Michigan Criminal Justice Schools

  • 48 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Michigan are in our database. (see below)
  • 24 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 18 of them offer bachelor’s degrees and above, and 8 offer a mix of bachelor’s and master’s
  • We found 3 schools in Michigan ranked in US News and World Reports that have a criminal justice program; #4 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor–Ann Arbor, MI, #28 Michigan State University–East Lansing, MI, and #100 Western Michigan University–Kalamazoo, MI
  • According to Kiplinger’s, Michigan has 2 universities ranked in the top 100 for “Values in Public Colleges”; #24 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI; and #61 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • 10 campus-based and online schools in Michigan are available for requesting information.

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Profiles of Well Known Schools in Michigan

Michigan State University: Michigan State University offers several competitive criminal justice degree programs through its School of Criminal Justice. Undergraduates may be interested in the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree, which offers students a curriculum encompassing the study and understanding of crime patterns and crime control. Students may additionally add a specialization in security management for careers in private and government security. On-campus graduate students may pursue a Master’s in Criminal Justice, which emphasizes analytics and practical knowledge for criminal justice operations and management, or a Master’s in Forensic Science, which emphasizes scientific forensics in legal matters with concentrations in Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Biology, or Forensic Chemistry through traditional on-campus study. Michigan State University additionally offers three graduate programs online: the Master’s in Criminal Justice, a Master’s in Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis, and a Master’s in Judicial Administration. A highly individualized doctoral program in Criminal Justice is also offered. The Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice has been internationally recognized for its research centers and training initiatives, including the Center for Police Executive Development, Conservation Criminology Program, and JERITT (Judicial Education Reference, Information and Technical Transfer Project).

University of Michigan, Dearborn: Within the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters is the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Studies, one of the college’s many interdisciplinary programs drawing in faculty from multiple departments. Students are required to take nine core hours and then their choice of courses under the categories of Special Topics, Ethics, Social Justice, Law and Society, Human Interaction & Social Control, and Research Methods. Professors and instructors of sociology, philosophy, psychology, political science, and even mathematics teach courses for the Criminal Justice Studies program. To supplement classroom time, majors are required to complete three to six internship hours, which can be done through any of the numerous organizations and agencies that the University of Michigan has listed.

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Michigan Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers 10,560 $48,880
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 3,430 $71,380
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 1,770 $84,070
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 15,850 $53,010

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.

Respected leaders who have graduated from universities in Michigan

  • Macomb County Sheriff Anthony M. Wickersham – Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard – Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee – Siena Heights University, Adiran, MI
  • Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk – Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
Police Quote: The best police career advice I ever received was from my father, a 42-year law enforcement veteran, who spent many years as Chief of Police. He said “you can’t do this job without the full support of your community and the backing of your department. Your honor, integrity, and reputation are vital to your success.” -Chief Fred W. Hayes

Michigan Criminal Justice Degrees

As one of the most populous states in the nation, Michigan also offers a number of Federal law enforcement positions. The Bureau of Prisons maintains two facilities in the state, an urban center in Detroit and a low-security correctional institution in Milan, both of which require skilled graduates from time to time. Detroit is also home to a major international airline hub for Delta/KLM which generates demand for Homeland Security and the TSA. Criminal justice graduates can find positions in the Homeland Security industry due to Michigan’s long border with Canada and significant shoreline on three Great Lakes.

Urban policing is also an attractive option in Michigan. Because competition for positions is fierce, one can easily stand out from the crowd with a degree in the field. In fact, the city of Ann Arbor requires that applicants have at least an associate’s degree and requires additional testing for which a criminal justice degree would be helpful. Detroit’s police department also requires similar knowledge and testing.

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During the period from 2005 to 2015, the population of Michigan is projected to grow by 3.8% which, although below the projected average for the US, is still far from being a state that is being abandoned. Demand for police officers and their managers is expected to grow by six percent—over one and one half times the population’s growth. Demand for correctional officers, managers, and probation officers will also grow faster than the population. Security guard positions are expected to become available at two and one half times the rate of the projected population growth, as well.

