Top New York City School for a Criminal Justice Degree

The New York, NY, area has a number of schools with programs in criminal justice. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

School and Ranking Information

Around eight schools with criminal justice programs can be found within a 5-mile radius of New York City. The following schools are regarded as being the top three based on such considerations as school type, program offerings and quantity of awarded degrees in the field:

  • Winner: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, located in New York City, is the top pick due to its vast amount of awarded criminal justice degrees, 2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings and tuition rates.
  • Runner Up #1: Pace University in New York City is in second place for being a not-for-profit institution and for being located within the city. It also has the second-highest number of degrees awarded in the field.
  • Runner Up #2: Saint Joseph's College, situated in Brooklyn, follows for its regional ranking from U.S. News & World Report in 2013 and for the school's different program level options in criminal justice. The school also has the highest graduation rate of the three institutions profiled.

School Comparison Chart

Category John Jay College of Criminal Justice Pace University Saint Joseph's College
Rankings Ranked 118th in the region in 2013; ranked the 38th top public school in 2013* Ranked 174th in the nation in 2013* Ranked 86th in the North in 2013*
Location New York, NY New York, NY Brooklyn, NY (4.9 miles from downtown New York, NY)
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $5,759 (in-state, undergraduate), $11,969 (out-of-state, undergraduate); $8,981 (in-state, graduate), $16,491 (out-of-state, graduate)** $36,614 (undergraduate); $31,968 (graduate)** $20,125 (undergraduate); $13,295 (graduate)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees** Bachelor's degrees** Certificates and bachelor's degrees**
Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in (2011-2012) 1,333** 57** 37**
Most Popular Criminal Justice Program (2011-2012) Bachelor's degree in criminal justice/law enforcement administration (893 awarded)** Bachelor's degrees (57 awarded)** Bachelor's degrees (35 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2005 Entering Class 30%** 53%** 65%**
Noteworthy The Pre-Law Institute offers many resources and programs for students who intend to transfer to law school, including a pre-law boot camp and law student shadowing program. The Criminal Justice Society is a meeting of criminal justice students who are interested in pursue hands-on studies and experience outside of the classroom. The Criminal Justice Club offers events and speakers for students to further hone their interests.

Sources: *US News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator

Winner: John Jay College of Criminal Justice

  • Renowned faculty teaches students through research and hands-on experience.
  • Undergraduate students in 2012 were accepted to 50 different law schools and offered scholarships totaling over $3 million.

The John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a leader in criminal justice education. Students may pursue undergraduate or graduate degree programs, or may transfer to law school upon completion of the pre-law program. Undergraduate students have over 20 majors to choose from, including forensic psychology, criminology and correctional studies. Master's programs are available in areas such as criminal justice and protection management. Additionally, doctoral programs in psychology and criminal justice are offered for students interested in teaching and research. Students may have the opportunity to study abroad or to foster an exchange student.

Runner-Up #1: Pace University

  • The Dyson College of Arts and Sciences features duel majors, including the BS in Criminal Justice/Juris Doctor program.
  • Other majors may pursue a criminal justice minor, which requires only 5 courses, or 15 credits.

A criminal justice undergraduate degree and public safety and homeland security executive master's degree are offered through the Criminal Justice and Security Department at Pace through the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. Undergraduate students are prepared to work in law, public administration, social work and more. Coursework includes topics such as probation, community policing and investigation. Graduate students may earn their degree almost entirely online over 2 years, with only 6 weekends of residency needed.

Runner-Up #2: Saint Joseph's College

  • Students have access to internship opportunities at agencies including the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office and the New York Police Department.
  • A certificate program in criminal justice is also available, which requires 24 credits.

Located in Brooklyn, New York, Saint Joseph's College has been providing liberal arts education since 1916. Students may pursue a bachelor's degree in criminal justice by choose one of 5 tracks: community correctional alternatives, juvenile justice, mental health, law and justice and technology and criminal justice systems. Graduates are prepared for careers in law enforcement, counseling and fraud investigation, among others.

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