2020 Most Affordable Master's in Criminal Justice Online

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

All 24 of these colleges and universities offer affordable online master's in criminal justice programs. Fort Hays State University, our top-ranked school, has the lowest tuition on the list at only $4,316 per year. In the #2 spot is Missouri State University, offering a tuition rate of $4,425 per academic year. Classes at Missouri State include Applied Research in Criminal Justice, Crime Theory and Policy, Criminal Justice Policy, Juvenile Justice, Law Enforcement and Community, and Legal Issues in Criminal Justice.

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

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Fort Hays State University $4,316
# 2 #2 Missouri State University $4,425
# 3 #3 California Coast University $4,485
# 4 #4 Albany State University $4,500
# 5 #5 Northeastern State University $4,518
# 6 #6 Missouri Southern State University $4,698
# 7 #7 University of North Alabama $5,250
# 8 #8 Valdosta State University $5,274
# 9 #9 Columbus State University $5,418
# 10 #10 Wichita State University $5,434
# 11 #11 University of North Georgia $5,454
# 12 #12 Southeast Missouri State University $5,475
# 13 #13 Columbia Southern University $5,670
# 14 #14 Marshall University $5,677
# 15 #15 William Carey University $6,000
# 16 #16 Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville $6,116
# 17 #17 Midwestern State University $6,219
# 18 #18 Fairmont State University $6,270
# 19 (tie) #19 (tie) Abraham Lincoln University $6,300
# 19 (tie) #19 (tie) American Public University System $6,300
# 21 #21 University of Central Missouri $6,586
# 22 #22 Claflin University $6,744
# 23 #23 Auburn University at Montgomery $6,750
# 24 #24 University of Arkansas at Little Rock $6,894
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $4,316
Annual Tuition: $4,316
Annual Tuition: $4,316
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,411
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,453
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 628-4000

Example Classes: Advanced Sociological Research, Classic Readings, Justice in Modern Cinema, Situational Ethics, Violence in Society, Workplace Violence

#2
#2

Missouri State University

Springfield (MO)
Annual Tuition: $4,425
Annual Tuition: $4,425
Annual Tuition: $4,425
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Average SATs: 1040 -1240
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,048
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,332
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (417) 836-5000

Example Classes: Applied Research in Criminal Justice, Crime Theory and Policy, Criminal Justice Policy, Juvenile Justice, Law Enforcement and Community, Legal Issues in Criminal Justice

#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $4,485
Annual Tuition: $4,485
Annual Tuition: $4,485
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

Example Classes: Computer Crime, Correctional Counseling, Criminal Justice Administration, Deviant Behavior, Drugs, Justice and Society, Multicultural Issues in Law Enforcement

#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $4,500
Annual Tuition: $4,500
Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 23%
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Average SATs: 740 -890
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,048
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 229
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (229) 500-3500

Example Classes: Law Enforcement Management & Planning, Law Enforcement Operations, Management of Correctional Institutions, Policing in a Democratic Society, Technology and Criminal Justice, The Social Service Role of Criminal Justice Personnel

#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $4,518
Annual Tuition: $4,518
Annual Tuition: $4,518
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • Average SATs: 896 -1100
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,241
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 412
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (918) 456-5511

Example Classes: Criminal Justice Communications, Criminal Procedure, Police Systems, Race, Ethnicity and Crime, Survey in American Policing, Victimology

#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $4,698
Annual Tuition: $4,698
Annual Tuition: $4,698
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 32%
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Average SATs: 840 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 999
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 46
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (417) 625-9300

Example Classes: Civil Law and Liability, Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, Contemporary Juvenile Justice, Crime and Criminal Justice Policy, Criminal Justice Theory, Ethics in Criminal Justice

#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $5,250
Annual Tuition: $5,250
Annual Tuition: $5,250
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Average SATs: 1015 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 700
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,331
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (256) 765-4100

Example Classes: Contemporary Issues in Juvenile Justice, Crime in America, Criminal Evidence, Criminal Investigation, Criminological Theory, Forensic Investigation, Nature and Function of the American Judicial System, Psychological Dimensions of Criminal Justice Practice, Theory and Control of Crime

#8
#8
Annual Tuition: $5,274
Annual Tuition: $5,274
Annual Tuition: $5,274
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,107
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,886
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (229) 333-5800

Example Classes: Advanced Crime Prevention, Advanced Research Methods for Criminal Justice, Ethical and Legal Issues, Seminar in Forensic Investigation, Seminar in Gang, Group, and Multiple Offender Criminality, Seminar in Law Enforcement

#9
#9
Annual Tuition: $5,418
Annual Tuition: $5,418
Annual Tuition: $5,418
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 38%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 860 -1100
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 674
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 786
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (706) 507-8800

Example Classes: Administration and Management in Justice Systems, Correctional Practices and Problems, Courts and Judicial Administration, Criminal Justice, Race, and Class, Distributive Justice, Public Personnel Administration

