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UHD’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program Keeps Rising in the Rankings


By Marie Jacinto

UHD is ranked No. 57 among the 2024 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report and rose by four points to No. 22 as Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Program.

“Our ranking among the best online bachelor’s programs in the U.S. for our Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences with a major in Applied Administration is a testament to our outstanding faculty and UHD’s mission to provide a higher education experience that is affordable and accessible,” said UHD Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Deborah E. Bordelon.

“Our Master of Science in Criminal Justice program continues to rise in the U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings each year,” continued Bordelon. “As an anchor institution for the Houston region, UHD is educating the next leaders in the criminal justice field in the areas of criminological theory, program evaluation, and criminal justice administration.”

Ranked No. 22 out of 95 programs, UHD’s Criminal Justice graduate program features online courses that are taught by the same qualified faculty who teach in the face-to-face program. Most of the Criminal Justice graduate students are working professionals aspiring to career advancement in criminal justice fields. UHD master’s degree graduates are among the highest paid in Texas for median first-year earnings.

UHD is ranked No. 57 out of 358 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs. UHD’s online Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences with a major in Applied Administration is designed to offer students that have completed the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree the opportunity to develop competencies, skills, and the foundation preparation for promotion to administrative and supervisory positions in organizations

U.S. News assessed schools in these categories based on a variety of objective factors, such as student engagement, faculty credentials, and services and technologies.

Designed for individuals looking to complete or further their education, this year’s edition of Best Online Programs evaluates more than 1,800 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. While the methodologies are different for each discipline, they all incorporate metrics specific to online learning. The rankings only include degree-granting programs that are offered primarily online by regionally accredited institutions.

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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.