Top School in Orlando for a Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice Career

Orlando, FL, has many schools with programs in law enforcement and criminal justice. Find the best program for you by reading about one school's rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

School and Ranking Information

Numerous schools in Orlando, FL, area offer law enforcement and criminal justice degrees. Based on school rankings, degree levels offered and outstanding academic programs, the following college is regarded as one of Orlando's top schools for law enforcement and criminal justice:

  • Winner: The University of Central Florida is located right in Orlando and offers a variety of criminal justice programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in criminal justice; nine undergraduate and graduate certificate programs are also available.

School Info Chart

Category University of Central Florida
Rankings #173 among National Universities, #3 among Up and Coming Schools (2015)*
Location Orlando, FL
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $6,317 (in-state); $22,416 (out-of-state)**
Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Degrees Offered Bachelor's and Master's
Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 604**
Most Popular Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Degree level in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (518)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% normal degree time) for 2007 entering class 67%**
Noteworthy U.S. News & World Report ranked UCF's graduate criminology program #26 (2009)*

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator

University of Central Florida

  • UCF will offer a criminal justice doctoral program starting in the fall of 2015
  • The criminal justice bachelor's degree program is offered on four campuses (Orlando, Cocoa, Daytona Beach and Valencia West)
  • UCF enrolls more National Merit Scholars and awards more degrees than any other university in Florida

Located in Orlando, FL, the University of Central Florida enrolls more than 60,000 students each year and offers around 210 degree programs through 12 colleges. In 2015, UCF was named one of the nation's 100 best values among public colleges and universities for the fifth consecutive year by Kiplinger's magazine. In addition, the University of Central Florida was once again ranked #97 in the nation's Top Public Schools and #173 in National Universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2015.

The Department of Criminal Justice, which is located within the College of Health and Public Affairs, offers bachelor's and master's degrees. Additionally, a new criminal justice doctoral degree will be available in the fall of 2015 with specializations in policing, corrections and juvenile justice. Nine certificate programs are also offered. Undergraduate certificate programs are available in crime analysis and crime mapping, criminal profiling, security management, crime scene investigation and victim advocacy. Graduate certificates are available in corrections leadership, crime analysis, juvenile justice leadership and police leadership.


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