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Online Degree Program Overview

Award Winning Education

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

Ranked 2nd in the Nation for Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice Programs (tie) and 2nd in the Nation for Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice Programs for Veterans.

For more information about the U.S. News & World Report evaluation process, please visit USNews.com

Quick Facts

  • Faculty recognized as #1 most productive researchers nationally by Journal of Criminal Justice Education
  • Flexibility, designed for working professionals pursuing career advancement
  • Provides preparation for becoming police administrator, victim advocate, or judge

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 to award bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Sam Houston State University or visit their website.