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Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice & Corrections

56,431 Yearly Graduations
$32,500 Median Salary
$26,000 Median Debt
A bachelor's degree in criminal justice is offered at 992 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 47% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.1% of criminal justice graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Criminal Justice Majors

In 2017-2018, 56,431 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 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 Bachelor’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in criminal justice is $32,500. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

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 50.4% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 28,000
Women 28,431
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,414
Black or African American 10,344
Hispanic or Latino 12,540
White 26,964
International Students 595
Other Races/Ethnicities 4,574
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 992 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

1,664 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
80% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for criminal justice students seekinga bachelor's degree is CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Each year, around 14,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,770 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 1,664 people received their bachelor's degree in criminal justice from John Jay. Around 80% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

991 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Phoenix - Arizona. 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 991 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 49% were women and 43% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas
786 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Sam Houston State University is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 20,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,616 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,540 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 786 people received their bachelor's degree in criminal justice from SHSU. Of these students, 61% were women and 53% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia
662 Yearly Graduations
27% Women
30% 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. Roughly 46,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,480 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,300 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 662 bachelor's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at American Military University. Of these students, 27% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Ashford University

San Diego, California
623 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Ashford University. Roughly 36,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,400 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,790 per year.

The criminal justice program at Ashford University awarded 623 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 45% of this group were women, and 49% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
618 Yearly Graduations
41% Women
21% 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. Roughly 75,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,837 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,904 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 618 people received their bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Liberty University. About 41% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
582 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida State University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 41,300 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 582 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 39% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 52% were women.

499 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Florida International University. Roughly 56,700 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 499 bachelor's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at FIU. Of these students, 62% were women and 91% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

483 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 25,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,585 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,409 per year.

The criminal justice program at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs awarded 483 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 43% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#10

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
469 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Central Florida comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 66,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 2017-2018 academic year, 469 bachelor's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at UCF. About 51% of this group were women, and 47% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, Florida
452 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Saint Leo University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 13,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $22,400 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,498 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 452 bachelor's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at St. Leo University. About 42% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

California State University - Sacramento

Sacramento, California
442 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Sacramento comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 31,200 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.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 442 people received their bachelor's degree in criminal justice from California State University - Sacramento. Around 64% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 48% were women.

403 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maryland - University College is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 59,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,056 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,244 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 403 bachelor's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at University of Maryland - University College. About 51% of this group were women, and 49% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

University of New Haven

West Haven, Connecticut
391 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of New Haven comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 6,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $37,870 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,470 per year.

The criminal justice program at University of New Haven awarded 391 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 64% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

387 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix. Each year, around 11,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,104 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,406 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 387 bachelor's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at ASU - Downtown Phoenix. Of these students, 55% were women and 48% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

San Diego State University

San Diego, California
374 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
73% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Diego State University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 35,100 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 2017-2018 academic year, 374 bachelor's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at SDSU. Of these students, 49% were women and 73% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
369 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern New Hampshire University is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor'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.

The criminal justice program at Southern New Hampshire University awarded 369 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 52% were women.

364 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
98% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 27,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,345 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,720 per year.

The criminal justice program at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley awarded 364 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 46% were women and 98% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

California State University - Fullerton

Fullerton, California
355 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
76% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Fullerton comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 40,900 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 California State University - Fullerton awarded 355 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 46% were women and 76% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
353 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Mason University is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 35,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,736 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 353 people received their bachelor's degree in criminal justice from GMU. Around 47% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 54% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Homeland Security 2,173
Fire Protection 1,492
Other Homeland Security 872

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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