Florida Criminal Justice Schools

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Florida’s growing criminal justice sector is well-served by its numerous colleges and universities, which offer traditional classroom, distance learning, and hybrid programs that suit diverse needs and prepare individuals for success in the criminal justice field. Prospective students can choose from associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates in such areas as criminal justice technology, global security, and criminology. Many criminal justice schools in Florida are also offering online programs, including Daytona State College and Florida State University.

Quick Facts

  • There are 91 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Florida (see below).1
  • 42 colleges and universities offer associate’s degrees in criminal justice.*1
  • 48 colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice.*1
  • 20 colleges and universities offer master’s or doctoral degrees in criminal justice.*1
  • 34 colleges and universities offer criminal justice degree programs online.*1
  • 6 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2018.2
  • 6 schools ranked in College Factual’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges in 2018.3
  • 4 schools ranked in Criminal Justice Degree Schools Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2018.4
  • 5 schools ranked in US News Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs in 2018.5
  • *For not-for-profit colleges and universities with criminal justice degree programs.

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    Criminal Justice Degree Programs in Florida

    Earning a criminal justice degree in Florida, whether through an on-campus or an online program, can help jump-start your career. Many Florida cities are in need of criminal justice professionals. The Orlando Police Department strongly prefers that applicants have a two- or four-year degree. Although Florida does not directly border another country, it is nevertheless a major port of entry for international travelers which presents opportunities for border patrol agents and related federal positions, which typically require a bachelor’s degree. It also has a number of military installations with well over 100,000 personnel in-state. Finally, Florida is also home to a number of sites administered by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, including the Federal Correctional Center at Coleman which is in urgent need of individuals with criminal justice degrees to fill correctional officer positions.

    Top-Ranked Schools with Criminal Justice Programs in Florida

    Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges 2018*

    • Florida International University (#56 in-state, #55 out-of-state)
    • Florida State University (#14 in-state, #4 out-of-state)
    • University of Central Florida (#36 in-state, #41 out-of-state)
    • University of Florida (#2 in-state, #2 out-of-state)
    • University of North Florida (#71 in-state, #62 out-of-state)
    • University of South Florida (#39 in-state, #23 out-of-state)

    *Institution-wide ranking.

    College Factual’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges 2018

    • Florida State University (#10)
    • Nova Southeastern University (#30)
    • University of Central Florida (#88)
    • Florida International University (#103)
    • Saint Leo University (#141)
    • Florida Atlantic University (#179)

    Criminal Justice Degree Schools Best Online Bachelor’s Programs 2018

    • University of Florida
    • Florida State University
    • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    • Barry University

    US News Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs 2018

    • Florida State University (#7 tie)
    • Florida International University (#19 tie)
    • University of Central Florida (#39 tie)
    • Nova Southeastern University (#41 tie)
    • Webber International University (#51-#67)

    Profiles of Well-Known Schools in Florida

    University of Central Florida: The University of Central Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Science, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. The Department of Criminal Justice has two student organizations as well as an Honors Program in which undergraduates write and defend a thesis. The full-time faculty are well-known experts in correctional health, police culture, corrections, victim services, and police-community relations. Additionally, the Department of Criminal Justice at UCF has its own extensive database of internship opportunities at local, county, state, and federal agencies. The Honors Internship Program links students to a paid internship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    Saint Leo University (Online): Saint Leo University Online has eight distinct criminal justice programs ranging from an Associate of Arts to a Graduate Certificate. The Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice is 60 credit hours while the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (with a Criminalistics, Homeland Security, or no specialization) is 120 credit hours. The four Master of Science programs include the general graduate degree as well as Critical Incident Management and Forensic Science specializations, and the Criminal Justice Graduate Certificate is an 18-hour course of study. All online undergraduate criminal justice students are required to enroll in Introduction to Law and the Legal System, Survey of the Criminal Justice System, and Criminal Justice Ethics.

    Florida State University: Florida State University’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice has a reputation for being one of the leading schools for criminal justice study and research in the US. The school offers an undergraduate major in Criminology and Criminal justice that provides students with a broad understanding of the criminal justice field while setting the stage for further specialization. This major can be completed on campus or online. A related on-campus Cyber Criminology major is a highly-focused degree that teaches students the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and investigate cyber crimes. The College of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers a three-year educational forgiveness loan, the Regalf Scholarship, for those who are currently working as police officers in small departments.The College of Criminology and Criminal Justice also offers competitive master’s and doctoral degrees, including an online master’s in criminal justice.

    Notable Alumni from Florida Universities

    • Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford – Florida State University
    • Miami Chief of Police Manuel Orosa – Miami-Dade Community College
    • Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee – University of Tampa
    • Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti – Florida Atlantic University

    Police Quote: Know what success looks like. If you want to survive and succeed in this profession then research, study then emulate the behavior, character, and style of law enforcement leaders who have been successful in each phase of their career. Then apply that practice to every aspect of your life.

     Paul F. Sireci, Chief of Police of the Tampa International Airport Police Department and President of the Florida Police Chiefs Association

    Florida Criminal Justice Careers

    Florida’s population is projected to grow over the next 20 years, providing many opportunities for entry-level criminal justice professionals. The average yearly salary for protective service employees, including police and patrol officers, was $40,510 in Florida as of May 2015.5 The Florida Highway Patrol is a major employer of criminal justice professionals and offers a starting salary of either $33,977 or $38,977 (depending on area), in addition to a generous benefits package.6 The Florida Department of Corrections is also hiring for a range of positions which include generous benefits.

