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Criminal Justice Administration Degree in Grand Rapids, MI

The Grand Rapids area has two schools within 70 miles that offer criminal justice administration programs. Learn about the curriculum, admission info and program requirements for both of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Grand Rapids Criminal Justice Administration Programs

Schools inside the city limits of Grand Rapids don't have any criminal justice administration degree programs as of December 2012; however, there are two schools within about an hour's drive that do offer such programs. This article discusses these two schools and includes a table comparing valuable information. At the end of the article is a paragraph highlighting two other relevant school options.

  • Ferris State University, which offers a Master of Science program in criminal justice administration, is located 57 miles from downtown Grand Rapids.
  • Situated 72 miles from downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan State University offers a Master of Science in Criminal Justice program with a judicial administration emphasis.

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Comparison of Schools

The following table makes it easy to compare important school information, such as enrollment numbers, tuition rates and graduation rates.

Ferris State University Michigan State University
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2013-2014) 14,600* 50,081*
Campus Setting Distant town Small city
Graduate Tuition (2015-2016) $10,970 in-state, $17,562 out-of-state* $13,560 in-state, $36,360 out-of-state*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Type of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 94%* 65%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 78%* 66%*
Retention Rate (2013-2014) 72%* 92%*
Graduation Rate for Students Beginning in 2008 43%* 79%*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

Ferris State University

This program was designed for criminal justice professionals and administrators. Studies are geared towards giving students tools to advance in organizations such as law enforcement, corrections, courts and rehabilitation centers.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration

The program can be completed in one year of full-time study or four years of part-time study. The school prefers that students apply after earning a bachelor's degree in a related field. Courses include leadership, human resources, financial management and criminal justice research techniques. The program is located in Ferris State University's College of Education and Human Services.

Michigan State University

This school's program is located in Justice Administration, which is a small program with only two faculty members.

Master of Science in Judicial Administration

Students have up to six years to complete this program. Course requirements include studies in analysis of changing policy in judicial administration and different approaches to criminal justice research. All of the courses for this program are offered online.

Other School Options

Grand Rapids Community College in downtown Grand Rapids offers associate degree programs in criminal justice for corrections, juvenile services and law enforcement. At Grand Valley State University, the School of Criminal Justice offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice.

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