Criminal Justice Programs in Ohio

We found 210 Ohio Criminal Justice programs in our Online database.

Ohio has several different criminal justice schools but there is only one that was ranked in the US News Best Criminology Grad Schools top 25 list (source), and it was the University of Cincinnati.


University of Cincinnati was ranked at #3 in this list though and there are several other criminology programs in Ohio. There are community college programs offered like Columbus State Community College and then traditional universities like Ohio State and Ohio University if you hare looking for undergrad programs.

Some criminal justice programs may or may not require potential students to have already completed their associate has degree in fields related to criminal justice. While some traditional criminology degrees may offer general academics on the subject, you will likely see some specialized learning that can range in parole and probation to police administration education. It is also important for you to know what the educational landscape of Ohio looks like so we’ve pulled some other statistics (SOURCE) around the state:

  • 2013 population estimate: 11.5 million
  • Persons under the age of 18 years old: 22.9 percent
  • Persons with high school graduate level or higher: 88.2 percent
  • Persons with a bachelor has degree level or higher: 24.7 percent

Some of these stats can shed light on the current education, degree level, and overall population statistics of Ohio (which may help in a potential student has program decision).

What to Expect While Earning A Criminal Justice Degree in Ohio

Ohio is the seventh most populated state in the US and has several different school options in the state. There are over 85 different schools (which may vary in traditional non-profit schools to for-profit schools) and 30+ of those offer bachelor has degrees and higher levels. There are some colleges like the University of Dayton that are a Catholic, Marianist university that focuses on trying to have students become improvement agents in their community work through their criminal justice studies program. Each program will have a different approach to criminology which may include how the institution approaches their education in general (religious focus, online, etc.). If you are looking for advanced programs, it will be important for you to find a school offering the correct degree outcome for you.

Ohio Criminology Resources and Professional Organizations

A lot of Ohio criminology programs will require some real time experience that include a certain amount of training hours or even internships. Below is a list of some key organizations that are specific to Ohio and the criminology field which we encourage you to reach out to in hopes you can get firsthand knowledge of your desired career.

The reason we provide these organizations is because networking is a really important aspect of gaining employment someday. You can reach out to individuals and try to form these new contacts or at least ask them about their academic journey through their respective criminal justice degree. It could help you better understand what to expect and might become a new contact that you can utilize later after earning your degree.


Ohio Criminal Justice Careers

According to Wikipedia, some of the largest cities based on population in Ohio are:

  • Columbus, OH (800k+)
  • Cleveland, OH (385k+)
  • Cincinnati, OH (290k+)
  • Toledo, OH (280k+)
  • Akron, OH (190+)

It is important to note these larger cities as the bigger metro areas will typically have larger law enforcement presences (therefore a possible higher possibility of criminal justice jobs). According to the Columbus Police website the current chief earned a bachelor has degree in sociology and later became a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College and the Certified Law Enforcement Executive program. For those considering potential employment in the Columbus Police, they also offer Police Applicant Study Sessions (P.A.S.S.) to help prepare those considering the Civil Service Examination for Police Officers. While our focus was on Columbus to shed some example details on the employment opportunities and preparation required for employment, Ohio has several criminal justice jobs available throughout the state and we encourage you to view all options and all specializations available.

Top Criminal Justice Jobs in Ohio

There are a lot different career options in Ohio when looking in the criminal justice field. There are multiple levels of government agencies you can choose to work with and even some possible private institutions that you can select as potential career paths. Here are some estimated numbers on the different agencies in the state of Ohio(SOURCE)

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  • 7+ state agencies (i.e. Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation)
  • 85+ county agencies
  • 135+ city agencies
  • 80+ village agencies
  • 62+ township agencies
  • 25+ college and university agencies (i.e. Kent State University Police)

These statistics are for the entire state of Ohio that fall within the defined agencies and their levels but there are also numerous other agencies that might not fall into this category (and may or may not be hiring).

Ohio Criminology Job Field Outlook

The current statistics, according to ONET, show that Ohio has a current median salary of $55,100 which is lower than the average US median salary of $56,100 for sheriff patrol officers. While the median salary is slightly lower than the national average, it is always important to look at the job growth in the industry. The same job profile on ONET shows that Ohio is expected to see a 3 percent growth when looking at job openings expected growth from 2010 to 2020. The growth is positive for Ohio (while not massive) but shows a positive outlook for patrol officers. The Office of Criminal Justice Services actually has a page dedicated to funding for new law enforcement initiatives as the start-up costs often need support with new initiatives (which can contribute to the growth we talked about). There are also other important divisions to entertain potential job opportunities that can range from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to the Ohio Department of Public Safety. We encourage everybody to look at the full landscape of criminal justice career opportunities within Ohio and determine what is required from a training, education, or experience level to attain that position.

