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2021 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor's Degree Schools

611 Colleges
$32,434 Avg Salary
$27,847 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 122,741 criminal justice and corrections students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #5 most popular in the country.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 611 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best bachelor's degree programs for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice

Our analysis found Union Institute & University to be the best school for criminal justice and corrections students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Union is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Cincinnati.

On average, criminal justice graduates from Union take out $20,072 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $185, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 611 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, George Washington University landed the # 2 spot on the list. GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at GWU take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $24,520. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $265.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend American Public University System. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. American Military University is a very large private for-profit school located in the town of Charles Town.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at American Military University take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $25,525. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $261.

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#4

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Excelsior College. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Albany, Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, criminal justice majors at Excelsior College accumulate an average of around $13,289 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $130, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Columbia Southern University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the fringe town of Orange Beach, Columbia Southern University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, criminal justice majors at Columbia Southern University accumulate an average of around $22,792 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $238.

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With a ranking of #6, Herzing University - Minneapolis did quite well on this year’s best schools for criminal justice and corrections students working on their bachelor’s degree. Herzing University - Minneapolis is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Minneapolis.

Criminal Justice majors at Herzing University - Minneapolis take out an average of $24,387 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $186.

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Citadel Military College of South Carolina did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for criminal justice and corrections students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. The Citadel is a small public school located in the city of Charleston.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, criminal justice majors at The Citadel accumulate an average of around $22,039 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $259.

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Central Christian College of Kansas did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for criminal justice and corrections students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the remote town of McPherson, Central Christian College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, criminal justice graduates from Central Christian College carry an average student debtload of $19,382. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $186.

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#9

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

Westfield State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for criminal justice and corrections students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the suburb of Westfield, Westfield is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Criminal Justice majors at Westfield take out an average of $20,421 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $236.

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#10

Champlain College

Burlington, VT

Champlain College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Burlington, Champlain is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, criminal justice majors at Champlain accumulate an average of around $29,551 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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University of Oklahoma Norman Campus landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree criminal justice and corrections programs. University of Oklahoma is a very large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Norman.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at University of Oklahoma take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $25,343. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $259.

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Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO

Saint Louis University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. SLU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Saint Louis.

On average, criminal justice graduates from SLU take out $24,701 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $259.

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Herzing University - Brookfield ranked #13 on this year’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Brookfield, Herzing University - Brookfield is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, criminal justice graduates from Herzing University - Brookfield carry an average student debtload of $24,387. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $186.

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Roger Williams University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Bristol, RWU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at RWU take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $20,681. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $232.

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#15

Bethel University

McKenzie, TN

Bethel University landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree criminal justice and corrections programs. Located in the distant town of McKenzie, Bethel is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Criminal Justice majors at Bethel take out an average of $29,670 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $300, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Herzing University - Kenosha ranked #16 on this year’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Herzing University - Kenosha is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Kenosha.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, criminal justice majors at Herzing University - Kenosha accumulate an average of around $24,387 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $186.

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Norwich University

Northfield, VT

With a ranking of #17, Norwich University did quite well on this year’s best schools for criminal justice and corrections students working on their bachelor’s degree. Norwich is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Northfield.

On average, criminal justice graduates from Norwich take out $23,488 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $270.

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Siena Heights University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Siena Heights University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Adrian.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at Siena Heights University take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $19,276. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $187.

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Herzing University - Atlanta landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree criminal justice and corrections programs. Herzing University - Atlanta is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Atlanta.

Criminal Justice majors at Herzing University - Atlanta take out an average of $24,387 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $186.

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Herzing University - Akron ranked #20 on this year’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Akron, Herzing Akron is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, criminal justice graduates from Herzing Akron carry an average student debtload of $24,387. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $186.

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University of Massachusetts - Lowell ranked #21 on this year’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Lowell, UMass Lowell is a public school with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at UMass Lowell take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $22,351. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $238.

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Herzing University - Madison ranked #22 on this year’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Herzing University - Madison is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Madison.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, criminal justice majors at Herzing University - Madison accumulate an average of around $24,387 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $186.

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Herzing University - Kenner ranked #23 on this year’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Kenner, Herzing University - Kenner is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at Herzing University - Kenner take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $24,387. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $186.

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#24

Anna Maria College

Paxton, MA

Anna Maria College landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree criminal justice and corrections programs. Located in the rural area of Paxton, Anna Maria is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at Anna Maria take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $26,829. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $270.

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#25

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL

Lewis University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Lewis is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Romeoville.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at Lewis take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $21,147. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $200, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor's Degree Schools

#26

Utica College

Utica, NY
#27

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN
#30

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#31

Oakland City University

Oakland City, IN
#32

Endicott College

Beverly, MA
#33

Marian University

Fond Du Lac, WI
#34

Simpson College

Indianola, IA
#37

National University

La Jolla, CA
#42

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#46

Winona State University

Winona, MN
#47

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD
#48

Ashland University

Ashland, OH

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 611 different United States criminal justice and corrections schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
52 Washington State University Pullman, WA
53 Grand View University Des Moines, IA
54 Waldorf University Forest City, IA
55 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
56 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
57 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
58 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
59 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
60 Ball State University Muncie, IN
61 St. Joseph’s College-Long Island Patchogue, NY
62 American University Washington, DC
63 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
64 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
65 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
66 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
67 Buena Vista University Storm Lake, IA
68 Washburn University Topeka, KS
69 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
70 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
71 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
72 Farmingdale State College Farmingdale, NY
73 Wayne State College Wayne, NE
74 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
75 Angelo State University San Angelo, TX
76 Dakota Wesleyan University Mitchell, SD
77 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
78 Peru State College Peru, NE
79 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
80 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
81 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
82 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
83 Grantham University Lenexa, KS
84 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
85 Colorado State University - Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
86 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
87 Stevenson University Stevenson, MD
88 Alvernia University Reading, PA
89 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
90 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
91 Aurora University Aurora, IL

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Criminal Justice & Corrections students that almost earned our Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
92 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
93 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
94 Pennsylvania State University - Hazleton Hazleton, PA
95 SUNY Oswego Oswego, NY
96 Ashford University San Diego, CA
97 University of Dubuque Dubuque, IA
98 Tiffin University Tiffin, OH
99 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
100 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
101 Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall, MN
102 Plymouth State University Plymouth, NH
103 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
104 University of New Haven West Haven, CT
105 Waynesburg University Waynesburg, PA
106 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg, PA
107 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
108 University of Georgia Athens, GA
109 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
110 Lees - McRae College Banner Elk, NC
111 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
112 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
113 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
114 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
115 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
116 Madonna University Livonia, MI
117 Pennsylvania State University - Shenango Sharon, PA
118 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
119 Olivet College Olivet, MI
120 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
121 Pennsylvania State University - New Kensington New Kensington, PA
122 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, PA

Criminal Justice & Corrections by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 3 majors within the area of study, criminal justice and corrections has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Criminal Justice

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fire Protection 13,656
Homeland Security 6,367
Other Homeland Security 1,995

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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