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Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice & Corrections

31,127 Yearly Graduations
$25,400 Median Salary
$19,222 Median Debt
There are 1,185 schools in the United States where you can get your associate's degree in criminal justice. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were male, and 54 were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.7% of criminal justice graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Criminal Justice Majors

In 2017-2018, 31,127 earned their associate's degree in criminal justice. This makes it the 4th most popular associate's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in criminal justice at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 56,431
Associate’s Degree 31,127
Basic Certificate 20,734
Master’s Degree 7,895
Undergraduate Certificate 6,553
Graduate Certificate 575
Doctor’s Degree 132

Earnings of Criminal Justice Majors With Associate’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in criminal justice is $25,400. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $22,625 to a high of $30,200.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in criminal justice is $19,222. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $24,688 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $11,768.

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The median monthly payment of a criminal justice graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $199.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue associate's degree in criminal justice. About 51.5% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 16,026
Women 15,101
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice

The racial-ethnic distribution of criminal justice associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 816
Black or African American 4,404
Hispanic or Latino 10,296
White 13,109
International Students 205
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,297
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Criminal Justice Associate's Degree Students

There are 1,185 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in criminal justice. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

535 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
90% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for criminal justice students seekingan associate's degree is CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College. Roughly 26,900 attend the school each year. The criminal justice program at CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College awarded 535 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 90% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 57% were women.

495 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Phoenix - Arizona comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 103,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,552 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,752 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 495 people received their associate's degree in criminal justice from UOPX - Arizona. Around 46% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 58% were women.

#3

South Texas College

McAllen, Texas
362 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
98% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their associate's degree is South Texas College. Roughly 31,300 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 362 people received their associate's degree in criminal justice from South Texas College. About 44% of this group were women, and 98% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
304 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ivy Tech Community College is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 75,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 304 associate's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at Ivy Tech Community College. About 53% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

277 Yearly Graduations
21% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kaplan University - Davenport Campus is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 33,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,356 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,560 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 277 associate's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at Kaplan University - Davenport Campus. About 21% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

CUNY LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, New York
271 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
89% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

CUNY LaGuardia Community College is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 19,300 attend the school each year. The criminal justice program at CUNY LaGuardia Community College awarded 271 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 89% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#7

El Paso Community College

El Paso, Texas
251 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
92% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

El Paso Community College is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 28,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 251 associate's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at El Paso Community College. Around 92% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 46% were women.

#8

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, California
245 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
93% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

East Los Angeles College is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 34,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 245 people received their associate's degree in criminal justice from East Los Angeles College. About 55% of this group were women, and 93% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

244 Yearly Graduations
41% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Suffolk County Community College is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 26,700 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 244 associate's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at Suffolk County Community College. Of these students, 41% were women and 38% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

CUNY Kingsborough Community College

Brooklyn, New York
240 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their associate's degree is CUNY Kingsborough Community College. Each year, around 15,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 240 people received their associate's degree in criminal justice from KCC. Around 75% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 49% were women.

#11

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, Alabama
231 Yearly Graduations
32% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia Southern University comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 20,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,400 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,600 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 231 people received their associate's degree in criminal justice from Columbia Southern University. About 32% of this group were women, and 42% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

219 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
83% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

CUNY Queensborough Community College is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 15,400 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 219 associate's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at QCC. Of these students, 47% were women and 83% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Monroe College

Bronx, New York
218 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
96% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Monroe College is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 6,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,328 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,156 per year.

The criminal justice program at Monroe College awarded 218 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 60% of this group were women, and 96% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

CUNY Bronx Community College

Bronx, New York
206 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
98% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their associate's degree is CUNY Bronx Community College. Roughly 10,900 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 206 people received their associate's degree in criminal justice from BCC. Around 98% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 54% were women.

#15

Nassau Community College

Garden City, New York
205 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Nassau Community College is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 19,000 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 205 associate's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at Nassau Community College. Of these students, 33% were women and 57% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

College of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada
203 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

College of Southern Nevada is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 33,900 attend the school each year. The criminal justice program at College of Southern Nevada awarded 203 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 55% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 57% were women.

#17

ASA College

Brooklyn, New York
200 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
88% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

ASA College comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 4,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 200 associate's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at ASA Institute. About 46% of this group were women, and 88% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Imperial Valley College

Imperial, California
197 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
94% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Imperial Valley College is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 8,400 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 197 associate's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at IVC. Of these students, 50% were women and 94% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia

Visalia, California
178 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 5,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The criminal justice program at San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia awarded 178 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 91% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 40% were women.

#20

Southwestern College

Chula Vista, California
175 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
86% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southwestern College is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 18,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 175 associate's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at Southwestern Community College District. Of these students, 46% were women and 86% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to criminal justice that offer associate’s degree.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Fire Protection 4,287
Homeland Security 397
Other Homeland Security 166

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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