The degree programs were ranked on the basis of seven factors including the quality of the online programs, student satisfaction, online presence, affordability and earnings potential, acceptance rates, and retention rates.
The college received the top spot among 35 schools across the country for its online Bachelor of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice program for its affordable and accelerated program structure, allowing participants to complete the degree in 2.5 years.The program costs $26,118 to in-state students and $42,698 to out-of-state students.
A degree in criminal justice usually covers areas such as law enforcement, corrections and the courts. After graduation, students typically go on to work as corrections officers, lawyers, forensic specialists, crime scene investigators or on police department teams.
The University of Central Florida’s online B.S. or B.A. in Criminal Justice degree came second in the ranking due to the additional criminal justice certificates it offers to participants. The degree also received high marks in acceptance, reputation, student satisfaction and retention.
Florida International University’s online B.S. in Crime Science ranked third for offering a degree that blends computer science, criminal justice, and forensics.
The report also predicted that between 2019 and 2026, job opportunities within the field of criminal justice are expected to increase by 7 to 17 percent across the country.