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Criminal Justice Colleges in Baltimore with Degree Program Info

Research criminal justice degrees in Baltimore, which currently has about ten schools offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, admission information and program requirements for two Baltimore schools that are within five miles of downtown and decide which program is right for you.

Baltimore Schools with Criminal Justice Programs

Students seeking bachelor's or master's degree programs in criminal justice have several Baltimore-area options. This article looks at the programs offered by two public and private schools inside the city limits that offer undergraduate and graduate programs in criminal justice and related fields. Also featured is a table that showcases information students want to consider when deciding on a school. At the end of the article is a little information about additional schools offering criminal justice education in the Baltimore area.

  • The University of Baltimore (UB), located a little more than a mile from the heart of Baltimore, offers bachelor's and master's degree programs; bachelor's degree students have special options if law school or master's degree study is in their plans.
  • Baltimore City Community College is roughly 4.5 miles from downtown Baltimore and the only community college within city limits. It offers Associate of Applied Science degree programs in law enforcement and correctional administration.

Comparison of Schools

Students need to consider many factors when choosing a college. The following table offers a concise look at information about these three schools, making it easy for students to see how they compare.

University of Baltimore Baltimore City Community College
School Type 4-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 5,565* 4,188*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $8,824 for in-state; $20,704 for out-of-state* $3,074 for in-state; $7,154 for out-of-state*
% of First-Year Beginning Students Receive Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 92%* 75%*
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017) 81%* N/A - Open admissions*
Undergraduate Retention Rate (2016-2017) 68% for full-time students* 46% for full-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 33% (for students beginning in Fall 2011)* 13% (for students beginning in Fall 2014)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

University of Baltimore

Bachelor's degree students who plan to directly continue on to the master's degree program in criminal justice at UB can take a limited number of graduate-level courses and apply them to the graduate degree requirements for accelerated completion. Highly qualified undergraduate criminal justice students may be eligible for the University of Baltimore's automatic-admit option to the UB School of Law.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

This 4-year degree program includes 43 credits of general education requirements and 42 credits of major requirements, with the remainder being student-selected elective options. The required classes cover topics like criminological perspectives, criminal justice research methods, criminal justice professional studies, and the contemporary criminal justice system. Students also take specialized courses in the courts and corrections systems and law enforcement.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

This evening degree program of 33 credits allows students to pursue areas of interest in corrections, policing, juvenile justice, courts, and victims of crime. Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate background that includes coursework in criminological theory and statistics.

J.D./MS in Criminal Justice

Students must apply and be accepted to both the UB School of Law and the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program to complete this dual-degree program in four years. The first year (fall and spring semesters) is dedicated to law school classes only; criminal justice courses can be taken either the summer before or after starting the program, with greater flexibility in scheduling after the first year.

Baltimore City Community College

Students can pursue associate's degree options in criminal justice through Baltimore City Community College's Education, Social, and Behavioral Sciences Department.

Associate of Applied Science Law Enforcement Administration and Correctional Administration

This program offers two areas of specialization: law enforcement and correctional administration. Students include police academy trainees, working law enforcement and corrections officers, and related criminal justice professionals from career fields like counseling, youth services, and parole. Graduates may enter the workforce or continue their studies at the bachelor's degree level. In the law enforcement program, students will take courses in law enforcement fundamentals and report writing, while those pursing the correctional administration option will study such topics as probation and parole and correctional law.

Other School Options

Coppin State University, about three miles from Baltimore, is a historically Black school that's part of the University of Maryland System and offers bachelor's and master's degrees in criminal justice. Community College of Baltimore County is a 2-year public school and about seven miles out from Baltimore's downtown; it has associate's degrees and certificates available in criminal justice. Located around ten miles from downtown Baltimore is Stevenson University; this private nonprofit school offers a standard and an accelerated option for a criminal justice bachelor's-to-master's degree.


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