2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Criminal Justice

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These 25 colleges offer affordable online master's in criminal justice programs, all for less than $9,000 per year. Missouri State University holds the top spot with their online Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice degree at an annual tuition rate of $4,275. Students at MSU can take courses such as Crime Theory and Policy and Applied Research in Criminal Justice. Albany State University is in second place, with a similarly affordable yearly tuition of $4,500. Those seeking a program that focuses more on leadership can benefit from University of the Cumberlands's Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration, which is ranked fourth.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2018 rankings of the most affordable online bachelor's in criminal justice degrees. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Missouri State University Annual Tuition $4,275
#2 #2 Albany State University Annual Tuition $4,500
#3 #3 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Annual Tuition $4,596
#4 #4 University of the Cumberlands Annual Tuition $4,725
#5 #5 Midwestern State University Annual Tuition $4,749
#6 #6 William Carey University Annual Tuition $5,250
#7 #7 Marshall University Annual Tuition $5,265
#8 #8 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $5,274
#9 #9 University of North Georgia Annual Tuition $5,454
#10 #10 Jacksonville State University Annual Tuition $5,730
#11 #11 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $6,012
#12 #12 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $6,124
#13 #13 American Public University System Annual Tuition $6,300
#14 #14 Auburn University at Montgomery Annual Tuition $6,705
#15 #15 East Central University Annual Tuition $6,724
#16 #16 Fairmont State University Annual Tuition $7,005
#17 #17 Fayetteville State University Annual Tuition $7,162
#18 #18 Troy University Annual Tuition $7,410
#19 #19 Columbia College Annual Tuition $7,470
#20 #20 California University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $7,650
#21 #21 University of South Dakota Annual Tuition $7,996
#22 #22 Wayland Baptist University Annual Tuition $8,100
#23 (tie) #23 (tie) Charleston Southern University Annual Tuition $8,500
#23 (tie) #23 (tie) University of Louisiana-Monroe Annual Tuition $8,500
#25 #25 Concordia University - Saint Paul Annual Tuition $8,550
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,275
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,222
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Research in Criminal Justice; Capital Punishment; Crime Theory and Policy; Criminal Justice Policy; Criminal Profiles: Who Did It?; Institutional and Community-Based Corrections
  • Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 447
  • Example Classes:
    American Corrections; Cultural Diversity in Communication; Drugs and Drug Abuse; Ethics; Law Enforcement Management & Planning; Law Enforcement Operations
  • Annual Tuition: $4,596
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,932
  • Example Classes:
    Cooperative Education; Corrections Administration; Corrections Survey; Crime and Behavior; Criminal Evidence; Criminal Justice Organizations and Management
  • Annual Tuition: $4,725
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,611
  • Example Classes:
    Addiction and the Offender Population; Child Abuse Investigation; Corrections; Criminological Theories in Justice Administration; Critical Issues in Homeland Security; Death Investigation
  • Annual Tuition: $4,749
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 745
  • Example Classes:
    Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; Comparative and International Criminal Justice; Critical Analysis of Justice Administration; Family Systems and Substance Abuse; Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations; Global Terrorism

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,811
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Criminal Investigation; Civil Liberties; Community Corrections; Economics of Crime and Justice; Industrial Security; Juvenile Delinquency
  • Annual Tuition: $5,265
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,032
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Criminal Law and Procedure; Applied Ethics in Criminal Justice; CJ Response to Domestic Violence; Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Crime; Research Methods in Criminal Justice; Terrorism

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,274
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,595
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Crime Prevention; Advanced Research Methods for Criminal Justice; Classification of Criminal Behavior; Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design; Ethical and Legal Issues; Issues in Cybercrime
  • Annual Tuition: $5,454
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 515
  • Example Classes:
    Criminal Justice Policy; Global Crime and Justice; Homeland Security; Legal Liabilities of Criminal Justice; National Security Policy of the United States; Police and Society
  • Annual Tuition: $5,730
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 953
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Data Analysis for Criminal Justice; Comparative Criminal Justice; Contemporary Criminal Justice Issues; Correctional Counseling; Criminal Behavior and Personality; Criminological Theory
  • Annual Tuition: $6,012
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,285
  • Example Classes:
    Civil Law and Liability; Comparative Criminal Justice Systems; Crime and Criminal Justice Policy; Death Penalty in America; Ethics in Criminal Justice; Police Operations

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,124
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,202
  • Example Classes:
    Comparative Criminal Justice Systems; Crime, Justice & Social Diversity; Criminal Justice Studies in Group Behavior; Criminal Law & Procedure; Dynamics of Criminal Behavior; Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and DEAC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,961
  • Example Classes:
    Corrections and Incarceration; Crime Analysis; Crime and the Family; Criminal Justice Administration; Criminal Justice Ethics; Criminal Law
  • Annual Tuition: $6,705
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 605
  • Example Classes:
    Cold Case Investigations; Community Corrections; Comparative Criminal Justice; Criminal Justice Writing; Family Law; Security Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $6,724
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 727
  • Example Classes:
    Appraisal & Assessment of Individuals, Groups & Families; Foundations of the Criminal Justice Profession; Interrogation/Report Writing; Legal and Ethical Aspects of Case Management; Personnel Supervision; Political and Legal Aspects of the Criminal Justice System
  • Annual Tuition: $7,005
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 245
  • Example Classes:
    Comparative Analysis of Criminal Justice Systems; Seminar in Criminal Justice Planning and Evaluation; Seminar in Offender Rehabilitation; Terrorism; Victimology; White Collar Crime
  • Annual Tuition: $7,162
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 683
  • Example Classes:
    Corporate and Government Crime; Females, Crime, and Justice; Foundations in Criminal Justice Systems; Juvenile Delinquency and Justice; Race, Crime, and Justice; Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • Annual Tuition: $7,410
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,711
  • Example Classes:
    Community-Based Corrections/Correctional Systems; Criminological Theory; Current Trends in Criminal Law; Ethics in Criminal Justice Organizations; Juvenile Justice; Seminar in Civil Liberties Related to Corrections
  • Annual Tuition: $7,470
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 825
  • Example Classes:
    Corrections and Penology; Criminal Justice Policy Development and Evaluation; Crisis Intervention; Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice; Current Issues and Future Directions in Criminal Justice; Development of Standard Operating Procedure
  • Annual Tuition: $7,650
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,031
  • Example Classes:
    Corporate Security Law; Criminal Intelligence Analysis; Criminal Justice Organization and Management; Criminal Procedure; Cyber Crime Investigation; International Criminal Justice
  • Annual Tuition: $7,996
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,538
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Law and Government; Courts and Judicial Politics; Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure; National Security Policy; Police Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,289
  • Example Classes:
    American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Criminal Law/Civil Law: A Comparative Analysis; Crisis Communication and Leadership; Drug Trafficking; Ethics; Human Trafficking

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 412
  • Example Classes:
    Criminal Justice Administration; Ethics; Legal Issues in Criminal Justice; Research Methods in Criminal Justice; Survey of Criminal Justice; Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • Annual Tuition: $8,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,260
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Research Methods in Criminal Justice; Advanced Theories of Crime and Delinquency; Juvenile Justice System; Minorities, Crime, and Criminal Justice; Proseminar in Criminal Justice; Seminar in Criminal Justice Administration

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,842
  • Example Classes:
    Accessing Criminal Justice Resources; Administration of Criminal Justice; Applied Ethics in Criminal Justice Leadership; Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Leadership; Correctional Design; Legal and Legislative Issues
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