Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Nationally Recognized


Bethel University’s online Master’s in Criminal Justice program has been ranked 7th in the nation by Affordable Colleges Online for the Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Degrees.

     Affordable Colleges Online recently released its 2016 Rankings highlighting the Best Online Master’s Degrees for 23 different subjects. The ranking agency spent months collecting and analyzing data from government sources and hundreds of colleges and universities to identify top online degree programs in various major fields identifying which degree programs offered students the best combination of academic rigor, flexibility, support and affordability. For all “best online degree” rankings, eligible schools had to offer a bachelor’s degree or higher, they were either a public or private not-for-profit institution, and they had to offer at least one fully online bachelor’s degree program.

     Scoring was based on the following: online tuition rate, count of online bachelor’s degrees available in a field, student-faculty ratio (undergraduate), 6-year graduation rate, percent of students receiving financial aid, available academic and career counseling services, available job placement for graduates, acceptance rate, loan default rate, and AC Online Peer-Based Value (PBV), a proprietary metric that compares the cost of a program to the cost of other programs with the same (or a similar) qualitative score.

     “I could not be happier that our Master’s in Criminal Justice is getting this recognition,” said Bethel President, Dr. Walter Butler. “It’s rewarding to have others put value in programs in which we at Bethel have had confidence for a long time.”

     According to the Affordable Colleges Online website, “the criminal justice field has expanded over the last decade to keep up with new security threats. Students who earn a master’s degree in criminal justice are now poised to snag entry-level jobs in the profession or advance to positions of higher responsibility in not only local law enforcement but also in homeland security and cybersecurity — and by earning their degree online, they can get there without sacrificing family or work responsibilities.”

      Headquartered in McKenzie, Tenn., Bethel University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the state of Tennessee. In 2017, the school, which is affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, will celebrate 175 years of service. Bethel University offers bachelor’s, master’s and associate degrees through a variety of learning platforms including traditional face to face instruction and online as well. Of late, the school has been recognized for a number of its programs. It was recently ranked second in the nation in the list of Best Online Christian Liberal Arts Colleges for 2015. It was also recently named the top accredited online school in Tennessee for the 2015-2016 school year by Accredited Schools Online ( The Bethel University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program (which is a face-to-face program) was also recently recognized as one of the top 6 programs in the nation for employment in rural settings, and the Bethel nursing program (face-to-face) recently garnered a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX, the examination that determines the readiness of nursing graduates.

Posted by Cliff Bush at 1:13 PM