University of California Irvine
At one of the top five Criminology programs in the United States, students can pursue a Master of Advanced Study (M.A.S.) in Criminology at UC Irvine that focuses on both theory and practical applications of controlling crime in society. The 450 alumni of the program have found careers at various law enforcement agencies including the FBI, the District Attorney’s office, police departments, and probation agencies. Unlike some other schools that use adjunct faculty to teach courses, most of the courses in this program are taught by department faculty who are leaders the the criminology field. Students attend a one week immersion course at the University of California, Irvine where they meet with the faculty.
University of Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma has one of the best online bachelor’s programs of 2018 according to the US News rankings. The criminal justice program is part of the OU Extended Campus and offers eight week instructor-led courses can be completed fully online. The program emphasizes important skills for criminal justice professionals including communication, problem solving, and public relations. Students can complete assignments on their own schedule as long as they meet deadlines set by the instructor.
Penn State University
Penn State University’s World Campus offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The flexible online format allows students to pursue their degree while simultaneously working or raising a family at one of the most well known universities in the country. The 120 credit-hour program is approved by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, an international association that sets standards for criminal justice education and evaluates criminal justice programs. The curriculum is the same as students taking the program on the Penn State campus. Courses cover different areas of the criminal justice system and include Alternatives to Incarceration, Courts and the Prosecution Process, The Juvenile Justice System, Victimology, Border Security, Policing in America, Research Methods in Criminal Justice, and Corrections in America. The tuition rates are $555 to $596 per credit with a flat rate of $6,742 to $7,297 per semester for 12 or more credits.
John Jay School of Criminal Justice
The John Jay School of Criminal Justice started educating police officers in 1964 and today is one of the world’s top schools of criminal justice. Located in New York city, the John Jay School offers over 30 majors such as Forensic Psychology, Police Studies, Correctional Studies, and Fraud Examination. The school has a wide array of unique courses covering the law, policing, and corrections. A small sample of the course offerings include The Patrol Function, Organized Crime in America, Police Use of Force, Planning for Police Operations and Management, Comparative Police Systems, Psychological Foundations of Police Work, and Planning for Police Operations. There are also opportunities for internships and faculty guided research. The school has over 1,000 faculty members that includes many award-winning authors and renown experts in the criminal justice field.
Michigan State University
The MSU’s School of Criminal Justice has a bachelor’s in arts criminal justice program that prepares students for a career in criminal justice by learning research skills and gaining an understanding of the patterns and causes of crime. The curriculum covers important concepts in criminal justice and course options include Investigation Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Leadership and Professional Development in Criminal Justice, Corrections, Community Policing, Violence Against Women, Methods of Criminal Justice Research, and Juvenile Justice. The School of Criminal Justice at MSU teaches students about how law enforcement agencies can control crime while preserving citizen’s rights. Opportunities for students include for-credit internships at local law enforcement agencies, an annual job fair each February that showcases employers in the criminal justice field, and study abroad opportunities.
Saint Joseph’s University
SJU offers law enforcement agency employees a reduced tuition for the on-campus program. SJU ranked as the 11th best college in the north by US News and World Report. The online Master’s in Criminal Justice takes 18 months to complete and has five concentration options: Behavior Analysis, Behavior Management, Federal Law Enforcement, Intelligence and Crime Analysis, and Homeland Security. Students complete the core curriculum of Research Methods and Analysis, Criminological Theory, Professional Writing for Law Enforcement, and Ethics and Criminal Justice before taking electives related to their desired track. The elective courses include Forensic Financial Analysis, White Collar Crime, and Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis.
University of Utah
The University of Utah in Salt Lake City is offering a Criminology major for the first time in 2018. The on-campus program includes criminology and criminal justice courses such as Forensic Linguistics, Deviant Behavior and Social Control, Corporations and Corruption, Corrections Administration, Family Violence, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Gangs and Gang Violence in the U.S., and Murder in America. Students can earn course credit by working at least 100 hours at an internship at a local law enforcement agency. Past students have received job offers and letters of recommendation after completing their internship.
Sam Houston State University
The College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University is one of the top ranked criminal justice schools in the nation according to US News. Located in Huntsville, Texas, the program offers a wide selection of courses on campus and online for students pursuing a degree from a well respected program.
Arizona State University
Arizona State University offers students an online bachelor’s of science in Criminology and Criminal Justice consisting of 40 courses and ranked 12th in the nation by U.S. News and World Reports. The required courses include Research Methods, Statistical Analysis, Gender, Crime, and Criminal Justice, Advanced Criminological Theory, and Imperatives of Proof. A fast track option allows students to complete the program in as little as 2.5 years.
Lamar University in Beaumont Texas offers an online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice that is focused on helping current law enforcement professionals get their degree quickly through accelerated courses. Students can also receive course credits for past work experience and training. Course titles include Court System and Practices, Responses to Crime, Police Problems, Criminal Behavior, Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice, and Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice. Courses can be completed at the normal 15-week timeframe or the accelerated 8-week timeframe.