You were always the person in your group of friends who followed the rules, never TPing, prank phone calling, staying out past curfew, or even speeding 3 mph over the limit. And to this very day, you refuse to put a toe out of line. You’re already a hardcore follower of every letter of the law, so why not get paid it?
Your options in criminal justice are far and wide — and jobs in this field are on the rise. In fact, police and detective jobs are forecasted to rise by 10% now until 2018,* and cybersecurity is more in demand as technology advances and integrates itself into society. Average salary varies greatly depending on the discipline you are interested in (e.g., $27,000 average security guard salary to $75,000 average homicide detective salary).*
Your passion to protect, service, and investigate exists without a question. Now all it takes is putting that into motion. You see what is right and wrong — and you want to fix the wrong to make the community a safer place. How you do it is up to you. Start your path to criminal justice today.*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook *Satisfaction in the Practice of Law: Findings from a Long-Term Study of Attorneys' Careers
Want to be a CIA agent, crime scene investigator, or police officer? You’ll develop the skills to protect and serve with a criminal justice degree. Saint Leo delivers the program on-campus and online and allows students to focus their study. For instance, if you want to learn to analyze crime scene evidence then you can specialize in criminalistics. Or, if you see yourself thwarting terrorist activity, then add a specialty in homeland security. Here’s a unique opportunity: Each year, Professor Robert Sullivan teaches Saint Leo students about homeland security by accompanying them on an intensive eight-day Israel trip. Students have toured everywhere from Haifa to Jerusalem while learning about counterterrorist tactics from expert organizations like the Israeli Special Forces. But you won’t have to travel the world to learn from criminal justice experts. The professors at Saint Leo have worked as law enforcement officers, detectives, investigators, and prosecutors. Whether you study on-campus or online, you’ll learn from professionals who truly know what it’s like to work in the field and can prepare you for it.
Yes, you can go to Florida State University to become a police officer. FSU’s association with the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy enables students to earn their college degree and state officer certifications at the same time. But turning out well-educated professionals is only part of the institution’s mission. FSU also prioritizes innovation and discovery in the discipline, such as using Florida’s unique banking disclosure laws to empirically study the conditions and circumstances that have led to repetitive financial fraud at major U.S. financial institutions. The university’s criminology faculty is ranked number one in the nation for research productivity and is among the top 10 for grant acquisition. For students, this means being taught by cutting-edge scholars in areas such as gun control, biosocial criminology, and corrections. FSU highly encourages criminology undergraduates to seek internships and helps facilitate the process through fairs and databases. You might find yourself performing digital forensics for the Tallahassee U.S. Probation Office or writing podcasts for the Florida Supreme Court. On campus, the Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research offers unique opportunities for graduate students to get involved. For example, they can assist the State of Florida’s Attorney General’s Office in studying elder financial exploitation or search records for connections between prison visitations and convict recidivism. For working professionals, FSU’s well-regarded online criminology program enables pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate degree without having to travel to campus.
University of Florida offers 18 Legal and Law degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 698 Legal and Law students graduated with students earning 341 Doctoral degrees, 165 Master's degrees, 162 Bachelor's degrees, and 30 Certificates.
St Petersburg College offers 35 Legal and Law degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 599 Legal and Law students graduated with students earning 362 Certificates, 120 Associate's degrees, and 117 Bachelor's degrees.
Florida International University offers 13 Legal and Law degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 755 Legal and Law students graduated with students earning 495 Bachelor's degrees, 143 Doctoral degrees, and 117 Master's degrees.
University of South Florida-Main Campus offers 7 Legal and Law degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 330 Legal and Law students graduated with students earning 289 Bachelor's degrees, 38 Master's degrees, and 3 Doctoral degrees.
Nova Southeastern University offers 26 Legal and Law degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 472 Legal and Law students graduated with students earning 275 Doctoral degrees, 157 Master's degrees, 26 Bachelor's degrees, and 14 Certificates.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|University of Central Florida Orlando, FL||44 : 1||69,402|
|Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL||68 : 1||10,912|
|Florida State University Tallahassee, FL||27 : 1||42,450|
|University of Florida Gainesville, FL||21 : 1||52,407|
|St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL||85 : 1||28,853|
|Florida International University Miami, FL||46 : 1||58,711|
|University of South Florida-Main Campus Tampa, FL||34 : 1||44,246|
|Hillsborough Community College Tampa, FL||75 : 1||22,404|
|Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL||58 : 1||20,576|
|Florida Coastal School of Law Jacksonville, FL||23 : 1||184|
|Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL||88 : 1||31,289|
|Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL||16 : 1||19,567|
|Miami Dade College Miami, FL||73 : 1||51,679|
|Valencia College Orlando, FL||77 : 1||47,940|
|St. Thomas University Miami Gardens, FL||54 : 1||4,824|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL||70 : 1||24,605|
|Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL||30 : 1||14,977|
|Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL||107 : 1||38,976|
|Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL||83 : 1||17,754|
|University of Miami Coral Gables, FL||16 : 1||17,811|