#10
#10
Annual Tuition: $5,434
Annual Tuition: $5,434
Annual Tuition: $5,434
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1270
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,272
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 632
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (316) 978-3456

Example Classes: Community Policing, Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice, Crime Causation and CJ Policy, Forensic Psychiatry, Profiling, Sex Crimes

#11
#11
Annual Tuition: $5,454
Annual Tuition: $5,454
Annual Tuition: $5,454
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 38%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,138
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 311
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

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

#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $5,475
Annual Tuition: $5,475
Annual Tuition: $5,475
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,223
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 481
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (573) 651-2000

Example Classes: Civil Law and Liability, Crime and Criminal Justice Policy, Death Penalty in America, Ethics in Criminal Justice, Research Methodology in Criminal Justice, Restorative Justice

#13
#13

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach (AL)
Annual Tuition: $5,670
Annual Tuition: $5,670
Annual Tuition: $5,670
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 22%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 14,364
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,670
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Phone #: (251) 981-3771 x1278

Example Classes: Adult and Juvenile Correctional Systems, Comparative Criminal Justice, Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice, Forensics Criminal Intel Analysis, Global Terrorism, Multiculturalism, Diversity, and Ethics

#14
#14

Marshall University

Huntington (WV)
Annual Tuition: $5,677
Annual Tuition: $5,677
Annual Tuition: $5,677
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 935
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 596
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 642-3463

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, Understanding Cybercrime

#15
#15

William Carey University

Hattiesburg (MS)
Annual Tuition: $6,000
Annual Tuition: $6,000
Annual Tuition: $6,000
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 312
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 843
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (601) 318-6051

Example Classes: Advanced Criminal Investigation, Civil Liberties, Community Corrections, Economics of Crime and Justice, Industrial Security, Juvenile Delinquency

#16
#16
Annual Tuition: $6,116
Annual Tuition: $6,116
Annual Tuition: $6,116
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Average SATs: 1020 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 622
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 647
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (888) 328-5168

Example Classes: Applied Research in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice and the Mental Health System, Criminal Justice Planning and Budgeting, Criminal Justice Statistics, Cybercrime, Human Trafficking

#17
#17

Midwestern State University

Wichita Falls (TX)
Annual Tuition: $6,219
Annual Tuition: $6,219
Annual Tuition: $6,219
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1120
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 825
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 511
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (940) 397-4000

Example Classes: Comparative and International Criminal Justice, Critical Analysis of Justice Administration, Global Terrorism, Legal Aspects of the Criminal Justice System, Police in Society, The Ethics of Criminal Justice

#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $6,270
Annual Tuition: $6,270
Annual Tuition: $6,270
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 41%
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Average SATs: 910 -1110
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 396
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 190
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (304) 367-4000

Example Classes: Comparative Analysis of Criminal Justice Systems, Seminar in Criminal Justice Planning and Evaluation, Seminar in Offender Rehabilitation, Terrorism, Victimology, White Collar Crime

#19
#19

Abraham Lincoln University

Los Angeles (CA)
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 67%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 54
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 171
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Phone #: (213) 252-5100

Example Classes: Criminology, Drug Enforcement, Dynamics of Family Violence, Forensic Science, Interview & Interrogation, Law Enforcement Management

#19
#19
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37,335
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 7,914
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (877) 468-6268

Example Classes: Criminal Justice Ethics, Criminal Law, Criminology, Drug Cartels and the Narcotics Threat, Drugs, Justice, and Society, Negotiations: Crisis and Hostage

#21
#21
Annual Tuition: $6,586
Annual Tuition: $6,586
Annual Tuition: $6,586
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 449
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 728
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (660) 543-4111

Example Classes: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, Criminal Justice Studies in Group Behavior, Legal Aspects of the Criminal Justice, Methods of Criminal Justice Research, Statistics for Criminal Justice, The Criminal Justice System

#22
#22

Claflin University

Orangeburg (SC)
Annual Tuition: $6,744
Annual Tuition: $6,744
Annual Tuition: $6,744
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Acceptance Rate: 41%
  • Average SATs: 830 -1050
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 130
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 49
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (803) 535-5000

Example Classes: Advanced Criminological Theory, Advanced Research Methods in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Policy, Criminal Justice Systems, Public Policy Portfolio, Statistical Analysis

#23
#23
Annual Tuition: $6,750
Annual Tuition: $6,750
Annual Tuition: $6,750
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 920 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 378
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 264
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (334) 244-3000

Example Classes: Cold Case Investigations, Community Corrections, Comparative Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Writing, Family Law, Security Administration

#24
#24
Annual Tuition: $6,894
Annual Tuition: $6,894
Annual Tuition: $6,894
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,676
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 757
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (501) 569-3000

Example Classes: Corrections Administration, Criminal Justice Organizations and Management, Criminal Justice Policy, Criminal Law, Ethics in Criminal Justice, Juvenile Delinquency Problems