“U.S. News is recognizing the quality of our M.A.S. program once again, and we could not be more proud,” said Jon Gould, dean of the School of Social Ecology. “Our faculty and students continue to lead the nation.”
Created over 20 years ago, UCI’s M.A.S. in criminology, law and society was the first online degree offered in the University of California system. It’s designed to meet the goals of students seeking leadership positions within their organizations in a range of fields, including corrections, law enforcement, social services, probation/parole and forensic psychology, as well as a variety of public administrative roles.
“To be ranked No. 1 for online criminal justice programs for the fourth year in a row is truly cause to celebrate,” M.A.S. co-directors and criminology, law and society faculty members Charis E. Kubrin and Amanda Geller said jointly. “Cheers to all M.A.S. faculty, staff and students who have helped make this program the success that it is!”
The annual U.S. News list of the best online programs is one of the most influential in the country, with ratings derived from five categories of academic quality: engagement, faculty credentials and training, services and technology, expert opinion, and student excellence. Evaluators considered 95 online criminal justice programs for the 2023 report.
UCI’s M.A.S. program has graduated more than 595 students who have gone on to pursue doctorates, law degrees or careers as police administrators, educators, federal law enforcement agents, forensic psychologists, etc. Ninety-five students are currently enrolled in the program.
About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is ranked among the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. The campus has produced five Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 224 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $7 billion annually to the local economy and $8 billion statewide. For more on UCI, visit www.uci.edu.
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