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Our 2014 criminal justice rankings showcase the colleges offering the best online undergraduate criminal justice programs this year. We based our calculations on the quantifiable factors that we believe contribute to the ideal learning experience at the best online colleges: program cost; full-time to part-time faculty ratio; institutional financial aid, acceptance, retention, graduation, default, and job placement rate; and history of accreditation. Learn more

Top Online Criminal Justice Colleges

Rank School FT to PT
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Acceptance Rate Retention Rate Graduation Rate Accred.
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1

201 Old Main
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802-1589
(814) 865-4700

6.42 to 1 30% 52% 92% 86% 93 0% 83%  
  Penn State University has been offering distance education for more than 100 years, originally through correspondence before the advent of online courses. Their online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree strives to assist students in furthering their knowledge of the criminal justice system.
2

660 Parrington Oval
Norman, Oklahoma 73019-3072
(405) 325-0311

4.59 to 1 65% 79% 85% 66% 101 0% N/A  
  The University of Oklahoma's online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program was designed with the working adult in mind. Accelerated courses last eight weeks each, making it possible for learners to take four courses per semester, focusing on two at a time. This program will prepare students for a career in the criminal justice field by instilling a base understanding of the justice system.
3

8000 Utopia Pky
Queens, New York 11439
(718) 990-6161

0.78 to 1 98% 49% 76% 59% 93 0% 45%  
  Provided with a laptop and access to a range of online student services, students of St. John's University's online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program are given an opportunity to prepare for a rewarding and challenging career in the justice system.
4

1032 W. Sheridan Rd
Chicago, Illinois 60660
(773) 274-3000

0.97 to 1 94% 58% 87% 70% 93 3% N/A  
  Based in Loyola University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program instills students with knowledge of all aspects of the nation's criminal justice system. With a strong background in liberal arts, students can complete their degree in a time, place, and manner that best fits their personal and professional lives.
5

University Drive and Mill Avenue
Tempe, Arizona 85287
(480) 965-2100

11.79 to 1 75% 89% 80% 57% 83 0% 65%  
  The Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice online degree program at Arizona State University imparts students with an understanding of the cause of crime and the application of justice. Students will learn from professors who are leaders in their field as well as criminal justice professionals with expertise in policing, corrections and more.
6

222 S. Copeland Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1037
(850) 644-2525

3.32 to 1 40% 54% 91% 75% 99 3% N/A  
  Students can balance their busy lives while earning their degree from the nationally ranked Bachelor of Science in Criminology program at Florida State University. Learners will gain the foundation knowledge for career advancement or law or graduate school when it best fits their schedule.
7

3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
(215) 895-2000

1.11 to 1 98% 75% 85% 65% 87 2% N/A  
  The uncompromising quality of Drexel University's accredited online Criminal Justice degree program sets students up for success. A well-rounded education — drawing from criminology, psychology and computer science — ensures that graduates from this degree program will be ready to face a career in the criminal justice system or higher education.
8

411 Central Methodist Square
Fayette, Missouri 65248-1198
(660) 248-3391

1.05 to 1 100% 67% 72% 50% 99 0% N/A  
  With a choice between either a Bachelor of Art or a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, the online criminal justice degree program offered by Central Methodist University trains students in the ethical, legal and social aspects of the criminal justice system. After the exit examination, graduates will have the knowledge needed to pursue a career or further education.
9

900 N.Benton
Springfield, Missouri 65802-3791
(417) 873-7879

3.97 to 1 71% 87% 83% 51% 99 8% 63%  
  The College of Continuing Professional Studies at Drury University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice via the Behavioral Science Department Program. This degree prepares students for a career in corrections, probation, criminology, forensic sciences, and various law and security positions.
10

French Administration Building
Pullman, Washington 99164-5910
(509) 335-3564

2.57 to 1 50% 76% 82% 67% 96 4% N/A  
  Founded in 1943, Washington State University's criminal justice program is the second oldest continuous criminal justice program in the nation. The online degree program brings together program-driven research with real-world expertise to prepare students for the fields of state, federal and private law enforcement and the corporate security field.

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