List of Criminal Justice Schools in Ohio

List of Criminal Justice Programs in Ohio

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Ashland University
Ashland, Ohio
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
Baldwin-Wallace College
Berea, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
Beckfield College-Tri-County
Cincinnati, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Certificate - Addictions Counseling
Bluffton University
Bluffton, Ohio
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice
Bowling Green State University-Firelands
Huron, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
Bowling Green, Ohio
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice
Brown Mackie College-Akron
Akron, Ohio
  • A.A.B. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Diploma
Brown Mackie College-Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio
  • A.A.B. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Diploma
Brown Mackie College-Findlay
Findlay, Ohio
  • A.A.B. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Specialist Diploma
Brown Mackie College-North Canton
Canton, Ohio
  • A.A.B. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Specialist Diploma
Bryant & Stratton College-Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
Bryant and Stratton College-Eastlake
Eastlake, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
Bryant and Stratton College-Parma
Parma, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
Cedarville University
Cedarville, Ohio
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice
Central Ohio Technical College
Newark, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Technology
Central State University
Wilberforce, Ohio
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
Chancellor University
Seven Hills, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Masters in Criminal Justice
Clark State Community College
Springfield, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Technology
Columbus State Community College
Columbus, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Corrections Online
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Online
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Online
Daymar College-Chillicothe
Chillicothe, Ohio
  • Associates of Criminal Justice
Daymar College-Jackson
Jackson, Ohio
  • Associates of Criminal Justice
Daymar College-Lancaster
Lancaster, Ohio
  • Associates of Criminal Justice
Daymar College-New Boston
New Boston, Ohio
  • Associates of Criminal Justice
Defiance College
Defiance, Ohio
  • Associates of Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Digital Forensic
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Forensic Science
Fortis College-Centerville
Centerville, Ohio
  • Criminal Justice Certificate
Fortis College-Cuyahoga Falls
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
  • Criminal Justice Certificate
Fortis College-Ravenna
Ravenna, Ohio
  • Criminal Justice Certificate
Greene County Vocational School District
Xenia, Ohio
  • Corrections Certificate
  • Peace Officer Certificate
Harrison College-Grove City
Grove City, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Online
Heidelberg University
Tiffin, Ohio
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
Herzing University-Toledo
Toledo, Ohio
  • A.A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Supervision and Management
Hocking College
Nelsonville, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Social Services Corrections and Criminal Justice
James A Rhodes State College
Lima, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • Peace Officer Basic Training Certificate
Kent State University at Ashtabula
Ashtabula, Ohio
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies
Kent State University at East Liverpool
East Liverpool, Ohio
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies - Corrections
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies - Criminology & Deviance
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies - Justice & Human Relations
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies - Law & Society
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies - Policing
Kent State University at Kent
Kent, Ohio
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies - Corrections
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies - Criminology & Deviance
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies - Justice & Human Relations
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies - Law & Society
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies - Policing
Kent State University at Salem
Salem, Ohio
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies - Corrections
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies - Criminology & Deviance
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies - Justice & Human Relations
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies - Law & Society
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies - Policing
Kent State University at Stark
North Canton, Ohio
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies
Kent State University at Trumbull
Warren, Ohio
  • A.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies
Kent State University at Tuscarawas
New Philadelphia, Ohio
  • A.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies
  • B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies
Lake Erie College
Painesville, Ohio
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
Lakeland Community College
Kirtland, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • Criminal Justice - Corrections Certificate
  • Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Certificate
Lincoln College of Technology-Dayton
Dayton, Ohio
  • Criminal Justice Certificate
Lourdes University
Sylvania, Ohio
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice
Marion Technical College
Marion, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
Miami-Jacobs Career College
Independence, Ohio
  • A.A.B. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
Miami-Jacobs Career College-Columbus
Columbus, Ohio
  • A.A.B. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
Miami-Jacobs Career College-Dayton
Dayton, Ohio
  • A.A.B. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
Miami-Jacobs Career College-Sharonville
Sharonville, Ohio
  • A.A.B. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
