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Graduate Certificates in Criminal Justice & Corrections

836 Yearly Graduations
$77,800 Median Salary
$34,746 Median Debt
There are 93 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a graduate certificate in criminal justice. This degree is more popular with male students, and about 27% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.3% of criminal justice graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Criminal Justice Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 836 students earned their graduate certificate in criminal justice. This makes it the 23rd most popular graduate 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 Graduate Certificates

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 certificates in criminal justice. About 58.7% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 491
Women 345
Gender Diversity of Graduate Certificates in Criminal Justice

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 16
Black or African American 88
Hispanic or Latino 102
White 399
International Students 19
Other Races/Ethnicities 212
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Criminal Justice Graduate Certificate Students

There are 93 colleges that offer a graduate certificate in criminal justice. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
166 Yearly Graduations
13% Women

The most popular school in the United States for criminal justice students seekinga graduate certificate is University of Virginia - Main Campus. Each year, around 25,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,970 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,578 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 166 people received their graduate certificate in criminal justice from University of Virginia.

127 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

John Jay College of Criminal Justice comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in criminal justice. Each year, around 15,800 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 $11,090 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 127 people received their graduate certificate in criminal justice from John Jay. Around 53% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 61% were women.

#3

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts
66 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Massachusetts - Lowell comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 66 people received their graduate certificate in criminal justice from UMass Lowell. About 50% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Salve Regina University

Newport, Rhode Island
58 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Salve Regina University is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in criminal justice. Roughly 2,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,750 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,890 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 58 people received their graduate certificate in criminal justice from Salve Regina. Around 16% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 40% were women.

#5

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky
57 Yearly Graduations
16% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Louisville comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in criminal justice. Each year, around 21,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,732 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,000 per year.

The criminal justice program at University of Louisville awarded 57 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 16% were women.

#6

Arizona State University - Skysong

Scottsdale, Arizona
29 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Skysong is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in criminal justice. Each year, around 45,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,867 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,384 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 29 people received their graduate certificate in criminal justice from ASU - Skysong. Around 34% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 48% were women.

#7

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina
24 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is East Carolina University. Roughly 28,600 attend the school each year. 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.

The criminal justice program at East Carolina University awarded 24 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 42% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
21 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in criminal justice. Roughly 85,500 attend the school each year. 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 21 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 52% were women and 43% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

21 Yearly Graduations
10% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in criminal justice. Each year, around 1,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 graduate certificates were handed out to criminal justice majors at OSU Center for Health Sciences. About 10% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia
20 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American Public University System comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in criminal justice. Roughly 45,200 attend the school each year. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 people received their graduate certificate in criminal justice from American Military University. Around 30% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 25% were women.

#11

Champlain College

Burlington, Vermont
18 Yearly Graduations
17% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Champlain College. Roughly 4,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,728 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,310 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 people received their graduate certificate in criminal justice from Champlain. Around 39% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 17% were women.

#12

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina
14 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Roughly 17,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,443 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,719 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 people received their graduate certificate in criminal justice from UNCW. Of these students, 93% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Utica College

Utica, New York
13 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Utica College. Each year, around 4,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $21,560 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,480 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 13 graduate certificates were handed out to criminal justice majors at Utica College. About 62% of this group were women, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
12 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Mason University is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate 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 $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,144 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 graduate certificates were handed out to criminal justice majors at GMU. Around 42% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#15

Drexel University

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

The 15th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Drexel University. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,146 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $35,181 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 graduate certificates were handed out to criminal justice majors at Drexel. About 100% of this group were women, and 9% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

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

University of Houston - Downtown is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in criminal justice. Roughly 14,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,460 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,578 per year.

The criminal justice program at University of Houston - Downtown awarded 10 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 60% were women and 80% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Carlow University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
9 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Carlow University is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in criminal justice. Roughly 2,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,652 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,766 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 graduate certificates were handed out to criminal justice majors at Carlow. Of these students, 67% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado
8 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Denver is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in criminal justice. Each year, around 12,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,336 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,336 per year.

The criminal justice program at University of Denver awarded 8 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 38% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

7 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Oklahoma Norman Campus. Roughly 28,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,788 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,583 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 graduate certificates were handed out to criminal justice majors at University of Oklahoma. Of these students, 43% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

California University of Pennsylvania

California, Pennsylvania
7 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California University of Pennsylvania is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in criminal justice. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 people received their graduate certificate in criminal justice from Cal U. Around 57% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Homeland Security 315
Other Homeland Security 65
Fire Protection 8

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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