Criminal Justice Schools in Cleveland with Program Summaries

Oct 05, 2020

Cleveland Criminal Justice Programs

Cleveland-area students who'd like to pursue criminal justice programs of study have a variety of options. This article highlights three of the closest schools, all of which are less than 30 minutes from downtown. Near the end of the article is a table comparing valuable school information, such as school type, enrollment numbers and tuition rates. Also included is a short paragraph noting three other school options.

  • The closest school is Cuyahoga Community College, which is located 3.5 miles from downtown Cleveland. It offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program in law enforcement.
  • Baldwin Wallace University is situated 9.5 miles from downtown Cleveland and offers a criminal justice minor and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) program in criminal justice.
  • Located 20 miles from downtown is Lakeland Community College, which offers criminal justice associate degree programs in both corrections and law enforcement.

Comparison of Schools

Choosing the right school can often be confusing. The table below makes it easy to compare valuable school information.

Cuyahoga Community College Baldwin Wallace University Lakeland Community College
School Type 2-year, public 4-year, private nonprofit 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2019) 23,655* 3,504* 6,628*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Rural
Tuition & Fees (2019-2020) $3,436 in-district, $4,322 in-state, $8,136 out-of-state* $33,530* $3,482 in-district, $4,217 in-state, $8,845 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2018-2019) 84%* 98%* 74%*
Acceptance Rate (2019) N/A - open admissions* 73%* N/A - open admissions*
Retention Rate for Full-Time Students (2018-2019) 57%* 81%* 51%*
Graduation Rate 21% (for students who began Fall 2016)* 65% (for students who began Fall 2013)* 13% (for students who began Fall 2016)*

Source: *College Navigator, NCES.

Cuyahoga Community College

Cuyahoga Community College was the first community college to be established in the state, in 1963. The school offers certificate and degree programs for students seeking to enter the workforce or continue their educations at 4-year schools.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

This associate's degree program offers three areas of specialization - basic police academy, corrections, and security administration. Students complete general education requirements and law enforcement-related core courses. Aspiring police officers enroll in the school's affiliated Basic Peace Officer Academy to complete the police academy track; required courses include constitutional law for law enforcement officers, firearms training, defensive driving, patrolling, investigations, criminal evidence, and criminal court procedures. The corrections track provides instruction in the theories and application behind parole, probation, and corrections work, including case management and supervision. Security administration students take classes in security investigation and management, general criminal justice and criminal court procedures, private security protection, and asset protection.

Baldwin Wallace University

The school's Division of Social Sciences offers interdisciplinary minor and bachelor's degree programs in criminal justice designed for students planning to enter the workforce upon graduation or continue with their studies at the graduate level.

Criminal Justice Minor

Required classes introduce students to criminology and how the criminal justice system works. Related topics of study include the concept and application of juvenile justice, policing, and corrections practices. Electives may include courses in terrorism's roots, abnormal psychology, the Constitution, and crime in organizations. At least 19-20 credits are required.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

A criminal justice core that includes classes in criminal justice and sociology - like law, the juvenile justice system, criminology, and corrections - is complemented by required classes in psychology, political science, and statistics. Students who plan to pursue graduate education are encouraged to complete coursework in research methods. All students are encouraged to complete an internship.

Lakeland Community College

This school's associate's degree program in criminal justice is open to those seeking employment in the field and working professionals seeking formal education and training. Students who complete the associate's degree program may transfer to a 4-year school to earn a relevant bachelor's degree, which may be required for employment, especially at the state and federal level.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

This 61-credit program offers studies in criminal procedure, criminal law, ethics, criminology, community policing and juvenile delinquency. The first and second semesters contains such general education courses as sociology, psychology, English composition and communications. In addition to an internship, other electives include criminal investigation, crisis intervention, correctional practices and police management.

Other Schools

Students can earn a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice at Lake Erie College, which is only 30 miles from downtown Cleveland. At the University of Akron, about 40 miles from Cleveland, students can earn a Bachelor of Science degree. Stark State College is about 50 miles from Cleveland and allows students to earn an associate's degree in the criminal justice field.

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