Master of criminal justice online program nationally ranked

Bowling Green State University’s master’s of criminal justice online program is one of the best in the country according to U.S. News and World Report.

In the inaugural edition of the Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs, the BGSU program was listed at #17.

“I am proud of the work our criminal justice faculty and staff have done to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report in the first-time ranking of master’s programs,” said Dr. Marie Huff, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, which offers the program. “The ranking demonstrates that we are providing a quality program with quality staff and outstanding student services.

“Our criminal justice faculty are well respected nationally in their field and bring real-word experience to their teaching,” Huff added.

Among their areas of expertise are victimology, police organizations, corrections, juvenile justice, criminal law and crime prevention.

“We have established an online master’s program that fosters a dynamic relationship with our faculty,” said Dr. Melissa Burek, coordinator of the graduate criminal justice program and an associate dean in the college. “The program prepares graduates for leadership roles in criminal justice agencies, and provides a solid foundation for the pursuit of a doctoral degree.”

Students in the program are from locations such as Chicago, Cleveland and Columbus to Tucson, San Antonio and Pensacola, Fla. They usually are already employed in jobs such as case managers, detectives, juvenile detention center officers and probation officers and are pursuing the master’s degree to further their careers and advance their education.

“We offer the flexibility for professionals to take the online classes at their convenience,” Burek continued. “The college has kept pace with the demands of the industry by providing timely information in an ever-changing environment.”

U.S. News developed its list of best online master’s degree programs in criminal justice based on factors such as student engagement, faculty engagement and credentials, student services and technology, admissions selectivity and peer selection.

“We are proud of the success of the graduate criminal justice program,” said Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey, president of BGSU. “Bowling Green continues to excel in providing quality education at all levels.”

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Updated: 12/02/2017 12:39AM