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Maryland Criminal Justice Degree Programs
(found 28 schools)




Listed below are all of the accredited schools in Maryland that offer Criminal Justice programs.

Overview

Maryland has been at the center of American history since the colonial days. The first rallying cry for revolution was heard in the state's Hungerford's Tavern. Annapolis has been home to the United States Naval Academy since 1845 and was briefly the nation's capital. During the War of 1812, Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor was bombed by the British, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write "The Star Spangled Banner." Today in Maryland, dedicated law enforcement officers are badly needed.

If you have always been passionate about justice and want to make your community a safer place to live, a career in criminal justice may be the ideal fit. Depending on your skills, interests and level of criminal justice education, you could work as a police officer, detective, probation officer or any number of careers in this field.

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Criminal Justice Education in Maryland

Although Maryland has fewer than 30 schools with criminal justice programs, students will find a wide array of specializations from cybercrime to homeland security. You will also find all degrees levels in Maryland universities including associate, bachelor and graduate degrees and five schools that offer doctoral degrees in Criminal Justice.

Regardless of the degree program you choose, you will complete several foundational courses in your criminal justice education before moving on to the core curriculum. You also have the opportunity to select elective courses that coincide with your career interests. The following courses are common in a bachelor degree program for criminal justice:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Professional Ethics
  • Crime and Punishment
  • An internship lasting at least one semester in the criminal justice specialty of your choice.

There are a few jobs in criminal justice that require an associate degree or less, such as a security guard or loss prevention for a retail store. However, most entry-level criminal justice careers require at least a bachelor degree. If you are entering a field that is highly competitive, a graduate degree may help get you noticed. Criminal justice professionals who go on to get their PhD are typically involved in research and don't work directly with the public.

If you are concerned about paying for school, you may want to visit this page to learn more about criminal justice scholarships.

Outlook for Criminal Justice in Maryland

The larger cities in Maryland are good places to look for employment. Maryland is ranked as one of the top 15 most dangerous states. Detectives earn more than in most other states at nearly $90,000 a year. Police make around $57,500 and corrections officers earn more than $43,000 according to 2012 data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The job posting website Jobs2Careers listed 21 openings for criminal justice professionals in October 2013. The top postings were for police officers, corrections officers, military police supervisors and homeland security. The cities with the most number of job openings included Baltimore, Laurel and Catonsville.

Because of its proximity to the nation's capital in Washington, D.C., working in homeland security is a viable option for Maryland residents interested in a criminal justice career. People who work for homeland security may work for any of the following employers:

  • Customs and Border Patrol
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Immigration Services
  • United States Coast Guard
  • United States Secret Service
  • Office of the Inspector General

The median annual pay for someone working in homeland security is $54,000. Security screeners are on the low end of the pay scale at $39,598 while criminal investigators earn the most at $88,712.

In a statewide employment report issued in 2012, the BLS compiled annual salary data for several careers under the general heading of protective service careers. These include the following:

  • Supervisors of Correctional Officers, $58,110
  • Supervisors of Police Officers and Detectives, $84,020
  • Bailiffs, $31,030
  • Correctional Officers and Jailers, $43,470
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators, $89,720
  • Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers, $57,460
  • Private Detectives and Investigators, $41,700
  • Security Guards, $33,020

Furthermore, the Baltimore-Towson metropolitan area is one of 10 in the country with the highest number of people employed in a protective service occupation. The demand is expected to remain steady as law enforcement is needed to deal with increasingly complex and violent crimes.

Advance your career with a criminal justice degree! Use our featured school listings below to find and compare criminal justice programs that fit your lifestyle and goals.

