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Maryland Criminal Justice Schools

  • 23 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Maryland are in our database (see below).
  • Of the criminal justice programs in Maryland, 17 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 8 offer bachelor’s degrees and above, and 3 offer master’s or doctoral degrees.
  • 1 school offering online criminal justice degrees in Maryland ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs: Stevenson University (#100).
  • 4 schools in Maryland are on Kiplinger’s Best College Values: Towson University (#100 in-state, #91 out-of-state), Salisbury University (#92 in-state, #70 out-of-state), University of Maryland-College Park (#7 in-state, #11 out-of-state), University of Maryland-Baltimore County (#69 in-state, #46 out-of-state).


Profiles of Well-Known Schools in Maryland

University of Baltimore: The College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore has both undergraduate and graduate programs in criminal justice and wass the second higher education institution in the US to have both program levels certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Upper-level bachelor students pursue their own research projects in the Advanced Criminal Justice Studies course while graduate students further build upon their expertise. The School of Criminal Justice in the College of Public Affairs has a traditional Master of Science in Criminal Justice as well as a Joint MS/JD program. Students have the luxury of choosing from an extensive database of internship opportunities within the categories of Criminal Justice, Forensic Studies (Forensic Science or Police Science), and Government and Public Policy.

Maryland Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers 7,100 $45,520
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 3,590 $90,360
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 980 $96,410
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 13,790 $61,610

Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2015.<4,5,6,7

Respected leaders who have graduated from universities in Maryland

  • Maryland Police Commissioner Frederick H Bealefeld III – University of Maryland University College, MD.
  • Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger – University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Baltimore County Sheriff R. Jay Fisher – University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
  • Anne Arundel County Sheriff Ron Bateman- University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
Police Quote: “Remember it’s a job, an important job, but it should not be your whole life. Especially if you have a family. You’ve got decades before you retire. So pace yourself so you don’t go from too eager to completely disillusioned. You want to leave the department with some of the same idealism you went in with.” -Peter Moskos, former Baltimore police officer and author of Cop in the Hood

Maryland Criminal Justice Degrees

Maryland criminal justice degreeIf you are interested in working for a city police department, the Baltimore Police offer a starting salary of $48,971 and bachelor’s degree holders receive extra pay through the Baltimore PD Educational Incentive Program.7 The generous benefits package includes the opportunity for retirement after just 20 years of service. Of course, the monetary compensation is just a bonus to the intrinsic benefits of self-fulfillment and excitement. Although a four-year degree is not technically required to become a Maryland State Trooper, it can assist in the extremely competitive selection process. Upon hire, recruits receive a base salary of $35,000, which increases to $46,000 after successful completion of the academy.9 The Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services is also hiring for a number of positions. In some cases, criminal justice coursework can be substituted for required on-the-job experience. Protective service professionals, which includes police officers, working in the state of Maryland earn an average annual salary of $46,860.10

During the period from 2014 to 2024, positions in a number of related fields are expected to grow. Security guard employment is expected to increase by 5%, while police officer and management positions are expected to grow by 4%.11,12 Positions for correctional officers are expected to grow 4% through 2024, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.13

Maryland’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook

Maryland’s unemployment rate as of May 2016 was 4.5%.14 This is below the 10-year state-level peak unemployment rate of 8% in March 2010, though still above the unemployment low of 3.7% from March of 2008.14 Government-related employment is a good proxy for criminal justice jobs in Maryland. Projections Central includes the following criminal justice jobs in its estimates for Maryland through 2024:

  • Police and Sheriff Patrol: 530 annual openings; 46% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 24% holding an associate’s degree.15,16
  • Correctional Officers: 210 annual openings; 37% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 15% holding a post-secondary certificate.15,17
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: 30 annual openings; 37% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 21% holding an associate’s degree.15,18
  • Security Guards: 1,060 annual openings; 4% in these positions report completing at least some college.15,19
  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants: 210 annual openings; 86% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 30% holding an associate’s degree and 44% holding a bachelor’s degree.15,20
  • Forensic Science Technicians: 20 annual openings; a bachelor’s degree is typically required for these positions.15

Available positions are a result of growth and replacement.

The Mercatus Center, a conservative think tank, analyzed and rated each state government’s long-term solvency. After an analysis of the state’s budgeting process, cash/tax collection, and pensions, Maryland was ranked 41st in the nation.21 This is an indicator that new hires should keep a close eye on the state’s ability to fulfill pension obligations.

Online and Maryland Criminal Justice Schools

To learn more about earning a Maryland criminal justice degree, see 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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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, Washington D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia).



