Best Colleges with Criminal Justice Degrees in the U.S.

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These days getting a degree in criminal justice is becoming more widely popular. This is because a criminal justice degree is a good launching pad for other career paths, and because more law enforcement agencies are requiring some college credit in order to qualify for specific positions. A criminal justice program will teach individuals research methods, statistics, corrections, criminal law, and give students a background knowledge on how the institutions function.

Jobs an individual with a criminal justice degree may obtain include but aren’t limited to probation officer, forensic science technician, police officer, corrections officer, detective, warden, security guard, crime scene investigator, and state trooper. If you’re interested in any of these rewarding careers, get started on your criminal justice degree!

The Best Criminal Justice Colleges of 2017

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Kaplan University-Davenport Campus Davenport, IA

Kaplan University-Davenport Campus offers 4 Criminal Justice Degree programs. It's a large private university in a small city. In 2015, 1,069 students graduated in the study area of Criminal Justice with students earning 388 Bachelor's degrees, 368 Associate's degrees, 310 Master's degrees, and 3 Certificates degrees.

Based on 40 Reviews
2 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University offers 5 Criminal Justice Degree programs. It's a large private university in a small city. In 2015, 678 students graduated in the study area of Criminal Justice with students earning 479 Bachelor's degrees, 91 Master's degrees, 81 Associate's degrees, and 27 Certificates degrees.

Based on 44 Reviews
3 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX

Sam Houston State University offers 4 Criminal Justice Degree programs. It's a large public university in a far away town. In 2015, 675 students graduated in the study area of Criminal Justice with students earning 649 Bachelor's degrees, 15 Master's degrees, and 11 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 24 Reviews
4 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University offers 4 Criminal Justice Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 625 students graduated in the study area of Criminal Justice with students earning 552 Bachelor's degrees, 67 Master's degrees, and 6 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 48 Reviews
5 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL

University of Central Florida offers 3 Criminal Justice Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large suburb. In 2015, 532 students graduated in the study area of Criminal Justice with students earning 451 Bachelor's degrees, and 81 Master's degrees.

Based on 68 Reviews
6 Florida International University Miami, FL

Florida International University offers 3 Criminal Justice Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large suburb. In 2015, 549 students graduated in the study area of Criminal Justice with students earning 508 Bachelor's degrees, and 41 Master's degrees.

Based on 32 Reviews
7 Ashford University San Diego, CA

Ashford University offers 2 Criminal Justice Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 851 students graduated in the study area of Criminal Justice with students earning 851 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews
8 University of Cincinnati-Main Campus Cincinnati, OH

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus offers 4 Criminal Justice Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 519 students graduated in the study area of Criminal Justice with students earning 283 Master's degrees, 229 Bachelor's degrees, and 7 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 32 Reviews
9 Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN

Ivy Tech Community College offers 2 Criminal Justice Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large city. In 2015, 785 students graduated in the study area of Criminal Justice with students earning 427 Associate's degrees, and 358 Certificates degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
10 American Public University System Charles Town, WV

American Public University System offers 3 Criminal Justice Degree programs. It's a large private university in a outlying town. In 2015, 685 students graduated in the study area of Criminal Justice with students earning 450 Bachelor's degrees, 170 Master's degrees, and 65 Associate's degrees.

