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Undergraduate Certificates in Criminal Justice & Corrections

6,694 Yearly Graduations
$36,300 Median Salary
$9,500 Median Debt
An undergraduate certificate in criminal justice is offered at 442 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with male students, and about 46% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.2% of criminal justice graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Criminal Justice Majors

In 2018-2019, 6,694 earned their undergraduate certificate in criminal justice. This earns it the #13 spot on the list of the most popular undergraduate certificate 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 Undergraduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in criminal justice is $36,300. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $24,600 to a high of $43,400.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in criminal justice is $9,500. 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, $12,225 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $6,333.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $99.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue undergraduate certificates in criminal justice. About 62.8% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 4,201
Women 2,493
Gender Diversity of Undergraduate Certificates in Criminal Justice

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 93
Black or African American 912
Hispanic or Latino 1,803
White 3,294
International Students 16
Other Races/Ethnicities 576
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Criminal Justice Undergraduate Certificate Students

There are 442 colleges that offer an undergraduate certificate in criminal justice. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Rio Salado College

Tempe, Arizona
409 Yearly Graduations
17% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for criminal justice students seekingan undergraduate certificate is Rio Salado College. Roughly 19,100 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 409 undergraduate certificates were handed out to criminal justice majors at Rio Salado College. About 17% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
299 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ivy Tech Community College comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in criminal justice. Roughly 72,600 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 299 undergraduate certificates were handed out to criminal justice majors at Ivy Tech Community College. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#3

Camden County College

Blackwood, New Jersey
243 Yearly Graduations
13% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Camden County College is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in criminal justice. Each year, around 9,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 243 people received their undergraduate certificate in criminal justice from Camden County College. About 13% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

San Bernardino Valley College

San Bernardino, California
236 Yearly Graduations
12% Women
72% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is San Bernardino Valley College. Each year, around 14,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The criminal justice program at San Bernardino Valley College awarded 236 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 12% of this group were women, and 72% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Butte College

Oroville, California
152 Yearly Graduations
20% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Butte College. Each year, around 10,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 152 people received their undergraduate certificate in criminal justice from Butte College. About 20% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Moreno Valley College

Moreno Valley, California
146 Yearly Graduations
22% Women
66% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Moreno Valley College comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in criminal justice. Roughly 10,600 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 146 people received their undergraduate certificate in criminal justice from Moreno Valley College. Of these students, 22% were women and 66% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Ventura College

Ventura, California
136 Yearly Graduations
29% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ventura College comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in criminal justice. Roughly 12,600 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 136 people received their undergraduate certificate in criminal justice from Ventura College. Of these students, 29% were women and 59% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Pima Community College

Tucson, Arizona
125 Yearly Graduations
14% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pima Community College is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in criminal justice. Roughly 19,500 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 125 people received their undergraduate certificate in criminal justice from Pima County Community College District. Of these students, 14% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Eastfield College

Mesquite, Texas
119 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
82% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Eastfield College comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in criminal justice. Each year, around 16,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 119 people received their undergraduate certificate in criminal justice from Eastfield College. Of these students, 55% were women and 82% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Passaic County Community College

Paterson, New Jersey
114 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
74% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Passaic County Community College. Roughly 6,400 attend the school each year. The criminal justice program at Passaic County Community College awarded 114 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 47% were women and 74% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

108 Yearly Graduations
15% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern Arkansas University Tech is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in criminal justice. Roughly 1,100 attend the school each year. The criminal justice program at Southern Arkansas University Tech awarded 108 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 15% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Delaware County Community College

Media, Pennsylvania
107 Yearly Graduations
20% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Delaware County Community College is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in criminal justice. Roughly 10,700 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 107 undergraduate certificates were handed out to criminal justice majors at Delaware County Community College. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 20% were women.

99 Yearly Graduations
15% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in criminal justice. Each year, around 10,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,570 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,288 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 99 undergraduate certificates were handed out to criminal justice majors at IUP. Around 4% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 15% were women.

#14

Red Rocks Community College

Lakewood, Colorado
97 Yearly Graduations
19% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Red Rocks Community College is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in criminal justice. Roughly 7,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $3,574 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,082 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 97 people received their undergraduate certificate in criminal justice from Red Rocks Community College. About 19% of this group were women, and 19% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

College of the Sequoias

Visalia, California
86 Yearly Graduations
9% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

College of the Sequoias is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in criminal justice. Roughly 12,800 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 86 people received their undergraduate certificate in criminal justice from College of the Sequoias. Of these students, 9% were women and 55% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Bossier Parish Community College

Bossier City, Louisiana
84 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bossier Parish Community College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in criminal justice. Roughly 6,400 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 84 people received their undergraduate certificate in criminal justice from Bossier Parish Community College. Of these students, 68% were women and 57% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Columbus State University

Columbus, Georgia
80 Yearly Graduations
26% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Columbus State University. Each year, around 7,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,371 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,300 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 80 people received their undergraduate certificate in criminal justice from CSU. Of these students, 26% were women and 31% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Brookhaven College

Farmers Branch, Texas
73 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
81% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Brookhaven College. Roughly 13,700 attend the school each year. The criminal justice program at Brookhaven College awarded 73 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 52% of this group were women, and 81% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

UEI College-Fresno

Fresno, California
69 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

UEI College-Fresno is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in criminal justice. Each year, around 900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 69 undergraduate certificates were handed out to criminal justice majors at UEI College-Fresno. Of these students, 43% were women and 67% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Central Texas College

Killeen, Texas
68 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Central Texas College comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in criminal justice. Each year, around 16,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The criminal justice program at Central Texas College awarded 68 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 38% were women and 57% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Fire Protection 1,178
Homeland Security 82
Other Homeland Security 68

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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