As the Michigan State Police builds up demand for their next class, they are prepared to pay new Troopers $41,000 1 a year in base compensation, in addition to generous benefits and they recommend applicants have a college education. The Department of Corrections is hiring for a number of positions as well. Many of their positions will waive experience requirements for applicants who have completed not just a four year degree, but one in criminal justice or a related field. The average annual salary for patrol and police officers in Michigan is $51,840.2

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Although Michigan is well known for University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, it is, in fact, home to countless educational institutions, many of which offer degrees in criminal justice or criminology at any of a number of levels. Although traditional classroom programs are available in a number of cities across the state, everyone can access an online degree program from the comfort of their home. These programs allow for one to earn a degree while still working, and can save a great deal of time and expense. Thanks to the widespread availability of degree programs of either type in Michigan, there has never been a better time to start, and finish, a college education in criminal justice.

Regardless of the issues in the automobile industry, Michigan still has a vibrant economy and excellent quality of life. One of the many growing fields in Michigan is the criminal justice industry, whose necessity is likely to continue due to Michigan’s violent crime rate that is 18 percent higher than the the national average.

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

At the start of 2012, Michigan’s unemployment has dropped to 9.3% down from 14.0% in early 2010, and less than one percentage point above the national average. It has made an amazing recovery and is projected by the USA Today / Moody’s Analytics report to reach 2007 levels by late 2015. Government related employment, which is a good proxy for Michigan criminal justice jobs, has below average prospects with prior peak employment levels reached by mid 2014, but with slight declines in 2012 and increased hiring thereafter. According to Michigan’s Labor Market Information site and the Occupational Supply & Demand System, high demand criminal justice occupations in Michigan include: Police and Sheriff Patrol (515 annual openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree), Correctional Officers (270 annual openings / 60% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree), Detectives / Investigators / Forensic Techs (60 annual openings), Security Guards (710 annual openings) and Paralegals (130 annual openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree). Michigan’s state budget is still in a deficit, but improved to it situation in the depth of the Downturn now that auto sales are ramping. We suggest requesting free information from several Michigan criminal schools to better evaluate your education options.

Online and Michigan Criminal Justice Schools

To learn more about earning a Michigan criminal justice degree, 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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Keiser University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

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

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Rasmussen College
Campuses: 1Green Bay
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice Associate’s

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University of Phoenix
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • A.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration
  • M.S. in Administration of Justice and Security

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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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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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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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Post University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • B.S. in Human Services / Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

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Colorado Technical University Online
Campuses: 1Colorado Springs
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    University of Cincinnati Online
    Campuses: 1Online
    Popular Degrees:

    • Master of Science in 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 (Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana).

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    Student Review: “During my time at Phoenix, both in the associate’s and bachelor’s program, I particularly enjoyed the wide range of teachers from all over the world in so many different professions. The ones in the associate program were especially great and I believe I learned more in that stage of my college career than anything else. Phoenix was the only way I could go back to school for my degree and I found the experience very easy to use and maneuver. A word to the wise though, if you are not a self starter or a responsible adult, you will fail at Phoenix. The only problems I ever had while attending occurred in the bachelor’s program. For one, they shuffle around your guidance counselors way too much; I think I had at least 5 in two years.” -Kevin G., student at University of Phoenix

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    Directory of Michigan Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

    Adrian College (Adrian, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

    Alpena Community College (Alpena, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
    Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice | Corrections
    Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice

    Baker College (Allen Park, MI; Auburn Hills, MI; Cadillac, MI; Clinton Township, MI; Flint, MI; Jackson, MI; Muskegon, MI; Port Huron, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)
    Associate in Criminal Justice | Criminal Justice
    Associate of Applied Science | Emergency Services Management
    Associate of Applied Science | Emergency Services Management (online program)
    Associate of Criminal Justice | Criminal Justice
    Associate of Criminal Justice | Criminal Justice (online program)
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
    Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)
    Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)
    Bachelor of Computer Science | Cyber Defense
    Bachelor of Criminal Justice | Criminal Justice (online program)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
    Certificate | 9-1-1 Telecommunications
    Certificate | 911 Telecommunications

    Bay de Noc Community College (Escanaba, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Applied Science | Office Systems/Legal Office Assistant
    Associate of Applied Science | Corrections
    Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
    Certificate | Correctional Officer

    Student Review: “I loved this school because I was able to do my general studies at the same cost as a major University. The classroom sizes were small, so teachers had enough time to help students that needed it. Student Services helped you through everything, from finding classrooms to finacial aid. Speaking of cost, it only cost $2,200 per semester for your basic studies and they offer the convince of online classes. There is nothing more amazing than going to Bay, where you feel that your teachers know you, by name, and not by seat.” -Joseph P., student at Bay de Noc Community College

    Bay Mills Community College (Brimley, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Arts | Corrections
    Certificate | Corrections

    Concordia University-Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice

    Davenport University (Grand Rapids, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Business Administration | Public Safety and Security Management
    Bachelor of Business Administration | Accounting Fraud Investigation
    Bachelor of Business Administration | Public Safety and Security Management
    Certificate | Forensic Accounting

    Student Review: “I have had a great experience with Davenport University. I am able to make my own schedule and decide when I want to do my homework. This could be a challenge for those who are not good at making themselves sit down to do homework. This college is a private school, so it is more expensive than public schools and thus is the reason that I took one point off for the rating. The teachers are very helpful and want you to succeed. They will take however much time it takes in order for you to feel comfortable about your understanding if the material. The correspondence is quick after you email your teacher, they are very interactive which helps if you are having any problems. There are great advisors that will give you all if the options that you have for majors and minors and will thoroughly explain them to you. Davenport University also allows students who are dedicated to enter a fast track program where students will be able to cut at least a year off of their school time by consolidating their schedules. Other than the price, this is a great option for anyone who wants to make their future a little brighter from the comfort of their home.” -Megan L., student at Davenport University

    Delta College (University Center, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Business | Legal Support Professional
    Associate of Arts | Academy of Law Enforcement
    Associate of Arts | Corrections
    Associate of Arts | Law Enforcement
    Associate of Arts | Security/Loss Prevention
    Certificate | Academy of Law Enforcement
    Certificate | Corrections
    Certificate | Law Office Foundation
    Certificate | Law Office Specialist
    Certificate | Security/Loss Prevention

    Student Review: “I took the class called Intro to Corrections which was in the criminal justice field. At first I enjoyed it because I like watching shows about the corrections facilities. About a month into the class I realized I was better off watching then becoming. My teacher was a former Corrections Officer and Probation Officer she gave us raw details of her life expierences over the last 30 years in the field. It just seems a little too hard core for me but I would consider being a Parole or Probation Officer still because what I did learn from her was that it isn’t all what you see on TV. It’s more about the people and the rehabilitation of the former offenders.” -Anita G., student at Delta College

    Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminology
    Bachelor of Science | Legal Assistant Studies

    Student Review: “The Eastern Michigan criminal justice program is fairly extensive, with a variety of different programs and areas of specialization. The professors are my favorite part; they are very nice and always willing to help. Sometimes the major advisor is very difficult to get a hold of and doesn’t respond as promptly as I would like. The program has a wide variety of classes you can take including Homeland Security classes which is pretty cool. A good number of the professors are employed as police officers or were at one time an officer of various ranks. The program overall is detailed and, I feel, high quality.” -Christine R., student at Eastern Michigan University
    Student Review: “During my time pursuing my Information Assurance degree at Eastern Michigan University, I found a number of my professors lacking in the ability to teach. Some would not show up, or other times they would randomly cancel classes. Some teachers went as far as to not teach the subject because they had no expertise in the subject matter. These types of events were not just isolated events, as a number of classes also suffered from interference from the university administration and low quality of students. Overall, I appreciated the networking experience that the program afforded me, however none of the skills that I have today are due in any regard what I was taught in my degree.” -Student at Eastern Michigan University

    Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Legal Studies
    Bachelor of Science | Corrections
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
    Bachelor of Science | Law Enforcement
    Certificate | Homeland Security
    Master of Science | Criminal Justice Administration

    Finlandia University (Hancock, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
    Bachelor of Arts | Liberal Studies | Criminal Justice

    Gogebic Community College (Ironwood, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Science | Corrections
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice

    Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences | Corrections
    Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences | Criminal Justice
    Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences | Law Enforcement
    Associate of Arts | Corrections
    Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
    Associate of Arts | Law Enforcement

    Student Review: “I’m a current Law student and I started my education at Grand Rapids Community College where I obtained a two year Criminal Justice Degree. My original intent was to work as a Crime Scene Examiner but I eventually decided to pursue my degree even further because I love law. The Criminal Justice Program at GRCC is top notch. The emphasis of the program is success. Students interact in real time situations in all types of scenarios that help prepare individuals entering the Criminal Justice Field. The class sizes are small and personable which I found to be big plus. The professors are able to utilize their resources by building both a personable and positive relationship with the students. I benefited from certain professors knowing my name. That isn’t the case at the four year University that I’m going to now. GRCC has a great technological program so there were always enough computers and an excellent Wi-Fi system to stay on top of homework. Another great thing about the Criminal Justice Program at GRCC is the ability for prospective Police Officers to be licensed upon graduation so they don’t have to attend a Police Academy. If you do plan on transferring to a four year University, GRCC offers a detailed credit transfer for the Criminal Justice program. The cost to obtain a two year CJ degree at GRCC is affordable and the education is you receive is topnotch. The only downfall with GRCC is the actual campus can feel a lot like high school but the student life is great!” -Chad B., student at Grand Rapids Community College
    Student Review: “I have been affiliated with this specific university from an English school as I have been studying abroad for over a year now. I have much enjoyed the diversity of people and cultures I have worked alongside and got to know over this period. The highlights of the school for me has been having an authentic American Experience with real people and being thrown in at the deep end. I love the resources available to me and the somewhat family I have made since being here. The level of education is somewhat average but the experience is what has made this the best decision of my life.” -Sarah A., student at Grand Rapids Community College

    Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
    Master of Science | Criminal Justice

    Student Review: “I love Grand Valley because it is a large university with a small town feel. The professors and faculty at Grand Valley truly care about their students and their success. Several of my professors knew me by name and took the time to personally get to know me. There are no graduate assistants at Grand Valley. Professors teach the lectures and the discussions and are always available for office hours. There are no intermediates so you can develop a strong relationship with your professor and thus, have a better learning experience. Grand Valley has thoroughly prepared me for a profession in the health field through rigorous courses and hands-on experience in labs especially the cadaver lab. I also like Grand Valley because they care about their undergraduate students and creating a special experience for them. Grand Valley is also committed to keeping tuition affordable for students and preparing students for the real world.” -Erica F., student at Grand Valley State University

    Henry Ford Community College (Dearborn, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Arts | Corrections/Probation and Parole
    Associate in Arts | Law Enforcement
    Associate in Arts | Law Enforcement with Police Academy
    Certificate of Achievement | Corrections/Probation and Parole

    ITT Technical Institute (Canton, MI; Swartz Creek, MI; Troy, MI; Wyoming, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
    Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
    Bachelor of Science | Information Systems Security

