Top Ranked Criminal Justice Degree Program - Indianapolis, IN

Students interested in studying criminal justice in Indianapolis, IN, have many schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

School and Ranking Information

The Indianapolis, IN, area has ten schools offering criminal justice degree programs in a 25-mile radius. Factors like program offerings, degrees conferred and national rankings were used to determine the top three schools in the criminal justice field.

  • Winner: Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis (IUPUI) is the top school because it conferred the most degrees and offers both a bachelor's and master's degree in criminal justice.
  • Runner-Up #1: Butler University had the highest graduation rate and offers a bachelor's degree in criminology. It is ranked among regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Runner-Up #2: University of Indianapolis offers a bachelor's degree in the field. It was also ranked among regional universities in the Midwest.

School Comparison Chart

Category Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis Butler University University of Indianapolis
Rankings 7th among up-and-coming schools, nationwide (2012)* 2nd among regional universities in 2013 (Midwest)* 38th among regional universities in 2013 (Midwest)*
Location Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis, IN
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $8,605 (undergraduate, in-state)
$29,062 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$8,619 (graduate, in-state)
$23,967 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$33,138 (undergraduate)** $23,830 (undergraduate)**
Criminal Justice Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees Bachelor's degrees Bachelor's degrees
Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 90** 5** 11**
Most Popular Criminal Justice Degree Level in 2011-2012 Bachelor's in Criminal Justice/Safety Studies (90 awarded)** Bachelor's in Criminology (5 awarded)** Bachelor's in Corrections (11 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2006 Entering Class 39%** 73%** 55%**
Noteworthy School offers a study abroad program Sociology & Criminology Association available to students Students have access to the Community Research Center in the social services department

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

Winner: Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis

  • Honors programs are available
  • Accelerated program options
  • Students who participate in the study abroad program are awarded a scholarship

Students who attend IUPUI have access to a criminal justice bachelor's degree program offered through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Terrorism, homicide, cybercrime, corrections, criminal law and juvenile justice are topics studied. Students who are looking for additional education might want to consider the school's homeland security and emergency management graduate certificate. There is also a 36-credit Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Public Safety degree program. In addition to coursework in public safety systems, risk analysis and planning, students can complete experiential learning through a capstone course and internship opportunities.

Runner-Up #1: Butler University

  • Students have had internship placements with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the EPA Criminal Investigations Division
  • Scholarship opportunities for criminology majors

Butler University's Department of Sociology & Criminology offers a bachelor's degree in criminology. Core classes include seminars in research methods and social theory, as well as classes in contemporary social issues and understanding society. Students delve into crime and law, socio-cultural diversity and global and comparative studies. They are also required to work on a research project in a specific area of crime. To graduate, students complete an internship or service learning course.

Runner-Up #2: University of Indianapolis

  • Students have access to resources like the American Society of Criminology and the Western Society of Criminology
  • Daytime and evening courses allow for flexible scheduling
  • Within the Social Sciences Department, students have access to small class sizes, laboratory facilities and field trips

The Social Science Department at the University of Indianapolis offers a bachelor's degree program in criminal justice. Students can choose between a concentration in corrections or law enforcement. The program focuses in criminal justice theory, as well as processes and agencies associated with the field. Throughout the program, students are educated on how prosecutors, police, courts and legislature interact with each other. In addition to classroom lectures and coursework, students complete hands-on training through practicum experiences and internships.

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