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Schools Offering Criminal Justice Programs in Massachusetts


Around 1.4% of Massachusetts's graduates graduate from criminal justice degree programs every year. That means an estimated 3,113 criminal justice professionals graduate from Massachusetts' 51 criminal justice schools each year.

Top Schools

Boston University, which is located in Boston, is the top-ranked school in Massachusetts that has a criminal justice program. It received a ranking of 14th in the country in 2010. 200 students graduated with a degree in criminal justice from Boston University in 2010. Boston University charged in-state students $39,864 in tuition fees per year.

The second-ranked school in Massachusetts with a criminal justice program is Northeastern University, which is located in Boston. In 2010, it was ranked 18th nationwide. In 2010, 212 students graduated from Northeastern University criminal justice program. Northeastern University charged in-state students $36,792 in tuition fees per year.

The third-ranked school in Massachusetts that has a criminal justice program is Endicott College. Endicott College, which was ranked 36th in the country in 2010, is located in Beverly. 27 students graduated with degree in criminal justice from Endicott College in 2010. Students at Endicott College paid $26,248 per year in tuition fees.

Cost

If you choose to attend a Massachusetts criminal justice school, average tuition will be $14,954 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $3,144 per year to $39,864 per year. The Massachusetts criminal justice schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Boston University - located in Boston, students are charged $39,864 per year
  2. Northeastern University - located in Boston, students are charged $36,792 per year
  3. Clark University - located in Worcester, students are charged $36,420 per year

The criminal justice schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in Massachusetts were:

  1. Bunker Hill Community College - located in Charlestown, students are charged $3,144 per year
  2. Roxbury Community College - located in Boston, students are charged $3,192 per year
  3. Holyoke Community College - located in Holyoke, students are charged $3,276 per year

A criminal justice degree from a Massachusetts school... what next?

Some of the most popular jobs criminal justice graduates in Massachusetts pursue include special agent, private detective, security guard, transit police officer, and paralegal. If you decide to work as a criminal justice professional in Massachusetts, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 37,190 Massachusetts criminal justice professional as of 2010. This number includes 7,410 correctional officers, 1,790 special agents, and 710 private detectives. In Massachusetts, the largest numbers of criminal justice professional work in the following counties:

  1. Bristol County - 21,050 criminal justice professionals
  2. Hartford County - 3,390 criminal justice professionals
  3. Middlesex County - 1,950 criminal justice professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 35,000 criminal justice professionals will be working in Massachusetts. This would require the number of criminal justice professional to grow by 9%.

Salary

On average, criminal justice professionals earn $41,742 per year. In 2010, however, some Massachusetts criminal justice professional earned as little as less than $17,670 per year or as much as more than $130,450 per year. The counties in Massachusetts with the highest average salary for criminal justice professionals are:

  1. Windham County - $53,427 per year
  2. Hartford County - $49,160 per year
  3. Barnstable County - $45,948 per year

On average, criminal justice professionals earn the least in the following Massachusetts counties:

  1. Worcester County - $31,710 per year
  2. Franklin County - $32,370 per year
  3. Berkshire County - $33,797 per year

On average, the highest paid criminal justice professionals in Massachusetts were:

  1. Special Agent - $75,590 per year
  2. Transit Police Officer - $50,650 per year
  3. Paralegal - $50,290 per year

The criminal justice professionals with lowest average salaries in Massachusetts were:

  1. Security Guard - $29,030 per year
  2. Correctional Officer - per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Massachusetts statistics regarding a career in criminal justice and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as criminology or forensic science.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice in Massachusetts
  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in Massachusetts
  • Master's Degree in Criminal Justice in Massachusetts
  • Certificate in Criminal Justice in Massachusetts

