Fort Lauderdale Criminal Justice Programs
Residents of Fort Lauderdale can find criminal justice degree programs ranging in level from the 2-year associate degree to the Ph.D. at several area colleges. Read about the undergraduate and graduate program requirements at three schools within a 30-minute drive of central Fort Lauderdale. This article also includes a table of school stats and characteristics, such as student enrollment figures and graduation rates, as well as details on four additional school options.
- Broward College in downtown Fort Lauderdale offers associate degree programs and is the largest of the three schools profiled.
- Situated about 12 miles from central Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University is the eighth-largest not-for-profit, independent university in the U.S. The school offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in criminal justice.
- Johnson and Wales University in nearby North Miami boasts state-of-the-art facilities and offers a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. The campus is located around 19 miles from Fort Lauderdale's downtown area.
Comparison of Schools
The cost of attending a particular school is often just as important as finding the ideal degree program. Take a look at this table to find out about tuition and other stats for each of the three institutions.
|Broward College||Nova Southeastern University||Johnson and Wales University - North Miami|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||40,754*||20,793*||1,475*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees 2017-2018 (Undergraduate)||$1,415 in-state, $4,476 out-of-state*||$29,880*||$31,508*|
|% of First-Year Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)||77%*||100%*||99%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions||58%*||78%*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||N/A- Not reported||79% for full-time students*||69% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (for students who started in the fall of 2011)||30%*||52%*||50%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Broward College is a 4-year, public school located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. Students have many academic options at Broward including vocational or technical certificates, diplomas and associate degree programs. The college offers two associate degree programs in criminal justice through the Institute of Public Safety.
Associate of Science in Criminal Justice Technology
The associate degree program in criminal justice technology is aimed at students interested in joining the workforce immediately upon graduation and provides courses that are tailored toward vocational skills. The program offers three specializations, including a criminal justice emphasis, a crime scene technology emphasis and a polygraph emphasis. Students also complete general education classes and a practicum.
Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice
The A.A. degree program is designed for transfer to a bachelor's degree program in criminal justice at a 4-year college or university. In addition to the 18-credit criminal justice curriculum, students complete 42 credit hours of general education courses in the humanities, sciences and mathematics.
Nova Southeastern University
Students can pursue bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in criminal justice through the university's College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The school also offers a dual admission option for students interested in advancing to graduate studies.
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
The bachelor's degree program offers a broad foundation in law enforcement policies, criminology and law. Both day and evening classes are offered. Coursework includes constitutional issues, victimology, research methods, homeland security, ethics and forensic psychology. Students also have the option of an internship.
Master of Science in Criminal Justice
This online program prepares students for careers as detectives, FBI and DEA agents, legal assistants and more. Students are required to take 30 credit hours, including core coursework and classes related to their chosen specialty tracks. Specialty areas include substance abuse, information security and child protection. A master's thesis is also required.
Ph.D. in Criminal Justice
The Ph.D. program is an online course of study designed to prepare students for future careers in research and academic settings, as well as management positions. This specialized curriculum focuses on the completion of a doctoral dissertation. 60 credit hours are required, including core coursework and specialty track courses. Students can select from three different areas of concentration: juvenile justice, behavioral sciences or organizational leadership. Core courses in research methods and applied statistics help to prepare students for their dissertation research.
Johnson and Wales University - North Miami
The North Miami campus of Johnson and Wales University offers a number of points of interest to criminal justice students. In addition to an award-winning crime scene institute that promotes hands-on learning, the university also offers internship, study abroad and mock trial opportunities. Students can build professional relationships and sharpen key skills while earning bachelor's degrees in criminal justice.
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Students in this program gain the theoretical knowledge and real-world experience to prepare them for careers as court administrators, airport security agents, federal agents and other related positions. Courses are taught by experienced professionals and focus on subjects such as criminal law, criminology, corrections, deviant behavior, management, statistics and psychology. Internship opportunities offer the chance to improve essential communication and critical thinking skills while building resume experience.
Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, Florida, also offers both bachelor's and master's degrees in criminal justice. Criminal justice programs are also available at Florida Memorial University and St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens and at Lynn University in Boca Raton. All of these schools are within 20-22-miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale.