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UA Little Rock Ranked Top School for Online Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has been ranked as one of the top universities to earn an online master’s degree in criminal justice.

The education resource website,, ranked UA Little Rock 10th in its list of the “Best Online Master’s Degrees in Criminal Justice for 2022.”

“The Master of Science in criminal justice is a professionally-oriented, 36-hour degree offered completely online,” said Dr. Tusty ten Bensel, director of the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at UA Little Rock. “It is designed to develop the essential knowledge and skills needed to become an effective practitioner or supervisor within the criminal justice system. The online convenience of this program allows students, who are currently in the criminal justice field or have a full-time job, the flexibility to advance their education and be more marketable in the field from anywhere in the country.”

UA Little Rock’s Master of Science in criminal justice degree is a unique online program geared toward working professionals in the criminal justice system. It provides students with advanced academic training, special expertise in advanced issues within the criminal justice system, supervisory and administrative proficiency, and the methodological and statistical skills necessary to understand research and new developments in criminal justice. Graduates of this program will gain applied knowledge enabling them to rise toward the highest levels in criminal justice organizations.

UA Little Rock’s recognition comes at a time when enrollment in master’s degree programs is on the rise. In October 2021, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) reported a 7.3 percent increase in first-time graduate student enrollment in Fall 2020. First-time, part-time student enrollment rose by 13.5 percent. The CGS report cites the growth of online and hybrid learning options as a primary driver of these trends.

“Our goal was to find the master’s programs that are making online learning a priority,” said Kyle Darland, co-founder of “Each school in our criminal justice ranking offers at least one partially or fully online master’s degree option, and for a price students can afford.” researched and analyzed more than 7,700 accredited schools using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and from the schools themselves.