University’s online criminal justice graduate program ranked among nation’s best

U.S. News and World Report ranked the University’s online MS in Criminal Justice program 14th in the nation and fourth in degrees and faculty training.

February 17, 2022

By Renee Chmiel, Office of Marketing and Communications

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The University’s online graduate program in criminal justice was ranked 14th in the nation by US News and World Report.

Jean-Philip Precourt ’16, ’23 MS is a full-time police officer in Groton, Connecticut, working 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., with overtime. He is also pursuing his Masters in Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven and, due to his demanding work schedule, he is grateful to be able to continue his studies online.

Image of Jean-Philip Precourt '16, '23 MS, a police officer in Groton, Connecticut.
Jean-Philip Precourt ’16, ’23 MS, a police officer in Groton, Connecticut.

Precourt, who says he had an “incredible experience” as an undergraduate student, was excited to continue his studies at the University. He was grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from leading experts as an undergraduate student and wanted to have a similar experience while continuing his education.

The accelerated online program also allows him and other active law enforcement personnel to save 50% on their tuition. The program‘s flexibility and schedule also allowed her to balance her studies with her career and other commitments.

“The structure of the online master’s program allows me to achieve my goal of pursuing higher education in my spare time,” he said. “The accelerated online program allows me to reach my goal in a reasonable time. I like how the faculty effectively structures these courses, allowing students to learn four months of material in seven to eight weeks. The body faculty also takes the time out of their busy schedule to answer all questions in a timely manner.”

‘Tips… to grow professionally’

The University’s criminal justice graduate program was recently ranked 14th out of 81 online master’s degree programs in criminal justice and criminology by US News and World Report — up from 48th last year. It was also ranked 13th in the Best Online Criminal Justice Programs for Veterans. The rankings recognize programs with strong academic foundations based on instructor qualifications, student-instructor access, and graduation rates. It also honors program excellence in educating distance learners while providing professional and financial support.

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Jordan Weisensel ’23 MS

“Our online master’s in criminal justice program is one of the highest-ranked programs we offer at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels,” said David Myers, Ph.D., professor of criminal justice and Director of the University’s Criminal Justice Department. “The online master’s program provides the opportunity for working professionals and students from outside our geographic area to receive a high-quality education from exceptional faculty. We encourage and facilitate student engagement, critical thinking, and the development of analytical skills, and our faculty have both impressive academic training and extensive work experience in the field.

The University’s online master’s degree in criminal justice was particularly praised for its degrees and faculty development, ranking fourth nationally. U.S. News and World Report also ranked the University in the top quarter for student engagement and excellence programs.

For Jordan Weisensel ’23 MS, who hopes to become a psychologist who works closely with police officers, faculty has been the most impactful and best part of the program so far.

“Faculty helped provide key guidance that was beneficial for professional growth,” he said. “Understanding how I would fit into the process of what officers do for investigations, interrogations and other procedures such as giving evidence in court lets me know what information they are looking for, letting me know if I should disclosing information due to a client having the potential for harm to themselves, others, or both, and other overlapping factors in which psychology and criminal justice are likely to intersect.

“Work on your own schedule”
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Shanise Smith ’23 Sep

In its ranking of online master’s programs by discipline, US News and World Report focused on key data in five categories: engagement, faculty credentials and training, services and technology, expert reviews, and student excellence. It also used data the programs reported in a statistical survey and peer reputation survey. Last fall, US News ranked the University #55 in the North Region in its annual college rankings, recognizing it as one of the best schools for veterans and for undergraduate engineering programs.

John DeCarlo, Ph.D., director of the online master’s in criminal justice and a retired police chief, says the program can accommodate students’ schedules and they can complete it in a year.

“The program offers recent university graduates looking for their first job, as well as mid-career adults who want to progress, a truly unique experience to study on a flexible schedule with professors who are true experts in their field. “, did he declare. “The breadth and depth of coursework offered in the program will prepare students to join the ranks of only seven percent of the US population with a master’s degree. Our completion rate and employment rate are surprisingly good. If you’re ready to prepare for that first high-paying job or advance in the job you already have while participating in one of the best programs in the country, this program is for you.

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Megan Trafford ’22 Sep

Among the current applicants is Shanise Smith ’23 MS, who said that when researching criminal justice graduate programs, it was the University’s high ranking that stood out to her. As a new mom who also works full time, she is grateful to be able to complete her degree completely online.

“It allows you to work on your own schedule,” she said. “I expect the program to help me achieve my career goals because not only will it provide me with the knowledge I need, but it will also be on my CV when I look for a job in my field. There are a large number of courses covered in this program, ranging from research methods to investigations, which will be useful to me as I pursue a career as a criminal investigator.

“This program prepared me to continue my studies”

Hannah Westwood ’23 MS was drawn to the program by its integration of strong academics and real-world experience. She is grateful for the connections she has already made with her teachers and with program alumni. She is also excited to have the opportunity to take courses that focus on cold case investigations, problem-based policing, and e-discovery investigations – important and timely topics in the field of justice. criminal.

Picture of Hannah Westwood '23 MS
Hannah Westwood ’23 MS

“This program offers courses that I have never seen in any other program,” she said. “I knew I wanted a master’s degree that focused on both strong academics and current criminal justice topics. This program gives you the tools you need to succeed in the job market and in academia. I definitely made the right choice.”

Megan Trafford ’22 MS was also enthusiastic about the “interesting courses” offered through the program. She is also grateful to have the opportunity to obtain graduate certificates at the University, as she has already completed a certificate in Forensic Psychology and plans to complete her Certificate in Victim Advocacy and Case Management. service this spring.

“The flexibility of this program has allowed me to explore my interests in these areas and gain more specialized knowledge that will be essential in my future endeavours,” she said. “Most importantly, this program prepared me to continue my studies in criminal justice, which I will complete through a doctorate from the University of New Haven. program starting in the fall.

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