School and Ranking Information
There are more than 10 schools with criminal justice administration programs within roughly an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque, several of which are in the city itself. Students can choose from community colleges, public universities and for-profit schools. The top three institutions, going by location, rankings, tuition and school type, include the following:
- Winner: University of New Mexico in Albuquerque is the top pick for its notable national ranking from U.S. News & World Report, the number of awarded degrees in the field and its location within the city.
- Runner Up #1: New Mexico State University at Grants secures first runner up due to its low tuition rates and its public institution classification.
- Runner Up #2: New Mexico Highlands University, located in Las Vegas, NM, is in third place for its internship opportunities and student-to-faculty ratio.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of New Mexico - Main Campus||New Mexico State University - Grants||New Mexico Highlands University|
|Rankings||Ranked the 100th top public school in 2013*||Main campus of NMSU was ranked the 108th top public school in 2013*||N/A|
|Location||Albuquerque, NM||Grants, NM (74.9 mi from downtown Albuquerque)||Las Vegas, NM (80.6 mi from downtown Albuquerque)|
|School Type||4-year, public||2-year, public||4-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$6,050 (in-state), $20,688 (out-of-state)**||$1,782 (in-district), $1,956 (in-state), $3,696 (out-of-state)**||$3,504 (in-state), $5,672 (out-of-state)**|
|Criminal Justice Administration Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's degrees**||Certificates; associate's degrees**||Bachelor's degrees**|
|Criminal Justice Administration Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in (2011-2012)||99**||12**||18**|
|Most Popular Criminal Justice Administration Program (2011-2012)||Bachelor's degree (99 awarded)**||Certificate (10 awarded)**||Bachelor's degree (18 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time)||45% (for 2005 entering class)**||25% (for 2008 entering class)**||21% (for 2005 entering class)**|
|Noteworthy||Criminology students can participate in an Honors Program and an internship program.||Student Success Center allows students to meet with their peers to study for exams.||Criminal justice students are able to intern at local law enforcement agencies and other law institutions.|
Sources: *US News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator.
Winner: University of New Mexico - Main Campus
- U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of New Mexico #179 on its 'National Universities' list for 2013
- NCES statistics show that 81% of all undergraduate students received grant or scholarship aid in the average amount of $9,905 in 2011-2012
A criminology major is offered through the Department of Sociology at the University of New Mexico - Main Campus. Students who want to earn a bachelor's degree in criminology are required to take courses in sociology, sociological theory, the criminal justice system and research methods. Approved electives include gender and crime, sociology of corrections, deviance, abnormal behavior and forensic anthropology. Field experiences are also available for elective credit. In addition, the University of New Mexico offers a graduate program in sociology that leads to a master's degree or PhD and gives students the option to specialize in crime, law and social control.
Runner-Up #1: New Mexico State University - Grants
- The NCES reports that the university has a low net price ($4,018 in 2011-2012)
- U.S. News & World Report ranked the main New Mexico State University campus #189 on its 'National Universities' list for 2013
- According to U.S. News & World Report, criminal justice/safety studies was among the most popular majors among undergraduates here in 2011
New Mexico State University - Grants offers criminal justice programs that lead to either an associate's degree or a certificate. Two different associate's degree programs are available: one in criminal justice and one in criminal justice/corrections. Both programs require general education courses and criminal justice courses in areas such as criminal law, corrections and American law enforcement. The criminal justice/corrections degree also requires 4 correctional officer classes. The certificate program in criminal justice/corrections requires the same courses that the associate's degree program does, minus the general education courses.
Runner-Up #2: New Mexico Highlands University
- Offers a lower-than-average student-faculty ratio of 14:1
- The criminal justice faculty has experience with many different areas of criminal justice, including human rights, immigration and mass media
The College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico Highlands University offers a bachelor's degree in criminal justice program, which prepares students for careers in law enforcement and the justice system. Required courses include criminology, institutional corrections, research methods and the criminal justice system. Students may also choose from electives such as criminal justice system issues, policing, forensic anthropology and terrorism. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a field practicum or field experience as part of their electives.