    The Orlando Police Department offers a post-training base salary of $44,984.7 The Miami Police Department offers a base salary of $50,490 after completion of the academy and offers generous benefits, as well.8 At the other end of the state, the Pensacola Police Department hires police officers with generous benefits and a base salary of $32,968.9

    Florida Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

    OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
    Correctional Officers and Jailers34,470$43,330
    First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives4,060$91,700
    Detectives and Criminal Investigators6,120$75,350
    Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers40,370$57,420

    Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2015.10,11,12,13

    Florida’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook

    The unemployment rate in Florida as of May 2016 was 4.7%.14 This was equal to the national average and significantly below the state peak unemployment rate of 11.4% in February 2010.14 Government-related employment is a good indicator of jobs in the criminal justice field. The prospects for criminal justice jobs in Florida are excellent. Projections Central included the following employment projections for Florida criminal justice job opportunities:

    • Police and Sheriff Patrol: 1,790 annual openings; 46% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 24% holding an associate’s degree.15,16
    • Correctional Officers: 1,110 annual openings; 37% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 15% holding a post-secondary certificate.15,17
    • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: 190 annual openings; 37% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 21% holding an associate’s degree.15,18
    • Security Guards: 2,580 annual openings; 4% in these positions report completing at least some college.15,19
    • Paralegals and Legal Assistants: 890 annual openings; 86% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 30% holding an associate’s degree and 44% holding a bachelor’s degree.15,20

    Job openings are estimated based on both jobs growth and replacements.

    The Mercatus Center is a conservative think tank that rated the long-term solvency of each state government. After analyzing Florida’s budgeting process, cash/tax collection, and pensions, the Mercatus Center ranked the state 6th in the nation.21 This means that the state is well-positioned to continue to uphold its obligation to pay pensions to its employees.

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    Florida Criminal Justice Career Interviews

    • Gary Killam, President of the Florida Gang Investigators Association
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    Directory of Florida Universities Offering Campus-based and Online Criminal Justice Degrees

    If you live in Florida, we recommend an accredited campus-based or online program for pursuing an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in the growing field of 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 (GeorgiaAlabama, or Mississippi).

    Schools with Online and On-Campus Criminal Justice Programs

    Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

    Barry University (Miami Shores)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminology
    Bachelor of Science | Emergency Management (online or on-campus)

    Bethune-Cookman College (Daytona Beach)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Master of Science | Criminal Justice (online)
    Minor | Criminal Justice
    Minor | Homeland Security
    Program | Air Force ROTC

    Daytona State College (Daytona Beach)
    Associate of Science | Addictions Studies Specialization
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology Bridge (online or on-campus)
    Certificate | Criminal Justice
    Certificate | Public Safety Telecommunication
    Advanced Technical Certificate | Cybersecurity and Cyberforensics
    Program | Florida Law Enforcement Academy
    Program | Correctional Officer Recruit Training
    Program | Criminal Justice Training

    Eastern Florida State College (Cocoa)
    Associate of Science | Crime Scene Technology
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Applied Science | Public Safety Management (online or on-campus)
    Applied Technical Certificate | Network Security Forensics
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | CMS Law Enforcement Auxiliary Officer
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Correctional Officer Cross-Over to FL CMS Law Enforcement
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Florida CMS Law Enforcement Officer
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Law Enforcement Officer Cross-Over to FL CMS Correctional
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Public Safety Telecommunication

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach)
    Bachelor of Science | Aviation Security (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Science | Emergency Services (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Science | Homeland Security
    Master of Science | Cybersecurity Management & Policy (online or on-campus)
    Master of Science | Human Security & Resilience (online)

    Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton)
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Public Safety Administration
    Master of Science | Criminology and Criminal Justice
    Minor | Criminal Justice
    Certificate | Child Welfare
    Certificate | Geographic Information Systems
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Child Welfare
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Geographic Information Systems

    Student Review: “My experience at Florida Atlantic University was mostly positive. The professors were friendly and helpful in most cases. I majored in English and most of my classes were related to literature and history. Some of the professors were a little too strict and expected us to know more than we were required to based on the level of the course. Most, however, were very laid back and easy. Some professors took the easy way out and made the students assign test questions and exam content instead of taking the time to do it themselves. They said it would make us think more about the subject matter so we’d be teaching each other in the process. One of my gripes with the university is that they enforce a mandatory transportation fee in order to ‘access the campus’. I don’t drive a car, so I’m already having to pay the bus company for public transportation. I don’t think it’s very fair of them considering the school is public, and it’s located on main roads within the community. Since it’s public, I fail to see how they’re providing me ‘access’. It just feels like another nonsensical surcharge so the university can profit more. Overall, the school was accommodating and tuition was reasonable. I’d recommend Florida Atlantic University for an interesting, exciting experience.”
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    Adam A., student at Florida Atlantic University

    Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Science | Forensic Studies
    Master of Science | Criminal Justice
    Master of Science | Forensic Studies

    Student Review: “Florida Gulf Coast University was a great experience for me. The criminal justice professors were experienced, having many years of practice in the field. My criminal Justice teacher is actually still a member of the local crime scene unit. When going to Tallahassee Community College, I noticed that there was no change in the quality of education. The professors there also taught at FSU which means I was getting the same education for less money. I believe that the criminal justice program was able to prepare me in the classroom. Scholarships were the main reason I was able to go to college. I am very thankful for the grants and scholarships I received for my good grades and financial situation. All in all I am the proof that no matter what, if you want something, you can find a way. And now I am hoping to get a job with the Tampa Police Department.”
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    Student at Florida Gulf Coast University

    Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne)
    Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (online)
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Homeland Security (online)
    Bachelor of Arts | Forensic Psychology
    Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Science Degree for the Military
    Master of Science | Information Assurance & Cybersecurity (online or on-campus)
    Minor | Forensic Psychology
    Certificate | Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (online or on-campus)

    Student Review: “The Florida Institute of Technology is definitely an interesting school. At around 14,600 undergrad and graduate students, it was small enough for a student needing assistance to get it, but big enough to not become boring. It is a school that requires a lot of you but pushes you to become a much better person. It is also a school showing a ton of improvement year to year. The first year I attended there was no wifi in the dorms and only the library and some of the school buildings had it. By my second year, they spread the wifi to cover the entirety of campus based on the students’ requests. I personally went into the Engineering department which is a highly qualified department here at FIT, but there are also a lot who go into Business, Psychology, and other Sciences. Overall I highly recommend this school.”
    stars-4

