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Indiana Criminal Justice Degree Programs

State Agency: Indiana Criminal Justice Institute

Overview

In the 1930s, one of Indiana's native sons went on a crime spree across the Midwest, robbing banks and killing a sheriff and a police officer in the process. Although John Dillinger is no longer alive to post a threat, enforcing the law remains a dangerous job. Indiana, along with other states, has a need for those willing and able to take up the challenge.

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Criminal Justice Education in Indiana

A criminal justice degree in Indiana can open up many opportunities to different career roles, including police officer, parole officer, bailiff, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent and correction supervisor. In recent years, many law enforcement departments have increased academic requirements for hire, and most require at least an associate degree in a field of criminal justice education for career promotion. However, there are some entry-level careers in criminal just that will require a bachelor's degree like becoming an FBI agent.

CriminalJusticePrograms.com provides information about curriculum, schools and career paths to make it easier to make the right career decisions. At the bottom of the page, you can request information from multiple schools to compare different program options. You can also find criminal justice scholarship opportunities by clicking here.

The bachelor's degree program in criminal justice education typically takes four years to complete, and the program includes standard-core classes in addition to courses that are specific to the criminal justice field. Common criminal justice courses include:

  • History of the Criminal Justice System
  • The Court Process
  • Professional Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Research and Legal Writing
  • Evidence Collection

Most undergraduate criminal justice programs also require an internship. Students are assigned to a local cooperating criminal justice agency for practical experience. Each internship is usually for one full semester and takes place either the third or fourth year of the program. A master's degree in criminal justice is ideal for those seeking to promote from a lower-level position to a higher-level one, such as director or manager within a criminal justice agency. Students with a master's degree in criminal justice can also teach at colleges or operate a consulting firm. On average, the master's degree curriculum takes two years to complete.

Paying for college can be overwhelming to say the least. The American Criminal Justice Association awards scholarships each year, and Indiana residents who are members of the Indiana Sheriffs Association or a dependent of a member may apply for the Indiana Sheriffs Association Scholarship.

Outlook for Criminal Justice in Indiana

Both salaries and job growth rate vary depending on the title and role in the criminal justice field. Corrections officers, according to 2017 data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earn a mean annual wage of around $47,220. Police and detectives do better, earning nearly $53,260 and $71,960 respectively. The demand for these professions is expected to growth by 18 percent throughout 2020. Often, this role requires direct contact with criminal offenders, some travel and a lot of documented paperwork.

With national security issues on the rise and a growing population, the BLS projects a job growth rate of 11 percent for FBI special agents and intelligence analysts through 2026. According to the BLS, FBI special agents earn a median wage of $67,000, and intelligence analysts earn a median wage of $60,000. FBI special agents conduct sensitive security investigations in a wide variety of areas, including terrorism, white-collar crime, interstate criminal activity, extortion and foreign counterintelligence. Other duties include gathering evidence, testifying in federal court and executing warrants. Intelligence analysts often work in a specific functional area, such as counterterrorism, or a specific geographic region like the Middle East.

Investigators and private detectives perform a variety of duties, such as investigating computer crimes, verifying individual backgrounds and tracing missing persons. According to May 2017 figures from the BLS, you will earn an average of $49,890 per year. Overall, the job outlook for criminal justice careers in Indiana will be steady and positive.

Move ahead in the field of criminal justice with the right program. Use our featured school listings to find and compare criminal justice programs near you!

Indiana Criminal Justice Schools

Online programs may not be available in all areas

Additional Criminal Justice Schools in Indiana
Ancilla College (Donaldson, IN)
Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Ball State University (Muncie, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Arts - Criminology
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminology
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Legal Studies: Business
  • Bachelor of Science - Legal Studies: Public Law

  • Bethel College (Mishawaka, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice

  • Butler University (Indianapolis, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminology and Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminology

  • Calumet College of St. Joseph (Whiting, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science - Forensic Science
  • Associate of Science - Paralegal/Pre-Law
  • Associate of Science - Probation, Parole and Courts
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Forensic Science
  • Bachelor of Science - Paralegal/Pre-Law
  • Bachelor of Science - Probation, Parole and Courts
  • Certificate - Paralegal/Pre-Law
  • Master of Science - Public Safety Administration

  • College of Court Reporting Inc (Hobart, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
  • Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting (online)

  • Grace College and Theological Seminary (Winona Lake, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminology
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminology

  • Indiana Institute of Technology (Fort Wayne, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Computer Security and Investigation
  • Bachelor of Science - Crime Analysis
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice Administration

  • Indiana University Bloomington (Bloomington, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Criminal Justice
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Criminal Justice
  • Master of Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Master of Security - Security Informatics

  • Indiana University-East (Richmond, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Indiana University-Kokomo (Kokomo, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Correctional Management
  • Certificate - Homeland Security

  • Indiana University-Northwest (Gary, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Master of Public Affairs - Criminal Justice

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (Fort Wayne, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice
  • Master of Public Management - Criminal Justice Administrations

  • Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Forensic and Investigative Science
  • Bachelor of Science - Public Safety Management
  • Master of Public Affairs - Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science - Forensic and Investigative Science

  • Indiana University-South Bend (South Bend, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Correctional Management
  • Certificate - Public Management
  • Certificate - Public Safety

  • Indiana University-Southeast (New Albany, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Criminal Justice (online)

  • International Business College (Fort Wayne, IN / Indianapolis, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate Degree - Legal Administration
  • Associate Degree - Paralegal
  • Bachelor Degree - Legal Administration
  • Bachelor Degree - Paralegal
  • Diploma - Legal Administration

  • ITT Technical Institute (Fort Wayne, IN / Indianapolis, IN / Newburgh, IN / South Bend, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online)
  • Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice: Cyber Technology
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
  • Bachelor of Science - Cyber Security (online)

  • Ivy Tech Community College (Bloomington, IN / Columbus, IN / Evansville, IN / Fort Wayne, IN / Gary, IN / Indianapolis, IN / Kokomo, IN / Lafayette, IN / Madison, IN / Muncie, IN / Richmond, IN / Sellersburg, IN / South Bend, IN / Terre Haute, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Youth Services
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies
  • Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies (online)
  • Associate of Applied Science - Public Safety - Environmental Health and Safety
  • Associate of Applied Science - Public Safety - Fire Science
  • Associate of Applied Science - Public Safety - Hazardous Materials
  • Associate of Applied Science - Public Safety - Public Administration
  • Associate of Applied Science - Public Safety
  • Associate of Science - Community Emergency Preparedness
  • Associate of Science - Corrections
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice - Youth Services
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice-Corrections
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Science - Law Enforcement
  • Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies
  • Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies (online)
  • Bachelor of Science - Corrections
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Law Enforcement
  • Certificate - Community Preparedness and Management

  • Kaplan University (Learning Center - Indianapolis, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security
  • BS - Legal Support and Services - Paralegal Conncentration
  • BS - Legal Support and Services
  • BS in Criminal Justice
  • BS in Fire and Emergency Management
  • BSCJ - Crime Scene Investigation
  • BSCJ - Forensic Psychology
  • BSCJ - Homeland Security
  • BSCJ - Juvenile Justice
  • BSCJ - Law Enforcement
  • BSHUS - Youth/Family Services and Administration
  • BSIT/Information Security and Assurance
  • Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services
  • MPA - Criminal Justice
  • MPA - Emergency and Disaster Management
  • MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • MS in Legal Studies
  • MSCJ - Corrections
  • MSCJ - Global Issues in Criminal Justice
  • MSCJ - Law
  • MSCJ - Leadership/Executive Management
  • MSIT - Information Security and Assurance
  • Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate
  • Undergraduate in Legal Studies

  • Manchester College (North Manchester, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts - Sociology (Criminal Justice concentration)

  • Martin University (Indianapolis, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice

  • Oakland City University (Oakland City, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Saint Joseph's College (Rensselaer, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (Saint Mary-Of-The-Woods, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate Degree - Paralegal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
  • Bachelor of Science - Paralegal Studies: Litigation
  • Bachelor of Science - Paralegal Studies: Personal Law
  • Certificate - Paralegal Studies

  • Trine University (Angola, IN / Fort Wayne, IN / Mishawaka, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Forensic Science
  • Master of Science - Criminal Justice

  • University of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice

  • University of Phoenix (Greenwood, IN / Indianapolis, IN / Merrillville, IN)
    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)

  • Vincennes University (Vincennes, IN)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate Degree - Paralegal
  • Associate of Applied Science - Loss Prevention and Safety
  • Associate of Applied Science/Associate of Science - Conservation Law Enforcement
  • Associate of Science - Emergency Management and Planning
  • Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security and Public Safety
  • Certificate - Law Enforcement
  • Certificate - Paralegal

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