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Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice & Corrections

30,792 Yearly Graduations
$25,400 Median Salary
$19,222 Median Debt
There are 1,136 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 55 were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.6% of criminal justice graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Criminal Justice Majors

In 2018-2019, 30,792 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 55,297
Associate’s Degree 30,792
Basic Certificate 21,156
Master’s Degree 7,748
Undergraduate Certificate 6,694
Graduate Certificate 836
Doctor’s Degree 218

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. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $22,625 and the high is $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 school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

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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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $199.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue associate's degree in criminal justice. About 50.4% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 15,525
Women 15,267
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 803
Black or African American 4,524
Hispanic or Latino 10,417
White 12,647
International Students 193
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,208
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Criminal Justice Associate's Degree Students

There are 1,136 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in criminal justice. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

577 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
89% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for criminal justice majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Each year, around 26,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 577 people received their associate's degree in criminal justice from BMCC. About 59% of this group were women, and 89% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

495 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Phoenix - Arizona is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 103,900 attend the school each year. 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.

The criminal justice program at University of Phoenix - Arizona awarded 495 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 42% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 56% were women.

#3

South Texas College

McAllen, Texas
409 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
95% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

South Texas College comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 31,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 409 associate's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at South Texas College. Of these students, 45% were women and 95% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
336 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Ivy Tech Community College. Roughly 75,400 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 336 people received their associate's degree in criminal justice from Ivy Tech Community College. Of these students, 57% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, California
300 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

East Los Angeles College is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 34,500 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 300 associate's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at East Los Angeles College. Of these students, 59% were women and 91% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

CUNY LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, New York
294 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their associate's degree is CUNY LaGuardia Community College. Each year, around 19,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The criminal justice program at CUNY LaGuardia Community College awarded 294 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 55% were women and 91% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana
262 Yearly Graduations
17% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kaplan University-Indianapolis is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,920 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,791 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 262 associate's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at Kaplan University-Indianapolis. Of these students, 17% were women and 37% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Monroe College

Bronx, New York
254 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
94% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Monroe College is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 6,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,760 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,624 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 254 people received their associate's degree in criminal justice from Monroe College. Of these students, 61% were women and 94% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

253 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
77% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their associate's degree is CUNY Kingsborough Community College. Roughly 15,000 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 253 people received their associate's degree in criminal justice from KCC. Around 77% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 52% were women.

#10

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, Alabama
251 Yearly Graduations
28% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Columbia Southern University. Each year, around 20,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,520 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,780 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 251 people received their associate's degree in criminal justice from Columbia Southern University. Of these students, 28% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

248 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
89% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

CUNY Queensborough Community College comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 15,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 248 people received their associate's degree in criminal justice from QCC. Of these students, 48% were women and 89% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Suffolk County Community College

Selden, New York
241 Yearly Graduations
31% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Suffolk County Community College is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 26,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The criminal justice program at Suffolk County Community College awarded 241 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 31% of this group were women, and 37% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

El Paso Community College

El Paso, Texas
234 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
93% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

El Paso Community College is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 28,700 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 234 people received their associate's degree in criminal justice from El Paso Community College. Of these students, 45% were women and 93% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Eastern Gateway Community College

Steubenville, Ohio
221 Yearly Graduations
32% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Eastern Gateway Community College. Roughly 8,500 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 221 people received their associate's degree in criminal justice from Eastern Gateway Community College. About 32% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Imperial Valley College

Imperial, California
220 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
95% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Imperial Valley College is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 8,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The criminal justice program at Imperial Valley College awarded 220 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 43% were women and 95% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
191 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern New Hampshire University is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 90,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,756 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 191 associate's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at SNHU. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 49% were women.

#17

College of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada
188 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

College of Southern Nevada comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 33,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 188 associate's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at CSN. Around 64% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#18

Bakersfield College

Bakersfield, California
174 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
86% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bakersfield College comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 23,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 174 people received their associate's degree in criminal justice from Bakersfield College. Of these students, 52% were women and 86% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

CUNY Bronx Community College

Bronx, New York
173 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
95% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their associate's degree is CUNY Bronx Community College. Each year, around 10,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The criminal justice program at CUNY Bronx Community College awarded 173 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 95% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#20

Nassau Community College

Garden City, New York
166 Yearly Graduations
37% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Nassau Community College comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 19,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 166 people received their associate's degree in criminal justice from Nassau Community College. Of these students, 37% were women and 57% 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 4,306
Homeland Security 402
Other Homeland Security 148

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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