Top School in Sacramento for a Criminal Justice Degree

School and Ranking Information

Many of the postsecondary institutions within 100 miles of Sacramento are for-profit schools or 2-year colleges. Based on rankings and school type, the following university is considered a top school within 100 miles of Sacramento for a criminal justice degree:

  • Winner: The University of San Francisco is located approximately 75 miles from Sacramento and is the only private nonprofit school within 75 miles of that city offering studies in or relating to criminal justice. The university's Bachelor of Public Administration program offers a concentration in law enforcement leadership. Students pursuing any major at the university are also eligible to minor in criminal justice.

School Info Chart

Category University of San Francisco
Rankings #106 (tie) Best National Universities*,
#97 among research universities,
#158 among private colleges,
#38 among colleges in the West (2014)**
Location San Francisco, California
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $40,294***
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered Bachelor's
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 69%***
Noteworthy First higher education institution established in San Francisco

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **Forbes; ***NCES College Navigator

University of San Francisco

  • 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Internship opportunities available
  • Students can engage in law enforcement workshops and training programs through the university's International Institute of Criminal Justice Leadership

The University of San Francisco (USF) is a large, Jesuit Catholic university established in 1855. It enrolls more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Undergraduates may minor in criminal justice through the College of Arts and Sciences. Alternatively, student may earn a bachelor's degree in public administration with a law enforcement leadership concentration through the School of Management.

All students pursuing the criminal justice minor must complete core courses in American politics and criminology. Elective courses can include subjects like constitutional law, drug policy, equality, psychology and prison systems. An internship is mandatory and may take place in a government agency or non-governmental organization.

The Bachelor of Public Administration-Law Enforcement Leadership program is designed for working professionals pursuing careers in the public sector, especially in law enforcement. Students are taught the analytical and problem-solving skills required of administrators in the criminal justice system. Students can expect to take courses such as social ethics, budgeting, human resources, statistics and public policy.

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