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Ohio Criminal Justice Degree Programs
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Listed below are all of the accredited schools in Ohio that offer Criminal Justice programs.

Overview

Ohio has a population of roughly 11.5 million and is well-known for its many state parks and excellent golfing. The capital city is Columbus, but the largest cities are Cleveland and Cincinnati. Between sporting events, museums, fine dining and festivals, there's more than enough to do in the larger cities when you're not studying or working.

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Criminal Justice Education in Ohio

A criminal justice degree is the ideal course of study for those interested in issues relating to law enforcement, crime, public policy, criminal investigations and law. With a criminal justice degree, the opportunities for positions in law enforcement are diverse. Positions range from corrections officer, police officer, and detective to FBI agent, parole officer, crime scene investigator and bailiff. Some students with criminal justice degrees even go on to enter law school to become prosecutors and defense attorneys. As a professional with a criminal justice degree, you have a direct role in protecting civil order and society. You also have the opportunity to help reform criminals. A career in criminal justice is both interesting and personally rewarding.

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If you want to be a leader in the field of criminal justice, earning your degree can help you develop the right skills to achieve your goal. CriminalJusticePrograms.com has resources and school listings that can help you move forward in your criminal justice education. Review our listings below and contact the colleges that interest you to learn more about their programs. As a rule of thumb, it's best to request information from multiple schools to make sure you choose the right one.

An associate of applied science degree in criminal justice is focused on the operations of the criminal justice system. It offers a solid foundation in legal procedures, criminal evidence, criminal law and criminology. Throughout your criminal justice education, you are taught about the current law enforcement standards and develop technical skills needed for a variety of entry-level positions in the field. With an associate's degree, students can attain positions as police officers, corrections officers, bailiffs, security guards and paralegals. Some of the common technical courses may include:

  • History of Crime and Justice
  • Courts and the Legal System
  • Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System
  • Criminal Law
  • Ethics in Law Enforcement
  • Legal Research and Writing

Typically, a bachelor's degree in criminal justice is required for higher level positions, such as detectives and FBI agents. Often, students are required to complete an internship in the field to gain hands-on experience and to apply learned classroom knowledge. The bachelor's degree program may include courses like:

  • Victimology
  • Political Science
  • Leadership in the Criminal Justice System
  • Punishment and Rehabilitation in the Criminal Justice System
  • Statistical Applications

A master's degree in criminal justice provides the in-depth knowledge and skills to move up in position and attain administrative jobs in the criminal justice field. Often, those with a master's degree in criminal justice earn six figures within five years of obtaining the degree as managers of courts. The master degree programs in criminal justice also allow you to specialize in one area of criminal justice instead of a broad spectrum. With a master's degree in criminal justice, students can teach, apply to law school or pursue a doctorate.

For financial aid, you can start looking into programs such as the Ohio Academic Scholarships, the Ohio College Opportunity Grants and the Ohio Instructional Grant. These are just a few options. There are many more state-specific, college-specific and federally funded programs that can help you out.

Learn more about scholarships in criminal justice by exploring our financial aid resources page.

Outlook for Criminal Justice in Ohio

The mean annual income in Ohio across all occupations in protective services is $41,000, but this varies depending on your position. Police officers, for example, earn a mean annual income of $53,690 while detectives and criminal investigators earn $69,200. You may also choose to use your criminal justice degree to become a legal assistant. The mean annual salary for legal assistants in Ohio is $44,530, according to 2012 data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, the job growth for those with criminal justice degrees in Ohio is positive, and salaries are competitive.

If you're ready to pursue more prominent roles in criminal justice and make a greater impact in your community, contact our featured schools to learn more about their criminal justice programs for Ohio students. We recommend reaching out to a few colleges to make sure you choose the right one for your goals.

