STEPHENVILLE — Tarleton State University has been recognized as a prime school for online learning at the master’s level by OnlineMastersDegrees.org (OMD). Its criminal justice programs earned top honors for quality, affordability and commitment to student success.
“This year we focused on the schools making it easier for students to compete in today’s increasingly difficult job market,” OMD cofounder Kyle Darland said. “Each ranked school offers a fully or partially online master’s program in criminal justice at a time when earning a master’s has become a minimum barrier to entry for many.”
OnlineMastersDegrees.org analyzed more than 7,700 accredited universities by using data pulled from the schools and from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. After the data was compiled, OMD’s data science team applied a proprietary algorithm to rank all qualifying schools for several master’s degree specialties.
Primary data points include academic counseling services, career placement services, student/faculty ratio, tuition, percentage of students receiving school-based aid and amount of school-based aid per student.
To be eligible for ranking, a university must hold active regional accreditation and have at least one partially online master’s program in the ranking subject. Just 8 percent of U.S. postsecondary institutions earned a ranking position.