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Overview

In the 1920's, Chicago was home to some of the most famous law enforcement officers and infamous gangsters of the Prohibition years. Soon after the 18th Amendment was passed, Al Capone and his Chicago Outfit set up shop in the Windy City, running booze, gambling and prostitution rings. After years of the gangsters, the Justice Department sent Prohibition agent Elliot Ness to shut them down. Honest law enforcement officers are still in demand in Chicago and throughout Illinois today.

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Criminal Justice Education in Illinois

Illinois colleges and universities offer well-conceived, modern curricula focused on criminal law, institutions, and the administration of justice. Students will study crime, the impact on society, victims, and organizations that seek to prevent crime and rehabilitate criminals. Students can choose interdisciplinary fields such as forensic science and criminal psychology.

To start researching different criminal justice programs now, use our school listings below. Contact and compare a few different schools to find the right criminal justice education that could help advance your career to the next level.

The core curricula center on criminal law and procedure, law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Students can focus on several related areas of study including juvenile justice, family violence, transnational crime, and financial crimes. Research is a vital part of criminal justice studies and administration. Students in Illinois can perform research with the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.

Students gain valuable exposure to cutting-edge issues and technology. They study emerging trends across the entire field such as privatization and the impacts of high technology on crime and enforcement. They study with faculty that includes leading experts and practitioners in their fields. Criminal justice has many distinct parts drawn into a complex set of relationships. There are theory-based courses related to the purposes of laws in a society. There are practice-based courses such as evidence and criminal procedure.

With almost 90 schools to choose from that offer a criminal justice education, criminal justice students in Illinois have many options. Specializations are varied and degrees range from certificates and associate degrees to PhDs, though the number of doctoral programs is limited. Scholarships for criminal justice are widely available and have a variety of eligibility requirements. For example students aspiring to work for the Chicago Police Department can look into the Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy Scholarship.

Outlook for Criminal Justice in Illinois

Public employment is a major growth sector for Illinois criminal justice graduates. The State of Illinois employs thousands of persons in criminal justice positions at the state, county, city and local levels. These include police and law enforcement, courts, corrections personnel, juvenile justice, counselors, and victim's assistance personnel. The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police offers a Job Postings page that is a good resource for the many employment opportunities within the state of Illinois.

Illinois offers law enforcement officers a range of work environments from the large urban areas in and around Chicago to small farming communities. It is also among the top five best paying states for police officers and corrections officers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the BLS, the Chicago metropolitan area employs among the highest rate of criminal investigators and detectives in the country. You can see some of the top paying criminal justice careers in Illinois below.

Teaching and training are important sources of employment for Illinois criminal justice graduates as well. Some teaching and many training positions require a Bachelor's degree. Post-secondary teaching positions require a Master's or Doctorate. According to the most recent data published by the Chronicle of Higher Education, the average salary for a full professor in Illinois is $120,00 per year.

Criminal justice training includes police work, investigations, and forensic science. Criminal law has many unique attributes and professional training is a routine part of acquiring, refreshing, and updating job skills. There are many professional teaching and training positions in the field of criminal justice. Police and many other types of law enforcement officials require current training, certifications, and awareness of changes in laws and regulations.

The field of criminal justice has some well-defined growth centers in high technology. High tech white-collar crime is an ever-increasing threat as criminals use high tech speed and secrecy to move funds and conduct criminal transactions. Investigation and detection of high-tech white-collar crime requires knowledge of criminal law and technology. Cyber-security is another growth sector for criminal justice graduates. A recent articlein the Chronicle of Higher Education described the issue of research data security as a major law enforcement challenge to governments and the private sector, including educational institutions. Criminal justice graduates can combine minor concentrations in Internet Technology to prepare for fulfilling careers in corporate cyber-security. Homeland security and civil defense are prominent areas that require investigative skills and knowledge of criminal laws.

Privatization is an academic issue but also a source of new jobs. The transfer of state criminal justice functions to the private sector will create new demands for qualified personnel. Whether corrections, counseling or intervention services that attempt to prevent crime, outsourcing to the private sector creates criminal justice career opportunities.

Find an Illinois Criminal Justice Program below that fits your lifestyle and career choices. Request information from multiple schools to compare each program to choose the right one for you.

Finally, take some time to learn more about criminal justice scholarships that may be available in your area.

