Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Criminal justice degrees focus on the delivery of justice to individuals who have committed crimes by those who have studied and analyzed criminal behavior and rehabilitation. Criminal justice degrees are offered at the associate, bachelor, and graduate levels, and certificates can be earned post-education to learn more about specific areas of criminal justice. Ideal candidates are honest, driven by a sense of responsibility, and are observant.

Associate Level

An associate’s in criminal justice, like most 2-year programs, is considered an introduction into the field. In the case of criminal justice, though, it’s enough to obtain entry-level positions. The curriculum will contain an introduction to criminology, as well as a focus on understanding the theories behind the American criminal justice system.

Careers for those with an associate degree include: Police Officer, Campus Security Officer, Victim Advocacy Counselor, Probation Officer, Corrections Officer, Evidence Technician, Youth Detention Counselor. The average salary with an associate’s is $35,000.

Baccalaureate

Earning a bachelor’s in criminal justice provides more insight into the courts and corrections systems. This 4-year program can be obtained as either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, depending on whether you want to work in a technical or scientific field. Both will take a deeper look into research methods and ethical concerns in criminal justice, as well as alternatives to incarceration.

Career paths for criminal justice degree-holders include: Corrections Officer/Manager, FBI Agent, Police Officer, Private Investigator, Forensic Accountant, Crime Scene Investigator, Paralegal, Air Marshal, US Marshal, Custom & Border Patrol Agent, Emergency Management Director, Secret Service Agent, Transportation Security Screeners, Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, Fish and Game Warden, Bailiff, Court Clerk, Information Security Analyst, Document Examiner, Diplomatic Security Agent, IRS Criminal Investigator, Probate Investigator. Entry-level pay for criminal justice fields is $40,000.

Graduate Education

The next level in criminal justice is a master’s degree, and this level delves deeper in research methods and statistics, along with policy analysis. Curriculum will likely include courses on victimology, criminal mind and behavior, budgeting and planning, issues in policing, and contemporary issues in corrections. A graduate degree in criminal justice typically leads to higher levels within the same types of workplaces as a bachelor’s, such as supervisor, director, or manager.

Taking criminal justice to the next educational level, a PhD is, as usual, an indication of a life of research and academia. The primary goal is to seek out better crime control through understanding crime and justice. Educational, research, and advanced public policy roles are the natural progression after earning a PhD in Criminal Justice.

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“…Penn State was a large beautiful school. It offered many different fields for students to choose to major in. There were many activities to do, organizations to join, and people to meet.” – Michelle

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“…San Diego State University is an overall awesome school! There are so many different types of people here, and the campus is so nice! I can't wait to be apart of this school in the fall!” – Burgandy from San Diego, CA

“…It is a beautiful campus and will make you proud to be a bull. There is always stuff going on around campus and a lot of fun ways to get involved. Academics are taken seriously and managable with work. ” – Brenna from St. Petersburg, FL

“…The campus is beautiful, more so than you could ever imagine. The people are friends you will always have just like and everyone says! Lastly you will learn more than you ever thought you could; about your major, yourself, and the real world.” – Anissa from Grand Prairie, TX

“…The campus is beautiful and not too spread out. All of my classes have been wonderful thus far, and really are shaped to my interests. There are so many study enhancements in this community to make sure that students do succeed. ” – Taelor from Columbia, SC

“…Colorado State University has given me the best college experience I could dream of. There are opportunities for anything you could imagine - and these opportunities are everywhere! Everyone is friendly, and all anyone wants is for each and every...” – Bailey

“…this school offers a diverse curriculum. studying abroad is heavily encouraged, and mandatory for multiple majors. the professors want you to succeed, you need only ask!” – Scott from San Diego, CA

“…George Mason University is very diverse. The classes and professors are also very helpful in class and throughout the application process. The school is also very, very welcoming and makes you have a sense of belonging. ” – LISA from Falls Church, VA

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“…Florida Atlantic University is a fantastic school. Florida Atlantic University has a beautiful, growing campus in sunny Boca Raton. Florida Atlantic University has excellent professors that are more than happy to help students in all aspects of...” – Andy from Coconut Creek, FL

“…Brigham young stands as a precedent for student education. It is a pinnacle of cleanliness of word and of character. It is a school like no other with the honor code as a standing tradition to be upheld by the students and the faculty. ” – Kaitlyn from Riverton, UT

“…sam houston state university has an amazing environment. the teacher-student ratio is perfect. the atmosphere is perfect for anyone who doesn't want to get lost in the crowd.” – Felicia from Cedar Park, TX

“…The University of Oklahoma has a wealth of opportunity to offer. It is a beautiful campus and the classes are kept small to offer individual attention to students. It also offers a lot of ways to get involved and give back to the community as well as...” – Brianna from Frisco, TX

