Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Schools

  • 98 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Pennsylvania are in our database. (see below)
  • 33 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 46 of them offer bachelor’s degrees and above, 17 offer a mix of bachelor’s and master’s and 2 offer a PHD
  • We found no schools in Pennsylvania ranked in US News and World Reports that have a criminal justice program
  • According to Kiplinger’s, Pennsylvania has 3 universities ranked in the top 100 for “Values in Public Colleges”; #15 University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; #47 The Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus, University Park, PA; and #84 West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, PA
  • 10 campus-based and online schools in Pennsylvania are available for requesting information.

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Profiles of Well Known Schools

Temple University: Temple University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice as well as a Master of Arts and PhD in the Department of Criminal Justice. The graduate program has been ranked within the nation’s top 20 by the US News and World Report, having some of the most well respected faculty and most accommodating research facilities in the United States. The department has seven main research themes that altogether create an interdisciplinary place of academia: Governance, Space and Place, Communities, Social Justice, Shaping Policy, Building Capacity, and Innovation. Temple University also has the Criminal Justice Training Programs, and umbrella term for nine different customized courses of study for law enforcement professionals. Over two dozen world renowned criminal justice specialists teach and supervise research projects with many having an emphasis in community justice.

University of Pennsylvania: The Department of Criminology at he University of Pennsylvania has an undergraduate program, A Master of Science, a PhD, and three dual degree programs (MS/MGA, MS/JD and MS/MSW). The US News and World Report dubbed the graduate criminology program in this department as one of the nation’s top 20, tying at 12th place with two other programs. In 2007 the professors and instructors were ranked first in the nation by the Chronicle of Higher Education for criminology and criminal justice departments. The University of Pennsylvania also houses the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology, which has four domestic research programs, such as the Forum for Crime and Justice, as well as three international programs like the Reintegrative Shaming Experiments.

Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers 17,020 $46,400
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 2,170 $84,060
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 2,600 $79,250
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 27,530 $59,010

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

Respected leaders who have graduated from universities in Pennnsylvania

  • Philadelphia County and City Sheriff John D Green – Temple University
  • Allentown, PA Police Chief Roger J. Maclean – Lehigh County Community College, DeSales University
  • Bethlehem, PA Police Commissioner Jason D. Schiffer – University of Pittsburgh, DeSales University
  • Delaware County Sheriff Joseph F. McGinn – Temple University
Police Quote: “You have to be willing to relocate. You have to move to the opportunities. There are more opportunities in the bigger organizations. They need to put their best personal foot forward by working hard and being diligent. You have to learn how to get along with people even when it isn’t easy. You have to move with the group but find some way to stand out. And you just have to be a solid writer and communicator.” -Dr. Scott Thornsley, former executive in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and current Associate Professor at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Degrees

As the sixth most populated state in the US and the world’s 18th largest economy, Pennsylvania offers graduates with a background in criminal justice a diverse range of career opportunities.

The state of Pennsylvania is one of the largest employers in the state, employing more than 80,000 people. Criminal justice graduates can explore many career options on the state level, including legal, corrections, law enforcement and special investigations. Most positions are in the civil service segment and require that applicants be residents of Pennsylvania. Salaries are highly competitive with an above average retirement and benefits package. The US government is also a large employer in the state and criminal justice professionals can find many career opportunities with the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigations, US Customs and Border Patrol, and others.

Paralegals and legal assistants are in high demand in Pennsylvania as there are numerous law firms and corporations. A number of schools throughout the state offer both online and on-campus associate degree programs that can help individuals get started on a paralegal career.

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Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Salary

There are many jobs in criminal justice that offer both an exciting work environment and attractive pay and benefits. A police officer working in Pennsylvania will earn an average annual salary of $54,500.1 Becoming a first-line supervisor of police officers will increase your salary to an average of $78,020.1 In the position of detective or criminal investigator you can expect to earn an average of $74,510.1 Working in Pennsylvania’s corrections system as a correctional officer will earn you an average annual salary of $45,560.1 In the legal field, paralegals and legal assistants are paid an average salary of $50,260 1 per year.

