School and Ranking Information
In a twenty-five mile radius of Las Vegas, NV, there are seven schools that offer a criminal justice program. Among these colleges and universities, the top three ranked ones are the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Nevada State College and the College of Southern Nevada. These rankings were determined by examining the program offerings and the graduation rankings for these colleges and universities:
- Winner: University of Nevada-Las Vegas is the only school offering a criminal justice degree program at the bachelor's and the master's degree level on the list. It also awarded the most degrees.
- Runner-Up #1: Nevada State College is located 12 miles from Las Vegas. It offers a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
- Runner-Up #2: College of Southern Nevada offers associate's degrees and undergraduate certificates.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of Nevada-Las Vegas||Nevada State College||College of Southern Nevada|
|Location||Las Vegas, NV||Henderson, NV (12.3 miles from Las Vegas)||Las Vegas, NV|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public||4-year, primarily associate's, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)|| $6,705 (undergraduate, in-state)
$20,615 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$5,500 (graduate, in-state)
$19,410 (graduate, out-of-state)*
| $4,498 (undergraduate, in-state)
$14,773 (undergraduate, out-of-state)*
| $2,700 (undergraduate, in-state)
$9,345 (undergraduate, out-of-state)*
|Criminal Justice Program Levels Offered||Bachelor's and master's degrees||Bachelor's degrees||Associate's degrees and undergraduate certificates|
|Criminal Justice Certificates and Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||201*||12*||89*|
|Most Popular Criminal Justice Program in 2011-2012||Bachelor's degrees (184 awarded)*||Bachelor's degrees (12 awarded)*||Associate's degrees (78 awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2006 Entering Class||41%*||16%*||9%*|
|Noteworthy||Involved in community outreach efforts||Academic advising on a one-on-one basis||The campus has an International Center|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
Winner: University of Nevada-Las Vegas
- Numerous scholarships and awards are given out to criminal justice students.
- Students can enroll in criminal justice internships.
- Independent study options are pursuable by students.
The University of Nevada-Las Vegas is home to a Department of Criminal Justice, which has several degree programs to choose from. The undergraduate bachelor's degree program in criminal justice has a wide variety of classes that cover topics like the police, the law, the courts, the prison system and the juvenile justice system. Other courses at the undergraduate level are on issues like victims of crime, white-collar crime, jury decision making and terrorism. The master's degree programs here have a traditional option and a professional option. The professional graduate degree is intended for students who want to work in justice-related agencies while the other master's is intended for those considering doctoral studies in the field.
Runner-Up #1: Nevada State College
- Numerous student organizations and clubs are available.
- The school celebrates cultural diversity.
- Community based learning is encouraged.
Students at Nevada State College can choose between a Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Public Administration in Law Enforcement. The core of the criminal justice program consists of courses on intelligence analysis, serial killers and sexual predators, police leadership in critical incidents, terrorism and emergency management and administration planning. The law enforcement major has coursework in areas like law enforcement, leadership and public administration and organizational management. Within those areas, students study public financial administration, contemporary issues in law enforcement, mass media and the police, legal issues for command level officers and executive leadership.
Runner-Up #2: College of Southern Nevada
- There are online resources provided by the school for criminal justice students to use for assignments and research.
- Police academy located on campus.
- Part-time and full-time scheduling options.
The criminal justice program at the College of Southern Nevada has options that result in a Certificate of Achievement, an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Applied Science. The Certificate of Achievement program has an option available in law enforcement training and public safety communications. Students who pursue the Associate of Applied Science degree program can pick from concentrations like correctional, hotel and industry security, law enforcement training academy, law enforcement and juvenile justice. A few of the criminal justice courses that students here can take cover topics like criminal evidence, probation and parole, police in America and community relations.