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State's online criminology program ranked among best

January 27, 2017

Indiana State University has been ranked among the 20 best online schools for a criminology degree by Best Choice Schools. The ranking was published on the organization's website in January.

Indiana State University was ranked ninth.

From an initial pool of 193 schools, this ranking was created using the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator database. Qualifying schools offered online bachelor's degrees in criminology, criminal justice, or closely related programs. To determine the top 20 ranking, criteria included school graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio, percentage of applicants admitted, and overall cost of in-state undergraduate tuition.

Indiana State is listed among the top online criminology schools due to its affordable undergraduate tuition, relatively low student-to-faculty ratio, and higher than average graduation rate. Students may earn a bachelor's in criminology and criminal justice entirely online.

Required courses include Criminal Law and Procedure, Criminology, Ethics in Criminal Justice, Introduction to Corrections, and Introduction to Research Methods in Criminal Justice. There are also four concentrations students must choose to follow in order to tailor their degree towards personal interests or career goals. These specializations include corrections, forensic investigations, law and administration, and law enforcement and evidence. Read more about the program at

Best Choice Schools has grown to become one of the leading free websites for helping college students and adult learners choose the best education path. The site includes comprehensive resources including rankings and state listings by major of the highest quality degree programs, featured articles, scholarships for financial aid, information about career opportunities, and answers to pressing questions about choosing the best school and degree program.