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Westfield State online criminal justice program a ‘best value’


Westfield State University was named one of the Top 50 Best Value Online Criminal Justice Programs of 2016 list by Value Colleges, an independent online guide to the best values in undergraduate and graduate college education.

Westfield State University was one of only three Massachusetts public universities to be recognized.

Westfield State University has offered online courses since 2002. The online education degree program, which began in 2008, currently offers six majors for students to choose from: business, sociology, history, liberal studies, criminal justice, and psychology. This semester, Westfield State University has 111 students enrolled in online degree completion programs, 16 of whom are criminal justice majors.

Effective fall 2014, Westfield State inked the MassTransfer Plus agreement with Holyoke Community College aimed at making it easier for students graduating from HCC’s online associate degree programs to transfer to WSU’s online bachelor’s degree-completion programs.

Westfield State has a long-standing reputation for matriculating successful criminal justice professionals from the traditional classroom or online degree program to post-graduate support. Westfield State alumna and former Superintendent Colonel Marian McGovern of the Massachusetts State Police formed the Westfield State Criminal Justice Alumni group. The group, comprised of alumni from various local and federal agencies, serves as a networking resource for current students to explore the different career paths a criminal justice degree allows them.

In addition to serving as mentors, the group established the Westfield State University Criminal Justice Alumni Association Scholarship. In September, the alumni group had its first scholarship benefit, a wiffle ball tournament for criminal justice majors, alumni, faculty, and professionals.


Value Colleges’ data comes from a few reputable sources including the U.S. News & World Report,, and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the public database for the National Center for Education Statistics. Colleges and universities are ranked in three primary areas: affordability, reputation, and return.

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