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Basic Certificates in Criminal Justice & Corrections

21,156 Yearly Graduations
35% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 581 schools in the United States where you can get your basic certificate in criminal justice. This degree is more popular with male students, and about 44% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.5% of criminal justice graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Criminal Justice Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 21,156 students earned their basic certificate in criminal justice. This makes it the 7th most popular basic certificate 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 Basic Certificates

We are unable to calculate the median earnings for criminal justice majors with their basic certificate due to lack of data.

Student Debt

We do not have the data to estimate the median debt for this class of people.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue basic certificates in criminal justice. About 65.0% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 13,755
Women 7,401
Gender Diversity of Basic Certificates in Criminal Justice

The racial-ethnic distribution of criminal justice basic certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 452
Black or African American 3,164
Hispanic or Latino 5,040
White 10,655
International Students 99
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,746
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Criminal Justice Basic Certificate Students

There are 581 colleges that offer a basic certificate in criminal justice. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, California
1,115 Yearly Graduations
35% Women
66% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

East Los Angeles College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for criminal justice majors who are seeking their basic certificate. Roughly 36,800 attend the school each year. The criminal justice program at East Los Angeles College awarded 1,115 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 66% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 35% were women.

#2

Rio Salado College

Tempe, Arizona
1,007 Yearly Graduations
27% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rio Salado College comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in criminal justice. Each year, around 19,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,007 basic certificates were handed out to criminal justice majors at Rio Salado College. Of these students, 27% were women and 64% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

American River College

Sacramento, California
950 Yearly Graduations
29% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their basic certificate is American River College. Each year, around 31,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The criminal justice program at American River College awarded 950 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 29% of this group were women, and 41% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, California
613 Yearly Graduations
31% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Santa Rosa Junior College is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in criminal justice. Each year, around 19,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 613 people received their basic certificate in criminal justice from SRJC. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 31% were women.

395 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Community College of Baltimore County comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in criminal justice. Each year, around 17,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 395 basic certificates were handed out to criminal justice majors at CCBC. Of these students, 40% were women and 58% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Valencia College

Orlando, Florida
386 Yearly Graduations
31% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Valencia College comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in criminal justice. Each year, around 47,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 386 basic certificates were handed out to criminal justice majors at Valencia College. Around 60% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 31% were women.

#7

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
378 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Broward College. Each year, around 38,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The criminal justice program at Broward College awarded 378 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 67% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 25% were women.

#8

Tallahassee Community College

Tallahassee, Florida
376 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Tallahassee Community College. Roughly 11,600 attend the school each year. The criminal justice program at Tallahassee Community College awarded 376 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 42% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

350 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Sinclair Community College. Each year, around 18,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 350 people received their basic certificate in criminal justice from Sinclair Community College. About 43% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

323 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Hillsborough Community College. Roughly 22,400 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 323 basic certificates were handed out to criminal justice majors at HCC. About 33% of this group were women, and 39% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Jacksonville, Florida
311 Yearly Graduations
23% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida State College at Jacksonville comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in criminal justice. Each year, around 24,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 311 basic certificates were handed out to criminal justice majors at FSCJ. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 23% were women.

#12

Miami Dade College

Miami, Florida
300 Yearly Graduations
30% Women
90% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Miami Dade College is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in criminal justice. Each year, around 51,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 300 basic certificates were handed out to criminal justice majors at MDC. Around 90% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 30% were women.

273 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Phoenix - Arizona comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in criminal justice. Roughly 94,700 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 273 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 45% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

#14

Palm Beach State College

Lake Worth, Florida
245 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
68% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Palm Beach State College. Each year, around 31,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The criminal justice program at Palm Beach State College awarded 245 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 68% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 38% were women.

#15

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, North Carolina
237 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Wake Technical Community College is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in criminal justice. Each year, around 22,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 237 people received their basic certificate in criminal justice from Wake Technical Community College. Of these students, 55% were women and 49% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

San Diego Miramar College

San Diego, California
225 Yearly Graduations
22% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their basic certificate is San Diego Miramar College. Each year, around 14,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 225 people received their basic certificate in criminal justice from San Diego Miramar College. Of these students, 22% were women and 48% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Fort Myers Technical College

Fort Myers, Florida
208 Yearly Graduations
24% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Fort Myers Technical College. Roughly 700 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 208 basic certificates were handed out to criminal justice majors at Fort Myers Technical College. Of these students, 24% were women and 34% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

206 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Seminole State College of Florida comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in criminal justice. Each year, around 17,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The criminal justice program at Seminole State College of Florida awarded 206 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 33% of this group were women, and 55% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Central Georgia Technical College

Warner Robins, Georgia
195 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Central Georgia Technical College is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in criminal justice. Each year, around 8,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The criminal justice program at Central Georgia Technical College awarded 195 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 68% of this group were women, and 70% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, Florida
194 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

St Petersburg College comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in criminal justice. Each year, around 28,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 194 people received their basic certificate in criminal justice from SPC. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 42% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to criminal justice that offer basic certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Fire Protection 6,640
Homeland Security 880
Other Homeland Security 254

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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