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Pennsylvania’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook 2, 3, 4, 5

At the start of 2012, Pennsylvania’s unemployment is 7.6%, nearly a percentage point under the national average, and it will regain prior peak employment levels by mid 2013. Government related employment, which is a good proxy for Pennsylvania criminal justice jobs, has average prospects with prior peak employment levels reached by early 2014 and growth starting again in 2013 with expanded budget by then. The Occupational Supply & Demand System projects annual criminal justice openings as follows: Police and Sheriff Patrol (840 annual openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree), Correctional Officers (670 annual openings / 60% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree), Detectives / Investigators / Forensic Techs (120 annual openings), Security Guards (1,060 annual openings) and Paralegals (240 annual openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree). According to Sunshine Review, Pennsylvania’s state budget is still stressed, but with continued reconvert it should expand selectively in 2013. Pennsylvania has many projected openings just based on it sheer size and with prospects improving, now is a good time to request information from several schools to understand your options.

Online and Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Schools

To learn more about earning a Pennsylvania 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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Capella University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

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

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University of Phoenix
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

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

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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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California University of Pennsylvania
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence: Legal Studies

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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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Kaplan University - KHE
Campuses: 1Hagerstown
Popular Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science: Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science: Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Applied Science: 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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Fortis Institute
Campuses: 1Erie
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice

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University of New Haven
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice

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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 (Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, and Ohio).

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Student Review: “I really enjoy being a student at the University of Phoenix (Online). I am majoring in business but they have many other great fields. I love that the class sizes are kind of small and that the instructors as so helpful. Most of them seem to log on and off periodically throughout the day to voice their opinions and help you with any questions you have. I think the support is great. Plus the website is available anytime so you can work when it is most convenient for you. The thing that I dislike is the fact that their website does have problems from time to time and you can’t access your classes. This was happening a lot but hasn’t in a while– it’s been a few months. When it is down, it usually isn’t for very long.” -Amy C., student at University of Phoenix

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Directory of Pennsylvania Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

Academy of Court Reporting (Pittsburgh, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Court Reporting
Certificate | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Legal Assistant/Secretary
Certificate | Security and Investigation

Alvernia University (Reading, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice Administration
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science

Arcadia University (Glenside, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Forensic Science

Berks Technical Institute (Wyomissing, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Specialized Business | Criminal Justice

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

Bradford School (Pittsburgh, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Legal Office Assistant

Bucks County Community College (Newtown, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Emergency Management and Public Safety
Certificate | Emergency Management and Public Safety
Certificate | Fire Investigation

Butler County Community College (Butler, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Emergency Services
Associate of Applied Science | Park and Recreational Management

California University of Pennsylvania (California, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Forensics
Bachelor of Science | Corporate and Homeland Security
Bachelor of Science | Criminology
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science
Bachelor of Science | General Justice Studies
Bachelor of Science | Law and Justice
Certificate | Crime Mapping

Cedar Crest College (Allentown, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Concentration in Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, or Genetic Engineering | Forensic Science
Master of Science | Forensic Science

Central Penn College (Summerdale, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Administration
Bachelor of Science | Homeland Security
Bachelor of Science | Info Tech-Cyber Security
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Chatham University (Pittsburgh, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Forensics

Chestnut Hill College (Philadelphia, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science

CHI Institute (Philadelphia, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Specialized Business | Criminal Justice

Clarion University (Oil City, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice

Community College of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Court Reporting
Associate of Science | Criminology
Certificate | Court Reporting

Community College of Beaver County (Monaca, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Applied Science | Computer Forensics
Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate in Applied Science | Police Technology
Certificate | Police Technology

Community College of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Justice
Certificate | Justice