Illinois Criminal Justice Schools

Online programs may not be available in all areas

Traditional On Campus Programs:
Additional Criminal Justice Schools in Illinois
Adler University (Chicago, IL)
Programs Offered:
  • M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice (online)
  • Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (online)
  • Masters in Emergency Management Leadership (online)

  • Argosy University (Chicago, IL / Schaumburg, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Criminal Justice Concentration
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (online)
  • MA - Forensic Psychology - Assessment (online)
  • MA - Forensic Psychology - Homeland Security (online)
  • MA - Forensic Psychology - Law Enforcement (online)
  • MA - Forensic Psychology - Treatment (online)
  • MA - Forensic Psychology (online)
  • MPA - Emergency Preparedness and Response (online)
  • MPA - Homeland Security (online)
  • Psychology - Criminal Justice concentration (BA) (online)

  • Aurora University (Aurora, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice

  • Benedictine University (Lisle, IL / Naperville, IL / Springfield, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • MPH - Disaster Management (online)

  • Black Hawk College (Moline, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement Technology
  • Associate of Science - Law Enforcement
  • Certificate - Law Enforcement
  • Certificate - Private Security

  • Blackburn College (Carlinville, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice

  • Carl Sandburg College (Galesburg, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Criminal Justice

  • City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College (Chicago, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Basic Police Services

  • City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College (Chicago, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice

  • City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College (Chicago, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Certificate - Criminal Justice/Public Police Service

  • City Colleges of Chicago-Truman College (Chicago, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Criminal Justice

  • City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College (Chicago, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate in Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal
  • Certificate - Criminal Justice

  • College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal Studies
  • Associate in Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Homeland Security
  • Certificate - Paralegal Studies

  • College of Lake County (Grayslake, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal Studies
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Certificate - Paralegal Studies

  • Danville Area Community College (Danville, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science - Law Enforcement
  • Associate of Science - Parole Officer
  • Bachelor of Science - Law Enforcement 2+2 Program

  • Elgin Community College (Elgin, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal
  • Certificate - Law Enforcement
  • Certificate - Public Safety Communications
  • Vocational Certificate - Nurse-Legal Consultant
  • Vocational Certificate - Paralegal

  • Eureka College (Eureka, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice/Sociology

  • Governors State University (University Park, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Master of Arts - Political and Justice Studies

  • Greenville College (Greenville, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Harper College (Palatine, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal Studies
  • Associate of Applied Science - Emergency Management
  • Associate of Applied Science - Forensic Science
  • Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement
  • Certificate - Emergency Management
  • Certificate - Forensic Science
  • Certificate - Public Safety Dispatcher

  • Heartland Community College (Normal, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Corrections

  • Illinois Central College (East Peoria, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate in Arts and Science - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Applied Science - Crime Scene Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science - Industrial and Business Security
  • Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement
  • In-Service Training - Central Illinois Police Training Center

  • Illinois Eastern Community Colleges (Mount Carmel, IL / Olney, IL / Robinson, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate Degree - Corrections Parole Officer
  • Associate Degree - Corrections/Youth Supervisor
  • Associate of Science - Administration of Justice
  • Associate of Science - Corrections-Parole Officer
  • Associate of Science - Corrections-Youth Supervisor
  • Associate of Science - Corrections
  • Associate of Science - Crime Scene Investigation
  • Bachelor of Arts - Corrections-Parole Officer
  • Bachelor of Arts - Corrections-Youth Supervisor

  • Illinois State University (Normal, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science - Political Science - Leadership and Social Justice
  • Master of Arts/Master of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Illinois Valley Community College (Oglesby, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Forensic Investigations

  • ITT Technical Institute (Burr Ridge, IL / Mount Prospect, IL / Orland Park, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online)

  • John A Logan College (Carterville, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Criminal Justice

  • John Hancock University (Chicago, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies (online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Paralegal Studies (online)
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online)

  • Joliet Junior College (Joliet, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement
  • Certificate - Corrections
  • Certificate - Criminal Justice

  • Judson University (Elgin, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Master of Arts - Organizational Leadership

  • Kankakee Community College (Kankakee, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate in Applied Science - Law Enforcement
  • Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies
  • Associate in Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies

  • Kaskaskia College (Centralia, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Certificate - Criminal Justice

  • Kishwaukee College (Malta, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Corrections
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Lake Land College (Mattoon, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate in Arts - Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

  • Lewis and Clark Community College (Godfrey, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal
  • Certificate of Proficiency - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate of Proficiency - Paralegal

  • Lincoln College (Lincoln, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • AS - Criminal Justice (online)
  • Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
  • BS - Criminal Justice and the Study of the Crimina (online)

  • Lincoln Land Community College (Springfield, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online)
  • Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice (online)
  • Associate of Arts - Law Enforcement (online)
  • Certificate of Achievement - Criminal Justice Studies (online)
  • Certificate of Completion - Community Police Officer (online)

