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2022 Best Criminal Justice Schools

455 Colleges in the United States
29,724 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded
Criminal Justice is of the hottest degree programs in the United States, coming in as the #32 most popular major in the country. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.

College Factual reviewed 455 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of criminal justice. Combined, these schools handed out 29,724 degrees in criminal justice to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Criminal Justice School

Best Criminal Justice Schools Your choice of criminal justice school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. For our Best Overall Criminal Justice School rankings, we roll up the results of our degree-level rankings, weighted by the number of degrees awarded at that level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Pick Your Criminal Justice Degree Level

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Criminal Justice Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

Best Schools for Criminal Justice in the United States

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the criminal justice degree levels they offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Criminal Justice

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
43rd Most Popular In NY

It's hard to beat The Graduate Center, CUNY if you wish to pursue a degree in criminal justice. Located in the large city of New York, The Graduate Center is a public school with a medium-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #300 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means The Graduate Center is a great school overall.

There were roughly 10 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at The Graduate Center in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in criminal justice from The Graduate Center, CUNY

#2

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In CA
126 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

University of San Diego is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in criminal justice. USD is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of San Diego. A Best Schools rank of #170 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means USD is a great university overall.

There were about 126 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at USD in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in criminal justice from University of San Diego

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In OH
146 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Union Institute & University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in criminal justice. Located in the city of Cincinnati, Union is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly small student population. A Best Schools rank of #247 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Union is a great university overall.

There were about 146 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at Union in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in criminal justice from Union Institute & University

#4

Boston University

Boston, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In MA

Any student pursuing a degree in criminal justice has to check out Boston University. Boston U is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Boston. A Best Schools rank of #67 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Boston U is a great university overall.

There were approximately 2 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in criminal justice from Boston University

#5

Golden West College

Huntington Beach, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
97 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Huntington Beach, Golden West College is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 51st out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.More information about a degree in criminal justice from Golden West College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
66 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Rockland Community College is a moderately-sized public college located in the large suburb of Suffern. This college ranks 65th out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.More information about a degree in criminal justice from Rockland Community College

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In MN

Located in the city of Saint Paul, UST MN is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #167 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UST MN is a great university overall.

There were approximately 7 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at UST MN in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in criminal justice from University of St Thomas Minnesota

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MA
306 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Lowell, UMass Lowell is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 28th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 306 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at UMass Lowell in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in criminal justice from University of Massachusetts - Lowell

#9

Nassau Community College

Garden City, NY
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In NY
183 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Garden City, Nassau Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #228 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Nassau Community College is a great college overall.

There were about 183 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at Nassau Community College in the most recent data year.

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#10

Salve Regina University

Newport, RI
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In RI
105 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Newport, Salve Regina is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 6th out of 10 colleges for overall quality in the state of Rhode Island.

There were about 105 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at Salve Regina in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in criminal justice from Salve Regina University

#11

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MI
158 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #157 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Michigan State is a great university overall.

There were roughly 158 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at Michigan State in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In NY
244 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

QCC is a fairly large public college located in the city of Bayside. This college ranks 44th out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 244 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at QCC in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in criminal justice from Queensborough Community College

#13

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In GA
64 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Athens, UGA is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #116 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UGA is a great university overall.

There were roughly 64 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at UGA in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in criminal justice from University of Georgia

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CA
175 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

UAGC is a fairly large private for-profit university located in the large city of San Diego. This university ranks 101st out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 175 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at UAGC in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in criminal justice from The University of Arizona Global Campus

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NY
1,324 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of New York, John Jay is a public college with a large student population. This college ranks 42nd out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 1324 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at John Jay in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice

#16

LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, NY
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In NY
286 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Long Island City, LaGuardia is a public college with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #296 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means LaGuardia is a great college overall.

There were about 286 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at LaGuardia in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in criminal justice from LaGuardia Community College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In NY
207 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

KCC is a fairly large public college located in the city of Brooklyn. This college ranks 45th out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 207 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at KCC in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in criminal justice from Kingsborough Community College

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In SC
64 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized city of Charleston, The Citadel is a public college with a small student population. This college ranks 4th out of 50 colleges for overall quality in the state of South Carolina.