    Jessica K., student at Florida Institute of Technology

    Florida International University (Miami)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Master of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Master of Science | Cyber Security
    Master of Science | Forensic Science
    Master of Arts | Disaster Management
    Juris Doctor/ Master of Science in Criminal Justice | Dual Degree program
    PhD | International Crime and Justice
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Addictions
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Homeland Security and Emergency Management
    Program | Army ROTC

    Student Review: “I went to Florida International University starting from 2008 to 2012. I joined a fraternity on campus. I had a good time attending classes and online classes. I started my time off badly with 1.89 GPA but now pulled it up to 3.02 Cumulative GPA. We now have over 10,000 students attending classes on campus or online. One bad thing I want to say is the Fresh Food Company – I never go there at all. Maybe once in a blue moon. The food quality on campus at the start was bad, but as time went by, it started getting better, with the additional Campus Station, and Moes, and Papa Johns. The classes themselves were a little tough from time to time but mostly easy for me to understand. I also took some online classes and it really helped me a lot. I had an online class project that unexpectedly turned into a presentation to a group of people. So I will continue taking online classes. Some of my professors were very helpful, and some were just not helpful. I also got the Dean’s List last semester. I am glad I chose this university.”
    stars-5

    Kirk S., student at Florida International University

    Student Review: “I had a fun time at Florida International University. I was enrolled in the Bachelor of Science criminal justice program. I really learned a lot from my courses and some of them were extremely challenging. Most of the professors I had were very approachable and always willing to help, however, there were a few sour ones who seemed to hate their jobs teaching (but only a small number). Overall, I feel like I got my money’s worth at FIU. My only real big complaint is that some of the more popular science classes were in big auditoriums with 200-300 students and it was very easy to get lost in them. You were pretty much left alone with your textbooks in these cases. However, the labs were really fun and small, and probably my favorite part of the whole program. I made some really good friends there. The campus itself is nice and has a lot of activities and clubs you can join.”
    stars-4

    Student at Florida International University

    Florida SouthWestern State College (formerly Edison State College) (Fort Myers)
    Associate of Science | Crime Scene Technology
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Applied Science | Public Safety Administration (online or on-campus)
    Certificate | Addiction Studies
    Certificate | Crime Scene Technician

    Florida State College at Jacksonville (Jacksonville)
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology (online or on-campus)
    Associate of Science | Emergency Administration and Management (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Applied Science | Public Safety Management
    Technical Certificate | Crime Scene Technician
    Technical Certificate | Criminal Justice Technology Specialist
    Certificate | Basic Law Enforcement Officer

    Student Review: “I attended Florida State College at Jacksonville (or FCCJ before the name change) Kent Campus as a transient student, preferring the selective atmosphere and smaller class size than the one found at my university. I was pleasantly surprised. FSCJ always seemed like more than it was; it provided a complete college experience without the hangovers. My teachers were competent and really knew their stuff. The pace was slower than it was at my university, however, I scraped by with a B and got outsmarted by other students daily, which shows that the quality of education was superb. I never ate at the food court so I can’t judge the food, however, the library was always convenient and solitudinous. Kent Campus was located in the working class westside of Jacksonville, which always provided ample housing. Security was always nearby and crime was kept to a minimum, surprising given the amount of traffic and cars daily. Pound for pound, I enjoyed my time at FSCJ. It gave me a quality education, distilled of a lot of the distractions.”
    stars-5

    Austin J., student at Florida State College at Jacksonville

    Florida State University (Tallahassee)
    Bachelor of Science | Computer Criminology
    Bachelor Degree | Criminology (online)
    Master of Science | Computer Criminology
    Master of Science | Information Security
    Master Degree | Criminology
    Master Degree | Criminal Justice Studies (online)
    Joint Master Degree | Criminology/Public Administration
    Joint Master Degree | Criminology/Social Work
    PhD | Criminology and Criminal Justice
    Minor | Computer Criminology
    Certificate | Criminology

    Student Review: “My university has been a great place to live at and study. With the exception of the heat, nothing else is bad about it. The classes are fun and taught by interesting people, the girls are beautiful, and the athletic events are the greatest. Football games start on the first weekend of the fall semester and you and 80,000 of your friends all show up to support your team. Basketball normally starts about half-way through the fall semester and they are getting better every year. I just finished up a summer semester and I cannot wait for the fall semester to begin, there is nothing but good times with great people to be had. This place is a great place to study!”
    stars-5

    Bob J., student at Florida State University

    Hillsborough Community College (Tampa)
    Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice Technology (online)
    Associate of Science | Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: General Criminal Justice
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: Police
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: Crime Scene
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: Homeland Security
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: Private Security
    .Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology (online)
    Associate of Science | Digital Forensics
    Certificate | Corrections Academy
    Certificate | Crime Analysis
    Certificate | Crime Scene
    Certificate | Criminal Justice Technology Specialist
    Certificate | Digital Forensics
    Certificate | Fingerprint Training
    Certificate | Homeland Security
    Certificate | Law Enforcement Training Academy
    Certificate | Private Security and Investigations
    Certificate | Victim Advocacy

    Hodges University (Naples)
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Science | Cybersecurity and Forensics (online)

    Indian River State College (Fort Pierce)
    Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Science | Information Technology Management/ Cyber Security
    Bachelor of Public Administration | Emergency Planning and Management (online or on-campus)
    Certificate | Emergency Management
    Certificate | Homeland Security Emergency Manager
    Certificate | Criminal Justice Investigator
    Career Training Program | Correctional Officer: Basic Recruit Training
    Career Training Program | Correctional Officer Crossover from Law Enforcement Officer
    Career Training Program | Criminal Justice Leadership Academy
    Career Training Program | Law Enforcement: Basic Recruit Training
    Career Training Program | Law Enforcement Officer Crossover from Correctional Officer
    Career Training Program | Private Security Officer
    Program | Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

    Lynn University (Boca Raton)
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science
    Master of Science in Administration | Criminal Justice Administration (online)

    Student Review: “My time at Lynn University was great. My experience in the Criminal Justice program was amazing. I loved learning about the Criminal Justice system. The professors were all still working in the system and were very knowledgeable. I found knowing that they were still active in the system very reassuring. I find it easier to learn and take the advice of those still active in the area in which they teach as opposed to ones who inactive. The program curriculum was challenging enough to keep us constantly thinking. Professors are in their offices at scheduled times during the day, every day. I felt like the program was designed specifically for me. Taking classes online was no different than taking it in person because the professor was just as available to the students. The classes were all so interesting and meaningful because they helped me understand what I was learning better. I would have enjoyed going on field trips in this program if they were provided.”
    stars-5

    Student at Lynn University

    Miami Dade College (Miami)
    Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice Technology: General
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology: Crime Scene Technology
    Associate of Science | Forensic Science
    Bachelor of Applied Science | Public Safety Management (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Applied Science | Public Safety Management: Crime Scene Investigation (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Applied Science | Public Safety Management: Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Applied Science | Public Safety Management: Emergency Management (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Applied Science | Public Safety Management: Probation and Parole (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Applied Science | Public Safety Management: Security and Loss Prevention (online)
    College Credit Certificate | Crime Scene Technology
    College Credit Certificate | Homeland Security

    Student Review: “Miami Dade College is a great place for commuter and international students. They have about 5-6 different locations all over the city. They have all kinds of degrees, including an aviation program at Tamiami Airport, which is neat. There is an even mix of good and bad professors, like most places, but they are quite experienced nonetheless and even write their own textbooks. The only drawback is that, as located within an urban area, the school gets overwhelmed with students and sometimes its hard to find library space or time with an advisement counselor.”
    stars-4

    Michael O., student at Miami Dade College

    Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Master of Health Services | Child Protection (online)
    Master of Science | Conflict Analysis and Resolution (online or on-campus)
    Master of Science | Conflict Analysis and Resolution: Conflict & Crisis Management (online or on-campus)
    Master of Science | Conflict Analysis and Resolution: International Peace and Conflict (online or on-campus)
    Master of Science | Criminal Justice (online)
    Master of Science | Disaster and Emergency Preparedness (online)
    Master of Science | Disaster and Emergency Preparedness: Criminal Justice Specialty (online)
    Master of Science | Disaster and Emergency Preparedness: Cyber Security Specialty (online)
    Master of Science | Disaster and Emergency Preparedness: Maritime Safety & Security Specialty (online)
    Master of Science | Forensic Psychology (online)
    Master of Science | National Security Affairs (online)
    PhD | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    PhD | Conflict Analysis and Resolution (online or on-campus)
    PhD | Conflict Analysis and Resolution: Conflict & Crisis Management (online or on-campus)
    PhD | Conflict Analysis and Resolution: International Peace and Conflict (online or on-campus)
    Minor | Criminal Justice
    Minor | Forensic Studies
    Minor | Geographic Information Science
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | National Security Affairs

    Student Review: “I began studying at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) via their online marine science program in 2009. At the time, I was working a FT job and did not live in Fort Lauderdale. After taking one class online, I decided to move to Ft. Lauderdale and begin taking full-time classes. Looking back, I would choose another school because I do not think this school is challenging enough. I was in the Master’s Program and I never felt that I was really being challenged. Most of the online classes are mundane because the professors use the same content over and over. Most of them do not update their information. If I had it to do over again I would not choose NSU. The academic challenge is not comparable to the cost of attendance. Low challenge and high cost.”
    stars-3

    Ashley L., student at Nova Southeastern University

    Palm Beach State College (Lake Worth)
    Associate of Science | Crime Scene Technology
    Associate of Science | Emergency Management
    Associate of Science/ Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice Technology: Law Enforcement Track
    Associate of Science/ Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Non-Sworn Track
    Bachelor of Applied Science | Information Management: Security & Network Assurance (IT Forensics)
    Certificate | Corrections Officer
    Certificate | Emergency Management (online)
    Certificate | Law Enforcement Officer
    Certificate | Security & Automation Technician
    College Credit Certificate | Crime Scene Technology
    College Credit Certificate | Homeland Security Specialist
    Post-Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate | Auxiliary Law Enforcement Officer
    Post-Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate | Criminal Justice Academy- Law Enforcement Officer
    Post-Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate | Criminal Justice Academy-Corrections Officer
    Post-Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate | Cross-Over CMS Law Enforcement Officer to Correctional Officer
    Post-Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate | Cross-Over Correctional Officer to CMS Law Enforcement Officer
    Post-Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate | Public Safety Telecommunications
    Post-Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate | Security & Automation Systems Technician
    Program | 911 Public Safety Telecommunicator Academy

    Pensacola State College (Pensacola)
    Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (transfer degree; online or on-campus)
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology (online or on-campus)
    Associate of Science | Cyber Forensics
    College Credit Certificate | Crime Scene Technician
    Program | Law Enforcement Administration (online or on-campus)
    Vocational Certificate | Public Safety Telecommunicator

    Polk State College (Winter Haven)
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Certificate | Corrections Officer
    Vocational Certificate | CMS Law Enforcement Basic Recruit
    Vocational Certificate | Correctional Officer Crossover Training to FL CMS Law Enforcement Basic Recruit
    Vocational Certificate | Florida CMS Correctional Basic Recruit Training

    Saint Leo University (Saint Leo)
    Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (online)
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Criminalistics
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Homeland Security
    Bachelor of Science | Cybersecurity
    Master of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Master of Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections (online)
    Master of Science | Criminal Justice: Critical Incident Management (online)
    Master of Science | Criminal Justice: Forensic Psychology (online)
    Master of Science | Criminal Justice: Forensic Science (online)
    Master of Science | Criminal Justice: Legal Studies (online)
    Master of Science | Critical Incident Management
    Master of Science | Cybersecurity (online or on-campus)
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Criminal Justice Management (online or on-campus)

    Student Review: “I obtained my BA in Criminal Justice from the Saint Leo University online program. Certain aspects of the program were good and some were not. For example, before starting online, I had to attend my first term at one of the university locations. I really enjoyed taking classes onsite. I was able to meet with other classmates and the instructors were very helpful. With work and family, I had to complete the remaining of the program online. Online classes start every 8 weeks, which helps in completing the program in less time. Weekly class discussion, the course materials, and instructors’ availability were all good aspects of the program. One improvement I think could be made to the program is face-to-face interaction via web streaming between instructors and students. Nevertheless, the program overall is good!”
    stars-3

