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Master’s Degrees in Criminal Justice & Corrections

7,748 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. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 43% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 2.2% of criminal justice graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Criminal Justice Majors

In 2018-2019, 7,748 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 7,748
Graduate Certificate 836
Doctor’s Degree 218

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. 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 $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 56.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,403
Women 4,345
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Criminal Justice

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 185
Black or African American 1,807
Hispanic or Latino 1,093
White 3,666
International Students 169
Other Races/Ethnicities 828
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Criminal Justice Master's Degree Students

There are 360 colleges that offer a master’s degree in criminal justice. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

268 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
55% 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. Each year, around 15,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 268 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at John Jay. Of these students, 49% were women and 55% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
245 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 85,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,417 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,980 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 245 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from Liberty University. About 45% of this group were women, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, Florida
220 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Saint Leo University comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in criminal justice. Roughly 10,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $23,100 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,296 per year.

The criminal justice program at Saint Leo University awarded 220 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 51% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

214 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Phoenix - Arizona is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 94,700 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 $16,752 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 214 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at UOPX - Arizona. Around 53% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 66% were women.

#5

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
189 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern New Hampshire University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in criminal justice. Roughly 113,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,756 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 189 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from SNHU. About 57% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Arizona State University - Skysong

Scottsdale, Arizona
180 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Skysong comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 45,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,867 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,384 per year.

The criminal justice program at Arizona State University - Skysong awarded 180 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 51% of this group were women, and 37% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
176 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Boston University comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in criminal justice. Roughly 33,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,720 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 176 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from Boston U. About 64% of this group were women, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

University of New Haven

West Haven, Connecticut
168 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
27% 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 6,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,920 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 168 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from University of New Haven. Of these students, 68% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

University of San Diego

San Diego, California
168 Yearly Graduations
23% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of San Diego. Each year, around 9,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,450 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $27,288 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 168 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at USD. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 23% were women.

144 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Cincinnati - Main Campus. Roughly 39,200 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 144 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at UC. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#11

Grambling State University

Grambling, Louisiana
136 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
99% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is Grambling State University. Each year, around 5,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

The criminal justice program at Grambling State University awarded 136 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 71% were women and 99% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia
135 Yearly Graduations
37% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American Public University System is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in criminal justice. Roughly 45,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,804 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,615 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 135 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from American Military University. Of these students, 37% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Ashford University

San Diego, California
135 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for criminal justice majors who are seeking their master's degree is Ashford University. Roughly 32,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,060 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 135 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from Ashford University. Around 61% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

125 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maryland Global Campus comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in criminal justice. Roughly 58,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,640 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 125 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at UMGC. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 56% were women.

106 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in criminal justice. Each year, around 27,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,896 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,710 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 106 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs. Around 59% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#16

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas
104 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
44% 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. Roughly 21,500 attend the school each year. 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 2018-2019 school year. Around 44% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 68% were women.

#17

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
101 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Grand Canyon University comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in criminal justice. Roughly 96,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,419 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,175 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 101 master's degrees were handed out to criminal justice majors at Grand Canyon University. About 55% of this group were women, and 52% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

National University

La Jolla, California
98 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
48% 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 16,600 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 98 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from National University. About 65% of this group were women, and 48% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
88 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Capella University comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 37,800 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 88 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from Capella University. Around 51% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

#20

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
82 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Central Florida comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in criminal justice. Each year, around 69,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 82 people received their master's degree in criminal justice from UCF. About 72% of this group were women, and 49% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Homeland Security 2,208
Other Homeland Security 534
Fire Protection 98

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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