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 administration.
- About nine 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 also about nine miles from downtown Miami.
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 (2017)||56,001*||56,718*||4,538*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$2,838 for in-state; $9,661 for out-of-state*||$6,556 for in-state; $18,954 for out-of-state*||$29,730*|
|% of First-Year Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||82%*||86%*||100%*|
|Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions*||54%*||49%*|
|Undergraduate Retention Rate (2016-2017)||N/A*||88% for full-time students*||65% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (for undergraduates beginning in Fall 2011)||31%*||57%*||44%*|
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 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. Students can take the BS in Criminal Justice online.
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 five required core classes, students take a combination of criminal justice and general elective classes. Core subjects include research methods, data and policy analysis in criminal justice, criminological theory and transnational crime. Elective choices may vary according to individual education or career goals, such as doctoral study or postsecondary teaching. This program is also offered online.
Saint Thomas University
The bachelor's degree program in criminal justice at Saint Thomas University allows students to concurrently earn 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. Police and society, crime and delinquency, juvenile justice and police operations are just a few of the topics covered in the program's curriculum. An internship and individualized project are among electives students can choose from.
Other School Options
Johnson and Wales University - North Miami is about ten miles away from the downtown area and offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program. Around nine 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.