School and Ranking Information
There is only one school in Tulsa, either public or private, that offers criminal justice degrees. Based on its quality academic programs, high-tech learning environment and low tuition price, the following college is regarded as one of Tulsa's top schools for criminal justice:
- Winner: Rogers State University is the only public, non-profit school in the Tulsa metropolitan area that offers associate and bachelor's degrees in criminal justice. RSU serves a student population of over 4,000 annually. The school has campuses in Claremore, Bartlesville and Pryor. In 2014, RSU opened the new Pryor campus located at the MidAmerica Industrial Park.
School Info Chart
|Category||Rogers State University|
|Rankings||Tied at #117 for Best Online Bachelor's Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2014*|
|School Type||4 year, public|
|Tuition & Fees 2013-2014||$5,144 (in-state), $11,864 (out-of-state)*|
|Criminal Justice Degrees Offered||Associate's, Bachelor's|
|Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||21**|
|Most Popular Criminal Justice Degree level in 2012-2013||Bachelor of Science in Justice Administration (11 awarded)***|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||21%**|
|Noteworthy||Flexible distance-learning options for students include RSU-TV and the RSU Online program***|
Source: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator; ***Rogers State University
Rogers State University
- RSU was the first public university in Oklahoma to offer bachelor's degrees entirely via the Internet.
- The Criminal Justice Society is an organization at Rogers State University that promotes critical thinking, research, ethical standards and continuing education in the field.
- Students take part in court projects as well as scholarly research.
- Professors in the criminal justice department have experience in fields such as corrections and forensic science.
Rogers State University currently has a number of associate's and bachelor's degree programs and one master's degree program, with some studies available online. RSU provides several distance learning options for students, including TV-based programs, online programs and other delivery methods. The Department of Psychology, Sociology and Criminal Justice houses the school's undergraduate criminal justice programs.
The Associate in Arts in Criminal Justice Studies program is for students who are seeking entry-level positions in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, or prosecution. The program offers study options in the Collegiate Officer Program (C.O.P.) or in law and justice. The first option, which equips students with specific police skills training in areas such as custody and control, firearms and law enforcement driving, leads to eligibility for peace officer certification upon graduation. The second option prepares students to work in the justice system in Oklahoma.
RSU also offers a bachelor's degree program in justice administration. This program has a similar core curriculum to the associate's degree program, but it delves more deeply into the concepts of criminal justice to prepare students for graduate or professional school, if they choose to continue their education. Completing the bachelor's degree also readies graduates for a criminal justice career.