  • MacCormac College (Chicago, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate in Applied Science - Court Reporting
  • Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
  • Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies
  • Certificate - Legal Office Technology

  • MacMurray College (Jacksonville, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice

  • McHenry County College (Crystal Lake, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice

  • Midstate College (Peoria, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Judicial Reporting
  • Bachelor of Science - Realtime Reporting - Judicial Reporting
  • Bachelor of Science - Realtime Reporting

  • Millikin University (Decatur, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Human Services

  • Moraine Valley Community College (Palos Hills, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Security Services

  • Morton College (Cicero, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate in Applied Science - Law Enforcement Education
  • Associate in Arts - Criminal Justice

  • Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Justice Studies

  • Northwestern College (Bridgeview, IL / Chicago, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • AAS - Criminal Justice (online)
  • Associate in Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Paralegal

  • Oakton Community College (Des Plaines, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement
  • Certificate - Law Enforcement

  • Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science - Chemistry - Forensics Concentration
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Parkland College (Champaign, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice Education

  • Prairie State College (Chicago Heights, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice

  • Prince Institute (Schaumburg, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate Degree - CART/Captioning (online)
  • Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting (online)
  • Associate Degree - Professional Transcription (online)
  • Certificate - CART/Captioning
  • Certificate - CART/Captioning (online)
  • Certificate - Judicial Reporting
  • Certificate - Judicial Reporting (online)
  • Certificate - Scoping/Proofreading
  • Certificate - Scoping/Proofreading (online)

  • Quincy University (Quincy, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Forensic Science

  • Rasmussen College (Rockford, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • AS in CJ - Law Enforcement (online)
  • Associate of Arts - Accounting - Financial Investigations (Online) (online)

  • Rend Lake College (Ina, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Occupational Certificate - Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • Occupational Certificate - Criminal Justice - Police Science
  • Occupational Certificate - Criminal Justice - Private Protection

  • Richard J. Daley College (Chicago, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Applied Science - Public Police Requirements
  • Certificate - Criminal Justice

  • Richland Community College (Decatur, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Corrections
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Correctional Officer
  • Certificate - Emergency Telecommunications
  • Certificate - Patrol Officer
  • Certificate - Probation and Parole Officer

  • Robert Morris University (Chicago, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal Studies
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies - Law Office Administration

  • Rock Valley College (Rockford, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate in Applied Science - Criminal Justice

  • Rockford Career College (Rockford, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Information Technology - Network Security
  • Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal
  • Diploma - Legal Secretary

  • Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts - Paralegal
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies - Criminal Justice Leadership
  • Certificate - Paralegal
  • Diploma - Paralegal

  • Saint Xavier University (Chicago, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor Degree - Criminal Justice

  • Sauk Valley Community College (Dixon, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Corrections
  • Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement

  • Shawnee College (Ullin, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Administration of Justice Technology
  • Certificate - Computer Forensics and Investigations
  • Certificate - Criminal Justice Technology

  • South Suburban College (South Holland, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate in Applied Science - Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology
  • Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal/Legal Assistant
  • Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology Basic
  • Certificate - Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology Machine Shorthand Secretarial
  • Certificate - Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology
  • Certificate - Court Reporting
  • Certificate - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Paralegal/Legal Assistant

  • Southeastern Illinois College (Harrisburg, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Law Enforcement

  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (Carbondale, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminology
  • Bachelor of Arts - Paralegal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Forensics

  • Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (Edwardsville, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Southwestern Illinois College (Belleville, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal Studies
  • Associate of Applied Science - Administration of Justice
  • Certificate - Administration of Justice

  • Sparks College (Shelbyville, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Certificate - Court Reporting (online)

  • Springfield College in Illinois (Springfield, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science - Forensics

  • Taylor Business Institute (Chicago, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice

  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Online (Online, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • M.A. Forensic Psychology, Professional Counselor Licensure Track (online)
  • M.A. Forensic Psychology: Non-Licensure Track (online)
  • M.A. Forensic Psychology (online)
  • MA Forensic Psychology: Non-Licensure Track AND Master of Legal Studies (online)
  • MA Industrial/Organizational Psychology: ARP Track AND Master of Legal Studies (online)

  • Triton College (River Grove, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Administration
  • Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice Administration
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice Administration

  • University of Illinois-Springfield (Springfield, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice

  • Waubonsee Community College (Sugar Grove, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Western Illinois University (Macomb, IL)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science - Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Science - Forensic Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science - Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

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