names master’s in criminal justice a top online program

WARRENSBURG — Having an outstanding reputation for quality criminal justice programs, the University of Central Missouri recently received recognition for its online master’s degree in the field. Following a review of similar programs for academic quality and student satisfaction, named UCM 23rd on a list of 25 for the nation’s Top Online Master’s in Criminal Justice programs.

Results are published on the website. Rankings were compiled using information from the Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS) and College Navigator databases, both of which are sources maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics. Metrics used to compile the top programs considered acceptance, retention, graduation, and enrollment rates.

According to, distance learning is becoming a significant part of mainstream education, and UCM has demonstrated “a dedication to building a quality program for working professionals who seek more flexibility than a traditional online campus can provide. “ Programs, such as the online Master’s in Criminal Justice, allow students, who might not otherwise have the opportunity, to build a strong foundation for their careers.

“It’s an honor to be named,” said Laurel Hogue, vice provost for extended studies at UCM. “It is a credit to the outstanding work our criminal justice faculty members put into developing online courses and experiences for our students.”

While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for many positions in the criminal justice field, a master’s degree opens up more opportunities for graduates in the job market. A master’s degree in criminal justice “demonstrates proficiency in the field and proves your dedication, professionalism and resilience,” according to

Learn more about all programs available in UCM’s Department of Criminal Justice at

Release courtesy of University of Central Missouri

Release courtesy of University of Central Missouri

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