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LU’s criminal justice ranked second for affordability

GetEducated.com ranks Lamar University’s online master’s degree in criminal justice second in affordability out of 71 programs in the U.S.

The ranking compared 169 degree programs offered by a total of 127 different institutions, revealing the most Criminal Justice MS Onlineaffordable online master's degree in criminal justice programs. The rankings are data-driven based on calculations of total full-time tuition and fees. GetEducated.com found the difference between the cheapest and most expensive program is $38,000. The rankings also reveal the average cost of an online master’s degree is $19,700 (in-state).

Lamar University’s College of Arts & Sciences Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice offers the Master of Science in criminal justice for current law enforcement or criminal justice professionals who want to progress to careers in the FBI, CIA or other federal security agencies. The program focuses on both practical skills and theoretical knowledge and prepares students for upper-level staff, administrative, management, treatment and planning positions in criminal justice agencies.

“The Master of Science in criminal justice program is fully online. Many of the graduate students in this program are law enforcement employees from virtually every aspect of the criminal justice system, which provides a unique networking opportunity,” said Robert Worley, associate professor of criminal justice and program director. “Students from various agencies - local, state and national - all over the country enroll in this program. Some of the students enroll in this program with aspirations to pursue doctorate degrees upon graduation, while others use the knowledge they gain to advance in their criminal justice careers.” 

Courses in the online Master of Science in criminal justice online program include intensive studies in various areas of applied criminology as well as explorations of the criminal justice system and policy and theoretical approaches to the understanding of crime and delinquency. The program also includes courses designed to develop planning, evaluation and leadership skills specific to criminal justice professions.

LU’s criminal justice faculty members have active research agendas and are well-suited to mentor burgeoning scholars,” said Worley. “Several of the graduate students and alumni from the Master of Science in criminal justice program have published scholarly articles in academic journals. This is an exceptional program that brings out the very best in our students, and it can be completed in a very short period of time. It challenges them to embrace critical thought and analysis, which is essential to any graduate-level education.”

For more information about the program visit M.S. in Criminal Justice online or call 866.223.7675.