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Directory of Maryland Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

Allegany College of Maryland (Cumberland)
Associate of Science | Criminology (transfer degree)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Cybersecurity
Associate of Science | Computer Science: Cybersecurity/Information Systems
Certificate | Criminal Justice/Corrections
Certificate | Cybersecurity
Letter of Recognition Program | Corrections
Letter of Recognition Program | Peace and Conflict Studies

Anne Arundel Community College (Arnold)
Associate of Applied Science | Homeland Security Management
Associate of Applied Science | Homeland Security Management: Transportation and Border Security
Associate of Applied Science | Homeland Security Management: Intelligence Analysis
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Cybercrime
Associate of Applied Science | Juvenile Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Police Academy
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Social Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Forensic Studies: Forensic Scientist
Associate of Applied Science | Forensic Studies: Forensic Police Science
Associate of Applied Science | Information Assurance and Cybersecurity: Cyber Forensics
Certificate | Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
Certificate | Cybercrime
Certificate | Intelligence Analysis
Certificate | Cyber Forensics
Certificate | Advanced Cyber Forensics
Certificate | Science Laboratory Management
Letter of Recognition | Law Enforcement Evidence Technician

Student Review: “Anne Arundel Community College is conveniently located just off Ritchie Highway, a major highway where you find all kinds of stores. The University itself does not look appealing. The grass is always brown, the parking lots are hard to find, and the roads are slightly bumpy. However, the buildings are nice and are well placed. The bookstore is convenient a place to get any books, supplies, dorm-items, or food items. They are always well staffed even in the summer. The gymnasium is adequate, as it holds a basketball court and a weight room. You can get from one building to the next in a very short time, so walking from class to class is easy. In general, the people working are very nice, polite, patient people. The professors are dedicated to helping, but sometimes seem unexcited about their jobs. AACC also has a campus next to Arundel Mills Mall. This campus is one building but holds administration offices, classrooms, and testing centers. It is also conveniently located next to one of the largest malls on the east coast. Overall, Anne Arundel Community College is a respectable place to learn, although you could get more quality for your money at a public university. Tuition is about $8500 for in-state students, so financially it may not be the best option. The campuses are well located and convenient, and AACC has decent professors.” -Arsal M., student at Anne Arundel Community College
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Baltimore City Community College (Baltimore)
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Associate of Applied Science | Correctional Administration
Associate of Applied Science | Community Policing
Associate of Applied Science | Cyber Security and Assurance
Certificate | Addiction Counseling
Certificate | Cyber Security and Assurance

Carroll Community College (Westminster)
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Associate of Applied Science | Cyber Security
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Cyber Security

Cecil College (North East)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
Associate of Applied Science | Cyber Security
Certificate | Cyber Security

Chesapeake College (Wye Mills)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Crime Scene Technician
Certificate | Law Enforcement
Certificate | Crime Scene Technician

College of Southern Maryland (La Plata)
Associate of Arts | General Studies: Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | General Studies: Forensic Studies
Associate of Arts | Forensic Studies
Associate of Applied Science | Homeland Security
Associate of Applied Science | CyberSecurity
Certificate | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Alcohol and Drug Counseling
Certificate | CyberSecurity Technology
Certificate | Security Management
Letter of Recognition | Criminal Justice
Letter of Recognition | Security Management

Coppin State University (Baltimore)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Education | Correctional Education
Minor | Criminal Justice
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Policing Strategies
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Investigative Sciences
Certificate | Forensic Investigations
Program | Army ROTC

Frederick Community College (Frederick)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (transfer degree)
Associate of Arts | Emergency Management
Associate of Arts | Emergency Management (online program)
Associate of Applied Science | Police Science
Associate of Applied Science | Cybersecurity
Certificate | Addictions Counseling
Certificate | Corrections
Certificate | Emergency Management
Letter of Recognition | Emergency Management

Student Review: “I’ve attended FCC for four semesters. It’s a truly fantastic school. I had reservations about attending at first, but now I am happy to say that this school provides a fantastic student experience as well as an exceptional education. There are roughly 20 students per course, in my experience. The staff are experts in their respective fields; I have yet to encounter a professor that was not very knowledgeable. Most of the professors are willing to expand beyond the scope of the class in order to answer questions and provide information that I am personally interested in. I could not be happier. I enjoy the small classes, the numerous course offerings, skilled professors, and the support staff. The school also includes free tutoring sessions in the library, involving professors who work with you to assist you in completion of papers and help in choosing a subject, or assistance in proofreading a completed paper.” -Jameson W., student at Frederick Community College
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Frostburg State University (Frostburg)
Bachelor Degree | Law and Society: Criminal Justice
Bachelor Degree | Information Technology:Computer Security

Garrett College (McHenry)
Associate of Applied Science | Cybersecurity
Certificate | Cybersecurity

Harford Community College (Bel Air)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
Associate of Applied Science | Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

Montgomery College (Rockville)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Cybersecurity
Certificate | Cybersecurity

Mount St. Mary’s University (Emmitsburg)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Accelerated Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Dual Sociology/Criminal Justice
Minor | Conflict, Peace, and Social Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Cyber Security
Program | Military Science: Army ROTC

Prince George’s Community College (Largo)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Correctional Services
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Police Science
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Cybercrime Investigation
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (transfer degree)
Associate of Science | Forensic Science
Certificate | Criminal Justice Technology
Certificate | Cybersecurity
Certificate | Cybersecurity Management

