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Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice & Corrections

575 Yearly Graduations
$77,800 Median Salary
$34,746 Median Debt
A graduate certificate in criminal justice is offered at 82 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with male students, and about 30% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.6% of criminal justice graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Criminal Justice Majors

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 575 students earned their graduate certificate in criminal justice. This earns it the #32 spot on the list of the most popular graduate certificate 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 Graduate Certificate

The median salary for graduates holding a graduate certificate in criminal justice is $77,800. 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 $77,800 and the high is $77,800.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a graduate certificate in criminal justice is $34,746. 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, $41,085 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $28,407.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $405.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue graduate certificate in criminal justice. About 58.8% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 338
Women 237
Gender Diversity of Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 17
Black or African American 84
Hispanic or Latino 52
White 363
International Students 9
Other Races/Ethnicities 50
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Criminal Justice Graduate Certificate Students

There are 82 colleges that offer a graduate certificate in criminal justice. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

75 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for criminal justice students seekinga graduate certificate is CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Roughly 14,800 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 75 graduate certificate were handed out to criminal justice majors at John Jay. Of these students, 52% were women and 60% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts
72 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Massachusetts - Lowell comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate 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 $14,710 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,590 per year.

The criminal justice program at University of Massachusetts - Lowell awarded 72 graduate certificate during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 44% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky
67 Yearly Graduations
18% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Louisville comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in criminal justice. Each year, around 21,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,460 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,684 per year.

The criminal justice program at University of Louisville awarded 67 graduate certificate during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 24% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 18% were women.

#4

Arizona State University - Skysong

Scottsdale, Arizona
32 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Skysong comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in criminal justice. Roughly 31,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,529 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,264 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 32 graduate certificate were handed out to criminal justice majors at ASU - Skysong. Of these students, 44% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Salve Regina University

Newport, Rhode Island
28 Yearly Graduations
21% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Salve Regina University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in criminal justice. Each year, around 2,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,550 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,530 per year.

The criminal justice program at Salve Regina University awarded 28 graduate certificate during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 7% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 21% were women.

#6

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia
25 Yearly Graduations
20% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American Public University System is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in criminal justice. Each year, around 46,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 25 people received their graduate certificate in criminal justice from American Military University. Of these students, 20% were women and 48% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

25 Yearly Graduations
12% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in criminal justice. Roughly 900 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 25 people received their graduate certificate in criminal justice from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 12% were women.

#8

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina
19 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

East Carolina University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in criminal justice. Each year, around 29,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,452 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,749 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 19 graduate certificate were handed out to criminal justice majors at ECU. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 42% were women.

#9

Champlain College

Burlington, Vermont
18 Yearly Graduations
11% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Champlain College is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in criminal justice. Each year, around 4,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,910 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,310 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 18 graduate certificate were handed out to criminal justice majors at Champlain. Of these students, 11% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
13 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in criminal justice. Each year, around 75,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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, 13 people received their graduate certificate in criminal justice from Liberty University. Around 38% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#10

Utica College

Utica, New York
13 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Utica College comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in criminal justice. Each year, around 5,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $20,832 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,480 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 13 graduate certificate were handed out to criminal justice majors at Utica College. About 54% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
13 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Mason University comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in criminal justice. 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, 13 people received their graduate certificate in criminal justice from GMU. About 100% of this group were women, and 46% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado
12 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Each year, around 12,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,246 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,206 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 12 people received their graduate certificate in criminal justice from UCCS. Around 58% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#13

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
12 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Capella University comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in criminal justice. Roughly 36,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,148 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,516 per year.

The criminal justice program at Capella University awarded 12 graduate certificate during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 50% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, Florida
11 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Saint Leo University. Each year, around 13,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 11 people received their graduate certificate in criminal justice from St. Leo University. Of these students, 64% were women and 18% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois
10 Yearly Graduations
10% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Western Illinois University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in criminal justice. Each year, around 9,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,607 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,767 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 10 graduate certificate were handed out to criminal justice majors at WIU. About 10% of this group were women, and 10% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

California University of Pennsylvania

California, Pennsylvania
10 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California University of Pennsylvania comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in criminal justice. Each year, around 7,700 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 $12,384 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 10 people received their graduate certificate in criminal justice from Cal U. About 40% of this group were women, and 10% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, Tennessee
9 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

East Tennessee State University is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in criminal justice. Roughly 14,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,080 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,460 per year.

The criminal justice program at East Tennessee State University awarded 9 graduate certificate during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 67% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

9 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Houston - Downtown. Each year, around 13,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,175 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,245 per year.

The criminal justice program at University of Houston - Downtown awarded 9 graduate certificate during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 33% were women and 67% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
9 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Drexel University comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in criminal justice. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,874 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,155 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 9 graduate certificate were handed out to criminal justice majors at Drexel. About 100% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to criminal justice that offer graduate certificate.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Homeland Security 244
Other Homeland Security 82
Fire Protection 13

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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