UA Little Rock’s online master’s criminal justice programs earns top rank

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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s online master’s degree program in criminal justice has been ranked among the best in the country for the second time in 2019. ranked UA Little Rock 24th in its 2019 list of the Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs. The research identifies 50 top programs in the nation based on curriculum quality, program flexibility, affordability, and graduate outcomes.

Additionally, ranked UA Little Rock 25th in its article featuring the best criminal justice programs in the U.S. and was the only school in Arkansas selected for the list.

The online Master of Science in criminal justice is a 36-credit hour program designed to help graduates develop the essential knowledge and skills needed to become an effective practitioner or supervisor in the criminal justice system.

Today’s tense social climate means there is an increasing need for criminal justice professionals who have relevant insight into the sociological, legal, and practical areas of law enforcement as well as the skills to critically think, problem-solve, and lead.

UA Little Rock students will receive advanced academic training, special expertise in advanced issues, supervisory and administrative proficiency, and the methodological and statistical skills necessary to understand research and new developments within the criminal justice system. Graduates will gain applied knowledge enabling them to rise toward the highest levels in criminal justice organizations.

In addition to insights gained from industry professionals, leveraged a data set comprised of interviews and surveys from current students and alumni. Each online degree program was analyzed with only 50 making it to the final list. The methodology incorporates the most recent data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and statistical data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

“Professionals with a master’s in criminal justice can distinguish themselves as leading experts in the field,” said Barbara Montgomery, program recognition manager. “Students who pursue a master’s in criminal justice can gain employment as corrections managers, FBI agents, forensic accountants, forensic psychologists, paralegals and more. The steady job growth in this market is just one of the many reasons researched, analyzed, and ranked the Top Master’s in Criminal Justice programs.”

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