“…Mercer University is a great college for students who want academic rigor, professors who know their names, and a place to meet all kinds of people.” – Kelsy from Tifton, GA

Manchester University
North Manchester, IN

“…Fun quite college, every one is friendly. All your Professors wont's to help you. Classes are small usually about 15 to 20 students.” – Jordan from Indianapolis, IN

“…Hampton University is an extremely strict insitution, were freshman are given a curfew and have limited freedoms. This maybe in order to have control over the freshman class and have them focus on school work, but to those who are mature, this is a...” – Myles from Baltimore, MD

“…the university of louisville is an outstanding education facility. the teachers are some of the best in the state and offer personal one-on-one assistance to their students. the university strives to excel in technological advancement as well as...” – Samuel from Lexington, KY

“…It is a good school. Its nontraditional and I like that. Very laid back.” – Brittany from Millbrook, AL

“…Suffolk University has great professors that not only challenge your mind but guide you thoroughly through the course. The campus is in the heart of Boston which is another plus. And there are also so many opportunities for clubs and activities for...” – Desiree from Beverly, MA

“…GVSU has not only the most beautiful, warm and welcoming campus I have seen (from visiting eight schools in total as a high school senior), it is truly a Home away from Home. As any other university, the student gets what they give in to the program,...” – Staci from Brookfield, IL

“…It is a very friendly environment. I feel like I am a part of the student body even though I have not started yet. I feel very safe on campus.” – Morgan from West Haven, CT

“…Tennessee State University is a campus that is filled with opportunity and chances to change your life. The atmosphere is a family oriented, and a welcoming vibe for new students. The staff care about you as if you were their own.” – Kiara from Ellenwood, GA

Marist College
Poughkeepsie, NY

“…Marist is one of the best colleges in the United States. The community environment, faculty, staff and administration is remarkable. I love it here!” – Samantha from Pequannock, NJ

“…This school is amazing. The teachers are very understanding and seem to love their jobs. The campus is very beautiful, clean, and very easy to navigate.” – Kirby from Chesapeake, VA

“…the university of memphis has a surprisingly diverse faculty and student body for a southern school. there are loads of student help and services available here as well. it's best feature by far is frosh camp, a camp for incoming freshmen to learn...” – Rachel from Memphis, TN

“…I love UTD! This school is a small, tight-knit community with diverse backgrounds that keeps college life interesting. Once in, you are most likely to stay!” – Natasya from Plano, TX

“…Ferris State University is a well organized college, full of helpful professors. I love it there and the food and dinning is also wonderful. This university has a friendly atmosphere. ” – Katherine from Newaygo, MI

“…i give the school a 8 out of 10. i fell in love with the campus and its not far from home. they offer buses and bikes for getting around, which is a plus.” – Shakeria from Foley, AL

“…A very good school, close to plenty of nice places to go. If you ever need to find food or anything for your dorm room, you can easily find plenty of stores that can accommodate you. If you ever need to get anywhere in Florida and don't have a car,...” – Michael from Pembroke Pines, FL

Oakland University
Rochester Hills, MI

“…Oakland University is an involved and exciting school with so much to offer students. A place to learn and explore many options of career choices. A place to meet life long friends. ” – Yewande from Warren, MI

“…The college is great!! It won the Aspen award, as the best community college in the nation!!! The campus is very nice.... people are very friendly, and eager to help when you need it... I certainly recommend any one in Orlando to attend Valencia...” – Andreas from Orlando, FL

“…Very Military Friendly school. The faculty and staff are very helpful and knowledgable. Very cost effective for those on a limited budget.” – Alexander from Fayetteville, NC

“…heidelberg is a small school with a lot of opportunities. the professors are there to help you succeed, and will do anything to help you. ” – Taylor from Tiffin, OH

“…The campus is one of the most efficient in terms of class schedules and use of classroom space. The atmosphere is fast paced and exciting lying in the heart of downtown Denver. I enjoy being on campus everyday with the opportunity to explore the city...” – Courtney from Parker, CO

“…Arkansas State University is a well rounded college for those who seek a start in their career. It can be the beginning of a long and wonderful education, and it can serve as the end of ones educational goals all at the same time. Whether you're...” – Ryan from Highland, AR

“…i love this college. it is full of so many opportunities, and is located in the best area.” – Michael from Schenevus, NY

“…The University is priced perfectly for in state students! The University is not to big but not to small. The University staff will go out of there way to help you if you have a problem and are respectful.” – Latrisha from Houston, TX

“…SIUC is a great school if you are looking for a school that has countless opportunities. I have only been here for a semester and I have gotten email after email from my respective college (Education and Human Services) about different opportunities...” – Aaron from Fresno, CA

“…Sacred Heart University is a closely knit private school focused in on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, and they live up to this tradition exceptionally. In each of its core classes, and in every learning opportunity students take part in, they...” – Allison from Trumbull, CT

