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Online Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Recognized for Affordability

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (July 11, 2014) – A sign that the University of Central Missouri’s efforts to help make quality education more accessible are paying off, has named UCM among 18 schools nationwide that offer “best affordable online master’s degrees in criminal justice.”

According to the website, degree programs named to the list are those serving individuals who are preparing to become police, security, homeland security, or forensics professionals. UCM is ranked sixth in affordability for its nationally known Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree.

To establish rankings, conducted a review in spring 2014 of regionally accredited online master’s degree programs in criminal justice. It published a list of “best” schools with an “estimated sticker price” for each program – all less than $20,000 for the entire degree, although actual costs per student may vary. Transfer credits, prerequisite courses, financial aid availability, and other factors can affect a student’s final cost. Affordability rankings were calculated by comparing tuition and distance learning fees at 31 regionally accredited universities nationwide that offer 37 online master’s degrees in criminal justice.

“Affordability for students is a key priority in the UCM Strategic Governance model, yet maintaining a high quality program is equally as important,” said Deborah Curtis, UCM’s provost and chief learning officer. “This acknowledgement of the MS in Criminal Justice is evidence of a strong faculty with a commitment to excellence in education that has resulted in attaining both of these lofty goals.  We are extremely proud of this recognition for a program that has long been positioned among our signature programs here at UCM.”

In addition to recognizing, UCM’s MS in Criminal Justice online degree, since 2011 has also listed four other UCM degree programs on its other “best” lists for affordability. These include:

Founded in 1989, is a consumer group that publishes online college and university rankings as a way to help consumers make informed choices about obtaining a college degree. provides tools to help consumers rate and compare more than 3,800 online degree programs.

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 corrections agencies, judges, attorneys, juvenile justice professionals, professors and numerous chief administrators across the globe.  Earlier this summer,, the graduate program guide for students, created by students, also listed UCM among 25 Top Criminal Justice Schools Online for its MS in Criminal Justice degree.

Scott Chenault, chair of the UCM Department of Criminal Justice, noted that efforts to make education more accessible, affordable and convenient for students is leading to an online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree completion program beginning in fall 2014.  Major courses students need to complete the degree will be offered via the Internet. More information is available at  

To learn more about UCM’s criminal justice programs, contact Chenault at r 660-543-4950.  Learn more about the recent ratings by visiting or