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Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Schools

  • 76 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Pennsylvania are in our database (see below).
  • Of the criminal justice programs in Pennsylvania, 30 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 58 offer bachelor’s degrees and above, and 12 offer master’s or doctoral degrees.
  • 14 schools offering online criminal justice degrees in Pennsylvania ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs: Pennsylvania State University-World Campus (#1), Temple University (#6), Robert Morris University (#58), Drexel University (#72), Peirce College (#79), California University of Pennsylvania (#111), Clarion University of Pennsylvania (#120), Chatham University (#128), Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (#128), Duquesne University (#143), Neumann University (#143), Villanova University (#183), St. Joseph’s University (#187), Eastern University (#209).
  • 3 schools in Pennsylvania are on Kiplinger’s Best College Values: Penn State University-University Park (#49 in-state, #57 out-of-state), West Chester University of Pennsylvania (#77 in-state, #86 out-of-state), University of Pittsburgh (#38 in-state, #25 out-of-state).


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 scope of study: Governance; Space and Place; Communities; Social Justice; Shaping Policy; Building Capacity; and Innovation. Temple University also has the Criminal Justice Training Programs, an 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 at the university, with many holding an emphasis in community justice.

University of Pennsylvania: The Department of Criminology at the 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 regularly ranks the graduate criminology program in this department as one of the nation’s top 20. The professors and instructors of the criminology and criminal justice departments have also been ranked first in the nation by the Chronicle of Higher Education. 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.

Gannon University: Gannon University maintains a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (BACJ) program and a Master of Science in Criminalistics (MSC) program. With retired FBI and ATF special agents, along with a former crime lab director and special agent with Florida Department of Law Enforcement as full-time faculty members, students learn from experience. The undergraduate BACJ program is interdisciplinary and prepares graduates for careers in criminal justice, public safety, and social justice, as well as for graduate study. 97% of past program graduates have been employed or enrolled in graduate school within a year of graduation. The graduate MSC program requires 36 credit hours to complete; students typically take two courses per semester, and courses are primarily (though not exclusively) online. The curriculum focuses on discipline-specific knowledge and skills, providing graduates with comprehensive backgrounds in criminal investigation theory and practice. The MSC program at Gannon is hands-on and one of only seven graduate-level criminalistics programs in the US. Both undergraduate and graduate students have access to immersive learning experiences through the school’s Forensic Investigation Center, as well as experienced faculty and dedicated student support that contribute to the programs’ high student retention rates.

Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers 16,480 $49,830
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 3,590 $82,960
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 2,880 $81,180
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 26,490 $63,480

Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2015.4,5,6,7

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

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 government is one of the largest employers in Pennsylvania, 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 careers. 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 federal 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 Investigation, 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 in a paralegal career.

Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Salary

There are many jobs in criminal justice that offer both an exciting work environment and attractive pay and benefits. Police officers working in Pennsylvania earn an average annual salary of $63,480.7 Becoming a first-line supervisor of police officers increases the average salary to $82,960.5 Detectives and criminal investigators in Pennsylvania earn an average of $81,180.6 Working in Pennsylvania’s corrections system, correctional officers earn an average annual salary of $49,830.4 In the legal field, paralegals and legal assistants in the state are paid an average salary of $53,390 per year.8

Pennsylvania’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook

The May 2016 unemployment rate for Pennsylvania was 5.5%, above the 4.7% national average.9 In August 2010, the state saw a 10-year peak unemployment rate of 8.7%, while the most recent 10-year low was recorded at 4.8% in March 2008.9 Government employment is a good proxy for criminal justice employment in Pennsylvania. According to Projections Central, the following criminal justice jobs are estimated for Pennsylvania through 2024:

  • Police and Sheriff Patrol: 930 annual openings; 46% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 24% holding an associate’s degree.9,10
  • Correctional Officers: 470 annual openings; 37% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 15% holding a post-secondary certificate.9,11
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: 90 annual openings; 37% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 21% holding an associate’s degree.9,12
  • Security Guards: 960 annual openings; 4% in these positions report completing at least some college.9,13
  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants: 310 annual openings; 86% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 30% holding an associate’s degree and 44% holding a bachelor’s degree.9,14

Note that these position estimates are based on both jobs growth and replacements.

The Mercatus Center, a conservative think tank, analyzed and rated each state government’s long-term solvency based on budgeting, cash/tax collection, and pensions. Pennsylvania was ranked 39th in the nation.16 This is an indicator that the state will likely fulfill employee pension obligations, but new employees should be watchful of the situation.

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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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, or Ohio).