Maryland Criminal Justice Schools

Allegany College of Maryland (Cumberland, MD)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
Anne Arundel Community College (Arnold, MD)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied S, Associate of Applied Science - Forensic Studies, Associate of Applied Science - Homeland Security Management, Associate of Applied Science - Juvenile Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice - Police Academy, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice - Social Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies: Business, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies: Litigation, Associate of Applied Sciences - Cybercrime, Certificate - Cybercrime, Certificate - Intelligence Analytics, Certificate - Juvenile Justice, Certificate - Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice - Police, Certificate - Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice, Letter of Recognition - Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice - Investigator, Letter of Recognition - Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Evidence Technician
Baltimore City Community College (Baltimore, MD)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Legal Assistant: Business, Associate of Applied Science - Legal Assistant: General Law, Associate of Applied Science - Legal Assistant: Litigation, Bachelor of Science - Law Enforcement and Corrections, Certificate - Law Enforcement and Corrections, Certificate - Legal Assistant
Brightwood College (Hagerstown, MD)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Computer Forensics, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
Brightwood College (Beltsville, MD / Towson, MD)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
Carroll Community College (Westminster, MD)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement, Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts - Forensic Studies
Cecil College (North East, MD)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology, Certificate - Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology
Chesapeake College (Wye Mills, MD)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Crime Scene Technician, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, Certificate - Criminal Justice - Corrections, Certificate - Criminal Justice - Crime Scene Technician, Certificate - Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement, Certificate - Criminal Justice - Natural Resources Police, Certificate - Paralegal Studies
College of Southern Maryland (La Plata, MD)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Homeland Security, Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts - Forensic Science, Certificate - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Security Management
Community College of Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies
Coppin State University (Baltimore, MD)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement
Frederick Community College (Frederick, MD)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Paralegal Studies
Frostburg State University (Frostburg, MD)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor Degree - Law and Society - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Technical and Professional Studies - Criminal Justice
Garrett College (McHenry, MD)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Juvenile Justice, Certificate - Juvenile Justice
Hagerstown Community College (Hagerstown, MD)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Administration of Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Information Systems Technology: Computer Forensics, Associate of Arts - Paralegal Studies, Certificate - Correctional Services, Certificate - Paralegal Studies, Certificate - Police Services
Harford Community College (Bel Air, MD)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies - Legal Studies, Associate of Applied Sciences - Criminal Justice - Option in Legal Studies, Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Paralegal Studies
Kaplan University (Hagerstown, MD)
Programs Offered:

AAS - Fire Science (online), Advanced Start Bachelor of Science - Corrections (online), BS - Fire and Emergency Management (online), BS in Fire Science, BS in Legal Studies, BSBA - Criminal Justice (online), BSCJ - Computer Crime (online), BSCJ - Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) (online), BSCJ - Juvenile Justice (online), BSCJ - Law Enforcement (online), Computer Forensics Postbaccalaureate Certificate (Rockville), Corrections Certificate, M.P.A. in Criminal Justice (online), M.S. in Criminal Justice - Corrections (online), M.S. in Criminal Justice - Leadership and Executive Management (online), MS - Criminal Justice, MS - Legal Studies (online), MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management (online), Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate
Kaplan University - Ground (Hagerstown, MD)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology, Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security, BS in Criminal Justice - Hagerstown, MD, BS in Legal Studies, BSCJ - Crime Scene Investigation - Hagerstown, MD, BSCJ - Forensic Psychology - Hagerstown, MD, BSCJ - Homeland Security - Hagerstown, MD, BSCJ - Juvenile Justice, BSCJ - Law Enforcement - Hagerstown, MD, BSHUS - Child and Family Welfare, MPA - Criminal Justice, MPA - Emergency and Disaster Management, MS in Criminal Justice - Hagerstown, MD, MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management - Hagerstown, MD, MS in Legal Studies, MSCJ - Corrections - Hagerstown, MD, MSCJ - Global Issues in Criminal Justice - Hagerstown, MD, MSCJ - Law, MSCJ - Leadership/Executive Management, Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate, Undergraduate in Legal Studies
Montgomery College (Rockville, MD)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, Certificate - Paralegal Studies
Mount St. Mary's University (Emmitsburg, MD)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Accelerated Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts - Dual Sociology/Criminal Justice
Prince George's Community College (Largo, MD)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Forensics, Certificate - Paralegal/Legal Assistant
Stevenson University (Stevenson, MD)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Paralegal Studies: Accelerated, Bachelor of Science - Paralegal Studies, Master of Science - Forensics
Towson University (Towson, MD)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, M.S. in Integrated Homeland Security Management (online)
University of Baltimore (Baltimore, MD)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Community Studies, Bachelor of Arts - Government and Public Policy, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Forensic Studies, Master of Science - Criminal Justice
University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Princess Anne, MD)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Master of Science - Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Maryland-University College (Adelphi, MD)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor Degree - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor Degree - Forensics (online), Bachelor Degree - Homeland Security (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security, Bachelor of Science - Investigative Forensics, Certificate - Corrections (online), Certificate - Criminal Justice Management, Certificate - Criminal Justice (online), Certificate - Homeland Security Management, Certificate - Homeland Security (online), Maste (online), Master of Science in Information Technology - Homeland Security Management, Master of Science in Management - Criminal Justice Management, Master of Science in Management - Homeland Security Management, Master of Science in Technology Management - Homeland Security Management, Masters Degree - Homeland Security (online)
University of Phoenix (Columbia, MD / Greenbelt, MD / Rockville, MD / Timonium, MD)
Programs Offered:

BS - Criminal Justice Administration - Human Services (online), BS - Criminal Justice Administration - Management (online), BS - Criminal Justice Administration (online), BS - Organizational Security Management (online), MS - Administration of Justice and Security (online)
Wor-Wic Community College (Salisbury, MD)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
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