In Michigan, criminal justice programs are offered by 4-year schools at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Some programs offer additional concentrations or tracks. Students can receive hands-on training through internships, practicums or projects. Also, some graduate programs require students to complete a thesis.
In Michigan, ten schools offer criminal justice programs at the bachelor's degree and/or master's degree levels with coursework or track specialization in administration. These schools include five small, private, liberal arts institutions as well as five public universities.
In the town of Adrian, west of Detroit, Adrian College is a private institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences houses the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, with programs that include a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts (MA) in Criminal Justice. Undergraduate students can complete a track in either law enforcement, corrections and rehabilitation or law and the judiciary. Program courses include topics such as public administration, crime prevention, legal research, and prison reform. Graduate courses cover topics such as criminal justice policy, research methods, and community methods. Students will also have the option of completing a master's thesis or practicum.
Baker College of Clinton Township
A career college founded in 1911, Baker College's largest campus is located in Clinton Township. In addition to an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice with coursework covering policing, juvenile justice, evidence procedure, cybercrime, and forensic science. Students in the program can also gain credit for work experience and take a course in organizational leadership.
Concordia University - Ann Arbor
The Ann Arbor campus of Concordia University was founded as a junior college in 1963. The school, affiliated with the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, gained university status in 1976. The Haab School of Business and Management and the School of Arts and Sciences offer a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice and Public Policy and a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice Management. Criminal justice and public policy students take courses on justice foundations, administration, corrections, a criminal investigation, and procedural criminal law. In the management of the criminal justice program, students take courses covering procedural law, administrative law, public finance, and law enforcement agency management.
Ferris State University
In the remote town of Big Rapids, Ferris State University is a public institution with a history dating back to 1884, when it was founded as an industrial school. The College of Education and Human Services and the School of Criminal Justice offer a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with law enforcement, corrections or a generalist concentration. Program courses include report writing, crime control, and a professional internship. Students may also choose to pursue a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration. Core areas of the graduate program include administrative and leadership skills, personnel and budgeting management, research and evaluation, as well as crime and violence. Graduate coursework covers organizational leadership, human resources management, and financial management.
Grand Valley State University
Outside of Grand Rapids in the town of Allendale, Grand Valley State University was founded in 1960. The College of Community and Public Services offers a BA/BS in Criminal Justice, with courses covering court, correctional and policing process, as well as criminal justice administration, justice policy and community policing. Graduate students can pursue an MS in Criminal Justice, a 36-credit program with courses covering criminal justice leadership and advanced courses on police systems, corrections, juvenile justice, and private security. Students in the MS program will also complete either a project or master's thesis.
Lake Superior State University
In the Upper Peninsula town of Sault Ste. Marie, Lake Superior State University is a public institution founded in 1946. The School of Criminal Justice, Fire Science, and Emergency Medical Services offers a BS in Criminal Justice, where students will complete one of several specialized statistics courses, as well as courses on criminal law, correctional casework, and criminology.
Michigan State University
Located in the Central Michigan town of East Lansing, Michigan State University was used as a prototype for 69 land grant institutions throughout the country following its founding in 1855. The School of Criminal Justice offers a BS in Criminal Justice with an optional specialization in security management. Program courses include policing, corrections and juvenile justice, as well as police administration, intelligence operations, and correctional systems. For graduates, the school offers an MS in Criminal Justice and an MS in Judicial Administration. Criminal justice graduate students take courses such as advanced management, managing police operations, and security management, as well as budget and workforce planning.
Northern Michigan University
In Marquette, Northern Michigan University began as a teacher's college in 1899. Today, the College of Professional Studies and the Department of Criminal Justice offers a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice, as well as associate's degree and diploma programs in criminal justice. Program coursework covers criminal procedure, professional development, and discretionary justice. Students may also choose to pursue a Bachelor's in Loss Prevention Management.
Spring Arbor University
A Christian university with a history dating back to the late 1800s, Spring Arbor University is located in the suburb of Spring Arbor. A private, liberal arts college, the school offers a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice, with program coursework covering criminal justice policy, restorative justice, and court procedure.
University of Detroit Mercy
The two largest private Catholic institutions in the Detroit area, the University of Detroit and Mercy College consolidated in 1990 to become the University of Detroit Mercy. Students can pursue a BS in Criminal Justice, with program courses on topics such as police administration, penology, law enforcement, and criminalistics. Graduate students may choose to pursue either an MA in Criminal Justice or an MS in Security Administration, a program that includes courses such as comparative security, leadership in intelligence analysis and security organizations.
Careers in criminal justice administration generally require a bachelor's degree with relevant work experience in corrections or law enforcement. Many careers in law enforcement require professionals to seek continuing education, which might include an undergraduate criminal justice degree.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Criminal Justice Administration Degrees Offered||2018-2019 Undergraduate Tuition and Fees|
|Adrian College|| 4-year private not-for-profit;
| Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice,
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
|Baker College of Clinton Township|| 4-year private not-for-profit;
|Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice||$9,800*|
|Concordia University - Ann Arbor|| 4-year private not-for-profit;
| Bachelor's degree in criminal justice and public policy,
Bachelor's degree in criminal justice management
|Ferris State University|| 4-year public;
| Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice,
Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration
|Grand Valley State University|| 4-year public;
| Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice,
Master of Science in Criminal Justice
| $12,484 (in-state)*,
|Lake Superior State University|| 4-year public;
|Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice||$11,895*|
|Michigan State University|| 4-year public;
| Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice,
Master of Science in Criminal Justice,
Master of Science in Judicial Administration
| $14,460 (in-state)*,
|Northern Michigan University|| 4-year public;
| Bachelor's degree in criminal justice,
bachelor's degree in loss prevention management
| $10,729 (in-state)*,
|Spring Arbor University|| 4-year private not-for-profit;
|Bachelor's degree in criminal justice||$28,810*|
|University of Detroit Mercy|| 4-year private not-for-profit;
| Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice,
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice,
Master of Science in Security Administration
Source: *NCES College Navigator