ASU's criminal justice online graduate degree program ranks in US News' top 10

Program rises to No. 5 nationally on list of best for veterans

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The online master’s degree program in criminology and criminal justice at Arizona State University continues for an eighth consecutive year as one of the nation’s top 10 such courses of study, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings announced. The online Master of Arts degree program earned a No. 7 ranking for 2022.

ASU’s No. 7 ranking is higher than those of the University of Cincinnati, the University of Nebraska-Omaha, the University of Central Florida and the University of Oklahoma.

In addition, the online master’s degree program rose in 2022 to No. 5 from No. 10 in 2021 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice for Veterans category.

ASU’s No. 5 ranking for veterans is higher than those of Boston University, the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, the University of Louisville and the University of San Diego.

MORE: US News ranks ASU among best in nation for online programs

“Once again, U.S. News has recognized our online graduate degree program as one of the nation’s top 10, a great honor for our school, our faculty and our students,” said Cassia SpohnSchool of Criminology and Criminal Justice interim director and Regents Professor.

“This high ranking encourages me and our globally respected faculty more than ever to make the greatest possible commitment to provide an excellent, highly reputable program for our students,” Spohn said. “Moreover, the program’s significant rise in the rankings as one of the very best such criminal justice offerings for veterans shows how much veterans value the training they receive from us.”

Most of the program’s more than 155 currently enrolled online graduate students are criminal justice professionals in the criminal justice field who seek a graduate degree to improve their career potential. The program graduated 43 such students in December 2021 and 48 in May 2021. The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is housed within the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

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