Top Degrees in Criminal Justice - Louisville, KY

Louisville, KY, has many schools with programs in criminal justice. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

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School and Ranking Information

There are about ten schools within a 25-mile radius of Louisville, KY, that offer criminal justice programs. Based on program availability, graduation rates and school rankings, the following three universities are the top schools for criminal justice degrees in the Louisville area:

  • Winner: The University of Louisville takes the top spot as it is the only school to be nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report. It offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in criminal justice.
  • Runner-Up #1: Bellarmine University takes second place since it has the highest graduation rate of the three schools and is ranked among regional universities in the South. It offers criminal justice bachelor's degrees.
  • Runner-Up #2: Indiana University - Southeast also offers bachelor's degree programs in criminal justice, but it is also located the furthest away from Louisville.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Louisville Bellarmine University Indiana University - Southeast
Rankings (2013) 160th among top national universities*,
87th top public school among national universities*
11th among regional universities in the South* N/A
Location Louisville, KY Louisville, KY New Albany, IN (5.3 miles from Louisville)
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $9,662 (undergraduate, in-state),
$23,146 (undergraduate, out-of-state);
$10,470 (graduate, in-state),
$21,574 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$33,270 (undergraduate)** $6,576 (undergraduate, in-state),
$17,510 (undergraduate, out-of-state)**
Criminal Justice Program Levels Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; undergraduate and postgraduate certificates Bachelor's degrees Bachelor's degrees
Criminal Justice Certificates and Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 255** 11** 30**
Most Popular Criminal Justice Program in 2011-2012 Bachelor's degree (141 awarded)** Bachelor's degree (11 awarded)** Bachelor's degree (30 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2005 Entering Class 51%** 66%** 27%**
Noteworthy University of Louisville has a chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, an honor society for criminal justice students, and a justice administration club Study abroad options for criminal justice majors Honors program in criminal justice

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report , **NCES College Navigator

Winner: University of Louisville

  • The University of Louisville's Southern Police Institute offers professional development programs for law enforcement practitioners
  • Kentucky Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory is located at the university's Shelby campus in Louisville
  • The school's justice administration department annually recognizes three exceptional students based on leadership and grade point average

The University of Louisville is home to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in justice administration. The bachelor's and master's programs can be completed online or on campus. Courses include law enforcement and security and loss prevention. The school also offers undergraduate and postgraduate certificate programs in police executive leadership development.

Runner-Up #1: Bellarmine University

  • Criminal justice students can double major in sociology or psychology
  • Students can earn internship credits by working with incarcerated individuals at the Kentucky State Reformatory
  • Bellarmine University is a Catholic school

A Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Studies is available at Bellarmine University. The program includes courses in criminology, profiling, justice systems and crime in the media. Criminal justice students can participate in study abroad options with over 150 partner campuses across 50 countries. Faculty members at Bellarmine have experience in law, criminal profiling, and police and correctional administration. An internship is required.

Runner-Up #2: Indiana University - Southeast

  • Indiana University - Southeast reports an 8:1 student-computer ratio on campus
  • Students pursuing education in law enforcement can apply for the Indiana Sheriffs' Association Scholarship

Students at Indiana University - Southeast can enroll in a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice degree program. Internship opportunities and class projects at this school allow students the chance to get a first-hand look at the criminal justice system. Students take classes in social and behavioral sciences, law, correctional facilities, urban crime and police and community relations.

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