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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University of Phoenix
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration
  • M.S. in Administration of Justice and Security
  • M.S. in Administration of Justice and Security/Law Enforcement Organizations

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Rasmussen College
Campuses: 1Wausau
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice Associate’s
  • Criminal Justice Bachelor

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Globe University
Campuses: 1Green Bay
Popular Degrees:

  • AAS-Criminal Justice
  • BS-Criminal Justice

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

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Capella University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

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

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Kent State University
Campuses: 1Kent
Popular Degrees:

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

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Ohio Christian University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

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Colorado Technical University Online
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice: Human Services
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Cybercrime and Security

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Colorado State University-Global Campus
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master - Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration
  • BS - Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration


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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