Founded in 1855, Michigan State University became the United States first land-grant institution in 1862. The University was originally known as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, but has vastly expanded its curriculum and is now the nations eighth largest university with more than 50,000 students.
The Masters of Science in Criminal Justice, MSUs first online degree program, has been available to students since 1998. Courses are offered entirely online, and are taught by the same faculty members who are involved in the on-campus program. Many students complete the program in a year and a half to two years; however, it is also common for students to take three years to complete the program due to work and personal commitments. The program includes options to meet general requirements, specialize in Security Management, or pursue an international focus. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits of coursework and will take classes such as Crime Causation, Criminal Justice Management, and Policy Analysis Under Conditions of Change. The program costs $698 per credit, and the mean earning of students after 10 years of working is $58,700, a good return on investment. The flexibility, quality, and economic advantage place Michigan State University at the top of the list.