Delaware Criminal Justice Schools

  • 5 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Delaware are in our database. (see below)
  • 2 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 3 of them offer bachelor’s degrees and above
  • We found 1 schools in Delaware ranked in US News and World Reports that have a criminal justice program: #31 University of Delaware–Newark, DE
  • According to Kiplinger’s, Delaware has 1 university ranked in the top 100 for “Values in Public Colleges”, #23 University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • 10 campus-based and online schools in Delaware are available for requesting information.

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Profiles of Well Known Schools in Delaware

University of Delaware: The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware provides the opportunity for individuals to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice or a Masters of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology. There exist two research centers within the department; the Center for Drugs and Alcohol Studies and the Disaster Research Center. Both facilitate collaborative research between students, faculty and outside experts. Part of the undergraduate curriculum is an optional field experience course in which students spend time within actual local, state or federal agency offices. Students also have the opportunity to seek pre-law advising to assure that their undergraduate years are spent preparing them for law school.

Wilmington University: The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Wilmington University has both a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Administration of Justice. Through becoming a member of the Criminal Justice Association, students have many opportunities to pursue real-world professional experiences. Often the activities on which the students embark through the association include a tour of the Philadelphia Police Department, a tour of Washington, D.C. or a tour of the Delaware State Police Museum. The college also has its own unique study abroad program in Ireland during which students travel the country to visit numerous Irish government offices and correctional facilities.

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Delaware Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers N/A N/A
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 270 $90,290
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 80 $95,380
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 1,610 $60,730

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011.

Police Quote: “There are only two things that we control in our careers. Our integrity and our work ethic. Integrity is key in policing. It’s too big a topic to discuss in detail here but the bottom line is that you need to be vigilant in living your Oath and Values. There is nothing worth sacrificing your integrity for and the ends never justify the means. You need to develop a strong ethical decision-making process and apply it consistently.” -Glenn Hoff, Retired Deputy Police Chief Chief and founder of Guardian Leadership

Respected leaders who have graduated from universities in Delaware

  • Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States – University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper – University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • Governor of New Jersey Christopher Christie – University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • Former Governor of Delaware, Ruth Ann Minner – Delaware Technical Community College

Delaware Criminal Justice Degrees

One of the smallest states in the Union, Delaware is nevertheless home to one of the country’s biggest opportunities. Delaware is home to one of the highest violent crime rates in the country—almost 50% above the national average. In addition, it has a population which is projected to continue growing over the coming decades.

Although Delaware is located relatively close to the nation’s capital, it has relatively few Federal institutions, other than Dover Air Force Base. However, both the state and the local agencies make up for the relative lack of federal opportunities in the criminal justice area.
A Delaware Criminal Justice degree is recommended for those interested in getting started in the field of criminal justice. Although not always a strict requirement, having a degree can differentiate you from other candidates who are competing for an open position. It will also prepare you for the challenges you will face and provide you with a strong foundation of knowledge that will give you the best chance at a long and successful career at your chosen profession.

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Deleware’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook 3, 4, 5, 6

At the start of 2012, Delaware’s unemployment has fallen to 7.4% after the steep jump it took in the Downturn. According to the USA Today / Moody’s Analytics projection, employment should slowly growing back toward prior peak employment levels by Q1 2014. Government related employment, which is a good proxy for Delaware criminal justice jobs, has excellent prospects with prior peak employment levels reached in mid 2010 and growth projected forward from 2012 with an increased rate of growth in 2013.’s (Delaware Department of Labor) site lists job prospects for such criminal justice jobs as Paralegals (excellent), Police and Sheriff Patrol (good) and Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators (fair). The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ State Occupational Projections project openings for Police and Sheriff patrol (60 annual openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degrees), Correctional Officers (50 annual openings / 60% of individuals in these positions have some college or a bachelor’s degrees), Detectives / Investigators / Forensic Techs (10 annual openings), Security Guards (115 annual openings) and Paralegals (30 annual openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree). According to 24/7 Wall St, Delaware is facing an improved budget outlook relative to 2009 as in 2012 they are spending more on programs including education and pension increases, a good sign for those going into the criminal justice field as underscored by the government hiring trends. We suggest requesting free information from several Deleware criminal schools to best understand your education options.

Online and Delaware Criminal Justice Schools

If you live in Delaware, we recommend the following accredited campus-based and online criminal justice programs for students interested in pursuing associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the growing field of criminal justice.

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University of Phoenix
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • A.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration
  • B.S in Criminal Justice Administration/Cybercrimes

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Keiser University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice, AA (Online)
  • Criminal Justice, BA (Online)
  • Homeland Security, BA (Online)

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Walden University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • PhD in Criminal Justice - Public Management and Leadership-Advanced
  • PhD in Criminal Justice - Online Teaching in Higher Education-Advanced
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Crime and Criminals

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Kent State University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master's - Criminology & Criminal Justice - Victimology
  • Master's - Criminology & Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • Master's - Criminology & Criminal Justice - Police

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Capella University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • MS - Criminal Justice
  • PhD - Criminal Justice
  • BS - Criminal Justice

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Keiser University Graduate School
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice, MA (Online)

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Saint Joseph's University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master's in Criminal Justice
  • Master’s in CJ with Intelligence & Crime Analysis
  • Master’s in CJ with Federal Law Enforcement

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Liberty University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • BS in Criminal Justice
  • AA in Criminal Justice
  • Masters in Criminal Justice: Command College

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Grand Canyon University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • B.S. in Justice Studies
  • B.A. in Government with an Emphasis in Legal Studies
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies

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Boston University - Online
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master of Criminal Justice

Tip: If you don’t live near a campus-based school that offers a program of interest, consider an online degree or a university in an adjacent state (Pennsylvania , Delaware, District of Columbia, Virginia, and West Virginia).

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Delaware Criminal Justice Salary

The average annual salary for police and patrol officers in Delaware is $58,220.1 The state police offer a post-training salary of $50,735 2 and require completion of significant work at college for consideration. Finally, the Delaware Department of Correction is currently looking to bring correctional officers on board.

Directory of Delaware Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

Dawn Training Centre (Wilmington, DE)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Legal Assistant

Delaware Technical and Community College (Dover, DE;Georgetown, DE;Newark, DE)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Criminal Justice Technology
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice Management
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice Technology
Associate of Applied Science | Homeland Defense and Emergency Management
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Certificate | Criminal Justice

Wesley College (Dover, DE)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Legal Studies

Widener University (Wilmington, DE)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Joint PsyD/MA | Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice

Wilmington University (New Castle, DE)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice

(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics:
(2) Delaware State Police:
(3) Bureau of Labor Statistics: see state on page for current unemployment rate
(4) USA TODAY/Moody’s Analytics/BLS:
(5) Bureau of Labor Statistics’ State Occupational Projections:
(6) 24/7 Wall St:

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