2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Criminology Degrees

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Ten of these most affordable colleges for online criminology degrees have annual tuitions under $10,000, with all 24 schools on this list offering degrees for under $16,000. Prospective students will find affordable online criminology degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master's, and certificate levels, as well as a variety of degree specializations, such as corrections and law enforcement. With an annual tuition of only $5,040, The University of Texas at Arlington tops the list with a Bachelor's Completion Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online criminology degrees at the bachelor's level or higher.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Criminology Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 The University of Texas at Arlington Annual Tuition $5,040 Criminology Degrees: Bachelor's
#2 #2 Delta State University Annual Tuition $6,298 Criminology Degrees: Master's
#3 #3 California University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $7,395 Criminology Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#4 #4 University of West Georgia Annual Tuition $7,926 Criminology Degrees: Bachelor's
#5 #5 Adams State University Annual Tuition $7,986 Criminology Degrees: Bachelor's
#6 #6 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $8,535 Criminology Degrees: Bachelor's
#7 #7 Florida State University Annual Tuition $9,450 Criminology Degrees: Bachelor's and Certificate
#8 #8 Wiley College Annual Tuition $9,468 Criminology Degrees: Bachelor's
#9 #9 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600 Criminology Degrees: Bachelor's
#10 #10 Coker College Annual Tuition $9,928 Criminology Degrees: Master's
#11 #11 California State University-Long Beach Annual Tuition $10,350 Criminology Degrees: Master's
#12 #12 University of Missouri at Saint Louis Annual Tuition $10,602 Criminology Degrees: Bachelor's
#13 #13 Indiana State University Annual Tuition $11,068 Criminology Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#14 #14 University of Nebraska at Omaha Annual Tuition $11,640 Criminology Degrees: Bachelor's
#15 #15 Kent State University at Kent Annual Tuition $11,900 Criminology Degrees: Master's
#16 #16 Chaminade University of Honolulu Annual Tuition $12,030 Criminology Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#17 #17 Portland State University Annual Tuition $12,845 Criminology Degrees: Bachelor's and Certificate
#18 #18 Ball State University Annual Tuition $13,578 Criminology Degrees: Bachelor's
#19 #19 University of Mount Olive Annual Tuition $13,600 Criminology Degrees: Bachelor's
#20 #20 Kentucky Wesleyan College Annual Tuition $14,230 Criminology Degrees: Bachelor's
#21 (tie) #21 (tie) Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Annual Tuition $14,880 Criminology Degrees: Bachelor's
#21 (tie) #21 (tie) Western Kentucky University Annual Tuition $14,880 Criminology Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#23 #23 Regis University Annual Tuition $15,040 Criminology Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#24 #24 Adler University Annual Tuition $15,390 Criminology Degrees: Master's
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,040
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    American Judicial Systems; Corrections Casework & Counseling; Criminal Evidence & Proof; Police & the Community; Probation and Parole; Race, Crime & Justice
  • Annual Tuition: $6,298
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Example Classes:
    Drugs and Society; Historical Analysis of the American Criminal Justice System; Organization & Philosophy of Criminal Justice; Professional & Institutional Ethics; Seminar:Issues in Criminal Justice; Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • Annual Tuition: $7,395
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Behavioral Crime Analysis Theory; Criminal Investigative Analysis; Criminology Studies Abroad; Equivocal Death Analysis; Ethical and Legal Aspects of Criminology; Geographical Crime Analysis
  • Annual Tuition: $7,926
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    American Criminal Courts; Gangs; International Comparative Justice; Social Science and the Legal System; Violent Crime; Women in the Criminal Justice System

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,986
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Example Classes:
    Correctional Systems; Criminal Justice; Deviance and Social Control; Internship in Criminology; Juvenile Delinquency
  • Annual Tuition: $8,535
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Example Classes:
    Civil Law and Liability; Criminal Typology and Victimology; Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution; Organized and White Collar Crime; Policing in an Information Age; Race, Gender, Class and Crime
  • Annual Tuition: $9,450
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Example Classes:
    Comparative Criminology & Criminal Justic; Criminal and Delinquent Behavior; Law Enforcement; Media in Crime Victimization; Special Topic - Crime Victimization & Victim Services

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,468
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Correctional Systems; Criminal Justice Ethics and Professional Responsibility; Police Organization; Social Justice; Substance Abuse; Victimology
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Example Classes:
    American Politics; Effective Patrol and Community Policing; Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance; Judicial Administration; Psychopaths, Sociopaths and Serial Killers; Writing for the Criminal Justice Profession

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,928
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Example Classes:
    Correctional Philosophies; Criminological Theory and Crime Policy; Police Street Crime Control Tactics; Social Class and Crime; Supreme Court Rulings and Criminal Justice; The Prison Industrial Complex
  • Annual Tuition: $10,350
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 34%
  • Example Classes:
    Crime and Public Policy; Ethics, Values, and Diversity; Legal Issues in Criminal Justice; Police Organization and Management; Research Methodology and Statistical Analysis; Theories of Crime Causation
  • Annual Tuition: $10,602
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Example Classes:
    Alcohol, Drugs And Society; Communities And Crime; Gender, Crime, And Justice; Race, Crime, And Justice; Victimology; Violence Against Women
  • Annual Tuition: $11,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Example Classes:
    Community-based Corrections; Sociology of Deviant Behavior; Violence
  • Annual Tuition: $11,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Community Corrections; Intelligence and National Security; Justice Institutions; Law, Justice and Society; Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice; Victimology
  • Annual Tuition: $12,030
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Example Classes:
    Behavioral Sciences Statistics; Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice; Corrections: Prisons and Community Alternatives; Criminal Justice Systems; Juvenile Justice System; Seminar in Criminal Justice Agencies
  • Annual Tuition: $12,845
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Example Classes:
    American Courts; Crime Control Strategies; Criminal Justice Research; Criminal Law and Legal Reasoning; Punishment and Corrections; Theories of Crime
  • Annual Tuition: $13,578
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Decision Making and Ethics in Criminal Justice; Institutional Corrections; Introduction to Courts; Organized Crime; Race, Ethnics, and Gender Issues in Criminal Justice; Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • Annual Tuition: $13,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Example Classes:
    Constitutional Law & Criminal Procedure; Criminal Justice Administration; Punishment & Corrections; Research Methods and Quantitative Reasoning; Sociological and Criminological Theories; Victimology & Advocacy

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,230
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Example Classes:
    Criminal Investigation; Criminal Procedure; Critical Issues in Policing; Drug Crime and Justice; Global Perspecitves on Crime and Justice; Judicial Process
  • Annual Tuition: $14,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Example Classes:
    Corrections; Criminal Interviewing and Investigation; Ethical and Legal Issues; Inside the Governments; Juvenile Justice

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Example Classes:
    Abnormal Psychology; Aspects of Alcoholism; Constitutional Law; Political Terrorism; Services to Juvenile Offenders; The Death Penalty in America

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Online Master's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,040
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Criminal Deviance; Family Violence; Perspectives on Terrorism; Psychology of Crime; Sexual Homicide; Youth Violence and Delinquency
  • Annual Tuition: $15,390
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Community and Social Psychology; Criminal Justice Processes and Institutions; Criminological Theory; Mental Health Intersections in Criminal Justice; Public Policy Issues in Criminal Justice
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