CAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri, March 27, 2015 – Nonprofit Colleges Online has recognized Southeast Missouri State University’s online Bachelor of Science in criminal justice in its first Students Before Profits ranking of the top 50 schools for online bachelor’s of criminal justice degree programs.
Southeast’s program was ranked #21 overall and is one of just two programs recognized at state public institutions in Missouri. Nonprofit College Online rankings are designed to help prospective students make a smart choice about where to invest their time and money in earning their online degree. Schools and programs were evaluated based on publicly available information about accreditation, academic quality, student satisfaction, reputation in the field and cost.
The Students Before Profits Award promotes nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line. For its 2015 online bachelor’s in criminal justice award winners, Nonprofit Colleges Online selected online programs from accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities with objectively lower than average tuition costs and ranked programs according to their affordability.
“Southeast’s online programs are consistently among the most affordable in the nation. The bachelor’s in criminal justice is no exception,” said Dr. Allen Gathman, dean of Online Learning at Southeast. “At the same time, this program is on the cutting edge of criminal justice education, with coursework that draws on current research and faculty members with real-world experience in law enforcement.
According to Nonprofit Colleges Online, affordability, accreditation and nonprofit status were their primary criteria when ranking these programs, but “many of these programs are consistently ranked among the top by other national publications and we believe they deserve to be considered among the best online bachelor’s in criminal justice programs available.”
Southeast’s online undergraduate criminal justice majors must complete 45 advanced credit hours, including 30 hours of core criminal justice courses and 15 hours in one of three concentration options – law enforcement, corrections or criminology. Criminal Justice majors also must complete a minor area of study with many choosing criminology, sociology, accounting, social work, social rehabilitation and treatment, cybersecurity, social rehabilitation and treatment, political science, computer science, foreign language, psychology and anthropology.
Southeast’s online Bachelor of Science in criminal justice is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The program prepares students for careers in federal law enforcement, corrections and related services, state law enforcement, security and local police.