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Master’s Degrees in Criminal Justice & Corrections

6,653 Yearly Graduations
$42,700 Median Salary
$40,550 Median Debt
There are 360 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a master's degree in criminal justice. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 45% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.1% of criminal justice graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Criminal Justice Majors

During the 2019-2020 academic year, 6,653 students earned their master's degree in criminal justice. This makes it the 31st most popular master's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in criminal justice at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 6,653
Graduate Certificate 584
Doctor’s Degree 215

Earnings of Criminal Justice Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in criminal justice is $42,700. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses. To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $37,200 to a high of $48,500.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in criminal justice is $40,550. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit. The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $44,321 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $31,200.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $472.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in criminal justice. About 57.0% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 2,859
Women 3,794
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The racial-ethnic distribution of criminal justice master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 116
Black or African American 1,582
Hispanic or Latino 1,057
White 3,120
International Students 76
Other Races/Ethnicities 702
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There are 360 colleges that offer a master’s degree in criminal justice. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

268 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for criminal justice students seekinga master's degree is John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Roughly 15,700 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 $11,090 per year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 268 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from John Jay. About 50% of this group were women, and 59% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
245 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 93,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,791 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,935 per year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 245 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at Liberty University. About 48% of this group were women, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, Florida
220 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is Saint Leo University. Roughly 9,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $23,990 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,568 per year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 220 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from St. Leo University. Of these students, 65% were women and 52% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

214 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Phoenix - Arizona. Roughly 89,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,552 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,096 per year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 214 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at UOPX - Arizona. About 60% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
189 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is Southern New Hampshire University. Roughly 134,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,600 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 189 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at SNHU. About 55% of this group were women, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Arizona State University - Skysong

Scottsdale, Arizona
180 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is Arizona State University - Skysong. Each year, around 53,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,710 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,516 per year. The criminal justice program at Arizona State University - Skysong awarded 180 master's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 40% were women.

#7

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
176 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is Boston University. Roughly 32,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,854 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $56,854 per year. The criminal justice program at Boston University awarded 176 master's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Of these students, 58% were women and 38% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

University of New Haven

West Haven, Connecticut
168 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of New Haven comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 6,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,170 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,370 per year. The criminal justice program at University of New Haven awarded 168 master's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. About 58% of this group were women, and 34% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

University of San Diego

San Diego, California
168 Yearly Graduations
23% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of San Diego comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in criminal justice. Roughly 8,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,120 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $27,936 per year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 168 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from USD. Of these students, 23% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

144 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 40,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,723 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,224 per year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 144 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at UC. Of these students, 61% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Grambling State University

Grambling, Louisiana
136 Yearly Graduations
86% Women

The 11th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is Grambling State University. Roughly 5,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,140 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,110 per year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 136 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at GSU. About 86% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia
135 Yearly Graduations
35% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is American Public University System. Roughly 50,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,840 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,660 per year. The criminal justice program at American Public University System awarded 135 master's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 35% were women.

#12

The University of Arizona Global Campus

San Diego, California
135 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Arizona Global Campus comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 31,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,280 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,720 per year. The criminal justice program at The University of Arizona Global Campus awarded 135 master's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. About 71% of this group were women, and 67% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

106 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 28,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,934 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,785 per year. The criminal justice program at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs awarded 106 master's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Around 47% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 65% were women.

#16

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas
104 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Sam Houston State University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 21,900 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. The criminal justice program at Sam Houston State University awarded 104 master's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. About 59% of this group were women, and 57% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
101 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Grand Canyon University is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 103,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,424 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,528 per year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 101 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at Grand Canyon University. Around 58% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#18

National University

La Jolla, California
98 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National University is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 18,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,320 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,480 per year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 98 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at National University. Of these students, 65% were women and 58% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
88 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is Capella University. Each year, around 38,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 88 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at Capella University. Of these students, 73% were women and 41% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
82 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Central Florida. Roughly 71,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,478 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,916 per year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 82 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at UCF. Of these students, 72% were women and 52% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Homeland Security 2,241
1,491
Other Homeland Security 448
Fire Protection 92

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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