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
5,267 miles from location Boston University Boston MA 85.9479 20% 31,960
5,266 miles from location Northeastern University Boston MA 82.4476 20% 27,537
5,339 miles from location University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst MA 39.6358 21% 27,016
5,263 miles from location University of Massachusetts-Boston Boston MA 23.6688 26% 14,912
5,283 miles from location University of Massachusetts-Lowell Lowell MA 30.5008 37% 13,602
5,265 miles from location Bunker Hill Community College Charlestown MA 10.7498 n/a 11,009
5,255 miles from location Bridgewater State University Bridgewater MA 31.299 32% 10,774
5,259 miles from location Salem State University Salem MA 26.9378 31% 10,125
5,278 miles from location Middlesex Community College Bedford MA 10.2745 n/a 9,516
5,265 miles from location Suffolk University Boston MA 59.9395 16% 9,148
5,258 miles from location Bristol Community College Fall River MA 11.2418 n/a 8,767
5,301 miles from location Quinsigamond Community College Worcester MA 10.7274 n/a 8,349
5,264 miles from location North Shore Community College Danvers MA 11.9872 n/a 7,968
5,257 miles from location Massasoit Community College Brockton MA 10.1667 n/a 7,941
5,342 miles from location Holyoke Community College Holyoke MA 13.31 n/a 7,473
5,271 miles from location Northern Essex Community College Haverhill MA 9.60858 n/a 7,385
5,305 miles from location Fitchburg State University Fitchburg MA 60.4816 33% 7,043
5,337 miles from location Springfield Technical Community College Springfield MA 13.0038 n/a 6,782
5,348 miles from location Westfield State University Westfield MA 31.0441 37% 5,675
5,303 miles from location Worcester State University Worcester MA 57.4626 33% 5,473
5,274 miles from location Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley Hills MA 13.4837 n/a 5,456
5,336 miles from location Springfield College Springfield MA 31.5966 35% 5,107
5,315 miles from location Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner MA 10.945 n/a 4,761
5,218 miles from location Cape Cod Community College West Barnstable MA 8.73914 n/a 4,657
5,260 miles from location Quincy College Quincy MA 13.6313 n/a 4,361
5,257 miles from location Endicott College Beverly MA 64.4405 30% 4,136
5,334 miles from location Western New England College Springfield MA 25.6194 18% 3,710
5,301 miles from location Clark University Worcester MA 34.2011 20% 3,416
5,336 miles from location American International College Springfield MA 51.0356 31% 3,414
5,266 miles from location Curry College Milton MA 52.1152 19% 3,125
5,302 miles from location Assumption College Worcester MA 29.7589 17% 2,794
5,266 miles from location Roxbury Community College Boston MA 7.90446 n/a 2,749
5,379 miles from location Berkshire Community College Pittsfield MA 11.2065 n/a 2,601
5,347 miles from location Greenfield Community College Greenfield MA 10.9609 n/a 2,546
5,273 miles from location Merrimack College North Andover MA 30.19 18% 2,090
5,337 miles from location Bay Path College Longmeadow MA 60.6795 33% 2,044
5,301 miles from location Becker College Worcester MA 17.8837 34% 1,758
5,266 miles from location Fisher College Boston MA 24.1178 22% 1,593
5,307 miles from location Anna Maria College Paxton MA 53.6904 26% 1,589
5,304 miles from location Nichols College Dudley MA 52.7968 24% 1,552
5,270 miles from location Mount Ida College Newton Center MA 46.184 31% 1,487
5,233 miles from location Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay MA 32.4623 56% 1,292
5,278 miles from location Dean College Franklin MA 51.3531 68% 1,113
5,261 miles from location Eastern Nazarene College Quincy MA 54.2902 35% 1,075
5,269 miles from location Newbury College-Brookline Brookline MA 19.1819 n/a 994
5,267 miles from location Lincoln Technical Institute Somerville MA 21.9743 n/a 859
5,266 miles from location Bay State College Boston MA 35.0114 73% 753
5,282 miles from location Lincoln Technical Institute Lowell MA 21.998 n/a 735
5,261 miles from location Lincoln Technical Institute Brockton MA 19.0986 n/a 730
5,375 miles from location Mildred Elley Pittsfield MA 27.7575 n/a 235
5,258 miles from location Marian Court College Swampscott MA 20.3806 53% 230
 

Curious what studying Criminal Justice gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in Massachusetts

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Security Guards + 20,700 $29,030 -6.5%
2
Correctional Officers and Jailers + 7,410 n/a 32.8%
3
Paralegals and Legal Assistants + 6,530 $50,290 -9.6%
4
Detectives and Criminal Investigators + 1,790 $75,590 65.7%
5
Private Detectives and Investigators + 710 $44,890 57.8%
6
Transit and Railroad Police + 50 $50,650 -54.5%
 

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