Online master’s program in criminology ranking rises to second in nation

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The Master of Advanced Studies in criminology, law and society, an online degree program in the School of Social Ecology, placed second in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 ranking of online criminal justice/criminology programs.

U.S. News judged 77 schools with online programs in five categories: engagement, faculty credentials and training, services and technology,expert opinion and student excellence, and UCI’s MAS program moved up to second this year, from third last year.

“We are delighted that UCI's MAS program is ranked No. 2 in the country,” said Susan Turner, MAS program director. “This is a testament to the extraordinary education our graduate students are receiving.”

The program was created in 2002 as the first online degree in the University of California system. It is suited to meet the goals of individuals seeking leadership positions within their organizations in a range of fields such as corrections, law enforcement, social services, probation/parole, as well as a variety of public administrative roles.

At present, 82 students are enrolled in the program. A total of 451 graduates have gone on to pursue doctoral degrees or careers such as police administrators, educators, federal law enforcement agents and forensic psychologists.