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2021 Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools

622 Colleges
$31,952 Avg Salary
$24,936 Avg Student Debt

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.

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The Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 622 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular online programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for criminal justice majors pursuing an online .

Our 2021 rankings named University of Phoenix - Arizona the most popular online school in the United States for criminal justice and corrections students. UOPX - Arizona is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large city of Tempe.

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Out of the 622 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Sam Houston State University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the distant town of Huntsville, SHSU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend American Public University System. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Charles Town.

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Out of the 622 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Southern New Hampshire University landed the # 4 spot on the list. SNHU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Manchester.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at SNHU take out is $25,300. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#5

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Liberty University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Liberty University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lynchburg.

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#6

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Ivy Tech Community College ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Located in the city of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College is a public college with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, criminal justice graduates from Ivy Tech Community College carry an average student debtload of $12,978. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $134.

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#7

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Kaplan University-Indianapolis ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Kaplan University-Indianapolis is a fairly large public school located in the city of Indianapolis.

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#8

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

Columbia Southern University ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Located in the fringe town of Orange Beach, Columbia Southern University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Central Florida did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #9 on the list. UCF is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Orlando.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at UCF take out is $28,038. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $315.

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California State University - Sacramento did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #10 on the list. Sac State is a very large public school located in the large city of Sacramento.

On average, criminal justice graduates from Sac State take out $15,000 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $156.

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#11

Ashford University

San Diego, CA

Ashford University ranked #11 on this year’s Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Ashford University is a very large private for-profit school located in the large city of San Diego.

Criminal Justice majors at Ashford University take out an average of $39,094 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $432.

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Florida International University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. FIU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Miami.

After completing their degree, criminal justice graduates from FIU carry an average student debtload of $30,044. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $338, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL

Saint Leo University landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best criminal justice and corrections programs. Located in the suburb of Saint Leo, St. Leo University is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

After completing their degree, criminal justice graduates from St. Leo University carry an average student debtload of $38,333. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $422.

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Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs ranked #14 on this year’s Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Located in the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, criminal justice majors at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs accumulate an average of around $42,129 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $464.

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Monroe College

Bronx, NY

Monroe College landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best criminal justice and corrections programs. Located in the large city of Bronx, Monroe College is a private for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at Monroe College take out is $24,016. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $263.

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With a ranking of #16, American InterContinental University - Online did quite well on this year’s best schools for criminal justice and corrections students. Located in the rural area of Schaumburg, AIU Online is a private for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Sinclair Community College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Located in the city of Dayton, Sinclair Community College is a public college with a large student population.

On average, criminal justice graduates from Sinclair Community College take out $13,402 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $139.

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University of Maryland Global Campus came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. UMGC is a very large public school located in the suburb of Adelphi.

Criminal Justice majors at UMGC take out an average of $31,235 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $350, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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South Texas College

McAllen, TX

With a ranking of #19, South Texas College did quite well on this year’s best schools for criminal justice and corrections students. South Texas College is a fairly large public school located in the city of McAllen.

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#20

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

San Diego State University ranked #20 on this year’s Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. SDSU is a fairly large public school located in the city of San Diego.

On average, criminal justice graduates from SDSU take out $11,999 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $125.

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With a ranking of #21, Western Illinois University did quite well on this year’s best schools for criminal justice and corrections students. Located in the town of Macomb, WIU is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Criminal Justice majors at WIU take out an average of $23,250 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $241.

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#22

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

Florida Atlantic University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Located in the city of Boca Raton, FAU is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, criminal justice graduates from FAU take out $22,964 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $258.

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National University College landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best criminal justice and corrections programs. Located in the city of Bayamon, National University College is a private for-profit college with a large student population.

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University of Massachusetts - Lowell ranked #24 on this year’s Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Located in the suburb of Lowell, UMass Lowell is a public college with a large student population.

While working on their degree, criminal justice majors at UMass Lowell accumulate an average of around $21,042 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $234.

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With a ranking of #25, Eastern Kentucky University did quite well on this year’s best schools for criminal justice and corrections students. Located in the distant town of Richmond, Eastern is a public school with a fairly large student population.

On average, criminal justice graduates from Eastern take out $25,745 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $277.

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#27

Grantham University

Lenexa, KS
#32

Central Georgia Technical College

Warner Robins, GA
#34

Columbia College

Columbia, MO
#35

Troy University

Troy, AL
#36

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
#38

Park University

Parkville, MO
#40

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ
#41

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ
#44

Berkeley College - Woodland Park

Woodland Park, NJ
#45

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#47

Bethel University

McKenzie, TN
#50

Union Institute & University

Cincinnati, OH

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 622 different United States criminal justice and corrections schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Central Texas College Killeen, TX
52 Portland State University Portland, OR
53 Albany Technical College Albany, GA
54 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
55 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
56 Kean University Union, NJ
57 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
58 New Mexico State University - Main Campus Las Cruces, NM
59 Miami Dade College Miami, FL
60 College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV
61 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
62 Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs, CO
62 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN
64 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
65 Post University Waterbury, CT
66 North Carolina Central University Durham, NC
66 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
68 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
69 Champlain College Burlington, VT
70 Sacramento City College Sacramento, CA
71 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
72 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
73 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
74 Vincennes University Vincennes, IN
75 Norwich University Northfield, VT
76 Georgia Military College Milledgeville, GA
76 St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
78 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
79 University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke, NC
79 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
81 Missouri Southern State University Joplin, MO
81 Rio Hondo College Whittier, CA
83 Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin, GA
83 Hartnell College Salinas, CA
83 Utica College Utica, NY
83 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
83 Ball State University Muncie, IN
88 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
88 Rasmussen College - Minnesota St. Cloud, MN
88 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, AR
88 Columbia College Columbia, SC
88 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
93 Navarro College Corsicana, TX

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Criminal Justice & Corrections students that almost earned our Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools award.

Rank College Location
94 Cumberland County College Vineland, NJ
94 Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX
94 Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH
97 Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY
98 Davidson County Community College Thomasville, NC
99 American InterContinental University - Atlanta Atlanta, GA
99 Excelsior College Albany, NY
99 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
102 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
102 Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, NC
102 Strayer University - Virginia Arlington, VA
102 Hillsborough Community College Tampa, FL
106 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
107 SUNY Oswego Oswego, NY
108 National University La Jolla, CA
108 Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX
110 Bryant & Stratton College - Online Orchard Park, NY
111 Union County College Cranford, NJ
112 ECPI University Virginia Beach, VA
113 University of South Carolina - Upstate Spartanburg, SC
114 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
115 Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN
115 Northampton County Area Community College Bethlehem, PA
117 Southern University and A & M College Baton Rouge, LA
117 Polk State College Winter Haven, FL
119 Columbus State Community College Columbus, OH
119 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
119 Massasoit Community College Brockton, MA
119 Baker College Flint, MI
123 Madonna University Livonia, MI
124 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
124 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA

View the Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools for a specific region near you.

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.

  • 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).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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