    Student at Saint Leo University

    Saint Thomas University (Miami Gardens)
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
    Bachelor of Business Administration | Management: Cyber Security Management
    Bachelor of Science | Fire and Emergency Services Management (online)
    Joint Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Arts Express Degree | Criminal Justice
    Master of Accounting | Forensic Accounting
    Master of Arts | Criminal Justice
    Master of Business Administration | Cyber Security
    Master of Science | Cyber Security Management
    Minor | Forensic Criminal Justice
    Certificate | Criminal Justice
    Certificate | Homeland Security and Terrorism Control
    Certificate | Justice Administration
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Forensic Accounting
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Justice Administration

    Seminole State College of Florida (Sanford)
    Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (transfer degree)
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology (online or on-campus)
    Technical Certificate | Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Leadership
    Technical Certificate | Criminal Justice Technology Specialist (online)
    Technical Certificate | Gang Investigations
    Technical Certificate | Homeland Security
    Technical Certificate | Homeland Security Specialist
    Technical Certificate | Homeland Security Professional (online)
    Vocational Certificate | Auxiliary Law Enforcement Officer
    Vocational Certificate | Correctional Officer Cross-over Training to FL CMS Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Program
    Vocational Certificate | Florida CMS Law Enforcement Basic Recruit
    Vocational Certificate | Law Enforcement Officer Cross-Over Training to FL CMS Correctional Basic Recruit Training Program
    Vocational Certificate | Private Security Officer
    Vocational Certificate | Traditional Correctional Basic Recruit Training Program

    Student Review: “Before attending Seminole State College of Florida, I had a hard time with a number of issues and it resulted in me dropping out high school and obtaining my G.E.D certificate. However, since enrolling into Seminole State College of Florida, the excellent professors there were able to give me the guidance necessary to do really well. Seminole State College of Florida set the course for me to achieve a higher education for myself, and even dramatically improved my study habits immediately upon enrolling. The professors and staff members are very patient and understanding of my needs, and are always easily accessible through set office hours. Graduates of Seminole State College of Florida are given the ability to pursue higher degrees at a state university, allowing me the opportunity to strive for more in my academic career. With a constantly growing campus, one can always make new friends but without the feeling of being overly crowded. This allows for a perfect academic environment to study and learn in.”
    stars-5

    Long T., student at Seminole State College of Florida

    Southeastern University (Lakeland)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)

    St. Petersburg College
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Applied Science | Public Safety Administration (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Applied Science | Public Safety Administration: Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Applied Science | Public Safety Administration: Emergency Management and Homeland Security (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Applied Science | Public Safety Administration: Fire Science (online or on-campus)

    State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota (Bradenton)
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice Studies (transfer degree)
    Bachelor of Applied Science | Public Safety and Emergency Management

    Student Review: “State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota is a small community college located in Manatee County, Florida. It has an extremely small campus. There is not a lot of social life available on campus considering they do not have any dorm rooms. They have a great baseball and volleyball team but that is basically all the decent sports teams. The professors are moderately knowledgeable. Some are very bad though. Make sure you ask around about professors before signing up for that professor’s class. The library is okay. It is pretty old and should be updated. Overall, I was just slightly satisfied with SCF. It is a great school if you want a cheap way to get your AA degree but a not so great of a school for pretty much everything else.”

    Derek O., student at State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota

    Tallahassee Community College (Tallahassee)
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology (online or on-campus)
    Certificate | Armed Private Security Officer
    Certificate | Corrections Basic Recruit
    Certificate | Corrections-Crossover Law Enforcement to Corrections
    Certificate | Corrections-Crossover Correctional Probation Officer to Corrections
    Certificate | Correctional Probation Basic Recruit
    Certificate | Correctional Probation-Crossover Correctional Officer to Correctional Probation Officer
    Certificate | Correctional Probation-Crossover Law Enforcement to Correctional Probation Officer
    Certificate | Law Enforcement Basic Recruit
    Certificate | Law Enforcement-Crossover Corrections to Law Enforcement
    Certificate | Law Enforcement-Crossover Correctional Probation Officer to Law Enforcement
    Certificate | Telecommunications
    Certificate | Unarmed Private Security Officer
    Program | ROTC

    University of Central Florida (Orlando)
    Bachelor of Arts | Communication & Conflict (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Scholars Track
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Scholars Track
    Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science: Analysis Track
    Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science: Biochemistry Track
    Master of Science | Criminal Justice: Professional Track (online or on-campus)
    Master of Science | Criminal Justice: Research Track
    PhD | Criminal Justice
    PhD | Criminal Justice: Policing Theory and Research
    PhD | Criminal Justice: Correctional Theory and Research
    PhD | Criminal Justice: Juvenile Justice Theory and Research
    PhD | Security Studies
    Minor | Criminal Justice (online)
    Minor | Intelligence and National Security
    Certificate | Crime Analysis and Crime Mapping
    Certificate | Crime Scene Investigation
    Certificate | Criminal Profiling (online or on-campus)
    Certificate | Security Management (online or on-campus)
    Certificate | Victim Advocacy (online or on-campus)
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Corrections Leadership (online or on-campus)
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Crime Analysis
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Criminal Justice Executive
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Juvenile Justice Leadership (online or on-campus)
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Police Leadership (online or on-campus)

    Student Review: “I am in my last year at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, and can confidently say that I had a great experience there. When I chose this school, a lot of people warned me that I might be overwhelmed or lost in the crowd at such a populous university, but that wasn’t the case at all. The hustle and bustle is exciting, and once you complete your general education courses class sizes minimize significantly. Most professors I have had are very good at being accessible to their students after or before class or during scheduled office hours. I also highly recommend the Honors in the Major program, which has allowed me to enroll in graduate courses as an undergraduate and work on a thesis. Minor dislikes include a lack of healthy and cheap food options on campus, the tons of butter and grease in the meal plan options for the one year I had one, and the worst tasting tap water I’ve ever had in my life – undrinkable. If you are in one of these somewhat neglected fields, you’ll have to work to be at the top of the program in order to be on the same playing field as other students applying for graduate school.”
    stars-4

