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Associate’s Degrees 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 associate's degrees were awarded to criminal justice majors. 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 Degrees

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 degrees 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 Degrees 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*

The most popular school in the United States for criminal justice students seekingan associate's degree is Borough of Manhattan Community College. Roughly 25,500 attend the school each year. 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. Each year, around 94,700 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.

The criminal justice program at University of Phoenix - Arizona awarded 495 associate's degrees 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 is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 33,000 attend the school each year. The criminal justice program at South Texas College awarded 409 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. 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 72,600 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. Each year, around 36,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 300 associate's degrees 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

LaGuardia Community College

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

LaGuardia Community College is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 18,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The criminal justice program at LaGuardia Community College awarded 294 associate's degrees 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. Each year, around 38,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 degrees 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. Each year, around 6,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

#9

Kingsborough Community College

Brooklyn, New York
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 Kingsborough Community College. Each year, around 15,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The criminal justice program at Kingsborough Community College awarded 253 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. 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*

Columbia Southern University is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 20,000 attend the school each year. 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.

The criminal justice program at Columbia Southern University awarded 251 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 28% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Queensborough Community College

Bayside, New York
248 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
89% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Queensborough Community College comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 14,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The criminal justice program at Queensborough Community College awarded 248 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. 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 comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in criminal justice. Roughly 25,200 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 241 people received their associate's degree in criminal justice from Suffolk County Community College. 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*

The 13th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their associate's degree is El Paso Community College. Roughly 29,000 attend the school each year. The criminal justice program at El Paso Community College awarded 234 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. 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*

Eastern Gateway Community College comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in criminal justice. Roughly 25,600 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*

The 15th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Imperial Valley College. Roughly 8,500 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 220 people received their associate's degree in criminal justice from IVC. 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*

The 16th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Southern New Hampshire University. Each year, around 113,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 degrees 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*

The 17th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their associate's degree is College of Southern Nevada. Each year, around 33,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 188 people received their associate's degree in criminal justice from 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 is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 26,300 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

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 Bronx Community College. Roughly 10,000 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 173 associate's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at BCC. 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 degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 16,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 166 associate's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at 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 degrees.

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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