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Doctor’s Degrees in Criminal Justice & Corrections

218 Yearly Graduations
$67,000 Median Salary
$119,512 Median Debt
A doctor's degree in criminal justice is offered at 36 colleges in the United States. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 27% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 6.0% of criminal justice graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Criminal Justice Majors

In 2018-2019, 218 earned their doctor's degree in criminal justice. This makes it the 87th most popular doctor'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 Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in criminal justice is $67,000. 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 $67,000 and the high is $67,000.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in criminal justice is $119,512. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $119,512 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $119,512.

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The median monthly payment of a criminal justice graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $1,393.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their doctor's degree in criminal justice. About 54.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 100
Women 118
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Criminal Justice

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3
Black or African American 38
Hispanic or Latino 12
White 116
International Students 13
Other Races/Ethnicities 36
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Criminal Justice Doctor's Degree Students

There are 36 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in criminal justice. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
35 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for criminal justice students seekinga doctor's degree is Walden University. Roughly 48,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,428 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,039 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 35 people received their doctor's degree in criminal justice from Walden University. Of these students, 43% were women and 51% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

California University of Pennsylvania

California, Pennsylvania
19 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is California University of Pennsylvania. Each year, around 6,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,716 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,288 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 doctor's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at Cal U. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 47% were women.

#2

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
19 Yearly Graduations
53% Women

The 2nd most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Nova Southeastern University. Roughly 20,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,150 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,665 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 people received their doctor's degree in criminal justice from NUS Florida.

19 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Cincinnati - Main Campus. Roughly 39,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,476 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,790 per year.

The criminal justice program at University of Cincinnati - Main Campus awarded 19 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 53% of this group were women, and 11% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
17 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Capella University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 37,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,148 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,767 per year.

The criminal justice program at Capella University awarded 17 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

#6

The Graduate Center, CUNY

New York, New York
15 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is The Graduate Center, CUNY. Each year, around 8,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,930 per year.

The criminal justice program at The Graduate Center, CUNY awarded 15 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 47% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 40% were women.

#7

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
13 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida State University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 42,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 13 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 69% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas
8 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Sam Houston State University. Roughly 21,500 attend the school each year. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 people received their doctor's degree in criminal justice from SHSU. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#8

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington
8 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Washington State University. Roughly 31,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,953 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,493 per year.

The criminal justice program at Washington State University awarded 8 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#10

Rutgers University - Newark

Newark, New Jersey
7 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Rutgers University - Newark. Roughly 13,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

The criminal justice program at Rutgers University - Newark awarded 7 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 43% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
6 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is George Mason University. Each year, around 37,800 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 $12,144 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their doctor's degree in criminal justice from GMU. About 50% of this group were women, and 17% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts
6 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northeastern University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 22,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,420 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,793 per year.

The criminal justice program at Northeastern University awarded 6 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 67% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

5 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Nebraska at Omaha is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 15,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,224 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,558 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 people received their doctor's degree in criminal justice from UNOMAHA. Of these students, 80% were women and 60% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

University at Albany

Albany, New York
5 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University at Albany comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 17,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

The criminal justice program at University at Albany awarded 5 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 80% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Texas Southern University

Houston, Texas
4 Yearly Graduations
75% Women

The 15th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Texas Southern University. Roughly 9,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,942 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,487 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 doctor's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at TSU. About 75% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
4 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Illinois at Chicago comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in criminal justice. Roughly 32,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,924 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,276 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 doctor's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at UIC. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#15

Prairie View A & M University

Prairie View, Texas
4 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Prairie View A & M University is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 8,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,043 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,733 per year.

The criminal justice program at Prairie View A & M University awarded 4 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 75% of this group were women, and 75% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts
3 Yearly Graduations
67% Women

University of Massachusetts - Lowell comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 18,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,078 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,590 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 3 doctor's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at UMass Lowell.

#18

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Little Rock, Arkansas
3 Yearly Graduations
33% Women

University of Arkansas at Little Rock comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 9,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,495 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,760 per year.

The criminal justice program at University of Arkansas at Little Rock awarded 3 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#18

Georgia State University

Atlanta, Georgia
3 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Georgia State University. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,158 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,164 per year.

The criminal justice program at Georgia State University awarded 3 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 100% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Homeland Security 28
Other Homeland Security 13
Fire Protection 3

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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