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Doctor’s Degrees in Criminal Justice & Corrections

218 Yearly Graduations
$67,000 Median Salary
$119,512 Median Debt
There are 36 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a doctor's degree in criminal justice. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 27% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 6.0% of criminal justice graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Criminal Justice Majors

In 2018-2019, 218 doctor's degrees were awarded to criminal justice majors. This earns it the #87 spot on the list of the most popular doctor's degree 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
Master’s Degree 7,748
Graduate Certificate 836
Doctor’s Degree 218

Earnings of Criminal Justice Majors With Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in criminal justice is $67,000. 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 $67,000 to a high of $67,000.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in criminal justice is $119,512. 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, $119,512 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $119,512.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $1,393.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their doctor's degree in criminal justice. About 54.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 100
Women 118
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Criminal Justice

The racial-ethnic distribution of criminal justice doctor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3
Black or African American 38
Hispanic or Latino 12
White 116
International Students 13
Other Races/Ethnicities 36
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Criminal Justice Doctor's Degree Students

There are 36 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in criminal justice. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
35 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Walden University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for criminal justice majors who are seeking their doctor's degree. Each year, around 48,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,428 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,039 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 35 doctor's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at Walden University. About 43% of this group were women, and 51% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

California University of Pennsylvania

California, Pennsylvania
19 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California University of Pennsylvania is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 6,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,716 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,288 per year.

The criminal justice program at California University of Pennsylvania awarded 19 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 47% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
19 Yearly Graduations
53% Women

Nova Southeastern University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 20,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,150 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,665 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 doctor's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at NUS Florida.

19 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 39,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,476 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,790 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 people received their doctor's degree in criminal justice from UC. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#5

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
17 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Capella University. Roughly 37,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,148 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,767 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 people received their doctor's degree in criminal justice from Capella University. Of these students, 59% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

The Graduate Center, CUNY

New York, New York
15 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Graduate Center, CUNY is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 8,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,930 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 15 people received their doctor's degree in criminal justice from The Graduate Center. Of these students, 40% were women and 47% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
13 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida State University comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in criminal justice. Roughly 42,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,684 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 13 people received their doctor's degree in criminal justice from Florida State. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

#8

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas
8 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Sam Houston State University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 21,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,856 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,765 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 doctor's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at SHSU. Of these students, 50% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington
8 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Washington State University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 31,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,953 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,493 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 people received their doctor's degree in criminal justice from Wazzu. Of these students, 50% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Rutgers University - Newark

Newark, New Jersey
7 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rutgers University - Newark is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 13,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 people received their doctor's degree in criminal justice from Rutgers Newark. About 43% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
6 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Mason University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 37,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,144 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 doctor's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at GMU. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#11

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts
6 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northeastern University comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 22,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,420 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,793 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their doctor's degree in criminal justice from Northeastern. About 67% of this group were women, and 17% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

5 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Nebraska at Omaha comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in criminal justice. Roughly 15,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,224 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,558 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 doctor's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at UNOMAHA. About 80% of this group were women, and 60% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

University at Albany

Albany, New York
5 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University at Albany. Roughly 17,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 people received their doctor's degree in criminal justice from UAlbany. Around 40% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 80% were women.

#15

Texas Southern University

Houston, Texas
4 Yearly Graduations
75% Women

Texas Southern University is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 9,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,942 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,487 per year.

The criminal justice program at Texas Southern University awarded 4 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 75% were women.

#15

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
4 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Illinois at Chicago. Each year, around 32,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,924 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,276 per year.

The criminal justice program at University of Illinois at Chicago awarded 4 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 50% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Prairie View A & M University

Prairie View, Texas
4 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Prairie View A & M University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 8,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,043 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,733 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 people received their doctor's degree in criminal justice from PVAMU. Around 75% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 75% were women.

#18

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts
3 Yearly Graduations
67% Women

The 18th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Massachusetts - Lowell. Roughly 18,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,078 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,590 per year.

The criminal justice program at University of Massachusetts - Lowell awarded 3 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#18

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Little Rock, Arkansas
3 Yearly Graduations
33% Women

The 18th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Roughly 9,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,495 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,760 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 3 people received their doctor's degree in criminal justice from UA Little Rock.

#18

Georgia State University

Atlanta, Georgia
3 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Georgia State University is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in criminal justice. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,158 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,164 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 3 people received their doctor's degree in criminal justice from Georgia State. About 100% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to criminal justice that offer doctor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Homeland Security 28
Other Homeland Security 13
Fire Protection 3

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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