“…Saint Leo University exemplifies core values and emphasizes integrity, community, and spirit. Instructors are real-world professionals and peers are like-minded adult professionals, all with a desire to contribute to the learning process. I am...” – Christina from Boise, ID

“…virginia commonwealth university is a terrific school.i don't recommend this school to someone who isn't use to a big city. also if you don't like big classrooms with 150 plus students, i don't recommend it.” – Christa from Lynchburg, VA

“…It is the most beautiful campus I have ever laid my eyes on. The faculty and staff are eager for you to learn. I feel at home and safe on campus. ” – Mary from Vinemont, AL

“…The academics are rigorous RIT is not a place to take your academics lightly. How good your social life is depends on what your looking for. If your a geek you'll fit right in but if more of a party person it will be harder for you to find your niche...” – Ernesto from Inglewood, CA

“…to be quite honest when i went here for the scholarship competition i was blown away not only by the campus but by the corps of cadets and how the teachers taught the classes. i found it to be my dream school because of every aspect i was looking for...” – Angela from Westland, MI

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“…A small private school in the midst of big changes in the upcoming years. Good community within the school that reaches out and makes use of the surrounding community as well. Teachers and advisers on the whole are very supportive and will do what...” – Britnee from Annandale, VA

“…the university of saint thomas is a ten out of ten. the small class sizes are great for learning. the campus is beautiful and in a neighborhood setting.” – Whittney from Stillwater, MN

“…Well, this is the second college I attended and I love it so much more. It is really easy to find your niche and you have so much support available for you. From Res life to the academic realm, CMU is a great school to attend!” – Andrea from Denver, CO

“…Immediately stepping foot on campus I have transformed into a better individual with a higher education. Westerns motto is higher values in higher education, they apply this very well with their amazing professors, numerous extracurricular activities...” – Meghan from Frankfort, IL

“…I love St. Mary's University. It has helped me grow a whole lot. I also love the size of the campus and the population. ” – Alexis from El Paso, TX

“…Kean University is a great school to attend if you like diversity, a beautiful campus, and a great education.” – Brianna from Piscataway, NJ

“…Philadelphia University is a beautiful university. The faculty here will do all it can to make sure you succeed in your future career or field. It provides many opportunities that many other universities do not, including free tutoring, personal...” – Rachel from Weatherly, PA

“…One of the best in the midwest! My experience has been great, everybody is dedicated to making the Elmhurst Experience better. Beautiful campus, great reputation.” – Chad from Lombard, IL

“…Boise State University is a beautiful school. It is very socialized with tons of campus activities such as sports. I enjoy going to school here as well as living in the dorm on campus.” – Yonsoo from Boise, ID

“…Park University is a very DIVERSE school. It is also very private not cluttered like most of your public schools. The teachers there also give you more attention then any other school I went to.” – Chaz from Saint Louis, MO

“…bradley gives a well-rounded education. the campus is beautiful and everything is easily accessible. the students, faculty, staff, and professors are nice and always willing to give a helping hand.” – Megan from Lake Zurich, IL

“…UB is fun, sporadic, entertaining, and most importantly educational. UB is a great place to learn and grow through the various programs that are offered. There are specialization designed to meet specific needs of those looking to work in particular...” – Jonathan from Woodstock, MD

“…Tarleton State University is a well rounded 4 year university. It offers an experience that most other Colleges cannot. tarletons most unique feature is the fact that it is in the middle of a small cowboy run town.” – dustin from Stephenville, TX

“…Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University is a beautiful, activity filled campus filled with a warm atmosphere and many different types of people. Even though the campus is a historically African American university, many ethnic groups attend...” – Kourtney from Huber Heights, OH

Broward College
Fort Lauderdale, FL

“…Broward College is a good school. They really help people learn, compensating for disabilities, and different learning-styles.” – Jennifer from Lauderhill, FL

Iona College
New Rochelle, NY

“…Iona is a small college which is good if that is what you are looking for. The small community allows you to get to know other students, even upper class men! Over all the school is great, educational wise and social life wise. ” – Mishelle

“…widener is filled with friendly students and an even friendlier faculty. the sports teams, both athletes and coaches, are dedicated and hard working. the course load is tough yet manageable, depending of course on your major.” – Victoria from Delran, NJ

“…Great School” – Brittany from Utica, NY

“…Carthage is about meeting new people and feeding off others ideas and outlooks on life. In most traditional colleges an intellectual development is highly stressed, but here you are encouraged to grow spiritually , socially, and emotionally into a...” – Alicia from Zion, IL

“…i had a great first semester at stevenson. the classes were tough but i was able to get assistance when i needed it. i plan to attend here next year as well.” – Morgan from Mardela Springs, MD