    Alise V., student at University of Central Florida

    Student Review: “The general education classes are overcrowded and often taught by teachers who don’t care or try. Working with the administration for scheduling and financial aid is quite possibly the most obnoxious thing I’ve ever had to deal with. However, I’ve heard good things about the engineering and pre-med majors at UCF.”
    stars-3

    Rebecca G., student at University of Central Florida

    Student Review: “The University of Central Florida’s criminal justice program was a life-changing experience for me. I learned a plethora of knowledge from many experienced professors. Many of the professors were leading researchers in their field. Despite being a large university, the class sizes were small, which helped to foster discussion among students. I really appreciated this because most classes were not strictly powerpoint presentations, but rather were engaging. Through my time in UCFs criminal justice program, I was able to make valuable contacts that helped lead me to the career I am in today. For example, I was recommended by one professor to apply to a Drug Court diversion program. Eventually, I was offered the position and I began my first full-time job in criminal justice! My time at UCF was a great experience and extremely rewarding.”
    stars-5

    Student at University of Central Florida

    University of Florida (Gainesville)
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminology and Law (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Science | Fire and Emergency Services Management
    Master of Arts | Criminology, Law, and Society
    Master of Science | Forensic Science (online)
    Master of Science | Forensic Science: Forensic DNA & Serology (online)
    Master of Science | Forensic Science: Forensic Drug Chemistry (online)
    Master of Science | Forensic Science: Forensic Toxicology (online)
    Master of Science | Veterinary Forensic Medicine (online)
    Combined Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Arts Degree | Criminology
    PhD | Criminology, Law, and Society
    Minor | Military Science and Leadership
    Certificate | Fire and Emergency Services Management
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Addiction and Recovery (online)
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Forensic Drug Chemistry (online)
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Forensic Death Investigation (online)
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Forensic DNA & Serology (online)
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Forensic Toxicology (online)
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation (online)
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Veterinary Forensic Medicine (online)
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Wildlife Forensic Sciences & Conservation (online)

    Student Review: “The Criminology department at the University of Florida offers a wide array of useful resources in conjunction with a large selection of classes. The professors were always extremely engaging and offered several opportunities to interact with local law enforcement officials as a means of improving our experience. This included ride-alongs with the Gainesville Police Department, lectures from Florida government officials, and conversations with staff from the District 8 Medical Examiner’s Office. Office hours are held by all teachers and teaching assistants, often multiple days a week. Online courses are well organized and engaging. Several courses are taught by the staff of the C. A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory, who offer outstanding opportunities to become involved with forensics. Forensic classes involve intensive tactile learning with skeletal remains. My experience has been nothing short of extraordinary.”
    stars-5

    Rachel U., student at University of Florida

    Student Review: “I have had the privilege of attending the University of Florida for both undergraduate and starting this fall, I will be attending law school here. The greatest thing about the University of Florida is the sense of community it has. Alumni are always willing to help with internships, jobs or just generally giving advice. Additionally, the university as a whole has a great balance between academic prestige and enjoyment which teaches students the social skills they need to progress in life without sacrificing the quality of education that other schools sometimes do. Overall, my experience as a gator has been a great one.”
    stars-5

    James F., student at University of Florida

    Student Review: “The University of Florida provided me with excellent opportunities. Although it was easy to get turned into a mere number rather than a person at a university of tens of thousands of students, I was able to find my niche within the campus. The language program for my minor in Arabic Language and Literature was a very tight-knit community of students who were able to learn and grow together throughout the four-years of language study. Once I reached upper-division courses, classroom size became much smaller and this allowed for better discussion between classmates and professors. The flexibility of upper division schedules at the University of Florida provides students with an opportunity to learn more specific information that is tailored to the careers that they are pursuing. These smaller classes also foster professional and personal relationships between students and professors that prove beneficial in the pursuit of future graduate studies or career opportunities. I thoroughly enjoyed my years at the University of Florida and am thankful for the doors that the University has opened for me.”
    stars-4

    Brittney B., student at University of Florida

    University of South Florida (Tampa)
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminology (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Science in Applied Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of General Studies | Criminal Justice
    Master of Arts | Applied Anthropology: Archaeological and Forensic Sciences
    Master of Arts | Criminal Justice Administration
    Master of Arts | Criminology
    Master of Public Health | Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief, and Homeland Security
    Master of Science | Cyber Intelligence
    Master of Science | Cybersecurity
    Master of Science | Digital Forensics
    Master of Science | Information Assurance
    PhD | Applied Anthropology: Archaeological and Forensic Sciences
    PhD | Criminal Justice Administration
    Minor | Community Engaged Homeland Security & Emergency Management
    Minor | Criminology
    Minor | Military Science
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Compliance, Risk, and Anti-Money Laundering (online)
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Criminal Justice Administration (partially online)
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Crime Scene Investigation for Violent Crimes (online)
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Cybersecurity: Cyber Intelligence (online)
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Cybersecurity: Digital Forensics (online)
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Cybersecurity: Information Assurance (online)
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Disaster Management (online)
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Genocide and Human Rights
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Homeland Security (online)
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Positive Behavior Support (online)
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Safety Management
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate | Violence and Injury: Prevention and Intervention
    Certificate | Community Engaged Homeland Security & Emergency Management

    Student Review: “The University of South Florida is truly an underappreciated school. At 45,000+ students, it’s one of the largest universities in the country. It has many initiatives for undergrads to get involved in school activities and a strong sports program that has seen its teams nationally ranked. As far as research, it has several shining spots, including its health department and computer science, which is the #1 ranked computer science program in the state. The campus itself is very pretty, lots of green, lots of quiet places to sit outside on benches and relax in the nice Florida sun. The student center has been recently remodeled and is now a very nice building with a food court featuring several restaurants, an upscale buffet, several study rooms, and a movie theater.”
    stars-4

