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UCM Named Among Top 25 Criminal Justice Schools Online

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (June 12, 2014) –, the graduate program guide for students, created by students, has listed the University of Central Missouri among 25 Top Criminal Justice Schools Online for its Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree.

graduate programs badge is an online service with a mission dedicated to providing peer-written ratings and reviews that will help individuals to evaluate their graduate program options. According to its website, the program rankings cover a period from Sept. 1, 2012 to April 15, 2014. UCM, which has an outstanding reputation for criminal justice programs, including student teams which win national awards, was listed as 20th among schools ranked for their online master’s degrees in this academic area. The ratings are derived from data collected from 60,000 students participating in 1,500 graduate programs nationwide assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school based on a variety of academic and social criteria that include academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network. It then assigns a final ranking to a particular program by calculating average scores for that program, based on the ranking categories, then comparing that score with all other programs that were ranked. A particular graduate program cannot be ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed. publishes comments students have made about a particular program.  Words like “flexible and informative” were used by students in rating UCM’s online master’s degree in criminal justice.

Scott Chenault, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, said the ranking “is really a testament to the quality of our faculty who teach in the graduate program and the quality of students we are able to attract to the program.”

He noted that his department plans to extend its online offerings in criminal justice. Beginning in fall 2014, a new undergraduate online degree completion program will be offered.

“We fully expect to bring the same level of academic quality to the undergrad online program that we have created at the graduate level,” Chenault said. 

UCM has a long history of educating criminal justice professionals through quality undergraduate and graduate programs. Thousands of criminal justice alumni include members of numerous police and correctionsagencies, judges, attorneys, juvenile justice professionals, professors and numerous chief administrators across the globe.

To learn more about UCM’s criminal justice programs, visit or contact Chenault at 660-543-4950.