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2021 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools

263 Colleges
$31,952 Avg Salary
$24,936 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Criminal Justice & Corrections School for You

Criminal Justice & Corrections is the #34 most popular major in the country with 8,802 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Grad Degree Search has created its Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 263 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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2021 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools in Criminal Justice

#1

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Our analysis found University of Chicago to be the best school for criminal justice and corrections students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#2

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

The excellent programs at Excelsior College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best criminal justice and corrections schools in the United States. Excelsior College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Albany.

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The excellent programs at University of Oklahoma Norman Campus helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best criminal justice and corrections schools in the United States. Located in the suburb of Norman, University of Oklahoma is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#4

Curry College

Milton, MA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Curry College. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Curry is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Milton.

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The excellent programs at George Washington University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best criminal justice and corrections schools in the United States. Located in the large city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#6

Webster University

Saint Louis, MO

Webster University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Webster is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis.

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#7

Utica College

Utica, NY

Utica College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Utica College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Utica.

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#8

Anna Maria College

Paxton, MA

Anna Maria College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Anna Maria is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Paxton.

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#9

Champlain College

Burlington, VT

Champlain College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Champlain is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Burlington.

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#10

Salve Regina University

Newport, RI

Salve Regina University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Newport, Salve Regina is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#11

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

Texas Christian University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the large city of Fort Worth, TCU is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#12

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL

Lewis University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Romeoville, Lewis is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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University of Massachusetts - Lowell ranked #13 on this year’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. UMass Lowell is a large public school located in the suburb of Lowell.

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#14

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO

Saint Louis University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Located in the city of Saint Louis, SLU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Roger Williams University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #15 on the list. RWU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Bristol.

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#16

Columbus State University

Columbus, GA

Columbus State University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. CSU is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Columbus.

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Concordia University - Saint Paul ranked #17 on this year’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Located in the city of Saint Paul, Concordia University - Saint Paul is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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With a ranking of #18, American Public University System did quite well on this year’s best schools for criminal justice and corrections students. Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#19

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the small city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#21

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#22

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

Saint Cloud State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #22 on the list. St. Cloud State University is a large public school located in the city of Saint Cloud.

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California University of Pennsylvania did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #23 on the list. Cal U is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of California.

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#24

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Boston U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

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#25

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

University of North Dakota ranked #25 on this year’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. UND is a fairly large public school located in the city of Grand Forks.

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#26

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA
#27

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
#28

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT
#29

Simpson College

Indianola, IA
#31

Norwich University

Northfield, VT
#32

Ball State University

Muncie, IN
#35

Carlow University

Pittsburgh, PA
#37

American University

Washington, DC
#38

DeSales University

Center Valley, PA
#39

Stevenson University

Stevenson, MD

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
40 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
41 Plymouth State University Plymouth, NH
42 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
43 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
44 University of New Haven West Haven, CT
45 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
46 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
47 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
48 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
49 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
50 Seattle University Seattle, WA
51 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
52 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA

Criminal Justice & Corrections by Region

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

Criminal Justice & Corrections is one of 3 different types of programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Criminal Justice

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security 2,551
Other Homeland Security 612
Fire Protection 109

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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).

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