Based on 28 Reviews

List of Criminal Justice Schools in the U.S.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Kaplan University-Davenport Campus Kaplan University-Davenport Campus Davenport, IA
3/5
43 : 1 45,355
Liberty University Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
4/5
39 : 1 80,494
Sam Houston State University Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
2/5
26 : 1 20,031
Florida State University Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
2/5
25 : 1 40,830
University of Central Florida University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
2/5
41 : 1 62,953
Florida International University Florida International University Miami, FL
2/5
34 : 1 49,782
Ashford University Ashford University San Diego, CA
3/5
37 : 1 42,452
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus University of Cincinnati-Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
3/5
17 : 1 36,042
Ivy Tech Community College Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN
2/5
32 : 1 81,668
American Public University System American Public University System Charles Town, WV
2/5
51 : 1 52,361
San Diego State University San Diego State University San Diego, CA
2/5
31 : 1 34,254
California State University-Sacramento California State University-Sacramento Sacramento, CA
2/5
31 : 1 30,284
Florida Atlantic University Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
2/5
33 : 1 30,380
Boston University Boston University Boston, MA
5/5
11 : 1 32,158
Troy University Troy University Troy, AL
2/5
24 : 1 17,765
California State University-Fullerton California State University-Fullerton Fullerton, CA
2/5
30 : 1 38,948
Temple University Temple University Philadelphia, PA
4/5
15 : 1 38,007
University of North Carolina at Charlotte University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
2/5
25 : 1 27,983
Saint Leo University Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
4/5
32 : 1 15,800
University of North Texas University of North Texas Denton, TX
3/5
31 : 1 37,299
Northeastern University Northeastern University Boston, MA
5/5
15 : 1 19,940
University Logo Columbus State University Columbus, GA
2/5
23 : 1 8,440
Bethel University Bethel University McKenzie, TN
4/5
21 : 1 5,951
Grambling State University Grambling State University Grambling, LA
2/5
25 : 1 4,541
The University of Alabama The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
3/5
25 : 1 37,098

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Getting a Criminal Justice Degree Online

Schools offering online Criminal Justice degrees

Online Criminal Justice degrees are available at a variety of different schools with as many as 1,069 degrees earned at the most popular school. Read more below about all schools that have offered online Criminal Justice degrees. If you are interested learning more about getting a degree online, check out our page dedicated to online degree information.

Certificate
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
School Name Certificate Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctoral
Ashford University 0 0 802 0 0
Sam Houston State University 0 0 649 15 0
Florida International University 0 0 495 0 0
American Public University System 0 65 450 170 0
University of Central Florida 0 0 448 81 0
How many schools offer online Criminal Justice degrees?
  • 77 Certificates
  • 144 Associate's
  • 151 Bachelor's
  • 66 Master's

What degrees do people get in Criminal Justice?

Degree Level Program Length Colleges Graduates
Associate's 2-year Length 542 Colleges 9,827 Graduates
Bachelor's 4-year Length 570 Colleges 32,685 Graduates
Certificates < 1 year Length 192 Colleges 4,113 Graduates
Doctoral 1-2 year Length 20 Colleges 105 Graduates
Master's 1+ years Length 155 Colleges 3,035 Graduates

Criminal Justice Degree Overview

When going for a Criminal Justice degree, know that there are many possibilities for a traditional degree as well as higher education options. The most typical path for those earning a degree in Criminal Justice can surmise a standard two to four years to earn a degree. The most typical Criminal Justice degree earned was a bachelor's degree and it also has the widest range of school possibilities as well. The second most popular Criminal Justice degree that people get is an associate's degree. While a bachelor's degree is the likely degree choice, receiving an associate's degree degree isn't out of the question. Although a doctoral degree is offered at some schools, getting an advanced degree is not very common. Finding the right Criminal Justice degree for you not only requires the flexibility of your time and schedule but also a look into the schools the offer the degree as well as what options are available to you once you earn your degree.

Average cost of college for a Criminal Justice degree

Average Tuition and Fees for a 2 year Degree

Average Tuition and Fees School Control Student Residence
$3,294 Public In-State
$12,111 Private In-State
$6,855 Public Out-of-State
$12,111 Private Out-of-State

Average Tuition and Fees for a 4 year Degree

Average Tuition and Fees School Control Student Residence
$7,565 Public In-State
$19,982 Private In-State
$16,812 Public Out-of-State
$19,982 Private Out-of-State

Search Criminal Justice Program Courses

  • Program Descriptions
    • B.A. in Government with an Emphasis in Legal Studies
    • B.A. in Government with an Emphasis in State and Local Public Policy
    • B.S. in Justice Studies
    • B.S. in Public Safety and Emergency Management
    • M.S. in Leadership: Disaster Preparedness & Executive Fire Leadership
    • Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Government and Policy
  • Program Descriptions
    • Legal Studies (BS)
    • Paralegal Studies (AS)
  • Program Descriptions
    • Paralegal - Associate of Applied Science
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