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Master’s Degrees in Criminal Justice & Corrections

7,748 Yearly Graduations
$42,700 Median Salary
$40,550 Median Debt
There are 360 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in criminal justice. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 43% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.2% of criminal justice graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Criminal Justice Majors

In 2018-2019, 7,748 master's degrees were awarded to criminal justice majors. This earns it the #31 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 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 Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in criminal justice is $42,700. 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 $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 56.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,403
Women 4,345
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Criminal Justice

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 185
Black or African American 1,807
Hispanic or Latino 1,093
White 3,666
International Students 169
Other Races/Ethnicities 828
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Criminal Justice Master's Degree Students

There are 360 colleges that offer a master’s degree in criminal justice. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

268 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

John Jay College of Criminal Justice tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree. Roughly 15,800 attend the school each year. 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.

The criminal justice program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice awarded 268 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 49% of this group were women, and 55% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
245 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 85,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 245 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at Liberty University. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 45% were women.

#3

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, Florida
220 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is Saint Leo University. Each year, around 10,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $23,100 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,296 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 220 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from St. Leo University. Of these students, 59% were women and 51% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

214 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Phoenix - Arizona comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 94,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 214 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 66% were women and 53% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
189 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is Southern New Hampshire University. Each year, around 113,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 2018-2019 academic year, 189 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at SNHU. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 57% were women.

#6

Arizona State University - Skysong

Scottsdale, Arizona
180 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is Arizona State University - Skysong. Roughly 45,000 attend the school each year. 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, 180 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from ASU - Skysong. Around 37% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 51% were women.

#7

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
176 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is Boston University. Each year, around 33,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,720 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 176 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at Boston U. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

#8

University of New Haven

West Haven, Connecticut
168 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of New Haven. Roughly 6,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,920 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 168 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at University of New Haven. About 68% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

University of San Diego

San Diego, California
168 Yearly Graduations
23% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of San Diego is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 9,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,450 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $27,288 per year.

The criminal justice program at University of San Diego awarded 168 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 23% were women and 31% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

144 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 39,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 144 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 60% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Grambling State University

Grambling, Louisiana
136 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
99% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Grambling State University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 5,200 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 136 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from GSU. About 71% of this group were women, and 99% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia
135 Yearly Graduations
37% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American Public University System comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 45,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 135 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at American Military University. About 37% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Ashford University

San Diego, California
135 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ashford University is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 32,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,060 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 135 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at Ashford University. Of these students, 70% were women and 61% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

125 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Maryland Global Campus. Each year, around 58,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,640 per year.

The criminal justice program at University of Maryland Global Campus awarded 125 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 56% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

106 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in criminal justice. Roughly 27,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,896 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,710 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 106 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs. Of these students, 67% were women and 59% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas
104 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th 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 21,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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, 104 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from SHSU. Of these students, 68% were women and 44% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
101 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is Grand Canyon University. Each year, around 96,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,419 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,175 per year.

The criminal justice program at Grand Canyon University awarded 101 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 52% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

#18

National University

La Jolla, California
98 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National University comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 16,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,320 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,480 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 98 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at National University. Around 48% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 65% were women.

#19

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
88 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is Capella University. Roughly 37,800 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 $14,767 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 88 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at Capella University. Of these students, 59% were women and 51% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
82 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Central Florida. Roughly 69,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,478 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,916 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 82 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at UCF. Around 49% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 72% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Homeland Security 2,208
Other Homeland Security 534
Fire Protection 98

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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