Top Schools for Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement & Corrections Programs

Read about the top schools for criminal justice, law enforcement and corrections, available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Find information about the programs offered at three top-notch schools, as well as other institutions that provide training for law enforcement professionals.

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Three of the top schools in the U.S. for criminal justice, law enforcement and corrections include Drury University, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the University of Louisville. All three schools offer undergraduate and/or graduate programs in an area related to criminal justice and were ranked among top schools by U.S. News & World Report.

1. Drury University in Springfield, MO

School Highlight: 'Masters Degree Online' recognized Drury University's Master of Criminal Justice as one of the top 50 programs in the country in 2013.

Drury University is a private institution that ranked 8th on U.S. News & World Report's list of best regional universities in the Midwest for 2015. The university offers a Master of Science in Criminal Justice program, through which students acquire an understanding of criminology, psychology and sociology. Course topics include juvenile justice and white collar crime; students also explore the relationship between police and society. A master's program in criminology is also available.

2. CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, NY

School Highlight: CUNY is known for its law programs, centers and institutes.

In 2015, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, part of the City University of New York (CUNY), ranked 65th on U.S. News & World Report's list of northern regional universities. Undergraduate programs include topics in correctional studies and international criminal justice. In particular, students have the opportunity to examine justice systems and their rules, regulations and correctional operations. John Jay also offers degree programs in legal and police studies.

3. University of Louisville in KY

School Highlight: This program can be completed entirely online.

The University of Louisville was ranked 161st among national universities in 2015, according to U.S. News & World Report. The university offers a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice that provides students with a thorough knowledge of the criminal justice system and court processes for adults and juveniles. They also acquire an understanding of the management principles that drive criminal justice administrations across the country. Qualified graduates may pursue careers in corrections, with the courts or in law enforcement.

Top Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement and Corrections Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Alfred University Undergraduate major in criminal justice Alfred, NY
Boston University Undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as minors, in criminal justice Boston, MA
Drexel University Bachelor of Science and undergraduate minor in criminal justice Philadelphia, PA
Florida Atlantic University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Boca Raton, FL
Lincoln University Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice program Jefferson City, MO
Michigan State University Offers approximately 200 different degree programs East Lansing, MI
Rochester Institute of Technology Made The Princeton Review's list of best 373 colleges Rochester, NY
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