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Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice & Corrections

7,895 Yearly Graduations
$42,700 Median Salary
$40,550 Median Debt
There are 365 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a master's degree in criminal justice. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 43% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.0% of criminal justice graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Criminal Justice Majors

In 2017-2018, 7,895 earned their master's degree in criminal justice. This earns it the #30 spot on the list of the most popular master'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 Master’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in criminal justice is $42,700. 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 $37,200 and the high is $48,500.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in criminal justice is $40,550. 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, $44,321 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $31,200.

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The median monthly payment of a criminal justice graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $472.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in criminal justice. About 55.0% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,552
Women 4,343
Gender Diversity of Master's Degree in Criminal Justice

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 181
Black or African American 1,896
Hispanic or Latino 1,021
White 3,814
International Students 159
Other Races/Ethnicities 824
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Criminal Justice Master's Degree Students

There are 365 colleges that offer a master’s degree in criminal justice. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Arizona State University - Skysong

Scottsdale, Arizona
244 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for criminal justice students seekinga master's degree is Arizona State University - Skysong. Each year, around 31,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

The criminal justice program at Arizona State University - Skysong awarded 244 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 43% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, Florida
229 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Saint Leo University comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master'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.

The criminal justice program at Saint Leo University awarded 229 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 64% were women and 45% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

219 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 37,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,322 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 219 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#4

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
197 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is Boston University. Each year, around 33,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,816 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $52,816 per year.

The criminal justice program at Boston University awarded 197 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

193 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master'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 193 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 58% of this group were women, and 58% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
184 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern New Hampshire University is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master'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.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 184 master's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at SNHU. Of these students, 58% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

178 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in 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.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 178 master's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at John Jay. Of these students, 47% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia
171 Yearly Graduations
37% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American Public University System comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master'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.

The criminal justice program at American Public University System awarded 171 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 37% were women and 37% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
166 Yearly Graduations
31% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in criminal justice. 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, 166 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from Liberty University. Of these students, 31% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

University of New Haven

West Haven, Connecticut
159 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of New Haven. 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.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 159 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from U of New Haven. About 67% of this group were women, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

157 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maryland - University College comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master'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, 157 master's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at University of Maryland - University College. About 47% of this group were women, and 48% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Ashford University

San Diego, California
145 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master'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.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 145 master's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at Ashford University. Of these students, 67% were women and 60% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
113 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Capella University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 36,200 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 $14,516 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 113 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from Capella University. About 67% of this group were women, and 59% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
103 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Grand Canyon University is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 83,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,399 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,916 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 103 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from Grand Canyon University. Of these students, 65% were women and 53% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Wilmington University

New Castle, Delaware
100 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Wilmington University is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 14,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,160 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,586 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 100 master's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at Wilmington University. About 63% of this group were women, and 51% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

University of San Diego

San Diego, California
100 Yearly Graduations
22% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of San Diego comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 8,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $48,750 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $26,712 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 100 master's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at U of San Diego. About 22% of this group were women, and 42% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas
97 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is Sam Houston State University. 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.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 97 master's degree were handed out to criminal justice majors at SHSU. Of these students, 66% were women and 51% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Grambling State University

Grambling, Louisiana
95 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
95% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Grambling State University is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 5,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,140 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,110 per year.

The criminal justice program at Grambling State University awarded 95 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 95% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

90 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master'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.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 90 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs. Around 58% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

#20

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
84 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is Walden University. Roughly 49,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,786 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,739 per year.

The criminal justice program at Walden University awarded 84 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 62% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Homeland Security 2,065
Other Homeland Security 515
Fire Protection 97

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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