There were about 64 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at The Citadel in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in criminal justice from Citadel Military College of South Carolina

#19

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
18th Most Popular In NY
61 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Poughkeepsie, Marist is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #177 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Marist is a great college overall.

There were approximately 61 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at Marist in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in criminal justice from Marist College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In NY
202 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Bronx, BCC is a public college with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 76th out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 202 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at BCC in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in criminal justice from Bronx Community College

#21

Excelsior College

Albany, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
14th Most Popular In NY
89 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Albany, Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #118 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Excelsior College is a great college overall.

There were about 89 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at Excelsior College in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in criminal justice from Excelsior College

#22

Norwich University

Northfield, VT
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VT
155 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Norwich is a small private not-for-profit university located in the town of Northfield. This university ranks 4th out of 13 colleges for overall quality in the state of Vermont.

There were roughly 155 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at Norwich in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in criminal justice from Norwich University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In RI
118 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Bristol, RWU is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 5th out of 10 schools for overall quality in the state of Rhode Island.

There were roughly 118 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at RWU in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in criminal justice from Roger Williams University

#24

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
16th Most Popular In VA

GMU is a very large public university located in the large suburb of Fairfax. A Best Schools rank of #230 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means GMU is a great university overall.

There were about 11 criminal justice students who graduated with this degree at GMU in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in criminal justice from George Mason University

#25

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
70 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

SRJC is a fairly large public college located in the city of Santa Rosa. This college ranks 65th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.More information about a degree in criminal justice from Santa Rosa Junior College

Rest of the Top Best Criminal Justice Schools

#25

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA
#26

Butte College

Oroville, CA
#28

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#32

Los Medanos College

Pittsburg, CA

#33

University of New Haven

West Haven, CT
#34

Canisius College

Buffalo, NY
#37

Curry College

Milton, MA

#43

Waldorf University

Forest City, IA
#47

Marymount University

Arlington, VA
#49

National University

La Jolla, CA

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Criminal Justice Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 455 different United States criminal justice schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Thomas University Thomasville, GA
51 Lynn University Boca Raton, FL
52 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
53 Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX
54 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
55 Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA
56 St. Joseph’s College - New York Brooklyn, NY
57 Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley Hills, MA
58 Bradley University Peoria, IL
59 Quincy College Quincy, MA
60 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
61 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
62 Salem State University Salem, MA
63 Erie Community College Buffalo, NY
64 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
65 Hostos Community College Bronx, NY
66 Ashland University Ashland, OH
67 Mississippi College Clinton, MS
68 University of Louisville Louisville, KY

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Criminal Justice students that almost earned our Best Criminal Justice Schools award.

Rank College Location
69 Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY
70 Texas A & M University - Central Texas Killeen, TX
71 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
72 Franklin Pierce University Rindge, NH
73 Union County College Cranford, NJ
74 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
75 Sacramento City College Sacramento, CA
76 Stevenson University Stevenson, MD
77 Iona College New Rochelle, NY
78 Walden University Minneapolis, MN
79 Monroe College Bronx, NY
80 Georgia Military College Milledgeville, GA
81 Kean University Union, NJ
82 Delaware Technical Community College - Terry Dover, DE
83 York College of Pennsylvania York, PA
84 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
85 Elmhurst University Elmhurst, IL
86 Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, IL
87 Park University Parkville, MO
88 Amarillo College Amarillo, TX
89 Valencia College Orlando, FL
90 Santa Ana College Santa Ana, CA
91 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE

Criminal Justice by Region

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

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Criminal Justice is one of 13 different types of Criminal Justice & Corrections programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Criminal Justice

Related Major Annual Graduates
Criminal Justice Studies 42,039
Criminal Justice & Police Science 10,885
Other Corrections & Criminal Justice 3,091
Criminal Justice and Corrections, General 1,132
Corrections 1,050
Securities Services Administration/Management 596
Law Enforcement Investigation & Interviewing 141
Corrections Administration 120
Security & Loss Prevention Services 56
Juvenile Corrections 43

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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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