About Discover Criminal Justice & Our Research Methodology

History

Discover Criminal Justice was founded in 2013 as a resource for criminal justice education. Our database is hand gathered AND hand updated. Our researchers surveyed 1,800 colleges and universities offering criminal justice programs  in the United States, using information from the U.S. Department of Education, online information, and direct contact with school administrators.

We identified over 5,000 criminal justice programs during our research. For each program, we recorded the specialties offered, degree levels, campus location, online options available, accreditation status, and relevant web URL links to information provided by the institution.


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You will notice throughout the site that there are advertisements. We primarily place featured listings for different universities that could be of interest to someone looking for a degree at any level of criminal justice. Every university on any of our sites is vetted, and is accredited, but note that you are responsible for fully vetting any program you consider. We have made our best attempt to label any advertisements as sponsored programs or sponsored ads – generally, but not always: if you see a logo of a university, that is an advertisement.


Contact

To get in contact with us for any updates or anything else, please email us (schools at discovercriminaljustice.com).


Research Methodology

Our database contains the following information for each criminal justice program we identified during our research.

  • Institution Name—The official name of the institution.
  • Program Name—The program name exactly as it appears in the institution’s printed and online materials.
  • Specialty—Our researchers determined the specialty categorization for each program after close examination of the courses required for completion. The alternate specialty names listed below were used to identify program naming variations across institutions.
  • Accreditation—The institution and program level accreditation.
  • Online Status—Programs offered 100 percent online are noted as such. For programs with online and campus options, two entries are made into our database, one for each option.
  • City, State, Zip—The city, state, and zip code where the institution is located.
  • School Homepage—This will be the link to the school’s main page, not the criminal justice page.
  • Criminal Justice Department Web Page—A direct link URL to the school’s public criminal justice department web page.
  • Program URL—This will be a link to the exact page where information can be found on the specific program.

Programs Research

Similar programs at different institutions were listed under the proper specialty category according to the courses required by the program and, to a lesser extent, the name of the program and information in the program description. In rare cases, our researchers contacted a school administrator for clarification.

  • Criminal Justice (Alternative: Criminal Justice Research and Policy Analysis, Criminal Justice Crime and Public Policy)
  • Information Technology (Alternative: Criminal Justice Cyber Security, Computer Info Systems in Criminal Justice and Public Administration, Computer Criminology)
  • International Criminal Justice (Alternative: Global Criminology)
  • Criminology (Alternative: Culture and Deviance Studies, Criminology and Public Policy)
  • Legal Studies (Alternative: Law and Society, Law and Justice)
  • Paralegal
  • Forensic Science
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Administration and Management (Alternative: Administration, Management, Leadership, Organization)
  • Corrections (Alternative: Correctional Studies)
  • Court Reporting
  • Homeland Security
  • Police Studies (Alternative: Police Training, Law Enforcement and Intelligence)
  • Criminal Justice Education
  • Certificate
  • Associate’s Degree
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master’s Degree
  • Doctorate Degree

Still Looking for a Criminal Justice Program?

Below are some of the top criminal justice degree writeups. You can review the program page, or schools by state to find detailed information about the degree or career.