Consolidated School of Business (Lancaster, PA; York, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Legal Administrative Assistant
Certificate | Legal Office Specialist

Delaware County Community College (Media, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Administration of Justice

Delaware Valley College (Doylestown, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Administration

DeSales University (Center Valley, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Law and Society
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice

Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Homeland Security (online program)

Student Review: “Drexel University has been a pretty nice school for me to attend in the four years I’ve been here. The one nice thing about this university that stands out is that they have a co-op program. That has been my favorite part of the experience at Drexel. A lot of people talk about how the financial office is slow with paperwork and everything, but I have not found too many problems with my account. I find that the school is run rather well, and I am currently enjoying my time here at Drexel.” -Mark W., student at Drexel University

Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Peace, Justice and Conflict Resolution
Graduate Certificate | Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies
Master of Science | Forensic Science and Law

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (Edinboro, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Criminal Counseling

Elizabethtown College (Elizabethtown, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science

Erie Business Center (New Castle, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Protective Services
Associate of Applied Science | Security

Everest Institute (Pittsburgh, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Legal Administrative Secretary
Career Training | Criminal Justice

Gannon University (Erie, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice
Minor | Corrections
Minor | Forensic Investigation
Minor | Juvenile Justice

Gwynedd-Mercy College (Gwynedd Valley, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Private Security

Harrisburg Area Community College (Harrisburg, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Police Science
Career Associate | Court & Realtime Reporting
Certificate | Corrections
Certificate | Court & Realtime Reporting
Certificate | Police Science
Certificate | Security Administration

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (Harrisburg, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Forensics

Holy Family University (Philadelphia, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice

Immaculata University (Immaculata, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology/Sociology

ITT Technical Institute (Bensalem, PA; Dunmore, PA; Harrisburg, PA; King of Prussia, PA; Monroeville, PA; Pittsburgh, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Specialized Technology | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science and Technology | Criminal Justice
Diploma | Criminal Justice

Kaplan Career Institute (Pittsburgh, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Specialized Business | Criminal Justice

Keystone College (La Plume, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Biological Science | Forensic Biology
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice Investigation
Minor | Forensic Biology
Minor | Homeland Security

King’s College (Wilkes Barre, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (Kutztown, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Student Review: “I loved my time at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania! The biggest benefit of attending a smaller state school was the small classes sizes. In all of the core classes for my major(Sociology) there were less than 30 students in class. Across all of the departments the professors were extremely approachable and helpful and succeeding in academics was easy. The Career Services office was also a tremendous resource. The staff in Career Services reviewed resumes, organized mock job interviews for students to receive feedback from real employers, and held lots of seminars about interviewing and transitioning into the working world. The financial aid office was also great in terms of answering questions and helping me navigate the confusing world of financial aid and student loans. I loved the new recreation center, too. It had tons of cardio equipment, an indoor track and pool, and offered tons of exercise classes from kickboxing to yoga at no charge for students. The only real downside was the cost of parking (high for the area at $30 a semester) which was charged even to commuter students. Overall, I would highly recommend this university to anyone interested in a personal and affordable college experience.” -Erin R., student at Kutztown University

La Roche College (Pittsburgh, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Law
Bachelor of Arts | Security
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science
Certificate | Criminalistics

La Salle University (Philadelphia, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice Profession Training

Student Review: “Located in North Philadelphia, La Salle University has a welcoming campus in a not so welcoming neighborhood. The neighborhood is crime-ridden, so students have to be extra careful when walking around at night. Apart from that the academics rank one of the best in the city. La Salle is a private Catholic school, which means a year of religion study is required. I personally did not enjoy religion, but the professors on my major were Ivy League educated. This made for a fantastic learning experience I can use in the real world. I was never afraid to go and ask my professors for help, or to just go and have someone to talk to. Dorm living can be a huge mess, but for many students off-campus housing is readily available, but comes with extra security issues. The University police department is not well-equipped to handle such a dangerous neighborhood. I would still choose to go to La Salle University if i had a second opportunity.” -William M., student at La Salle University

Lackawanna College (Scranton, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Science | Criminal Justice | Counseling
Associate in Science | Criminal Justice | Police or Security

Lancaster County Career and Technology Center (Willow Street, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Corrections
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Associate of Applied Science | Security

Lansdale School of Business (North Wales, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice

Lebanon County Career & Technology Center (Lebanon, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice

Lebanon Valley College (Annville, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Sociology with concentration in Criminal Justice

Student Review: “Lebanon Valley College is best know for their music, education, and PT programs, but each department at LVC is held to the highest standards. I went in already declared as a Criminal Justice major, so I followed the graduation plan from the beginning and I will have no problems graduating in this Spring. The department uses many adjuncts that have been working in the real world as investigators and police officers for years, and have valuable knowledge and experience to relay. However, these professors have day jobs, so be prepared for some night classes! All of the other professors in the department are incredibly knowledgeable, and the small size of LVC allows for personalization on a first-name basis. My adviser has always been extremely helpful if I was ever unsure about my graduation plan. The school, on the whole, is very organized. The department also has an excellent internship program and they will help you find one that fits. I haven’t yet graduated, but I also hear from other students that LVC is helpful post-graduation in the processes of finding a job.” -Sarah K., student at Lebanon Valley College

Lehigh Carbon Community College (Schnecksville, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice Administration
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice Administration
Bachelor of Science | Crime and Justice
Certificate | Corrections
Certificate | Law Enforcement
Specialized Credit Diploma | Corrections

Lehigh Valley College (Center Valley, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice

Lincoln University of Pennsylvania (Lincoln University, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Lock Haven University (Lock Haven, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Sociology: Administration of Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Luzerne County Community College (Nanticoke, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Captioning
Associate of Applied Science | Court Reporting
Associate of Applied Science | Court Reporting/Captioning
Associate of Applied Science | Cyber Security Management
Associate of Applied Science | Legal Assisting

Student Review: “The best part about going to LCCC was definitely the distance education program. Being a full time student with a job (and a life), having the flexibility of attending classes online really worked for me. I found my classes to be interesting, and had no trouble completing the work. I mean, there’s no excuse not to do your homework when you don’t even have to leave the house! However, I did have a few problems with a couple of the professors. One or two of the online teachers that I encountered seemed to have no interest, what-so-ever, in treating their online students like they would any normal in-class student. They were unavailable, uninterested, and, on occasion, down-right rude. Also, a lot of the staff at LCCC seem like they have better things to do than assist students as well. I understand that there is nothing glamorous about working at or going to a community college. However, if you sign on for a position that involves helping students and that is what you are paid to do, then there is no excuse for not doing your job. If you live in Northeastern Pennsylvania and are interested in attending LCCC, I would recommend the online classes, for sure. It saves you the time and effort of getting to campus, and allows you freedom from maintaining a strict schedule of classes. Although, if you ever have issues needing any professor or staff assistance, I would recommend not holding your breath. For all of the time I saved for being a Distance Education student, I was not short on frustrations when having to deal with certain Business Communications professors and a variety of office staff.” -Erin C., student at Luzerne County Community College

Lycoming College (Williamsport, PA)
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Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (Mansfield, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Administration
Bachelor of Science | Chemistry | Forensic Science
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Administration

Marywood University (Scranton, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

McCann School of Business & Technology (Pottsville, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Diploma | Security and Investigation

Mercyhurst College (Erie, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Intelligence Studies
Bachelor of Science | Applied Forensic Sciences
Graduate Certificate | Administration of Justice
Master of Science | Administration of Justice
Master of Science | Applied Intelligence
Master of Science | Forensic and Biological Anthropology
Minor | Psychology of Crime and Justice