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Directory of Pennsylvania Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

Alvernia University (Reading)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice Administration
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science

Arcadia University (Glenside)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

Bucks County Community College (Newtown)
Associate Degree | Criminal Justice

Butler County Community College (Butler)
Associate of Arts/ Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts/ Science | Homeland Security

California University of Pennsylvania (California)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Legal Studies: Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Applied Criminology
Minor | Criminal Justice

Cedar Crest College (Allentown)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice

Chatham University (Pittsburgh)
Bachelor Degree | Criminology

Chestnut Hill College (Philadelphia)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice

Clarion University (Oil City)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Administration

Community College of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice and Criminology: Law Enforcement
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice and Criminology: Corrections
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice and Criminology: Computer Forensics
Certificate | Court Reporter

Community College of Beaver County (Monaca)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Police Technology
Certificate | Homeland Security
Certificate | Municipal Police Training Academy

Community College of Philadelphia (Philadelphia)
Associate of Applied Science | Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Justice (online program)

Delaware County Community College (Media)
Associate of Arts | Administration of Justice
Certificate | Municipal Police Training Academy

Delaware Valley College (Doylestown)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Administration

DeSales University (Center Valley)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Digital Forensics
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Intelligence
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Pre-Law
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Rehabilitation
Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Arts | Criminal Justice (5-year dual degree program)
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice

Drexel University (Philadelphia)
Bachelor of Science | Criminology & Justice Studies
Bachelor of Science | Criminology & Justice Studies (online program)
Bachelor of Science/ Juris Doctor | Criminology & Justice Studies + Law (accelerated program)
Minor | Computer Crime
Minor | Criminology & Justice Studies

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
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Duquesne University (Pittsburgh)
Bachelor of Arts | Sociology: Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Sociology: Social Justice and Policy
Juris Doctor | Criminal Law

Eastern University (St. Davids)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Forensic Chemistry

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (Edinboro)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Minor | Forensic Studies

Elizabethtown College (Elizabethtown)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Minor | Peace and Conflict Studies

Gannon University (Erie)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminalistics

Student Review: “My education so far in the Criminal Justice program from Gannon has been spectacular. The staff in the department has really provided me with a deep, quality education that I feel will be beneficial in my future career choice. With Dr. Clark (retired F.B.I.) and Mr. Wick (retired A.T.F.) providing real life applications and experiences to the material, and Dr. Mack and Dr. Magno explaining the academia of theory and research, the two balance in such a way that the information really is absorbed. In addition, they are genuinely interested in their students and their futures and take action in assisting them with internship, job placements, and really anything a student needs that they can help with. Gannon also has a dedicated education building known as the Forensics Investigation Center (or F.I.C.) where students have the opportunity to conduct mock evidence collection exercises, or firearms training simulations in the basement. All and all I feel my education I’ve had, and am currently receiving from Gannon’s Criminal Justice program with help me towards a good career in the field.” -Corey J., student at Gannon University
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Student Review: “This school gave me the opportunities to succeed and gain the qualities for future employment. For example, Gannon gave me the skills to not only apply for an internship with ATF, but also to excel in real life situations. Having Dr. Jerry Clark and Dr. Julia Mack as professors challenged me to expand my knowledge and understanding of the field. Without question I am in a position to lead and be successful.” -Anthony S., student at Gannon University
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Gwynedd-Mercy College (Gwynedd Valley)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Private Security

Harrisburg Area Community College (Harrisburg)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice: General
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement

Holy Family University (Philadelphia)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Arts | Criminal Justice (5-year accelerated program)
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice

Immaculata University (Immaculata)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology
Bachelor of Science | Cybersecurity
Minor | Criminology

Keystone College (La Plume)
Associate Degree | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice/Psychology (dual major)
Program | Military Science: Army ROTC

King’s College (Wilkes Barre)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (Kutztown)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice with Paralegal Studies
Minor | 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
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La Roche College (Pittsburgh)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | National Security Studies
Minor | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminalistics

La Salle University (Philadelphia)
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice

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
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Lackawanna College (Scranton)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: Police or Security
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: Counseling
Certificate | Police Academy

Lebanon Valley College (Annville)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Sociology: Criminal Justice
Minor | Law and Society

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
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Lehigh Carbon Community College (Schnecksville)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice Administration
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice Administration
Bachelor of Science | Crime and Justice
Certificate | Corrections
Certificate | Law Enforcement

Lincoln University of Pennsylvania (Lincoln University)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Forensic Science
Minor | Criminal Justice

Lock Haven University (Lock Haven)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Conservation Law Enforcement

Luzerne County Community College (Nanticoke)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Cyber Security Management

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
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Lycoming College (Williamsport)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology
Minor | Criminal Justice

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (Mansfield)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Administration
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Administration (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Administration
Minor | Criminal Justice Administration
Minor | Forensic Science

Marywood University (Scranton)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Cyber Security
Master of Science | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice/ Spanish
Minor | General Forensics
Minor | Forensic Accounting

