In addition to meeting application requirements, you’ll have to consider how much it will cost to study at your dream school. Colleges and universities offer scholarships and financial aid, as do corporations, associations, and the government. You might be surprised by the options you discover. To help you get a sense of your baseline education costs, here are the typical tuition rates for a criminal justice degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 8,329 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

1% below average compared to other degrees

$ 19,429 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

3% below average compared to other degrees

$ 22,994 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

29% below average compared to other degrees

What do criminal justice graduates earn?

Criminal justice students make an average of $57,102 per year after graduation. This is 14% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 57,102 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 27% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular criminal justice schools in the US

There are 1072 schools in the US that offer a criminal justice degree. The criminal justice schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are California State University-Long Beach, San Diego State University and Boston University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in criminal justice per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
Boston University$52,082
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
Northeastern University$49,497
California State University-Fullerton$6,850
University of Massachusetts-Amherst$15,411
Indiana University-Bloomington$10,533
Rutgers University-New Brunswick$14,638
The University of Alabama$10,780

Top US schools for a criminal justice degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering criminal justice degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Southern University at New Orleans25%$6,421
Boston University25%$52,082
Northeastern University27%$49,497
California State University-Long Beach28%$6,730
Ohio Valley University29%$21,250
American University29%$46,615
Liberty University30%$21,310
Louisiana State University-Alexandria31%$6,669
Boston College32%$53,346
University of Richmond33%$50,910

Cheapest US schools for a criminal justice degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a criminal justice degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Luna Community College$1,298
Eastern New Mexico University Ruidoso Branch Community College$1,540
Pamlico Community College$1,867
Pitt Community College$1,930
University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus$1,932
Rockingham Community College$1,940
Vance-Granville Community College$1,948
Durham Technical Community College$1,958
University of New Mexico-Taos Campus$1,974
South Piedmont Community College$1,995


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