Student Review: “My experience with Mercyhurst’s criminal justice program was honestly mediocre. When I started college, I was very excited to go to a university known for their criminal justice program. However, as I arrived I soon realized I was not going to enjoy it very much. Mercyhurst ran on a trimester system, meaning that all the classes lasted about three months instead of the usual five. This meant that teachers had to jam all the information you would learn in a five month class, into a 3 month one. I just had trouble retaining all the information at once, especially in my criminal justice classes. There was much to be learned, but honestly too little time to do so. I feel as if I would have had a much better learning experience if it had been run on a semester system. On the other hand, my criminal justice professors were tremendous. You could always ask them questions about anything. Their doors were always open whenever you needed them. If it were urgent you could even email or call them, which made last minute questions about assignments easy to get answered. Ultimately, I ended up transferring from Mercyhurst because I could not handle how all the information was being thrown at me and not being given the chance to actually learn it all.” -Mohamed S., student at Mercyhurst College

Messiah College (Grantham, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

Montgomery County Community College (Blue Bell, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice

Student Review: “Montco was a great school to take up criminal justice to transfer to a 4 year school. It lets you transfer in from the police academy which equates toward some of your courses and lets you follow through, which is what I did. The instructors and professors were great and helped me out whenever I had questions. The online courses were great and easy to use, it let me keep following my dream as a cop while furthering my education. Overall the criminal justice program didn’t seem to need anything improved, the courses were informative and aligned to my major” -student at Montgomery County Community College

Mount Aloysius College (Cresson, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology
Bachelor of Arts | Forensic Accounting in Criminal Investigations
Master of Science | Criminal Justice

Neumann University (Aston, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice

Orleans Technical Institute (Philadelphia, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Court Reporting
Certificate | Court Reporting

Peirce College (Philadelphia, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Information Technology- Networking, Administration and Security
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology | Information Security (online program)
Certificate of Proficiency | Certified Information Systems Security Professional (online program)

Penn State Abington (Abington, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Administration of Justice

Penn State Altoona (Altoona, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Penn State Fayette-Eberly Campus (Uniontown, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Administration of Justice

Penn State Harrisburg (Middletown, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice

Penn State Schuylkill (Schuylkill Haven, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Administration of Justice

Penn State University (University Park, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Crime, Law and Justice
Bachelor of Science | Crime, Law and Justice
Bachelor of Science | Security and Risk Analysis
Master of Arts | Crime, Law and Justice

Penn State Wilkes-Barre (Lehman, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science | Administration of Justice

Penn State Worthington Scranton (Dunmore, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Organizational Leadership (online program)

Pennsylvania College of Technology (Williamsport, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Applied Human Services

Student Review: “Attending the Pennsylvania College of Technology was the best decision I have ever made. The school has just over 10,000 students and offers small class sizes in programs that are in high demand in the job market. Penn College offered me the opportunity to grow as an individual and give me the valuable extra-curricular skills that helped set myself apart in the real world. At most larger colleges you are just a face in the crowd, but here you have a great opportunity to get involved and become a valuable student leader. In addition to these great opportunities, the campus is very beautiful and constantly expanding. Here is your chance to experience the “big college” feel while retaining all the benefits a smaller institution can offer. I would highly recommend this school to anyone looking to make the most of their academic career.” -Tom G., student at Pennsylvania College of Technology

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College (Johnstown, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science (evening/online classes) | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Philadelphia, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate of Graduate Study | Forensic Medicine
Master of Science | Forensic Medicine
Pathway Program | Forensic Medicine

PJA School (Upper Darby, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Legal Accounting Paraprofessional
Certificate | Legal Secretary

Point Park University (Pittsburgh, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science
Bachelor of Science | Intellingence and National Security
Bachelor of Science | Law Enforcement
Certificate | Intellingence and National Security
Master of Science | Criminal Justice Administrations

Reading Area Community College (Reading, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Applied Science | Law Enforcement Administration

