Criminal Justice in Massachusetts

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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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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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