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2022 Corrections Degree Guide

A Spike in Corrections Degrees

#419 Most Popular Major
4k Degrees Awarded
74.1% Increase in Graduates

In 2019-2020, corrections was the 419th most popular major nationwide with 3,984 degrees awarded. This is a difference of 2,951 over the prior year, a growth of 74.1%.

There are 136 schools offering degrees in corrections in the United States. This year's Best Corrections Schools ranking compares 54 of them to identify the best overall programs in the country. Explore this or one of our many other custom corrections rankings further below.

Best Corrections Schools by Degree

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Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.


What Are The Requirements For a Degree in Corrections

A major in corrections prepares you for careers in which talking to others to convey information effectively is crucial. Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times and monitoring assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action are all required skills for careers related to this major.

Prior Education for a Corrections Program

New students will need to have completed high school or a GED program and each school will have their own minimum GPA and SAT/ACT test requirements. Once you obtain your degree, additional corrections certifications required to pursue a career in this field.

Types of Corrections Degrees

Corrections degree levels vary. You can get anything from a in corrections to the highest corrections degree, a . Corrections programs can take anywhere between one to four or more years for a full-time student to complete.

Degree Credit Requirements Typical Program Length
Associate Degree 60-70 credits 2 years
Bachelor’s Degree 120 credits 4 years
Master’s Degree 50-70 credits 1-3 years
Doctorate Program required coursework including thesis or dissertation At least 4 years

A master's degree is the most common level of education achieved by those in careers related to corrections, with approximately 10.6% of workers getting one. See the the most common levels of education for corrections workers below.

Level of Education Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma 50.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 11.2%
Some College Courses 10.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 7.8%
Master’s Degree 7.6%

The chart below shows what degree level those who work in corrections have obtained.


The education level required is different depending on the corrections career you are seeking.

Career Opportunities for Corrections Majors

Average Number of Jobs
70.8k Avg. Related Jobs Salary
-5% Decline Job Outlook 2016-26

Modest Decline Projected for Corrections Careers

Want a job when you graduate with your corrections degree?

The following options are some of the most in-demand careers related to corrections.

Occupation Name Projected Jobs Expected Growth
Correctional Officers and Jailers 415,500 -7.7%
Police and Detective Supervisors 111,600 6.6%
Correctional Officer Supervisors 41,700 -7.7%
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Professors 19,400 12.1%

How Much Money Do People With a Corrections Degree Make?

As you might expect, salaries for corrections graduates vary depending on the level of education that was acquired.

High Paying Careers for Corrections Majors

Salaries for corrections graduates can vary widely by the occupation you choose as well. The following table shows the top highest paying careers corrections grads often go into.

Occupation Name Median Average Salary
Police and Detective Supervisors $93,100
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Professors $72,390
Correctional Officer Supervisors $68,350
Correctional Officers and Jailers $49,300

Getting Your Corrections Degree

With over 338 different corrections degree programs to choose from, finding the best fit for you can be a challenge. Fortunately you have come to the right place. We have analyzed all of these schools to come up with hundreds of unbiased corrections school rankings to help you with this.

One of 13 majors within the Criminal Justice & Corrections area of study, Corrections has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Criminal Justice Studies 46,252
Criminal Justice 33,568
Criminal Justice & Police Science 23,232
Other Corrections & Criminal Justice 3,360
Criminal Justice and Corrections, General 1,161

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