Miami-Jacobs Career College-Springboro
Springboro, Ohio
  • A.A.B. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
Miami-Jacobs Career College-Troy
Troy, Ohio
  • A.A.B. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Mount Vernon, Ohio
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice
Muskingum University
New Concord, Ohio
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice
North Central State College
Mansfield, Ohio
  • A.A.B. in Criminal Justice - Basic Police Officer
  • A.A.B. in Criminal Justice - Basic Police Officer Online
  • Associates of Criminal Justice
  • Forensic Science Certificate
Northwest State Community College
Archbold, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Technology - Law Enforcement
Ohio Dominican University
Columbus, Ohio
  • B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Ohio Northern University
Ada, Ohio
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice
Ohio University-Athens
Athens, Ohio
  • B.S. in Forensic Chemistry
Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus
Chillicothe, Ohio
  • Bachelor of Criminal Justice
Ohio University-Lancaster Campus
Lancaster, Ohio
  • Bachelor of Criminal Justice
Ohio University-Southern Campus
Ironton, Ohio
  • Associates of Criminal Justice
Owens Community College
Toledo, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
Polaris Career Center
Middleburg Heights, Ohio
  • Criminal Justice Certificate
Remington College-Cleveland Campus
Cleveland, Ohio
  • Associates of Criminal Justice
  • Associates of Criminal Justice Online
Remington College-Cleveland West Campus
North Olmsted, Ohio
  • Associates of Criminal Justice
  • Associates of Criminal Justice Online
Sinclair Community College
Dayton, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Basic Police Officer Training Certificate
  • Criminal Justice -Corrections Certificate
  • Criminal Justice -Crime Mapping Certificate
  • Criminal Justice -Homeland Security Certificate
  • Criminal Justice -Law Enforcement Certificate
Southern State Community College
Hillsboro, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
Stark State College
North Canton, Ohio
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • Criminal Justice - Homeland Defense Certificate
  • Law Enforcement Academy Certificate
Strayer University-Ohio
Mason, Ohio
  • A.A.B. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.B. in Criminal Justice Online
Terra State Community College
Fremont, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Law Enforcement - Criminal Justice
  • A.S. in Law Enforcement - Criminal Justice
The University of Findlay
Findlay, Ohio
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice Administration - Corrections
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice Administration - Law Enforcement
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice
Tiffin University
Tiffin, Ohio
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice - Cyber-Defense and Information Security
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice - Forensic Psychology
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice - Forensic Science
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice - Homeland Security/Terrorism
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
Union Institute & University
Cincinnati, Ohio
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Management
University of Akron Main Campus
Akron, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Technology - Corrections
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Technology - Law Enforcement
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Technology - Public Safety & Security Administration
  • Criminal Justice Technology - Computer Security Certificate
  • Criminal Justice Technology - Computer Forensics Certificate
  • Criminal Justice Technology - Corrections Certificate
  • Criminal Justice Technology - Forensic Psychology Certificate
  • Criminal Justice Technology - Forensic Studies Certificate
  • Criminal Justice Technology - Forensic Study of Behavior Certificate
  • Criminal Justice Technology - Law Enforcement Certificate
  • Criminal Justice Technology - Security Administration Certificate
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Online
  • B.S. in Paralegal Studies
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice Online
  • Paralegal Studies Certificate
  • Ph.D. in Criminal Justice
University of Cincinnati-Clermont College
Batavia, Ohio
  • Associates of Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • Associates of Criminal Justice - Forensics
  • Associates of Criminal Justice - Law Enf w/Police Acdy
  • Associates of Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
Cincinnati, Ohio
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Online
  • B.S. in Paralegal Studies
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice Online
  • Paralegal Studies Certificate
  • Ph.D. in Criminal Justice
University of Cincinnati-Raymond Walters College
Blue Ash, Ohio
  • Associates of Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Administration Certificate
  • Criminal Justice Juvenile Corrections Certificate
University of Dayton
Dayton, Ohio
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice
University of Mount Union
Alliance, Ohio
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
University of Toledo
Toledo, Ohio
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • M.A. in Criminal Justice
Urbana University
Urbana, Ohio
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Leadership
  • M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration
Washington State Community College
Marietta, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
Wilmington College
Wilmington, Ohio
  • A.B. in Criminal Justice
Xavier University
Cincinnati, Ohio
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice
Youngstown State University
Youngstown, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • B.S.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • B.S.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Legal Processes
  • B.S.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Loss Prevention / Assets Protection
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice
Zane State College
Zanesville, Ohio
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Police Science

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