CSUSB’s Online Criminal Justice Master’s Program Makes Two National Ranking Lists


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The online criminal justice program at Cal State San Bernardino has been named to two national ranking lists for 2017.

TheBestSchools.org placed the CSUSB criminal justice online master’s degree program at No. 15 in its ranking, “The 25 Best Online Master of Criminal Justice Degree Programs.”

“We selected the programs based on the quality of the program, the types of courses offered, the faculty, rankings, awards, and reputation, including the school’s reputation for effectively providing online degree programs,” the online ranking service said.

CSUSB was the only California State University and the only California university listed in the top 25. The University of Cincinnati was ranked in the top spot.

And College Choice, a leading authority in college search and rankings, listed CSUSB at No. 35 in its list of “35 Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Degrees, 2017.” UC Irvine (No. 5) and La Jolla-based National University (No. 34) were the only other California schools named with CSUSB. Michigan State was ranked No. 1 on this list.

“Our rankings are based (on) data that students have indicated is most important to them: cost and reputation,” College Choice said on its website. “Our data is drawn from a number of public sources, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and PayScale.”

The criminal justice department has had both its undergraduate and graduate degree programs named to national rankings in the past.

In the summer of 2016, the online bachelor’s program was ranked No. 2 by the Center for Online Education in its “Best Online Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice Degree Programs” list, and No. 7 by the Best Degree Program in its “Top 30 Best Online Criminal Justice Degree Programs (Bachelor’s) 2016.

In May 2016, College Choice listed the online criminal justice master’s degree program No. 12 in the United States, and the only CSU campus to make its “Best Online Masters in Criminal Justice Degree Programs, 2016” list.

In August 2015, Best Value Schools placed CSUSB’s criminal justice undergraduate program at No. 3 in the nation in its list of the “50 Best Value Colleges for a Criminal Justice Degree 2015.”

Also ranked nationally in August 2015 was the criminal justice online master of arts degree, listed at No. 17 in SuperScholar’s “50 Best Online Criminal Justice Programs 2015,” and No. 20 by U.S. News & World Report in its “Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs.”

In 2009, the criminal justice program ranked third in the nation for the number of books its faculty produces, and second nationally on a per capita basis considering the number of faculty members per department, according to a study published by the Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice. The study ranked college criminal justice departments based on their production of scholarly books.

Visit the CSUSB Department of Criminal Justice website for more information on its programs.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Strategic Communication at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.

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