Two UHD Online Programs Among the Nation’s Best

Congrats to the College of Public Service (CPS)! Two of CPS’ degree plans were touted among the Best Online Programs by U.S News & World Report.

UHD rose 25 points to No. 55 among the 2023 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and by one point to No. 26 as Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice Program.

Designed for individuals looking to complete or further their education, this year's edition of Best Online Programs evaluates more than 1,800 online bachelor's and master's degree programs. While the methodologies are different for each discipline, they all incorporate metrics specific to online learning. The rankings only include degree-granting programs that are offered primarily online by regionally accredited institutions.

The two rankings for UHD speak volumes about the University’s commitment to Student Success, especially for transfer students, with the goal to provide support at every level in making their transition from community college to UHD as seamless as possible. The Applied Administration degree program is designed to offer students who have completed an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree the opportunity to develop competencies and skills for promotion to administrative and supervisory positions in organizations.

UHD’s Master’s in Criminal Justice prepares graduate students for leadership, critical thinking, and knowledge in the areas of criminological theory, program evaluation, and criminal justice administration. The curriculum provides for the development of skills in criminal justice planning, implementation, and evaluation to ensure that the management and administration of the criminal justice system is effective, efficient, and responsive to the needs of the community. The degree is particularly beneficial for students who are already working in a criminal justice occupation and who wish to increase their professional knowledge and skills; obtain employment in a criminal justice agency; teach at the community college level; or pursue a doctoral degree.

"Most of the undergraduate programs in the Best Online Programs rankings are degree completion programs, meaning the vast majority of their students already have some college credit," said Liana Loewus, Managing Editor of Education at U.S. News. "The methodologies are developed with those students in mind, setting these rankings apart from those that are focused on recent high school graduates pursuing higher education for the first time." Prospective students can see how UHD compares to other institutions and how the rankings are calculated on

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The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students, boasts more than 64,000 alumni, and offers 46 bachelor’s degrees, 11 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences & Technology. For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution, and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit