Welcome to CriminalJusticePrograms.com, the web’s most complete directory of accredited Criminal Justice schools and programs. Please let us know if you think we’re missing any schools or programs - we’ll be happy to add them. There are a lot of schools in the directory, and a few ways to search them.
- Check out the links on the left hand side of this page for listings of specific types of Criminal Justice degree programs, including online Criminal Justice degree programs.
- If you want to browse Criminal Justice schools by state, use the links below to access the individual state pages. These pages contain data on the state itself (including some government links and data for each state) as well as more detail on the schools in that state that offer Criminal Justice degree programs.
What to Look For
You should make sure to contact multiple schools, so you can compare their requirements, offerings, cost, and so on. There are many differences between the schools, even for identical programs.
Some of the key things to ask the schools about include:
- Tuition - (of course...) Make sure to ask what kind of financial aid they provide, as well as whether they know of any scholarships you might be eligible for. There are a number of different types of scholarships available for different kinds of students, and it never hurts to apply.
- Residency Requirements - Especially if you’re currently working in another job, and want to go back to school part time, make sure to find out how often you need to show up on campus for the degree program you’re interested in. Some programs are completely online, while others require you to show up a few times a semester, or more. There are also part time (evening/weekend) options available in many programs.
- Admissions Requirements - Make sure to find out what each program requires from prospective applicants, in terms of prior degrees/college credits, standardized test scores, recommendations, and so on. Some schools are "open enrollment," which means that anybody can sign up for classes, while other (typically the ones that offer Bachelors and graduate level degrees) have a more competitive admissions process.
- Certification Requirements - Programs that are aimed at a career in law enforcement will require you to complete classroom and practical components. Some will require that your certification be in the state the school is located in, while others will accept students who are certified in other states, so you should make sure to ask them about this.
What Classes Will I Have to Take in a Criminal Justice Program?
Though your exact curriculum will vary depending on which school you choose, the following list of classes are examples of what you might see in a criminal justice degree program:
- Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
- Fundamentals of Criminal Law
- Correctional Systems and Practices
- Police Systems and Practices
- Crime, Justice, and Social Diversity
- Corporate & White Collar Crime
- Current Issues in Criminal Justice
- Domestic Violence
Again, all of these requirements vary by school, so you will need to speak directly with each school to understand their exact requirements and what you may need to do to prepare.
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