    Jackson Community College (Jackson, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Corrections
    Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
    Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
    Corrections Certificate | Corrections
    Law Enforcement Certificate | Law Enforcement
    State of MI Correctional Officer Certificate | Corrections

    Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Kalamazoo, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
    Certificate | Corrections Academy
    Certificate | Law Enforcement
    Certificate | Police Academy

    Kellogg Community College (Battle Creek, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate Degree | Criminal Justice
    Associate in Applied Science | Law Enforcement
    Associate in Applied Science | Public Safety
    Associate of Applied Science | Corrections
    Certificate | Corrections
    In-Service Training | Police

    Kirtland Community College (Roscommon, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Applied Science | Corrections Administration
    Associate in Applied Science | Corrections Administration | Jail Administration
    Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice Administration
    Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice Pre-Service
    Associate in Criminal Justice | Generalist/Transfer
    Certificate | Correctional Officer

    Lake Michigan College (Benton Harbor, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
    Associate of Arts | Law Enforcement
    Associate of Science | Corrections, Probation and Parole
    Associate of Science | Forensics
    Certificate | Corrections, Probation and Parole

    Lake Superior State University (Sault Ste Marie, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice | Corrections
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice | Corrections
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice | Criminalistics (online program)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice | Generalist
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice | Loss Control
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice | Public Safety
    Bachelor of Science | Forensic Chemistry

    Lansing Community College (Lansing, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice | Corrections
    Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice | Juvenile Specialization
    Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement
    Associate in Arts | Criminal Justice
    Certificate of Achievement | Juvenile Care Worker
    Certificate of Achievement | Mid-Michigan Police Academy
    Certificate of Completion | Correctional Officer

    Macomb Community College (Warren, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Fire Science
    Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
    Associate of Applied Science | Legal Assistant
    Certificate | Fire Science
    Certificate | Law Enforcement

    Student Review: “I attended Macomb Community College while I was in high school through a dual enrollment program. It has a warm, accepting atmosphere and there was a wide range of student ages from 17 to 60 years old. There are two campuses in Warren, MI and Clinton Township, MI, and both are very well-maintained and up-to-date. Macomb is always redesigning buildings and expanding the campus. Macomb also has a program with several universities in the metro Detroit area which allows students to attend the Macomb campus, which is local to them, rather than driving a great distance to attend a university. I completed my degree from Macomb and transferred to Wayne State University, and I was able to attend Wayne State classes at the Macomb campus, which saved me a lot of time from driving 50 minutes from my home to the Wayne State campus in Detroit. I loved attending Macomb, but I would advise all future and current students to disregard any advice they obtain from the advisors/counselors. They have steered many students, including myself, the wrong way and caused many people to spend more money on credits they didn’t need or to hold them back a semester or two from completing their degree.” -Shelby M., student at Macomb Community College

    Madonna University (Livonia, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
    Bachelor of Science | Emergency Management
    Certificate of Achievement | Emergency Management
    Certificate of Completion | Emergency Management
    Certificate of Completion | Forensic Psychology
    Certificate of Completion | Homeland Security
    Certificate of Completion | Private Investigation
    Certificate of Completion | Private Security
    Graduate Certificate | Criminal Justice Leadership
    Master of Science in Business Administrtaion | Leadership Studies in Criminal Justice

    Marygrove College (Detroit, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
    Certificate | Criminal Justice

    Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
    Certificate | Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis

    Student Review: “Michigan State University provides an amazing experience to whoever attends it. It is ranked as one of the top undergraduate universities in the nation for a good price. Whether you want to study math, science, politics, theater, or communication, Michigan State has the major and specified area of study you are interested in. The people are fun, genuine, and very appealing to the eyes. The sports scene is unbeatable, as Michigan State is a top contender in the NCAA in many sports. The social scene is also something great. There are clubs and programs for everyone who wants to get involved. If you want to make lifelong friends, great connections, and get a degree from a highly respected university, Michigan State is the right school for you.” -Matt S., student at Michigan State University
    Student Review: “During my time at Michigan State University, I had my share of ups and downs. For the most part, it was a positive experience. I did not know exactly what I wanted to study when I came to the university but I found my niche within the criminal justice department. Michigan State is such an enormous school that if you are unable to find a place to mesh, you may be lost in the numbers. My first couple semesters I felt like I was just my student ID number and I had no identity to any of the professors. Luckily, when I began taking classes within my major, I felt the unity I had been missing.” -Student at Michigan State University