    Joshua Finnis, student at University of South Florida

    Student Review: “Attending the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee-one of three branch campuses of the University system was, in fact, one of the best experiences of my life. Although smaller than the main campus in Tampa, the Sarasota-Manatee campus was a perfect size for both staff and students. Furthermore, it was a great place to meet friends and the staff were very helpful whenever I was in need. The faculty were outstanding and were extremely knowledgeable in their fields of study-this was evident in each class I took in various departments. Nevertheless, as a smaller campus, parking would seem to be adequate yet in fact, it was impossible to find a space before classes began. The campus, moreover, shared a library with a contiguous university which was daunting during final exams week but overall was a great source for research and studying. From 2009 to 2012, the professors I worked with were superb in their areas of expertise and offered unending help whenever I had questions or needed further assistance in the course, research skills, or writing. For a smaller campus, the faculty to student ratio was perfect which in turn created a sense of an academic family. As a history major, the history program was fantastic but USF’s history department is not the only department worthy of respect. For example, the engineering and business schools, and especially the medical fields of study are ranked in the top ten nationally for research, and internationally for its ever-expanding high-tech research and faculty publications. As a recent graduate and now a USF alumni, I can call USF home and am extremely proud to be a graduate of the University of South Florida.”
    stars-4

    Joshua D., student at University of South Florida

    University of West Florida (Pensacola)
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice/ Social Work
    Bachelor of Science | Cybersecurity
    Bachelor-to-Master Fast-Track | Criminal Justice
    Master of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Master of Science in Administration | Cybersecurity (online)
    Master of Science in Administration | Geographic Information Science
    Certificate | Geospatial Cybersecurity
    Minor | Criminal Justice
    Minor | Forensic Studies
    Minor | Juvenile Justice
    Minor | Military Science (ROTC students only)
    Minor | Substance Abuse

    Warner University (Lake Wales)
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)

    Webber International University (Babson Park)
    Associate’s | Criminal Justice Management (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor’s | Criminal Justice Management (online or on-campus)
    Master’s | Criminal Justice Management (online or on-campus)

    Schools with On-Campus Criminal Justice Programs Only

    Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

    Broward College (Fort Lauderdale)
    Associate of Science | Crime Scene Technology
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: Crime Scene
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: Polygraph
    Technical Certificate | Crime Scene Technician
    Technical Certificate | Cybersecurity
    Certificate | Police Academy Basic Recruit Training
    Certificate | Corrections Officer Academy Basic Recruit Training
    Certificate | Correctional Officer Crossover to Florida Law Enforcement Officer Academy
    Certificate | Police Service Aide Academy
    Certificate | Correctional Probation Officer Academy

    City College (Casselberry, Gainesville)
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
    Associate of Science | Private Investigation Services

    College of Central Florida, Ocala Campus (Ocala)
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology
    Bachelor of Science | Public Safety Administration Specialist
    Certificate | Correctional Officer
    Certificate | Criminal Justice Technology Specialist

    Student Review: “Taking psychology classes at the College of Central Florida was convenient and very enlightening. I learned a lot while taking courses at CCF. My favorite psychology professor was Dr. Irvin Brown. I took Dr. Brown’s class in the classroom environment as opposed to online. Some of the psychology classes are available online but I often find it easier for me to learn in the classroom through lecture. I think that is why I liked Dr. Brown so much. I got lucky and signed up for the one psychology professor who liked to talk. In any event, I learned a tremendous amount of information from taking Dr. Brown’s class. He was a very thorough professor and I would take any class that he was teaching, psychology or not.” stars-4

    Student at College of Central Florida

    Edward Waters College (Jacksonville)
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

    Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Tallahassee)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
    Master of Applied Social Sciences | Criminal Justice
    Master of Applied Social Sciences | Global Security and International Affairs
    Master of Science | Community Psychology

    Florida Gateway College (formerly Lake City Community College) (Lake City)
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology: Corrections
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology: General
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology: Law Enforcement
    Certificate | Correctional Officer
    Certificate | Crossover: Correctional Officer to Law Enforcement
    Certificate | Crossover: Law Enforcement to Corrections
    Certificate | Law Enforcement

    Florida Keys Community College (Key West)
    Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice Studies
    Certificate | Addictions Studies
    Program | Advanced/ Specialized Training
    Program | Basic Law Enforcement Academy
    Program | Corrections Basic Recruit Training Academy
    Program | Crossover Corrections to Law Enforcement Academy
    Program | Law Enforcement Auxiliary Officer Academy

    Florida Memorial University (Miami Gardens)
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminology
    Program | Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC)

    Gulf Coast Community College (Panama City)
    Associate of Arts | Criminology
    Associate of Arts | Criminology/ Criminal Justice (transfer degree)
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology
    Bachelor of Applied Science | Emergency Services Management
    Certificate | Correctional Officer Academy
    Certificate | Law Enforcement Academy
    Certificate | Private Security Officer

    Johnson & Wales University (North Miami)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

    Lake-Sumter Community College (Leesburg)
    Associate of Arts | Public Safety
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology
    Certificate | Digital Forensics

    North Florida Community College (Madison)
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology
    Associate of Arts | Public Safety: Applied Social Science
    Associate of Arts | Public Safety: Public Safety
    Certificate | Combined CJSTC: Corrections and Law Enforcement Basic Dual Certification
    Certificate | Correctional Officer Cross-Over to Florida Law Enforcement Academy
    Certificate | Florida Law Enforcement Academy
    Certificate | Florida CMS Correctional Basic Recruit Academy
    Certificate | Law Enforcement Officer Cross-Over to FL CMS Correctional Officer Basic Recruit Academy

    Northwest Florida State College (Niceville)
    Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice Studies (transfer degree)
    Associate of Arts | Criminology (transfer degree)
    Associate of Arts | Computer Criminology (transfer degree)
    Associate of Arts | Forensic Science (transfer degree)
    Associate of Arts | Public Safety Mgt (transfer degree)
    Associate of Arts | Public Safety/ Homeland Security (transfer degree)
    Associate of Arts | Public Safety and Security (transfer degree)
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology
    Associate of Science | Emergency Administration & Management
    Program | Auxiliary Law Enforcement Officer Basic (PSAV)
    Program | Correctional Officer Basic (PSAV)
    Program | Law Enforcement Officer (Basic) (PSAV)
    College Credit Certificate | Digital Forensics
    College Credit Certificate | Emergency Administrator and Manager
    College Credit Certificate | Homeland Security Emergency Manager

