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2022 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Doctor's Degree Schools

29 Colleges in the United States
215 Doctor's Degrees
If you plan on getting your doctor's degree in criminal justice and corrections, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #87 in the country in terms of popularity. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

College Factual looked at 29 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Doctor's Degree Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 215 doctor's degrees in criminal justice and corrections during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Criminal Justice & Corrections School for Your Doctor's Degree

Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Doctor's Degree Schools Your choice of criminal justice and corrections for getting your doctor's degree school matters. Important measures of a quality criminal justice program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list, a school must excel in the following areas.

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a doctor's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges for a Doctor's Degree ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Early-Career Earnings

One measure we use to determine the quality of a school is to look at the average salary of doctorate graduates during the early years of their career. This is because one of the main reasons people pursue their doctor's degree is to enable themselves to find better-paying positions.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to criminal justice and corrections students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other criminal justice and corrections students want to attend this school to pursue a doctor's degree.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How much debt criminal justice and corrections students go into to obtain their doctor's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized criminal justice and corrections related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for criminal justice and corrections students working on their doctor's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Doctor's Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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Best Schools for Doctorate Students to Study Criminal Justice & Corrections in the United States

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for criminal justice and corrections students seeking a a doctor's degree.

10 Top Schools for a Doctorate in Criminal Justice

9 Annual Graduates

The Graduate Center, CUNY is a good choice for students pursuing a doctor's degree in criminal justice and corrections. Located in the city of New York, The Graduate Center is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.More information about a doctorate in criminal justice and corrections from The Graduate Center, CUNY

3 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in a doctor's degree in criminal justice and corrections has to look into Northeastern University. Northeastern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Boston.More information about a doctorate in criminal justice and corrections from Northeastern University

#3

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
7 Annual Graduates

Michigan State University is a wonderful choice for students interested in a doctor's degree in criminal justice and corrections. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in criminal justice and corrections from Michigan State University

#4

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN
48 Annual Graduates

Walden University is a wonderful decision for individuals interested in a doctor's degree in criminal justice and corrections. Located in the city of Minneapolis, Walden University is a private for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in criminal justice and corrections from Walden University

#5

American University

Washington, DC
3 Annual Graduates

The American University is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington.More information about a doctorate in criminal justice and corrections from American University

3 Annual Graduates

GMU is a fairly large public university located in the large suburb of Fairfax.More information about a doctorate in criminal justice and corrections from George Mason University

#7

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
7 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in criminal justice and corrections from Florida State University

3 Annual Graduates

IU Bloomington is a very large public university located in the small city of Bloomington.More information about a doctorate in criminal justice and corrections from Indiana University - Bloomington

5 Annual Graduates

Located in the distant town of Pullman, Wazzu is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in criminal justice and corrections from Washington State University

25 Annual Graduates

UC is a very large public university located in the city of Cincinnati.More information about a doctorate in criminal justice and corrections from University of Cincinnati - Main Campus

Criminal Justice & Corrections by Region

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One of 4 majors within the Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting area of study, Criminal Justice & Corrections has other similar majors worth exploring.

Criminal Justice Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Criminal Justice Studies 129
Criminal Justice 81
Criminal Justice & Police Science 5

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security 32
Security Science and Technology 19
Other Homeland Security 12
Fire Protection 3

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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