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Criminal Justice Degrees in Kennesaw, GA: Program Summaries

The Kennesaw, GA, area has more than five schools that offer criminal justice programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three schools within 35 miles of Kennesaw to make an informed education decision.

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Criminal Justice Degree Programs near Kennesaw

There's only one college option for students seeking criminal justice degrees in Kennesaw, GA, but there are several other schools less than an hour's drive away. This article looks at three schools, both public and private, that offer degrees in criminal justice. It also contains a table that allows prospective students to make a quick comparison of various aspects of these schools. A little information about two other nearby schools with relevant programs is also included at the end of the article.

  • Kennesaw State University, about three miles from downtown Kennesaw, allows students to earn both bachelor's and master's degrees.
  • Georgia State University, around 26 miles from Kennesaw, offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in criminal justice.
  • A non-denominational, Christian school, Point University, offers a bachelor's degree program in criminal justice. Point University is about 32 miles from downtown Kennesaw.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Corrections Admin
  • Corrections, Probation, and Parole
  • Criminal Justice and Safety Studies
  • Criminal Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Juvenile Corrections
  • Law Enforcement Administration
  • Police Science and Law Enforcement
  • Securities Services Mgmt
  • Security and Theft Prevention Services

Comparison of Schools

Students looking to study criminal justice will need to examine many factors, such as costs, enrollment and school type, when choosing a school. The following table offers an easy way to compare these institutions in the Kennesaw area.

Kennesaw State University Georgia State University Point University
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public 4-year, private, not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2014) N/A 32,556* 1,522*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city Distant town
Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $6,060 in-state, $16,636 out-of-state* $8,974 in-state, $23,542 out-of-state* $18,500*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Type of Financial Aid (2010-2011) N/A 92%* 99%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A 59%* 52%*
Retention Rate (2013-2014) N/A 81% for full-time students; 57% for part-time students* 48% for full-time students; 100% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (students who began in 2008) N/A 53% (17% transfer-out rate)* 37%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Kennesaw State University

The criminal justice program at Kennesaw State University incorporates experiential learning. All students have the choice of participating in a co-op, study abroad or internship program to earn this degree.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Students may choose a concentration in technology and crime, criminal justice administration and law or forensic behavioral science. Core classes include studies in policing, corrections, criminology and law. Spanish for criminal justice students is a language requirement.

Georgia State University

Georgia State University requires all criminal justice majors to choose a study track of study that will suit their career goals.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

The program blends the three components - law enforcement, courts and corrections - into a curriculum designed to prepare students for any aspect of the field. Students can choose a crime and justice track, which is a broad-based course of study, or the legal track, which is a pre-law program. Both tracks require students to complete an internship program to graduate. Criminal justice internships are available in juvenile justice, court, corrections and law enforcement areas.

Point University

Point University is a small, Christian school that emphasizes religious studies in order to teach students how to bring Christianity into their lives and careers.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

The first and second years in this program are devoted to general education courses and religious studies. Criminal justice courses begin during a student's junior year and cover subjects such as violence and society, criminology and criminal procedure. Students must complete a field study course to earn this degree.

Other School Options

Chattahoochee Technical College, 11.5 miles northeast of downtown Kennesaw, offers an Associate of Applied Science program for criminal justice technology. Students may also earn a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice/Criminology at Georgia Gwinnett College, which is just 45 miles away from downtown Kennesaw.

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