    Mid Michigan Community College (Harrison, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Business | Legal Secretary/Office Professional
    Associate of Applied Science | Corrections
    Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
    Associate of Applied Science | Pre-Service Law Enforcement
    Certificate | Legal Office Specialist

    Monroe County Community College (Monroe, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
    Bachelor of Science | Law Enforcement

    Montcalm Community College (Sidney, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
    Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice: Corrections
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections

    Mott Community College (Flint, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Computer Occupations Technology-Security
    Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
    Associate of Applied Science | Fire Protection Technology
    Certificate | Criminal Justice

    North Central Michigan College (Petoskey, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
    Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
    Associate of Applied Science | Legal Assistant
    Associate of Arts | Public Administration
    Certificate | Law Enforcement
    Certificate | Legal Assistant

    Northern Michigan University (Marquette, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement (online program)
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
    Bachelor of Arts | Loss Prevention Management
    Bachelor of Science | Forensic Biochemistry
    Diploma | Advanced Law Enforcement
    Diploma | Local Corrections

    Student Review: “Northern Michigan University was a great university that prepared me for my career. All students are required to use laptop computers, and the school puts a heavy priority on technology. During my studies, I made numerous online presentations, and used my laptop to conduct research in-class. Most classes are taught with only 20-40 students per professor, and the faculty is very approachable. I also attended graduate school, and they did a great job of connecting me to people in my field for some exciting internships. There is a student organization for everyone, and it’s really easy to get involved. Although the Northern Michigan winters can be tough, the university overall was a great experience.” -Ryan B., student at Northern Michigan University

    Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
    Associate of Applied Science | Legal Assistant
    Certificate | Criminal Justice (online program)

    Olivet College (Olivet, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

    Saginaw Valley State University (University Center, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

    Student Review: “I really enjoyed my four years at Saginaw Valley State University. The school is located in a suburban setting just outside the Tri-City area. The buildings and facilities on campus are much newer than most colleges, giving SVSU a ‘modern’ feel. The campus is unique in that the majority of the buildings on campus are all connected, so you can actually walk from one end of campus to the other without even stepping outside-very helpful in winter months! Many students choose SVSU to pursue a career in the business or education fields. Great dining and new dorms and townhouses make campus living very comfortable, and the numerous fountains throughout campus are a pleasant sight!” -Greg K., student at Saginaw Valley State University

    Schoolcraft College (Livonia, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Academy of Criminal Justice
    Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
    Associate of Applied Science | Homeland Security (online program)

    Siena Heights University (Adrian, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
    Master of Science | Public Service Leadership

    Spring Arbor University (Spring Arbor, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
    Endorsement | Criminal Justice

    St Clair County Community College (Port Huron, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice-Corrections
    Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement

    University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Bachelor of Arts | Legal Administration
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
    Master of Arts | Criminal Justice
    Master of Science | Intelligence Analysis
    Master of Science | Security Administration
    Post Baccalaureate Certificate | Legal Assistant

    University of Michigan-Dearborn (Dearborn, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

    Student Review: “The criminal justice program at UMD was great. I was able to learn so much and was very prepared for a job and for law school afterwards. The school is a nice, small environment where the students are the focus so I always had professors, advisors, and students to help me. I really felt comfortable coming to them with my concerns and questions and that is what helped me flourish at school. They are very committed to making you prepared for life after the degree. They helped me get a part-time job afterwards through the internship they found for me as a student there and they made me prepared for law school. I really understood the legal system and felt that it gave me an advantage over other students at law school. The internships they have are interesting and are so relevant and the advisors do everything they can to help you secure them.” -Zara I., student at University of Michigan-Dearborn

