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Top Ranked School for a Criminal Justice Degree - Omaha, NE

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

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School and Ranking Information

There are six schools within 25 miles of downtown Omaha, Nebraska, that offer criminal justice programs. The following schools are considered the top three based on rankings, program levels and number of criminal justice degrees awarded:

  • Winner: University of Nebraska in Omaha is ranked first because of its high national ranking for criminology graduate programs from U.S. News & World Report, its three degree levels of criminal justice degrees and the total number of degrees awarded in criminal justice.
  • Runner Up #1: Bellevue University, located in Bellevue, achieved second place due to its program levels offered.
  • Runner Up #2: Metropolitan Community College Area in Omaha came in third because of its low tuition rates and numerous criminal justice specialty areas.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Nebraska at Omaha Bellevue University Metropolitan Community College Area
Rankings (2013) 17th for Top Criminology Graduate Schools* N/A N/A
Location Omaha, NE Bellevue, NE (7.7 miles from Omaha) Omaha, NE
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $6,510 (undergraduate, in-state)
$16,520 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$5,739 (graduate, in-state)
$13,033 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$6,300 (undergraduate)
$9,030 (graduate)**
$2,520 (undergraduate, in-state)
$3,668 (undergraduate, out-of-state)**
Criminal Justice Program Levels Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees Bachelor's and master's degrees Less than 1-year certificates and associate's degrees
Criminal Justice Certificate and Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 174** 103** 76**
Most Popular Criminal Justice Program in 2011-2012 Bachelor's degree (158 awarded)** Bachelor's degree (38 awarded)** Associate's degree program (71 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) 46% 2006 Entering Class** 31% 2006 Entering Class (30% transfer-out rate)** 12% 2009 Entering Class (22% transfer-out rate)**
Noteworthy Military friendly school Accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Involved in sustainability efforts

Sources: *2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings, **NCES College Navigator

Winner: University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • The school houses the Consortium for Crime and Justice Research.
  • The Juvenile Justice Institute is found on campus.
  • Distance education options for criminal justice programs.
  • Criminal justice undergraduate and graduate student organizations.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha is home to a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program. The coursework for this program requires students to learn about research methods, police and society, corrections and criminal courts. Internships are also available. Students looking for a master's degree program can choose from the Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice. The Master of Science degree program has the option to specialize in counseling or public administration, while many of the Master of Arts program's classes are available online. The Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice program revolves around four major components: a dissertation, a comprehensive examination, elective courses and core classes.

Runner-Up #1: Bellevue University

  • Accelerated program options for criminal justice majors.
  • Criminal justice majors can pursue online or in-class options.
  • International students are accepted.

A Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice can be acquired at Bellevue University. Policy development, legal and ethical principles, criminal behavior analysis, strategic management and contemporary social issues are all topics that can be studied in this program's curriculum. There are also major options in investigations and security management at the undergraduate level. At the graduate level, the school has a Master of Science in Justice Administration and Crime Management available. Coursework at this level consists of studying research methods and statistical applications, technology and future trends and ethics and decision marketing.

Runner-Up #2: Metropolitan Community College Area

  • Criminal justice program is available online.
  • Numerous criminal justice specialty options.
  • Continuing education options can be found here.

Metropolitan Community College Area has the option for students to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice. Students who're just looking for a criminal justice certificate have numerous choices. There are specialty options at the certificate level for corrections, generalist, homeland security, law enforcement, network security and computer forensics and private security. As part of the associate's degree program, students can choose one of these specialty options as well. The associate's degree program requires 98 to 99 credit hours be completed in order to graduate.

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