Ohio Criminal Justice Schools

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Traditional On Campus Programs:
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Apollo Career Center (Lima, OH)
Programs Offered:

Certificate of Completion - Law Enforcement, Certificate of Completion - Public Safety
Ashland University (Ashland, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Forensic Chemistry
Baldwin-Wallace College (Berea, OH)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Belmont College (Saint Clairsville, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Cyber Security & Computer Forensics, Certificate - Cyber Security
Bluffton University (Bluffton, OH)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
Bohecker College (Ravenna, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Business - Criminal Justice
Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, MS - Criminal Justice (online)
Bowling Green State University-Firelands (Huron, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Bradford School (Columbus, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Legal Office Assistant, Certificate - Legal Office Assistant, Certificate - Paralegal
Bryant & Stratton College (Cleveland, OH / Eastlake, OH / Parma, OH / Willoughby Hills, OH)
Programs Offered:

AAS - Criminal Justice (online), AAS - Paralegal Studies (online), Associate Degree - Criminal Justice, Associate Degree - Security Technology (online), Associate in Criminal Justice - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Science - IT Security (online), BS - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Paralegal Studies Certificate (online)
Buckeye Hills Career Center (Rio Grande, OH)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Basic Peace Officer Training, Certificate - Corrections Officer, Certificate - Public Safety
Buckeye Joint Vocational School (New Philadelphia, OH)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy
Butler Tech (Hamilton, OH)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Basic Police Academy, Certificate - Law Enforcement Institute, Tech Prep program - Criminal Justice
Carnegie Institute of Integrative Medicine and Massotherapy (Suffield, OH)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Crime Scene Investigation
Cedarville University (Cedarville, OH)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
Central Ohio Technical College (Newark, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Forensic Science Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement Technology, Certificate - Basic Police Academy - Ohio Peace Officer Training
Chancellor University (Cleveland, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor Degree - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Forensic Accounting, Certificate - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Paralegal
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (Cincinnati, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Safety and Security Management, Associate of Science - Legal Assistant, Associate of Technical Studies - Law Enforcement, Certificate - Paralegal
Clark State Community College (Springfield, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Business - Judicial Reporting (Broadcast Captioning/CART option), Associate of Applied Business - Judicial Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Court Broadcast Captioning/CART, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Judicial Reporting, Certificate - Basic Peace Officer Academy, Certificate - Judicial Reporting Scopist, Departmental Certificate - Judicial Reporting Scopist
Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor Degree - Criminology
College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Paralegal, Bachelor of Arts - Paralegal, Bachelor of Science - Criminology / Sociology, Certificate - Paralegal
Columbus State Community College (Columbus, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Emergency Medical Services, Associate of Science - Fire Science, Associate of Science - Law Enforcement - Corrections, Associate of Science - Law Enforcement, Associate of Science - Paralegal, Certificate - Counter-Terror Training Unit, Certificate - EMT - Basic, Certificate - EMT - Paramedic, Certificate - Fraud Examination, Certificate - Paralegal, Certificate - Police Academy
Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Business - Captioning and Court Reporting, Associate of Applied Business - Paralegal Studies, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement - Basic Police Academy, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement - Security Administration, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement, Certificate - Court Reporting Technologies, Professional Certificate - Paralegal Studies
Daymar College (Chillicothe, OH / Jackson, OH / New Boston, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associates in Criminal Justice
Defiance College (Defiance, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Digital Forensic Science, Bachelor of Science - Forensic Science, Master of Business Administration - Business Administration - Criminal Justice
Delaware Area Career Center (Delaware, OH)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Law Enforcement Academy
Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools (Groveport, OH)
Programs Offered:

Career & Technical Certificate - Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement, Certificate - Police Officer Training Academy - Basic
Edison Community College (Piqua, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Office Systems Management: Legal Office Support, Associate Degree - Office Systems Management: Legal Office Support (online), Associate Degree - Paralegal Studies
Ehove Career Center (Milan, OH)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Emergency Telecommunicator, Certificate - Police Academy
ETI Technical College (Niles, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Business - Legal Assistant, Associate of Arts in Business - Criminal Corrections
Fortis College (Centerville, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Homeland Security (online), Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice / Homeland Security (online), Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal, Certificate - Criminal Justice
Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development (Cincinnati, OH)
Programs Offered:

Diploma - Great Oaks Security Academy, Diploma - Law Enforcement
Greene County Career Center (Xenia, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
Herzing University (Toledo, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Legal Assisting/Paralegal
Hocking College (Nelsonville, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Natural Resources Law Enforcement, Associate in Applied Science - Police Science, Associate in Applied Science - Social Services, Corrections and Criminal Justice, Associate in Technical Studies - Fire and Emergency Services
ITT Technical Institute (Dayton, OH / Hilliard, OH / Maumee, OH / Norwood, OH / Strongsville, OH / Warrensville Heights, OH / Youngstown, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Information Systems Security (online)
Kent State University (Kent, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Legal Assisting, Bachelor of Arts - Justice Studies, Certificate - Basic Peace Officer Training, Certificate - Nurse Paralegal, Dual Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts - Justice Studies, Master of Arts - Justice Studies
Kent State University Ashtabula Campus (Ashtabula, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Justice Studies, Bachelor of Arts - Justice Studies, Master of Arts - Justice Studies
Kent State University East Liverpool Campus (East Liverpool, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Justice Studies, Bachelor of Arts - Justice Studies, Master of Arts - Justice Studies
Kent State University Stark Campus (Canton, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Justice Studies, Bachelor of Arts - Justice Studies
Kent State University-Trumbull Campus (Warren, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Legal Assisting Technology, Associate of Arts - Justice Studies, Bachelor of Arts - Justice Studies
Kent State University-Tuscarawas Campus (New Philadelphia, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Justice Studies, Bachelor of Arts - Justice Studies, Certificate - Computer Forensics and Information Security
Lake Erie College (Painesville, OH)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Lakeland Community College (Kirtland, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies (online), Associate of Science - Corrections, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Emergency Management Planning, Associate of Science - Law Enforcement
Lincoln College of Technology (Cincinnati/Downtown (Vine Street), OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Science - Paralegal Studies, Associate of Applied Business - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Corrections, Bachelor of Science - Crime Investigator, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice & the Study of the Criminal Mind (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice and the Study of the Criminal Mind (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Forensics, Bachelor of Science - Information Management and Security (online), Bachelor of Science - Law Enforcement, Certificate - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Cyber Crime Investigation, Certificate - Homeland Security, Certificate of Achievement - Legal Interpretation and Translation, Certificate of Achievement - Legal Interpretation, Certificate of Achievement - Paralegal Studies, Diploma - Criminal Justice, Graduate Certificate - Emergency Planning, Master of Science - Security Administration
Lorain County Community College (Elyria, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Computer and Digital Forensics, Associate of Applied Science - Justice Systems - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Justice Systems - Police Science, Certificate of Proficiency - Police Science, Technical Certificate - Computer and Digital Forensics
Lourdes University (Sylvania, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
Marion Technical College (Marion, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Paralegal Studies, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Law Enforcement - Peace Officer
Miami Jacobs Career College (Columbus, OH / Dayton, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Court Reporting, Associate Degree - Legal Office Technology, Associate Degree - Paralegal Studies, Certificate - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Legal Office Assistant
Mid-East Career and Technology Centers (Zanesville, OH)
Programs Offered:

Career Training - Criminal Justice
Muskingum University (New Concord, OH)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
National College (Kettering, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Paralegal Studies
National Institute of Technology (Cuyahoga Falls, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
North Central State College (Mansfield, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice: Peace Officer (online), Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Forensic Science
Northwest State Community College (Archbold, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Business - Paralegal, Associate of Applied Science - Computer Crimes, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement Academy
Notre Dame College (South Euclid, OH)
Programs Offered:

Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security (online), Master of Arts in Security Policy Studies (online)
Ohio Business College (Columbus, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Legal Assistant
Ohio Dominican University (Columbus, OH)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts - Peace and Justice
Ohio Northern University (Ada, OH)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Forensic Biology
Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus (Chillicothe, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement Technology, Bachelor Degree - Criminal Justice
Ohio University-Lancaster Campus (Lancaster, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Ohio University-Southern Campus (Ironton, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
Owens Community College (Perrysburg, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Emergency Management, Associate of Applied Science - Military Science, Associate of Applied Science - Peace Officer Training, Associate of Applied Science - Public Safety Communications
Remington College (Cleveland, OH / North Olmsted, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Criminal Justice - Associates
Rhodes State College (Lima, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree with Police Training - Police Officer College Basic Training Academy, Associate of Applied Business - Paralegal/Legal Assisting, Associate of Applied Business/Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Corrections, Associate of Applied Business/Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
Sinclair Community College (Dayton, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Science - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Science - Law Enforcement, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal, Certificate - Corrections, Certificate - Homeland Security, Certificate - Law Enforcement
Southern State Community College (Hillsboro, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement, Certificate - Private Security
Stark State College of Technology (North Canton, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Cyber Security and Computer Forensics Technology, Certificate - Legal Assisting Technology
Stautzenberger College (Maumee, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Business - Broadcast Captioning, Associate of Applied Business - Court Reporting, Associate of Applied Business - Legal Secretary, Associate of Applied Business - Paralegal, Associate of Arts in Business - Court Reporting, Certificate - Scopist
Stautzenberger College-Brecksville (Brecksville, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Business - Broadcast Captioning, Associate of Applied Business - Court Reporting, Certificate - Broadcast Captioning, Certificate - Court Reporting
Terra State Community College (Fremont, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement: Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement: Police Science
The University of Findlay (Findlay, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice Administration, Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice Administration, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice Administration, Bachelor of Science - Forensic Science, Certificate - Administrative and National Security Policy, Certificate - Community-Based Corrections, Certificate - Criminal Justice Administration - Administrative, Certificate - Disaster Management, Certificate - Information Assurance, Certificate - Juvenile Justice, Certificate - Legal Courts, Certificate - Policing, Certificate - Rehabilitation/counseling, Graduate Certificate - Emergency and Disaster Management
The University of Toledo (Toledo, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Legal Secreterial Technology, Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Arts - Law and Social Thought, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Paralegal Studies
Tiffin University (Tiffin, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Criminal Justice - Criminal Justice, BS - Criminal Justice: Degree Completion (online), Bachelor Degree - Criminal Justice, Bachelor Degree - Forensics, Bachelor of Science - Cyber Defense, MS - Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (online), MSCJ - Crime Analysis (online), MSCJ - Criminal Behavior (online), MSCJ - Justice Administration (online)
Union Institute & University (Cincinnati, OH)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor Degree - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice Management, Master of Arts - Leadership, Public Policy, and Social Issues
University of Akron (Akron, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Bachelor of Science - Emergency Management
University of Akron Wayne College (Orrville, OH)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice Technology
University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice Tech: Corrections, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice Tech: Forensics, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice Tech: Law Enforcement, Certificate - Criminal Justice Administration, Certificate - Criminal Justice Juvenile Corrections, MS - Criminal Justice (online)
University of Cincinnati - Online (Cincinnati, OH)
Programs Offered:

Master of Science in Criminal Justice (online)
University of Cincinnati-Clermont College (Batavia, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Corrections, Associate Degree - Forensics, Associate Degree - Law Enforcement with Police Academy Option, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Technology, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Professional Certificate - Forensics
University of Cincinnati-Raymond Walters College (Blue Ash, OH)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Criminal Justice Administration, Certificate - Juvenile Corrections
University of Dayton (Dayton, OH)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice Studies
University of Mount Union (Alliance, OH)
Programs Offered:

Major in Applied Criminal Justice
University of Northwestern Ohio (Lima, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Legal Assistant, Associate of Applied Science - Legal Office Management, Associate of Science - Information Technology/Computer Forensics, Associate of Science - Information Technology/Network Security, Diploma - Paralegal
University of Phoenix (Beachwood, OH / Columbus, OH / Dayton, OH / Independence, OH / West Chester, OH / West Lake, OH)
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)
Urbana University (Urbana, OH)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice Leadership, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Master of Science - Criminal Justice Administration (online)
Washington State Community College (Marietta, OH)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Corrections, Bachelor of Science - Law Enforcement
Wilmington College of Ohio (Wilmington, OH)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Corrections, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Corrections, Certificate - Criminal Justice, Master of Science - Criminal Justice
Zane State College (Zanesville, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Assisting Technology, Bachelor of Science - Correctional Science, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Police Science