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How will your criminology education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a criminology degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. There are 129 traditional criminology schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had criminology programs were:

  1. University of Pennsylvania - located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  2. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - located in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  3. Ohio State University-Main Campus - located in Columbus, Ohio

Student Demographics

In 2010 in the US, 6,299 students graduated with degrees in criminology. Of these students, 113 graduated from certificate programs in criminology, 5,622 graduated from undergraduate programs in criminology, and 564 graduated from graduate-level programs in criminology.


Students can pursue education in criminology at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Criminology
  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminology
  • Master's Degree in Criminology
  • Doctoral Degree in Criminology
  • Certificate in Criminology

Criminology students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying criminology:

  • Verbal Communication
  • Legal Research
  • Government
  • Sociology
  • Observation


In 2010, criminology schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $20,887 per year. The following criminology schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  2. University of Pennsylvania - located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, students paid $38,970
  3. Chapman University - located in Orange, California, students paid $36,764

The criminology schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. University of South Florida-St. Petersburg Campus - located in Saint Petersburg, Florida, students paid $3,707
  2. University of South Florida-Main Campus - located in Tampa, Florida, students paid $4,577
  3. University of North Carolina-Wilmington - located in Wilmington, North Carolina, students paid $4,873

How will your criminology job compare?

The highest percentage of criminology graduates pursue careers as criminologists. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 3,710 criminologists working in the US. The largest numbers of criminologists work in the following states:

  1. California - 1,040 Criminologists
  2. Washington DC - 490 Criminologists
  3. New York - 460 Criminologists

Projected Growth

The projected growth for criminologists is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Texas - 29%
  2. Idaho - 26%
  3. Massachusetts - 25%


In the US, a criminologist earns on average $71,518 per year. However, factors such as your employer, your exact job description, or your employer can cause the salary for a criminologist to vary greatly. A criminologist in the US can earn anywhere from less than $18,500 per year to more than $135,290 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for a criminologist:

  1. Washington DC - $102,490 per year
  2. Maryland - $88,310 per year
  3. Pennsylvania - $84,240 per year

Criminologists in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Ohio - $57,000 per year
  2. Idaho - $57,220 per year
  3. Georgia - $60,170 per year

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Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 110,640 $73,010 29.8%
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists 89,900 $51,240 -0.8%
Sociologists 3,710 $80,130 6.0%