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UHD Criminal Justice Programs Make the Grade


By Sheryl E. Taylor

The rankings are in for UHD’s Criminal Justice programs! Recently, GradReports named the University in the top 25 schools that offer an online Master's Degree in Criminal Justice and one of the Best Criminal Justice Master’s Programs across the U.S.

For 2020, UHD is ranked No. 4 for online master’s degree in criminal justice at colleges and universities across the U.S. by median salary one year after graduation. Students who graduated with an online master’s degree in criminal justice, among the 25 ranked schools, had a median starting salary between $47,700 and $76,200.GradReports also ranked UHD No. 6 for one of the best among 25 criminal justice master’s programs based on median salary one year out of college. The schools ranked below boast median starting salaries ranging from $49,400 to $97,900 for students who graduated with a master's degree in criminal justice.

These rankings are the first to be based on median early-career salary data of over 5 million graduates from the U.S. Department of Education's resource, College Scorecard. According to its site, Grad Reports covered over 70 majors at the bachelor's and master's levels, as well as the 20 most popular online degree programs to help prospective students answer the question, “What can I expect to make if I graduate from a particular school with a particular major?”

GradReports is a product of Optimal, formerly known as SR Education Group until January 2020.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.