Indiana University of
Pennsylvania’s Master of Arts in Criminology’s online program has been selected
among the top 10 online graduate criminal justice programs by U.S. News &
World Report for the second year in a row.
The selection is based on factors that
include admissions selectivity, faculty credentials, and academic and career
support services offered to students. See the full listing.
In its evaluation, editors
recognized that all of the IUP online graduate-level classes in this program
are recorded and archived, “so that students can access lecture material at
their convenience.” Editors also noted that the program draws a large number of
working professionals to the program.
“It is once again an honor for the
department and faculty to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one
of the top 10 programs in the country,” Robert Mutchnick, chair of the IUP
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, said.
“The credit for the continued
success of the program goes to our dedicated faculty and especially to Dr.
Jennifer Gossett, online MA coordinator. Dr. Gossett has revamped the delivery
of the program without sacrificing quality. She has also worked very hard to
market the program, attracting professionals who want to continue their
IUP’s program was recognized for
its high new-student retention rate, ranging from 100 percent to 98 percent
from academic year 2010–11 to 2013–14. IUP was in the top quartile in the student
engagement category and at the top of the third quartile for faculty
credentials and training. Seven full-time faculty members teach the online
A new delivery system for the
online program began in fall 2015, allowing students in the program to complete
requirements for the master’s degree in one year. Program participants take
courses in a cohort of 25 students.
“Faculty in the department have
always been responsive and innovative in meeting student needs,” Mark Correia, dean of IUP’s College of Health and Human Services, said. “This
recognition exemplifies their continued efforts in this area and their ability
to develop high quality programs that attracts students who will be integral in
leading efforts to solve complex social problems.”
Graduates of the program work in a
variety of areas, including at the federal, state and local levels of law
enforcement and corrections. Other graduates work for federal and county
probation and parole offices and in juvenile justice.
IUP is consistently ranked as one
of the nation’s top doctoral universities by U.S. News & World Report. It
has been included in the Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” guidebook for 14
years and has been included in Washington
Monthly magazine’s national rankings of schools based on their
contributions to society.