Top Criminal Justice Degree Programs - Boise, ID

Boise, ID, has few 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

Those interested in studying criminal justice in the Boise, ID, area have seven schools to choose from. Taking into consideration rankings, graduation rates and program offerings, the top three schools for criminal justice in the area are Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), Boise State University (BSU) and the College of Western Idaho (CWI).

  • Winner: Northwest Nazarene University is ranked higher among the top universities in the region by U.S. News & World Report. It offers bachelor's degrees.
  • Runner-Up #1: Boise State University offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree programs and is also ranked among the top universities in the region.
  • Runner-Up #2: College of Western Idaho offers associate's degrees and also offers an online option.

School Comparison Chart

Category Northwest Nazarene University Boise State University College of Western Idaho
Ranking (2014) #39 among Regional Universities (West)* #65 among Regional Universities (West)* N/A
Location Nampa, ID (19.5 miles from Boise) Boise, ID Nampa, ID (16.7 miles from Boise)
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, public 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $25,190 (undergraduate)
$9,196 (graduate)**
$5,884 (undergraduate, in-state)
$17,324 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$6,972 (graduate, in-state)
$18,411 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$3,264 (in-district)
$4,264 (in-state)
$7,200 (out-of-state)**
Criminal Justice Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's degrees Associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees Associate's degrees
Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 4** 141** 32**
Most Popular Criminal Justice Program in 2011-2012 Bachelor's degree (4 awarded)** Bachelor's degree (117 awarded)** Associate's degree (32 awarded)**
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) 55% (2006 entering class)** 28% (2006 entering class)** 14% (2009 entering class)**
Noteworthy Accepts students of all religious faiths Largest university in Idaho (22,678 students as of 2013)*** Students can join the school's criminal justice club

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Boise State University website.

Winner: Northwest Nazarene University

  • NNU had an 80% retention rate for students who began in 2011, according to NCES
  • On-campus wellness center offers health and counseling services to students
  • NNU's career center helps students find jobs during school and after graduation

Northwest Nazarene University is a Christian university that offers bachelor's degree programs in criminal justice. Students can choose to earn either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in the field. The school also offers a criminal justice minor. Required courses include communications, juvenile justice, corrections and law enforcement. NNU students must complete a field test during their senior year of the criminal justice program.

Runner-Up #1: Boise State University

  • School had an 85% acceptance rate in 2012, according to NCES
  • Evening, weekend and online courses are available to criminal justice students
  • Program faculty actively involved in the Boise community

Boise State University offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in criminal justice. Courses include general education and core criminal justice subjects. Students may participate in field work and internship opportunities to fulfill elective requirements and gain practical experience. According to the school's website, BSU 's criminal justice department also offers the following two student organizations: Alpha Phi Sigma (a widely recognized criminal justice honor society) and Lambda Alpha Epsilon (an open criminal justice organization that participates in several conferences and activities). Students enrolled in the criminal justice program at BSU have the chance to earn scholarships, such as the FBI Scholarship and the Michael Blankenship Social Justice Scholarship. Departmental scholarships are available as well.

Runner-Up #2: College of Western Idaho

  • CWI has an open admissions policy
  • Criminal justice program is available in an online format

The College of Western Idaho offers an Associate of Arts degree in criminal justice. The program is designed to introduce students to the world of law enforcement and the justice system. Courses cover various topics, including the evaluation and treatment of offenders, the constitutional rights of inmates and community-based corrections. Upon completion of the program, students may wish to transfer to a four-year university in order to continue their studies.


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