Salisbury University (Salisbury)
Bachelor of Arts | Conflict Analysis & Dispute Resolution
Master of Arts | Conflict Analysis & Dispute Resolution

Stevenson University (Stevenson)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Forensic Studies
Minor | Criminal Justice

Towson University (Towson)
Bachelor of Science | Sociology: Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Chemistry
Master of Science | Forensic Science
Master of Science | Integrated Homeland Security Management (online program)
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Security Assessment & Management
Program | Army ROTC
Program | Air Force ROTC

Student Review: “Towson University has a great campus. The academics are the second best in Maryland and the school is currently expanding. Since I joined the school in 2009, two new academic buildings have been built, and we now have a Commons. The life on the campus is pretty good as well. There are sports to play at club and intramural level for those who aren’t student athletes. The intramural sports can suck sometimes because they water down the way you play so no one gets hurt in some sports. There are usually 2-4 events going on around campus daily. The dorms can be a good experience depending on where you live. The old side of campus has dorms with small rooms, community bathrooms, and no heat/air conditioning. The Towers are the best place to live in my opinion. Two people in a pretty big room, air conditioning and heat, and you only share a bathroom with two other people. The best and most expensive place to live is in West Village. The buildings are newer, look better, and depending on where you live you may have a kitchen. Overall the campus is fun.” -Adeoye A., student at Towson University
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University of Baltimore (Baltimore)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Studies: Forensic Science
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Studies: Police Science
Bachelor of Arts | Jurisprudence
Bachelor of Arts | Community Studies and Civic Engagement
Master of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science/Juris Doctor | Criminal Justice (dual degree)
Master of Science | Forensic Science: High Technology Crime
Master of Arts | Global Affairs and Human Security
Master of Public Services | Justice Leadership and Management
Master of Science | Negotiations and Conflict Management
Master of Science/Juris Doctor | Negotiations and Conflict Management (dual degree)
Certificate | Crime Scene Investigation
Certificate | Forensic Document Analysis
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Forensic Accounting

University of Maryland Baltimore County (Baltimore)
Master of Professional Studies | Cybersecurity

University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Princess Anne)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminology & Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice: Criminology and Research
Master of Science | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement and Courts
Master of Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections and Delinquency Prevention
Minor | Criminal Justice

University of Maryland-University College (Adelphi)
Bachelor of Science | Computer Networks and Security
Bachelor of Science | Cybersecurity Management and Policy
Bachelor of Science | Investigative Forensics (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Public Safety Administration (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Master of Science | Homeland Security Management
Master of Science | Information Assurance
Master of Science | Criminal Justice Management
Master of Science | Emergency Management
Master of Science | Homeland Security Management
Master of Science | Intelligence Management
Master of Science | Air and Space Strategic Studies (for military students)
Master of Science | Army Operations and National Security (for military students)
Master of Science | Joint Military Strategy (for military students)
Master of Science | Marine Corps Operations (for military students)
Master of Science | Naval Operations and National Security (for military students)
Minor | Cybersecurity
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Emergency Management
Minor | Forensics
Minor | Homeland Security
Minor | Public Safety Administration
Minor | Terrorism and Critical Infrastructure
Certificate | Homeland Security Management (online program)

Wor-Wic Community College (Salisbury)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Forensic Science
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections
Associate of Applied Science | Chemical Dependency Counseling
Certificate of Proficiency | Chemical Dependency Counseling
Certificate of Proficiency | Forensic Science
Certificate of Proficiency | Investigative Forensics
Certificate of Proficiency | Law Enforcement
Certificate of Proficiency | Law Enforcement Technology
Diploma | Police/Corrections Academy
Letter of Recognition | Correctional Technician

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. US News & World Report, Best Online Programs: http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education
3. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: http://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/index.php
4. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Correctional Officers and Jailers http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333012.htm
5. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes331012.htm
6. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Detectives and Criminal Investigators: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333021.htm
7. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333051.htm
8. Baltimore Police Department: http://www.baltimorepolice.org/content/benefits
9. Maryland State Police: http://mdsp.maryland.gov/Careers/Pages/SalaryBenefitsTrooper.aspx
10. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Protective Service Occupations (Major Group): http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes330000.htm
11. US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers: http://www.bls.gov/OOH/protective-service/security-guards.htm
12. US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Police and Detectives: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm
13. US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Correctional Officers and Bailiffs: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/correctional-officers.htm
14. Y Charts 10 Year Unemployment Chart: http://ycharts.com/indicators/maryland_unemployment_rate
15. Projections Central Long Term Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
16. O*Net OnLine, Police Patrol Officers: http://www.onetonline.org/link/details/33-3051.01
17. O*Net OnLine, Correctional Officers and Jailers: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3012.00
18. O*Net OnLine, Police Detectives: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3021.01
19. O*Net OnLine, Security Guards: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-9032.00
20. O*Net OnLine, Paralegals and Legal Assistants: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/23-2011.00
21. Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition 2016 Edition: http://mercatus.org/statefiscalrankings