    Palm Beach Atlantic University (West Palm Beach)
    Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science

    Pasco-Hernando Community College (New Port Richey)
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology
    Correctional Technical Certificate | Basic Recruit Training Program: Law Enforcement Officer
    Technical Certificate | CMS Law Enforcement Auxiliary Officer Basic Recruit Training Program
    Technical Certificate | Correctional Officer Crossover Training to FL CMS Law Enforcement Basic Recruit
    Technical Certificate | Correctional Probation Officer Crossover to FL CMS Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program
    Technical Certificate | Florida CMS Correctional Basic Recruit Training Program
    Technical Certificate | Law Enforcement Officer Crossover to Florida CMS
    Technical Credit | Criminal Justice Basic Training

    Santa Fe Community College (Gainesville)
    Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (transfer degree)
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology
    Certificate | Correctional Officer
    Certificate | Crossover Correctional Officer to Law Enforcement
    Certificate | Law Enforcement

    South Florida State College (Avon Park)
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology
    Associate of Science | Fire Science Technology
    Associate of Science | Network Systems Technology: Digital Forensics Track
    College Credit Certificate | Digital Forensics
    Occupational Certificate | Correction to Law Enforcement
    Occupational Certificate | Correctional Officer
    Occupational Certificate | Correctional to Correctional Probation
    Occupational Certificate | Law Enforcement Auxiliary Officer
    Occupational Certificate | Law Enforcement to Correctional

    Student Review: “South Florida State College is a great school. I completed the Criminal Justice program and am highly satisfied. What I like most about South Florida State College is that the class sizes are small. There would be no more than twenty to thirty students in a class. This was beneficial for me as I was able to have a lot of personal attention from my professors. I was also able to benefit from listening to some of our local law enforcement officers as guest speakers. South Florida also set me up with internships at the local Department of Corrections office and our career center also helped me find employment opportunities. Another positive feature of South Florida State College is that they have four different campuses which make it easier for students who live in various parts of the county. They also offer a lot of classes online. I was able to learn at my own pace and my professors were readily available when I had a question. I honestly cannot say a bad thing about South Florida as it was a great college to attend.”
    stars-5

    Shawn S., student South Florida State College

    St. John’s River Community College (Palatka)
    Associate of Science | Computer Related Crime Investigation
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology
    Certificate | Criminal Justice Technology Specialist
    Vocational Certificate | Correctional Officer Cross-Over Training to FL Law Enforcement Academy
    Vocational Certificate | Florida Corrections Officer Academy
    Vocational Certificate | Florida Law Enforcement Officer Academy
    Vocational Certificate | Law Enforcement Officer Cross-Over Training to FL CMS Correctional Basic Recruit Training Program
    Vocational Certificate | Private Security Officer
    College Credit Certificate | Criminal Justice Technology Specialist
    College Credit Certificate | Digital Forensics
    College Credit Certificate | Geographic Information Systems

    University of North Florida (Jacksonville)
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
    Master of Science | Criminal Justice
    Minor | Criminal Justice

    Student Review: “The four year BA degree Criminal Justice program at the University of North Florida is a decent program. Most of the instructors are retired law enforcement officers, so they are very knowledgeable in the subject area. They also have a lot of connections within the community for additional learning opportunities. About half of the classes in the program can be completed online. The program does require that you select a minor from any area, so keep that in mind when registering for classes and electives. There is also a final unpaid internship required at a criminal-justice related facility. The internship is generally in the last semester before graduation and requires a minimum of 180 hours. While the school staff will assist you in placement, it is ultimately up to the student to secure an internship site. Overall good program.”
    stars-4

    Rebecca H., student at University of North Florida

    Valencia Community College (Orlando)
    Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Technology
    Certificate | Auxiliary Law Enforcement Officer
    Certificate | Criminal Justice Technology Specialist
    Certificate | Correctional Officer
    Certificate | Crossover: Corrections to Law Enforcement
    Certificate | Cyber Security
    Certificate | Digital Forensics
    Certificate | Homeland Security Specialist
    Certificate | Homeland Security Law Enforcement Specialist
    Certificate | Law Enforcement Officer
    Certificate | Public Safety Leadership Development Certificate


    References:
    1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
    2. Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/index.php
    3. College Factual Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges: https://www.collegefactual.com/majors/protective-security-safety-services/criminal-justice-and-corrections/rankings/top-ranked/
    4. US News Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/criminal-justice/rankings
    5. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Protective Service Occupations (Major Group): https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes330000.htm
    6. Florida Highway Patrol: https://beatrooper.com/career-opportunities/state-trooper/
    7. City of Orlando: http://www.cityoforlando.net/police/recruiting/compensation/
    8. Miami Police Department: https://www8.miamidade.gov/global/police/careers-police-officer.page
    9. Pensacola Police Department: https://www.cityofpensacola.com/733/Pensacola-Police-Department
    10. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Correctional Officers and Jailers https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333012.htm
    11. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes331012.htm
    12. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Detectives and Criminal Investigators: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333021.htm
    13. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333051.htm
    14. Y Charts 10 Year Unemployment Chart: https://ycharts.com/indicators/florida_unemployment_rate
    15. Projections Central Long Term Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
    16. O*Net OnLine, Police Patrol Officers: https://www.onetonline.org/link/details/33-3051.01
    17. O*Net OnLine, Correctional Officers and Jailers: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3012.00
    18. O*Net OnLine, Police Detectives: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3021.01
    19. O*Net OnLine, Security Guards: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-9032.00
    20. O*Net OnLine, Paralegals and Legal Assistants: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/23-2011.00
    21. Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition 2016 Edition: https://www.mercatus.org/statefiscalrankings

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