“…I think Shenandoah ia a great college for the students that like the smaller classrooms. you get the teacher to student relationship more than other universities. It is also in a very beautiful area. ” – Brittany from Winchester, VA

“…California State University of San Bernardino was an excellent choice for me. I went there for 5 years and even got to explore another campus while still being a CSUSB student with their National Student Exchange program. The professors there are...” – Corri from Provo, UT

“…great college! everyone here is so nice and accommodating! they really want to see you succeed. you want to be right on top of everything and if you feel something is not getting done fast enough then jut make a call and they will see whats taking so...” – Katie from Kaneohe, HI

“…canisius is a fun place to be, there is a loving atmosphere. the campus is absolutely beautiful! go griffs!” – Monique from Syracuse, NY

“…Eastern Kentucky University provides students with an institution, that will allow them to excel in their chosen majors. The professors are helpful, friendly, and caring. There are also, many groups and clubs for any student's interests.” – Krichelle from Lexington, KY

“…St. John's University is an amazing school. Not only is the campus amazing but the people are great as well. You will feel more than at home here.” – Jessica from Elmhurst, NY

“…an institution based on faith and the highest academic standards possible. this school will challenge anyone to reach their highest potential and is one of a handful of national universities with university foundations in all 7 basic knowledge areas....” – Joshua from Wingate, NC

“…palm beach state college is an affordable and highly diverse educational institutional in palm beach county. they offer many courses in hundreds of majors and also offer many great activities both on and off campus. also, palm beach state college...” – Ryan from Palm Beach Gardens, FL

“…frostburg state university is a community. despite the, lately, almost constant tragedies that have befallen it, frostburg has stood strong and pulled together rather than falling apart. if, in seeking out a college, one wishes to be part of a...” – Emily from Gaithersburg, MD

“…ashland unoversity is a small college with all the benefits of a large university. the state of the art complexes include the dining hall and the recreation center. the faculty and staff are one of a kind who make your experience at ashland...” – Dean from Ashland, OH

“…I absolutely love being a student here at ACU, the people are welcoming and friendly, and as a student one is given the the opportunity to engage in a number of different activities on campus (both academically and socially). The ACU campus is most...” – Brit from Abilene, TX

“…St. Cloud State University is a truly positive, educational institution. It provides the knowledge one seeks when deciding colleges and offers a life unlike other institutions. Those who experience it understand its superior qualities.” – Sonny from Saint Cloud, MN

“…i love how the general education courses are intergrated into the engineering department. the school helps you adjust to your new surrounding. the support with your classes is amazing.” – Richard from Corona, CA

“…North Georgia provides everything I need to succeed after college. Their military program, which I am currently in, gives great leadership training. Everything I want from a college is right here in Dahlonega, Georgia.” – Robert from McDonough, GA

“…LMU is an awesome college. I transferred from Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge and LMU is so much better.” – Robert from Jellico, TN

“…mtsu is a great university. it is quickly becoming the best school in tennessee's state system of colleges and universities. the professors are great as is the support staff, who will free you up to learn.” – Luther from Nashville, TN

“…A friendly, fun environment. The School is really involved with the Community and vise verse. A great size and good pricing, I'm paying the same or less than I would have to go to some of my in-state School” – Kaitlin from Skokie, IL

“…North Carolina Central University is the best school in North Carolina. The professors an administration there strive and help you with what they can. North Carolina Central University was the best option for me because it opened up new doors in my...” – Charisma from RoanokeRapids, NC

“…Overall this school is a great one. It is still open enrollment, and a lot of non-traditional students come here. This is a beautiful and enjoyable campus.” – Jessica from Lehi, UT

“…Tiffin is a smaller university, but a good fit for those who are intent on focusing on learning. Classes are a bit on the easy side and parking can get hectic. Professor are very understanding though.” – Sophie from New Albany, IN

“…NYIT has two campuses in New York. I enthusiastically attend the Manhattan Campus. The location in incredible and curriculum is challenging.” – lee martin from Belmar,, NJ

Indiana Tech
Fort Wayne, IN

“…great online study program for my major. independent study allows me to study around my schedule. wonderful people to answer questions and help with any difficult situation (application, financial aid, transfers, ect).” – Erika from Bryan, OH

“…The Citadel is an outstanding college! It teaches self-discipline, communication with others, and will refine one as a leader, all while keeping one focused and making great grades. It also provides an unbeatable network that will help one after...” – Ashley from Pensacola, FL

“…RWU is a fantastic school that thrives on building a student's academic performance. The staff and professors genuinely care about their students and will help them reach their life goals. It is truly a great place to learn.” – T from Stoughton, MA

“…drury is a very historic looking school with a new age look on education. the food is actually pretty good most of the time. the staff are all very friendly.” – Katelyn from Verona, MO