    University of Michigan-Flint (Flint, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
    Master of Public Administration | Criminal Justice Administration

    University of Oakland (Rochester, MI)
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

    Student Review: “I really enjoyed the academic atmosphere at Oakland University for criminal justice. The overall program prepared me for the real world by incorporating guest lectures and real life situations. The professors were very knowledgeable and all of them had previous experience working in the field and dealing with people. The class sizes were small, they averaged about 30 students; this really attracted to me attend OU. The small classes allowed me to form personal relationships with the professors and gain valuable insight. One of the downsides is the parking, being a commuter college there are always tons of cars and it is sometimes hard to find a place to park.” -student at University of Oakland

    University of Phoenix (Grand Rapids, MI; Troy, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)
    Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (online program)
    Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Administration (online program)
    Bachelor of Science | Organizational Security and Management (online program)
    Master of Science | Administration of Justice (online program)
    Master of Science | Administration of Justice and Security (online program)
    Masters Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)

    Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement
    Associate in Applied Science | Data Recovery and Analysis
    Associate in Arts | Criminal Justice
    Certificate | Data Recovery and Analysis
    Certificate | Foundations of Data Recovery and Analysis
    Certificate | Police Academy

    Wayne County Community College District (Detroit, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Corrections
    Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement

    Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
    Master of Science | Criminal Justice
    Post-Bachelor Certificate | Forensic Investigation

    Student Review: “Wayne State University is an interesting place to acquire your undergraduate degree at. At times you feel insignificant yet you know that the quality of education you are getting is pretty good. I like the fact that it is an urban campus and that the city of Detroit is very interesting and an all around cool place to explore and live in. I feel that Detroit gets a lot of unfair criticism in the media when in reality it’s a pretty nice place if you avoid the bad parts. My main dislike with Wayne State University is the fact that the administration is generally incompetent and that many of the teachers do no speak English at all. In general, I would recommend this university for students on a budget.” -Fadi I., student at Wayne State University
    Student Review: “Wayne State University is an urban college located in the heart of Downtown Detroit. It is a large campus taking up 3-4 blocks. It is unique that it is located in the middle of such a large city, so there are many things to do. Life on campus is definitely not boring. It offers many different fields of study with a large and diverse student body. It has its own police force, which makes the campus very safe. Classes are easy to get to and parking is abundant. I enjoyed my time at WSU and would recommend it to anyone.” -Dave S., student at Wayne State University

    West Shore Community College (Scottville, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science | Corrections
    Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
    Certificate | Corrections

    Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI)
    Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

    Student Review: “Completing a Criminal Justice Bachelor’s degree at Western Michigan University was a wonderful learning experience for me. The professors were of consistently high quality, with real-life experience. Two that stand out in particular were a local former police chief and a prison-class instructor. The program appeared to be created and defined by people who had a true interest in improving the system at all levels, not just being a “cop mill”. We had a smattering of social and hard sciences throughout the four years of the program, everything from psychology to statistics. I would highly recommend this program for anyone interested in any aspects of the law enforcement field.” -Penelope B., student at Western Michigan University

    References:
    (1) Michigan State Police: http://www.michigan.gov/msp
    (2) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_MI.htm
    (3) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/lau/ see state on page for current unemployment rate
    (4) USA TODAY/Moody’s Analytics/BLS: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2009-02-06-new-jobs-growth-graphic_N.htm
    (5) Bureau of Labor Statistics’ State Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
    (6) 24/7 Wall St: http://247wallst.com/special-report/2013/11/21/the-best-and-worst-run-states-in-america-a-survey-of-all-50-2/

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