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Bachelor’s Degrees in Criminal Justice & Corrections

55,297 Yearly Graduations
$32,500 Median Salary
$26,000 Median Debt
There are 983 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 49% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.2% of criminal justice graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Criminal Justice Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 55,297 students earned their bachelor's degree in criminal justice. This earns it the #5 spot on the list of the most popular bachelor's degree programs in the nation.

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 Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in criminal justice is $32,500. 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.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $29,200 and the high is $35,300.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in criminal justice is $26,000. 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, $34,375 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $22,250.

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The median monthly payment of a criminal justice graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $270.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in criminal justice. About 52.3% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 26,368
Women 28,929
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Criminal Justice

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,446
Black or African American 10,056
Hispanic or Latino 13,298
White 25,174
International Students 664
Other Races/Ethnicities 4,659
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 983 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

1,701 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
82% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for criminal justice students seekinga bachelor's degree is John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Roughly 15,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,701 people received their bachelor's degree in criminal justice from John Jay. Around 82% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 51% were women.

956 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Phoenix - Arizona comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 956 bachelor's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at UOPX - Arizona. About 53% of this group were women, and 44% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas
884 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Sam Houston State University. Each year, around 21,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,856 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,765 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 884 bachelor's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at SHSU. Around 52% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 61% were women.

#4

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia
612 Yearly Graduations
23% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American Public University System is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 45,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,804 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,615 per year.

The criminal justice program at American Public University System awarded 612 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 23% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
564 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida State University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in criminal justice. Roughly 42,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,684 per year.

The criminal justice program at Florida State University awarded 564 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 57% were women and 43% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
549 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Liberty University. Each year, around 85,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,417 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,980 per year.

The criminal justice program at Liberty University awarded 549 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 46% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
540 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Central Florida comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in criminal justice. Roughly 69,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,478 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,916 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 540 bachelor's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at UCF. Around 54% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

518 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Sacramento comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 31,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 518 bachelor's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at Sac State. Around 65% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 52% were women.

#9

Ashford University

San Diego, California
502 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ashford University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 32,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,060 per year.

The criminal justice program at Ashford University awarded 502 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 42% were women and 53% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

495 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Florida International University. Each year, around 58,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,721 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,912 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 495 people received their bachelor's degree in criminal justice from FIU. About 61% of this group were women, and 91% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
476 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern New Hampshire University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. 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, 476 bachelor's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at SNHU. Of these students, 54% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

468 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs. Roughly 27,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,896 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,710 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 468 bachelor's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs. Of these students, 56% were women and 37% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

463 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
93% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Roughly 29,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,664 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,959 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 463 people received their bachelor's degree in criminal justice from UT Rio Grande Valley. About 50% of this group were women, and 93% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, Florida
427 Yearly Graduations
41% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Saint Leo University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 10,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $23,100 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,296 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 427 bachelor's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at St. Leo University. Of these students, 41% were women and 45% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

414 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maryland Global Campus comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 58,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,640 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 414 people received their bachelor's degree in criminal justice from UMGC. About 49% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
396 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is George Mason University. Roughly 37,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,144 per year.

The criminal justice program at George Mason University awarded 396 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 54% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

University of New Haven

West Haven, Connecticut
388 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of New Haven. Roughly 6,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,920 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 388 bachelor's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at University of New Haven. Of these students, 67% were women and 22% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

San Diego State University

San Diego, California
386 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Diego State University comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in criminal justice. Roughly 35,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

The criminal justice program at San Diego State University awarded 386 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 75% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 56% were women.

#19

California State University - Fullerton

Fullerton, California
366 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
72% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Fullerton is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 40,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 366 bachelor's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at Cal State Fullerton. Around 72% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 51% were women.

#20

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana
356 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kaplan University-Indianapolis is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor'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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 356 people received their bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Kaplan University-Indianapolis. Of these students, 48% were women and 38% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to criminal justice that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Homeland Security 2,452
Fire Protection 1,423
Other Homeland Security 913

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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