Top Schools for Criminal Justice Administration Bachelor Degrees

Learn about some of the top schools offering bachelor's degree programs in criminal justice administration. Find out about courses, internships and rankings that make these schools stand out. Schools offering Criminal Justice degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look For In A Criminal Justice Administration Bachelor's Program?

Many schools offer bachelor's degree programs in criminal justice, but programs focusing on criminal justice administration (CJA) are less common at this level. A criminal justice administration program prepares students for leadership or supervisory positions in law enforcement and other parts of the criminal justice system, and these programs are typically designed both for current professionals looking to advance their career and for those looking to enter the field.

Top Schools for Bachelor's Degrees in Criminal Justice Administration

CUNY - John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, NY

The John Jay College of Criminal Justice, one of 11 senior colleges in the City University of New York (CUNY) system, was ranked 139th on the 2019 U.S. News & World Report list of top public national universities in the North. Undergraduate students at John Jay have many criminal-justice related program options, including the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management. Students in this program take law, leadership, management, police administration and court administration courses before completing a capstone seminar related to criminal justice and public administration. The capstone seminar may include a practicum or internship component.

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminal Justice Management

Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI

On U.S. News' 2019 list of best national universities, Michigan State University (MSU) was ranked tied for 85th among all universities and 35th among top public universities. At MSU, students interested in crime prevention, intelligence operations and private security can pursue a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Criminal Justice with a focus in security management. Core courses in this program cover basic managerial processes and security management, including techniques to analyze risk and control loss due to crime or safety hazards in business, industry and government. Courses also cover private security, law enforcement intelligence operations and investigation procedures, including laws of evidence, rules for multi-agency investigations and other crime scene issues.

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Criminal Justice

Alvernia University in Reading, PA

In 2019, U.S. News ranked Alvernia University 105th among regional universities in the North. This private, not-for-profit Roman Catholic university offers criminal justice programs through its College of Professional Programs. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration program at Alvernia take classes from instructors who are experienced law enforcement practitioners. The program includes courses in criminal investigation, law, forensics, and court administration. Students in their senior year of the program can earn 15 credits by attending the Reading Police Academy, and those who successfully complete the academy program become certified municipal police officers.

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Criminal Justice Administration

Ten More Schools With Bachelor's Programs in Criminal Justice

College/University Institution Type LocationEstimated Undergrad In-State Tuition*
Alabama A&M University Public, 4-year Normal, AL$10,000
MacMurray College Private, not-for-profit, 4-year Jacksonville, IL$28,000
Wiley College Private, not-for-profit, 4-year Marshall, TX$12,000
Missouri Southern State University Public, 4-year Joplin, MO$6,500
Eastern Kentucky University Public, 4-year Richmond, KY$10,000
Alfred University Private, not-for-profit, 4-year Alfred, NY$29,000
Rogers State University Public, 4-year Claremore, OK$7,000
Southern Vermont College Private, not-for-profit, 4-year Bennington, VT$25,000
Mount Mary University Private, not-for-profit, 4-year Milwaukee, WI$30,000
Nevada State College Public, 4-year Henderson, NV$5,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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