College of Criminal Justice Online Master's Program Ranked No. 2 Nationally

The U.S. News & World Report has ranked Sam Houston State University's Criminal Justice Department #2 for best online master's program in the United States. Consistently recognized as a leader in criminal justice education, the highly touted master's program at SHSU ranks in the top five once again for the seventh year in a row.

Earlier this week, U.S. News and World Report, the global authority in education rankings, released their yearly list of best online programs. This year's rankings considered more than 1,700 programs, which is a significant increase from the previous 1,600 institutions considered in 2021. This high ranking joins the college's recent status as the #2 online master's program for veterans in the nation.

Dr. Phillip Lyons, Dean of the College of Criminal Justice at SHSU, believes that the Criminal Justice program provides opportunities to various audiences, saying, “All of our academic programs are solid, relevant, current, and beneficial. Our online programs provide a unique opportunity for us to deliver those programs to national and even international audiences in ways that amplify our voice in contemporary conversations around justice. I am pleased, but not surprised to see the U.S. News and World Report rankings recognize that.”

The College of Criminal Justice continues its brand of excellence year to year with rankings provided by the U.S. News and World Report. The exemplary faculty and student body help maintain these ranks and are the reason why the college is often considered one of the best criminal justice programs in the nation. The online programs help meet the needs of several students who aspire to be leaders in the criminal justice sector.

Sam Houston State University's College of Criminal Justice offers a variety of programs tailored to students interested in various criminal justice fields. These online programs specialize in criminal justice, victim studies, and security studies. These programs include:

Along with its nationally recognized online offerings, the college of Criminal Justice offers a variety of face-to-face graduate programs in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Homeland Security Studies. It also features the first multi-disciplinary Ph.D. degree in Forensic Science and one of the first Ph.D. programs in Criminal Justice. The college's large faculty meets the growing need of criminal justice professionals nationally and internationally.