Criminal Justice Degrees in Miami, FL: Program Descriptions

There are a few schools within 15 miles of Miami, FL, that have criminal justice degree programs. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and admission information and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Miami, FL, Criminal Justice Degree Programs

Many colleges in the Miami, FL, area offer degree programs in criminal justice. This article gives an overview of three public and private schools that are less than a 20-minute drive from downtown Miami. They offer undergraduate and graduate studies in criminal justice and related fields. Also included here is a table that details important information for students who are choosing a school. The article ends with a little information about other schools in the Miami area that offer education in criminal justice.

  • Miami Dade College is only three miles or so from the downtown Miami area. This school offers an associate's degree in criminal justice.
  • About 12 miles away from Miami's downtown is Florida International University (FIU), which offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in criminal justice.
  • A bachelor's degree in criminal justice is also attainable from Saint Thomas University, which is about 14 miles from downtown Miami.

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Comparison of Schools

There are many important factors prospective students should consider when selecting a college. The following table offers a way to compare aspects such as costs, enrollment and graduation rate, making it easier for students to look at these three schools.

Miami Dade College Florida International University Saint Thomas University
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2014) 66,046* 49,610* 2,217*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (undergraduate, 2015-2016) $2,834 for in-state; $9,661 for out-of-state* $6,556 for in-state; $18,954 for out-of-state* $27,960*
% of First-Year Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2014) 81%* 91%* 95%*
Acceptance Rate (undergraduate, 2014) N/A - Open admissions* 53%* 85%*
Retention Rate (undergraduate, 2014) N/A* 84%* 72%*
Graduation Rate (for undergraduates beginning in 2008) 33%* 54%* 33%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Miami Dade College

The associate's degree program is intended to provide students with the general education courses necessary for advanced coursework in criminal justice. Students may prepare for careers in private security, law enforcement and corrections or community-based organizations or programs, although some jobs require additional education, training or licensing.

Associate in Arts in Criminal Justice Administration

Students complete a variety of general education courses in subjects such as mathematics, natural science, behavioral and social science, oral communications, communications and humanities, plus 24 credits of electives in their area of interest. Students who complete this associate's degree program can transfer credits into the bachelor's degree program in public safety management at this school.

Florida International University

The university hosts the Center for the Administration of Justice, which focuses on criminal justice and related issues in Florida and Latin America and hosts academic events like workshops and seminars. The Department of Criminal Justice offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in criminal justice on-campus and online. Both undergraduate and graduate students who meet minimum eligibility requirements may participate in the school's study abroad program in the United Kingdom.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Undergraduate students who have completed 60 semester hours - either through two years of study at FIU or through completion of an associate's degree program - may apply to the criminal justice major. The curriculum includes theory and application of criminology, research methods and analysis, criminal justice methods and systems. In addition, students learn about public policy, the Constitution and international terrorism with an eye toward criminal justice in theory and application. The senior capstone course for the program includes the study of criminal justice and public policy. The rest of the program is divided up among general education requirements, general electives and criminal justice electives; this program does have a foreign language requirement.

After the completion of 75-90 credits, bachelor's degree students have the option of applying to the accelerated BS/MS in Criminal Justice degree program. Minimum GPA and GRE scores are required. Completing this accelerated program takes less time than to complete the two sequentially.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

This 36-credit program requires 12 classes. In addition to required classes, students take a combination of criminal justice and general elective classes. Core subjects include research methods, data and policy analysis in criminal justice and theoretical and legal principles of justice administration. Elective choices may vary according to individual education or career goals, such as doctoral study or postsecondary teaching.

Saint Thomas University

The bachelor's degree program in criminal justice at Saint Thomas University allows students to concurrently earn a certificate in homeland security and terrorism control; bachelor's degree students may also pick up a second major in a field such as political science, psychology, environmental justice or English. The school does not employ any adjunct instructors.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

The faculty members that teach in this degree program prepare students for careers in correctional services, law enforcement or judicial services. White-collar criminality, organized crime, crime and delinquency, criminology and victimology are just a few of the topics covered in the program's curriculum. There are also administrative classes on budgeting and planning, human resource management and police organization.

Other School Options

Johnson and Wales University - North Miami is about 11.5 miles away from the downtown area and offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program with a concentration in national security. Around 15 miles north of Miami's downtown is Florida Memorial University, a private nonprofit school that has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program available.

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