Saint Francis University (Loretto, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science | Sociology/Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Chemistry/Forensics

Student Review: “Saint Francis University was a god-send. I had previously attended Penn State, and although I liked it, I seemed to be swallowed up by the sheer size of it. At St. Francis, Advisers have time to individually deal with students, their scheduling, and any question a student might have. The small class sizes definitely helped improve my Grade Point Average, and the student tutoring program was a wonderful help. The Student Activities committee works hard to bring in awesome entertainment to the campus, and in the past along with comedians, we’ve had hot air balloon rides and even a sky-diving simulator. All in all, Saint Francis University was a great choice for me.” -Claire K., student at Saint Francis University

Sanford-Brown Institute (Pittsburgh, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice

Seton Hill University (Greensburg, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Shippensburg University (Shippensburg, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Public Administration/Policy
Master of Science | Administration of Justice
Master of Science | Public Administration/Policy

Slippery Rock University (Slippery Rock, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology and Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice (online program)

South Hills School of Business & Technology (State College, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Specialized Business | Criminal Justice
Diploma | Criminal Justice

Student Review: “South Hills had some good curriculum that was challenging and informative but the program had a number of inexperienced teachers that did not seem to know how to teach the material. Many of the teachers were not very approachable when help was needed and there was even one who was always late to teach for class. The administration was of no help in guiding career choices in the field and even pulled me from my internship (the only requirement I had left to graduate) with only a week to go without any reason given. This led to them denying me the degree I had worked two years to receive.” -Brett L., student at South Hills School of Business and Technology

Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice
PhD | Criminal Justice

Student Review: “The criminal justice major at Temple University was great. First off, Temple’s entire campus is a very urban, high crime area so we were able to have real life examples of tried and true criminal justice theories right outside of our classroom. It is much easier to grasp an example of “broken window theory” when you are seeing it in action, rather than trying to envision it. My class schedule was flexible and I was able to take a lot of my classes at a satellite campus closer to home. The technology was up to date and we learned much about criminal science and evidence, which was very interesting. Our job options were vast; we could go into law enforcement, risk management/insurance at a company, loss prevention in the retail sector, or even into teaching if we continued our education. I ended up being in loss prevention and it’s been a really great career thanks to Temple. A special note is that Temple’s program has an arm that directly supports both local and state police officers, which is helpful if you want to become a police officer in Philadelphia.” -Student at Temple University
Student Review: “At Temple University you get a the experience of living in a major city while studying under professors who work in your field of study! As a student in the School of Communications and Theater, I was privileged to learn under professionals in journalism, film, and public relations. The university emphasizes internship experience and involvement in student activities and delivers abundant resources for students to participate in these important college experiences. I was able to find an internship that prepared me for the real world while also being involved with Greek life, religious student groups, and many volunteer activities. Campus security is amazingly efficient and keeps students safe despite inner city surroundings. You will never have trouble finding a great bite to eat as there are two main dining halls, half a dozen cafes, and food trucks surrounding the entire campus! Two improvements that I would suggest is better advising staff and more help in the Financial Aid and Student Financial Services offices.” -Ashley A., student at Temple University
Student Review: “Temple University’s criminal justice program was well-worth the money. As one of the cheapest options in Pennsylvania, I believe I got the most bang for the buck at Temple. The professors were very approachable and had great availability. They always responded to emails promptly. The courses offered presented a number of different approaches to criminal justice. From criminal behavior courses, which focus on why crimes are committed and how to reduce crimes, to legal courses explaining the penalties for various crimes, Temple provided me with a well-rounded education. The only major improvement that could be made would be making scheduling a bit simpler.” -Don O., Student at Temple University

Thiel College (Greenville, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Tri-State Business Institute (Erie, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Criminal Justice

University of Phoenix (Wayne, PA)
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 Administration (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Organizational Security and Management (online program)
Master of Science | Administration of Justice (online program)
Masters Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)

