$40,200 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
34 Saint Ambrose University Davenport, IA ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students628 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid100% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$47,300 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
35 University of Cincinnati-Main Campus Cincinnati, OH ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students15,358 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid54% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$42,300 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
36 National University La Jolla, CA ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs2 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students13,240 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid4% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$59,400 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
37 Northeastern State University Tahlequah, OK ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students4,610 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid55% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$35,800 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
38 University of Colorado Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students3,931 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid53% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$43,900 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
39 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs2 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students12,002 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid45% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$53,600 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
40 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students4,359 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid9% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$41,900 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
41 Texas A & M International University Laredo, TX ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students2,837 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid37% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$45,800 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
42 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students10,045 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid99% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$45,300 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
43 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs2 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students7,580 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementNo Institutional Financial Aid78% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$53,600 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
44 University of Denver Denver, CO ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students1,752 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid85% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$56,500 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
45 Salve Regina University Newport, RI ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students618 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid99% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$53,500 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
46 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students1,908 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid53% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$42,500 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
47 Wayne State University Detroit, MI ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students7,507 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid90% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$40,800 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
48 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students4,085 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid36% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$44,200 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
49 Miami University-Hamilton Hamilton, OH ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students1,156 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid18% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$47,100 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
50 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY ONLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER’S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs3 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students6,987 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid60% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$36,100 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.

Understanding a Master’s in Criminal Justice Online

Online master’s degrees in criminal justice provide an understanding of advanced theories and policy, legal and ethical accountability expected of professionals, and the strategic thinking needed to put these concepts into practice in the workplace. Since many of the areas covered in the curriculum can be taught online, some schools offer distance options that make it easier for students to juggle their education with personal and professional responsibilities. These programs may be offered fully online, but in other cases, hybrid programs are available that combine online components with on-campus requirements.

Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Options

Because many graduate students have busy lives and diverse needs, schools don’t offer one-size-fits-all educational options. In some cases, students decide to earn a master’s degree to enter a new field and should enter programs designed to familiarize them with the basics. In other cases, students may have many years of criminal justice work experience and they want to earn a master’s degree to help them advance in their careers. As a result, schools offer accelerated programs that cover a specialization without the extra coursework that addresses information they already know. Continue reading to find out more about these different degree options.

Typical MCJ Online

Typical online master’s degree programs in criminal justice are for those who have no previous experience in the field, as well as those who have already earned criminal justice degrees and are well into their careers. No matter what their background, students in these programs learn about advanced criminal justice and criminology theories, research methods and analysis, crime analysis, and leadership in criminal justice.

In order to accommodate online learners, criminal justice master’s degree programs may offer synchronous or asynchronous program options. In synchronous programs, students attend lectures during an appointed classroom time—often on the same schedule as classes taught on campus—but they may have some flexibility when it comes to completing tests and assignments. On the other hand, asynchronous programs are more flexible as students are allowed to watch lectures, as well as hand in assignments when it’s convenient for their schedules.

Accelerated MCJ Online

Accelerated master’s degree programs in criminal justice are created for those who have already dedicated their studies to the field and want to earn an advanced degree. As a result, schools offer these programs to people who are currently earning a bachelor’s in criminal justice so they can begin working toward their graduate degree while they’re in their senior year—which helps them complete their master’s degree faster than they usually would. When students are accepted into these accelerated programs, they can take a certain number of credits allowed by the department that will count toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

To be admitted into an accelerated master’s degree program, schools may require students to have at least a 3.0 grade point average and a high score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). School may also expect students to complete certain prerequisite courses for admission, such as research methods, crime theory and causes, and criminal justice policy. Depending on the school, students may be able to take classwork entirely online, or they may be required to do some of their coursework online and some of it on campus.

Online MCJ Programs with No GRE

Like the SAT, the GRE is designed to give schools information about students’ ability to handle the rigors of the programs they apply to. However, many schools do require that students take the GRE in order to gain admission into an MCJ program, some departments are waiving that requirement—especially for those who have already established themselves in the criminal justice profession. Although, this step alleviates the stress associated with preparing for a standardized test, criminal justice master’s degree programs with no GRE requirement are still just as rigorous and have high admissions standards.

MCJ Curriculum Breakdown

The exact curriculum that students will find in an online MCJ program depends on which school they attend. In some cases, students may get the opportunity to concentrate their studies on a specific area of the discipline, such as public administration, cybersecurity, behavior analysis, and corrections. The following are examples of the coursework that students in these programs may be required to complete.

Criminological Theory

This class provides a deep dive into the reasons why people commit crimes and the factors that contribute to criminal activities. Specific topics covered may include social deviance and contemporary issues in criminology.

Psychology and the Legal System

Restorative Justice

White Collar Crime

Addiction

The Judicial Process

Organizational Behavior

Fundamentals of Public Administration

How Does a Master’s in Criminal Justice Work Online?

Online criminal justice master’s degree programs generally require core classes that all students take in order to lay the foundation they need to move on to their specific concentration. These core classes may cover criminology, data analysis, criminal justice theory, crime intelligence analysis, and issues in criminal justice. In addition to the courses specifically related to their concentration, students may be required to choose a certain number of elective classes, such as juvenile justice and delinquency, mental health and the law, women and crime, and terrorism. In some cases, students may be required to complete a capstone course at the end of the program, where they incorporate all of the concepts they learned into a project.

NCJA & ACJS Accredited for Online MCJ Programs

To ensure that they’re receiving a quality education that will give them the skills that employers demand, students should only choose MCJ programs that have been accredited by the NCJA and ACJS. These accrediting agencies judge programs based on several factors, including curriculum, program goals, specializations offered, and faculty credentials.

Online Master’s in Criminal Justice: FAQs

As people explore which MCJ programs they’re interested in, they should keep in mind what will be expected of them so they can put their best foot forward. This section answers some important questions that hopeful students may have as they search for schools.

Will You Get Accepted into an MCJ Program?

The standards that prospective students are required to meet depend on the specific program that they are interested in. However, generally, people who apply to these programs are expected to:

  • Have at least a 3.0 grade point average
  • Submit a statement of purpose to describe their goals and how a master’s in criminal justice fits into them
  • Submit letters of recommendation
  • Submit a resume

What’s the Timeline for an MCJ Program Online?

Students can generally complete an MCJ program in about two years, but the exact time it takes to earn this degree depends on the requirements of a specific criminal justice department. The following is an example of what the timeline to complete this degree may look like.

Term Course Credits
1 Criminal Justice Theory 4
1 Ethics, Justice, and Social Control 4
2 Applied Research in Criminal Justice 4
3 Community Corrections 4
4 Capstone Course 4

Can You Afford an Online Masters in Criminal Justice?

Although factors like curriculum and accreditation are important when choosing an online criminal justice master’s program, affordability is also something that people weigh heavy when making their decision. To provide an idea of what students can expect to pay when they enroll in these programs, we put together the following sampling of the tuition costs at different schools.

School Name No. of Credits Cost/Credit Total Cost
Southern New Hampshire University 36 $627 $22,572
Capella University 48 $540 $25,920
Purdue University 55 $420 $23,100
Walden University 48 $505 $24,240
Liberty University 36 $565 $20,340