Mercyhurst College (Erie)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: Crime Analysis
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Juvenile Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Corrections
Bachelor of Science | Applied Forensic Science
Master of Science | Criminal Justice Administration
Minor | Psychology of Crime and Justice
Certificate | Municipal Police Academy

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
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Messiah College (Grantham)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Peace and Conflict Studies
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Peace and Conflict Studies

Montgomery County Community College (Blue Bell)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Emergency Management and Planning
Certificate of Completion | Homeland Security
Certificate | Emergency Management and Planning
Certificate | Private Security Academy

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
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Mount Aloysius College (Cresson)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology: Forensic Accounting in Criminal Investigations
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology: Digital Forensics Investigation
Minor | Criminology
Certificate | Correctional Administration
Certificate | Criminal Justice Addictions (online program)
Certificate | Forensic Investigation

Neumann University (Aston)
Bachelor of Science | Public Safety Administration (online program)
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Intelligence Studies

Peirce College (Philadelphia)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Studies
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Studies: Law Enforcement
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Studies: Law Enforcement (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Studies: Correctional System
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Studies: Correctional System (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Studies: Criminal Investigation
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Studies: Criminal Investigation (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Studies: Private Security
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Studies: Private Security (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Studies: Juvenile Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Studies: Juvenile Justice (online program)

Penn State Abington (Abington)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Penn State Altoona (Altoona)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice

Penn State Fayette-Eberly Campus (Uniontown)
Bachelor of Arts | Administration of Justice
Bachelor of Science | Administration of Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice

Penn State Harrisburg (Middletown)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice
Master of Professional Studies | Homeland Security (online program)
Minor | Criminal Justice
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Homeland Security

Penn State Schuylkill (Schuylkill Haven)
Bachelor of Arts | Administration of Justice
Bachelor of Science | Administration of Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice

Penn State University (University Park)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Law and Society
Bachelor of Science | Criminology
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Penn State Wilkes-Barre (Lehman)
Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Science | Administration of Justice

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College (Johnstown)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Information Security and Analysis

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Philadelphia)
Master of Science | Forensic Medicine
Certificate of Graduate Study | Forensic Medicine

Point Park University (Pittsburgh)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Intelligence and National Security
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science
Bachelor of Science/ Master of Science | Criminal Justice (accelerated degree program)
Post-Baccalaureate Bachelor of Science | Intelligence and National Security
Master of Science | Criminal Justice Administration
Master of Arts | Global Security and Intelligence
Certificate | Intelligence and National Security
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Intelligence and National Security

Reading Area Community College (Reading)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice/ Law Enforcement

Robert Morris University (Moon Township)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Cyber Forensics and Information Security

Saint Francis University (Loretto)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice

Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Liberal Studies | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice (online)
Post-Master’s Certificate | Behavior Analysis (online)

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
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Seton Hill University (Greensburg)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science

Shippensburg University (Shippensburg)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Administration of Justice
Master of Science | Cybersecurity
Minor | Criminal Justice

Slippery Rock University (Slippery Rock)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology and Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Corporate Security
Bachelor of Science | Homeland Security
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice (online program)
Certificate | Security Studies (online program)

Temple University (Philadelphia)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice
PhD | Criminal Justice
Minor | 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
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Student Review: “At Temple University you get 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
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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
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Thiel College (Greenville)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice Studies
Bachelor of Arts | Forensic Accounting

University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh)
Bachelor of Arts | Administration of Justice
Minor | Administration of Justice

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
stars-4
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
stars-5

University of Pittsburgh-Bradford (Bradford)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Minor | Administration of Justice
Minor | Criminal Forensics Studies
Minor | Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics

University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg (Greensburg)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

University of Scranton (Scranton)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Chemistry
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminology

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
stars-5

Villanova University (Villanova)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology
Minor | Criminology
Minor | Military Science

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
stars-5

Waynesburg University (Waynesburg)
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Criminal Investigation

West Chester University of Pennsylvania (West Chester)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic and Toxicology Chemistry
Bachelor/ Master of Science | Criminal Justice (accelerated 5-year program)
Master of Science | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Computer Security

Westmoreland County Community College (Youngwood)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (transfer degree)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Information Security
Associate of Applied Science | Homeland Security
Certificate | Corrections Officer
Certificate | Security Professional
Certificate | Homeland Security

Widener University (Chester)
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Forensic Accounting

Wilkes University (Wilkes-Barre)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology
Minor | Criminology

York College of Pennsylvania (York)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Chemistry
Bachelor of Arts | Intelligence Analysis
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminalistics

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
stars-4
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
stars-4
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

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13. O*Net OnLine, Police Detectives: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3021.01
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