University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy | Public and International Affairs
Master of Public and International Affairs | Human Security
Master of Public and International Affairs | Security & Intelligence Studies

Student Review: “The University of Pittsburgh’s Criminal Justice program is top notch. One of the most important aspects of the program is the ability to go and get in the field experience while still studying. It puts all the information you learn into a practical realm making it easier to retain and easier to understand future texts and skills that are necessary. Because Pitt is one the larger schools in Pennsylvania the quality of speakers that come to campus is also very appealing. The speakers give you a glimpse into how you can apply your degree in ways that you may not have thought of before. My favorite part is that the classes that are in the criminal justice program are quite varied, so two people that graduate with a criminal justice degree could have two very different, personalized journeys.” -Student at University of Pittsburgh
Student Review: “I am able to do everything I want to do at the University. The urban location provides opportunities that I would likely not be able to find at schools in less densely populated locations, and I mean that in a professional, cultural, AND social sense. My friends who are in the sciences have it better than I do, as the school is considered top-notch in that level of research. The social scene is easily accessible and wide enough that most can easily find their niche; this is augmented by the large number and variety of clubs. I’ve lived on campus for a few years now and have never had an issue with the accommodations.” -Zach G., student at University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh-Bradford (Bradford, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg (Greensburg, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

University of Scranton (Scranton, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensics

Student Review: “The University of Scranton’s Criminal Justice classes were very insightful and enjoyable. Not only did we learn from academics in the field, we also learned from attorneys that have real world trial experience. I felt that this was much more helpful than learning from an academic that never practiced law. In addition the University of Scranton also had former law enforcement officers teach the enforcement side of criminal justice. Much like learning the legal side from a attorney was helpful, learning the enforcement from a actual law enforcement officer was helpful.” -student at the University of Scranton

Villanova University (Villanova, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice

Student Review: “Villanova University is one of the top schools in the country. My involvement with the criminal justice program was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my entire life. The professors are extremely knowledgeable about their fields of expertise. The most impressive aspect of the criminal justice program is that I have earned myself an internship with one of our country’s most elite and specialized organizations, the Federal Bureau of Investigations. The only downside to the program was that some of the books and necessary materials can be on the more expensive side, and a lot of classes are required as prerequisites.” -Toni I., student at Villanova University

Waynesburg University (Waynesburg, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice Administration
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Accounting
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Chemistry
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Computing
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science

West Chester University of Pennsylvania (West Chester, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Westmoreland County Community College (Youngwood, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Legal Assistant
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Information Security
Certificate | Corrections Officer

Widener University (Chester, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice

Wilkes University (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology

Wilson College (Chambersburg, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor Degree | Special Major
Minor | Peace and Conflict Studies

York College of Pennsylvania (York, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Chemisty

Student Review: “York College of Pennsylvania is an amazing school. I’m so excited that I chose to go here, it’s the perfect school for me because it’s small and you can build relationships with the professors, and it’s still close enough to home I can go home when I’m homesick. The campus is beautiful and everyone is really kind here. All the freshmen in my dorm hall are really close and it makes the transition into college so much easier than I expected it to be.” -Gilbert V., student at York College of Pennsylvania

YTI Career Institute (York, PA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Specialized Business | Criminal Justice & First Response
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice and First Response
Diploma | Criminal Justice & First Response
Diploma | Criminal Justice & First Response

References:
(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_PA.htm
(2) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/lau/ see state on page for current unemployment rate
(3) USA TODAY/Moody’s Analytics/BLS: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2009-02-06-new-jobs-growth-graphic_N.htm
(4) Occupational Supply & Demand System / OCDS Georgia State University for the U.S. Department of Labor: http://www.occsupplydemand.org/OSD_SelectOcc.aspx?chk=2&ST=ZZ
(5) The Sunshine Review: http://sunshinereview.org/core/home (select state budget button)

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