School and Ranking Information
Within a 20-mile radius of Miami, there are 14 schools offering criminal justice programs. To determine which of these 14 schools were among the top three options, the following factors were considered: proximity, graduation rates and program offerings.
- Winner: Florida International University is the only school on the list actually located in Miami. It offers bachelor's and master's degrees.
- Runner-Up #1: Nova Southeastern University offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. It has an online option and the highest tuition.
- Runner-Up #2: Florida Memorial University offers bachelor's degrees and offers students the choice of two specializations.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Florida International University||Nova Southeastern University||Florida Memorial University|
|Location||Miami, FL||Fort Lauderdale, FL (19.8 miles from Miami)||Miami Gardens, FL (8.7 miles from Miami)|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)|| $6,417 (undergraduate, in-state)
$18,816 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$10,269 (graduate, in-state)
$21,791 (graduate, out-of-state)*
| $24,414 (undergraduate)
|Criminal Justice Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's and master's degrees||Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees||Bachelor's degrees|
|Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||526*||136*||39*|
|Most Popular Criminal Justice Degree Level in 2011-2012||Bachelor's degree (450 awarded)*||Master's degree (103 awarded)*||N/A|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2006 Entering Class||49%*||42%*||41%*|
|Noteworthy||One of the nation's ten largest universities||The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching lists this school has having high research activity||N/A|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
Winner: Florida International University
- Criminal justice majors can study abroad in England
- Internships are part of the undergraduate curriculum in criminal justice
- The campus has a branch for the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma
- Other majors can minor in criminal justice
A Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program is available at Florida International University. It requires coursework to be completed in global terrorism, comparative criminal justice systems, measurement and analysis in criminal justice and criminal justice research methods. The school also offers a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program that has students taking classes on criminal justice data analysis and policy analysis in criminal justice.
These programs have an accelerated option for students who're looking to acquire the bachelor's and master's degrees together. This option allows for some of the graduate-level courses to fulfill some of the undergraduate credits necessary for graduation. Both of the criminal justice program options are available on-campus and online.
Runner-Up #1: Nova Southeastern University
- Online option for the master's degree program in criminal justice
- Dual admission options at the undergraduate level can secure acceptance to graduate or professional program
Nova Southeastern University has a bachelor's degree program for criminal justice majors. The core areas of this program cover issues like law, corrections, law enforcement, crime causation, statistics and research methods and the court system. For students looking for some graduate education options, the school has a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program. Special concentration courses can be taken in this program in areas like substance abuse, public administration, information security and investigative forensic technology. Lastly, a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice can be acquired at this school through an online program. Within this program, students have to choose from one of three specialization tracks: juvenile justice, organizational leadership or behavioral sciences.
Runner-Up #2: Florida Memorial University
- Pre-law and criminology concentrations are available
- Faculty members try to involve students in research activities
- Seniors must complete a senior project and an exit examination before graduating
Students at Florida Memorial University can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. Depending on the student's career and educational goals, there are two specialization options to choose from: criminology and pre-law. Typically, 122 semester hours must be completed to graduate from the program. The curriculum here has classes that go over criminal law, corrections philosophy and criminal justice theories and systems.