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U.S. News & World Reports Ranking for Best in Online Graduate Criminal Justice

Ranked 1st in the Nation for Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs

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Quick Facts

  • Ranked #1 in Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs by U.S. News & World Reports
  • Faculty recognized as #1 most productive researchers nationally by Journal of Criminal Justice Education
  • Pursue your career in criminal justice while completing a degree in two years.

Find more information in the degree overview.

About Your Degree

At SHSU Online, we understand that your degree needs to work for you. Your degree isn’t just a piece of paper — it signifies your accomplishment and expertise to the world.

Accumulating Credit
You earn a degree from SHSU by accumulating course credit hours.
All Credits Are Equal
You earn course credit hours by completing in-person courses and/or online courses, or through transferred credits from another institution.
Your Degree Will Not Say “Online
Neither will your transcript— even if you earn all of your course credit hours online. Your degree will be the same regardless of how you earn your credit hours.
All SHSU Degree Programs Are Fully Accredited
Sam Houston State University is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Some programs are also accredited by a governing professional body. Read more about our accreditation.