Criminal Justice Degrees in Dayton, OH with School Information

There are many schools in the Dayton, OH, area that give students the opportunity to study criminal justice. Keep reading to learn about the degree programs and requirements at three colleges located within 30 miles of downtown.

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Dayton Criminal Justice Schools

There are several schools that offer undergraduate criminal justice degree programs in and around Dayton, Ohio. The three discussed here are within a 40-minute drive of the center of the city. Discover the coursework requirements for each of the colleges' programs and review the table to get more details about the institutions. Information on additional school options is provided as well.

  • Sinclair Community College in downtown Dayton has criminal justice associate's degree programs in corrections and law enforcement.
  • Located about 27 miles from central Dayton, Cedarville University, a Baptist school in nearby Cedarville, offers a bachelor's degree program in criminal justice.
  • Students can also earn a criminal justice associate's degree at Edison State Community College, about 30 miles north of downtown Dayton in Piqua, Ohio.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Corrections Admin
  • Corrections, Probation, and Parole
  • Criminal Justice and Safety Studies
  • Criminal Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Juvenile Corrections
  • Law Enforcement Administration
  • Police Science and Law Enforcement
  • Securities Services Mgmt
  • Security and Theft Prevention Services

Comparison of Schools

Look over this table to find out about campus settings, enrollment numbers and tuition costs, among other facts, for the three schools.

Sinclair Community College Cedarville University Edison State Community College
School Type* 2-year, public 4-year, private, not-for-profit 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 18,448 3,886 3,261
Campus Setting* Midsize city Fringe town Fringe rural
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)* $2,546 in-district; $3,674 in-state; $6,938 out-of-state $29,156 $4,219 in-state; $7,828 out-of-state
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Type of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 82% 99% 68%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* N/A Open admissions 71% N/A Open admissions
Retention Rate (2016)* 53% full-time 84% full-time 57% full-time
Graduation Rate* 26% for students beginning in 2014 72% for students beginning in 2011 24% for students beginning in 2014

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Sinclair Community College

The Criminal Justice Sciences program at Sinclair offers associate degree and short-term certificate options as well as a police officer training program. In addition to general education requirements, both of the criminal justice associate degree programs include courses in criminal law, constitutional law, testimony, documentation, interrogation and ethics in criminal justice. Both programs can be completed in an online format.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice/Corrections

The Criminal Justice/Corrections emphasis includes topics in correctional case management, forensic science and criminal investigation. Once a student successfully completes this program, he or she should have an understanding of the rights of offenders in the Ohio legal system. Other skills include observing and recording behaviors for possible testimony at a later date, showing empathy to clients and working with caseworkers and other corrections team members.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

This program is designed for individuals who are currently, or who wish to become, law enforcement officers. Coursework includes computer crimes, policing, homeland security, criminal investigation and forensic science. On completion of this program, a student should understand basic patrol operations and know how to detect, process and preserve evidence; apply the Ohio Revised Code to crime scenarios and assess situations that require physical action.

Cedarville University

Cedarville University's criminal justice program combines subjects such as law, sociology, psychology and biblical studies. The school also emphasizes the importance of experiential learning by requiring students to complete an internship with at least one criminal justice organization.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

One of the freshman courses in this program focuses on career planning for aspiring criminal justice professionals. Sophomore year includes studies in criminology and juvenile delinquency. Junior and senior year studies are heavily weighted with criminal justice studies in areas including criminal law, corrections, the American judicial system, terrorism, criminal investigation and American constitutional law.

Edison State Community College

The primary focus of the associate's degree program at Edison State Community College is to prepare students for careers in law enforcement or corrections. While earning this degree, students learn how to apply skills in communications, critical thinking and teamwork to the criminal justice profession while accepting the diversity found in this community. The criminal justice degree program can also be taken with a computer forensics option.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

This program offers students the option of attending a police academy as part of the curriculum or substituting career-related coursework. The police academy option takes place throughout third and fourth semesters. Coursework for both options includes studies in criminal law, abnormal psychology, technical writing, corrections and juvenile delinquency. This program can also be pursued as an Associate of Arts for those students who intend to transfer to a 4-year university to complete a bachelor's.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice/Computer Forensics

Students who opt for the computer forensics option augment their criminal justice curricula with classes in computer and network security, enabling them to detect and obtain evidence about illegal network activity.

Other Schools

About half an hour's drive northwest of Dayton, Clark State Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology program. Urbana University, a private school located about 40 miles from Dayton, has a bachelor's degree program in criminal justice administration.

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