Top 35 Most Affordable Corrections Schools

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If you want to start a career in corrections, getting a degree is a smart move. Even though some correctional officer positions will not require that you have education past a high school diploma, an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in corrections, criminal justice, criminology, or a related field will be quite valuable to you as you begin your career in corrections. As you move up the career ladder, that degree will become even more valuable, potentially giving you eligibility for advanced and supervisory positions, and the opportunity to earn higher salaries.

Many aspiring corrections officers fear that they cannot afford to get a degree in corrections. The average cost of a bachelor’s degree as of the 2021-22 school year, per U.S. News and World Report, is $10,338 for public schools at the in-state resident rate; $22,698 for public schools at the out-of-state, non-resident rate; and $38,185 for private schools. That’s how much you’ll pay just for one year of education towards your degree!  Luckily, however, there are some much more affordable degree options for those pursuing a career in corrections.

How We Chose the Top 35 Most Affordable Corrections Schools

The corrections degree programs listed below have been chosen based on affordability. Each of these schools offers tuition (based on 2021-22 figures) that is among the lowest in its state. Where available, tuition rates are quotes for on campus and online tuition, at in-state and out-of-state rates.

Additionally, all of the schools listed below have received accreditation by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This means that they have each been evaluated and found to be the highest quality corrections programs.

Although we did not find affordable corrections programs in all states, some states listed below do have more than one affordable corrections program offered that deserves recognition and is therefore a part of our list.

Flexible Education Options

Online corrections programs can offer the same quality of education as on campus corrections programs. With today’s technology, it is possible to host most, if not all, of a degree program’s classes in an online format. Some schools listed below feature degree programs that are offered completely online. Some are offered entirely in an on-campus format. Others are offered in a hybrid format, with some classes on campus and some online.

Internships Offered

Most of the corrections programs listed below either offer, on an optional basis, or require students to complete internships prior to graduation. This gives students the chance to gain real-world experience in the field and to know without a doubt, before graduation, that the corrections field is right for them.

Instructor Quality

The programs listed below typically have instructors who have worked, or are currently working, in the real world. They bring their unique criminal justice experience and perspectives to the classroom, making their teachings even more valuable to students.

Following, in alphabetical order by state, are 35 of the most affordable degrees in the corrections field.

Alabama

University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • On Campus Tuition:
    • Alabama resident: $10,710/year
    • Non-Alabama resident: $25,500/year
  • Online Tuition:
    • Alabama resident: $13,230/year
    • Non-Alabama resident: $13,230/year
  • Offered Online and On Campus in Birmingham, AL
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • Contact: Martha Earwood, Undergraduate Program Director, at (205) 934-0016 or mearwood@uab.edu

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s criminal justice program offers an affordable education in the theoretical explanations for crime and delinquency, as well as instruction in substantive, procedural and operational aspects of the criminal justice system. For those interested in minors, the program offers Forensic Science, Forensic Psychology, Legal Affairs, and Urban Affairs. UAB’s program is also the only criminal justice program in the state that requires students to complete an internship prior to graduation.

California

National University

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration
  • On Campus Tuition: $13,320/year
  • Online Tuition: $13,320/year
  • Offered Online and On Campus in San Diego, CA
  • Accreditation: WASC Senior College and University Commission
  • Contact: Damon Martin, Program Director, at dmartin@nu.edu

National University offers four-week classes in both online and on-site formats. This accelerated structure allows you to focus on one subject at a time and to complete your degree faster. On-campus sites are available at over 20 locations in California, in addition to San Diego, including La Jolla, La Mesa, Rancho Bernardo, Chula Vista, Camp Pendleton, Fresno, and Pleasant Hill. Enrollment takes place year-round, so you can start this reasonable degree program at any time of the year.

Colorado

Colorado State University Global Campus

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Online Tuition: $8400/year
  • Offered Online
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Contact: Enrollment Counselor at (800) 462-7845

CSU Global’s affordable online criminal justice program offers students a flexible way to earn an accredited criminal justice degree without spending a fortune. CSU Global’s program also includes an optional Criminal Justice Practicum in which students can earn credit if they already work in a criminal justice setting. Specializations are available in criminal forensics, criminology, operations management and supervision, and public and non-profit management.

Florida

Florida State University

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminology/Criminal Justice
    • Bachelor of Arts in Criminology/Criminal Justice
  • On Campus Tuition:
    • Florida Resident: $6466.50/year
    • Non-Florida Resident: $21,633/year
  • Online Tuition: $5414.70/year
  • Offered Online and On Campus in Tallahassee, FL
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • Contact: Margarita Frankeberger, Director at (850) 644-7373 or mfrankeberger@fsu.edu

Florida State University offers both a BS and a BA in Criminology/Criminal Justice, focusing on an interdisciplinary approach within social and behavioral sciences. It is accessible, offering both on-campus and online options, and affordable, making it perfect for students from all backgrounds. Internships are offered at the full- and part-time level. Sponsor agencies for internships in corrections include Florida Dept. of Corrections, Commission on Capital Cases for the Florida Legislature, Corrections Mental Health Institute River Junction Work Camp, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Corrections Corporation of America.

University of South Florida

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Arts in Criminology
    • Bachelor of Science in Applied Science – Criminal Justice
  • On Campus Tuition:
    • Florida Resident: $6410/year
    • Non-Florida Resident: $17,324/year
  • Online Tuition:
    • Florida Resident: $3152/year
    • Non-Florida Resident: $13,547/year
  • Offered Online and On Campus in Tampa, Sarasota-Manatee and St. Petersburg, FL
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • Contact: Dawn K. Cecil, Ph.D., Professor & Campus Chair, at (727) 873-4618 or dcecil@usf.edu

The University of South Florida offers its BA in Criminology program both on-campus and online. Its BSAS program in Criminal Justice is designed for students with an AS degree who have had trouble transferring credits to a traditional BA/BS program. An optional internship is available in the BA program, with a minimum of ten hours per week worked in the spring and fall terms and 15 hours per week in the summer. A Capstone is required in the BSAS program. Both programs are affordable, particularly for Florida residents.

Kansas

Fort Hays State University

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • On-Campus Tuition:
    • Kansas Resident: $5443.80/year
    • MSEP Resident (IN, MN, ND, OH, WI): $7517.70/year
    • Non-Resident: $15,890.40/year
  • Online Tuition: $6806.40 per year
  • Offered Online and On Campus in Hays, KS
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Contact: Dept. of Criminal Justice at (785) 628-5668 or criminaljustice@fhsu.edu

Fort Hays State University also offers certificates along with their affordable bachelor’s degree programs, and one is available in Corrections. They are designed to supplement the bachelor’s degree program.  Courses in the Certificate program include Community Corrections, Drugs and Society, Mental Health and Criminal Justice Systems, Women and Crime, Juvenile Justice Systems, and an internship. The university’s MSEP program allows students from neighboring states to pay rates just slightly higher than the in-state tuition rate.

Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky University

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Corrections and Juvenile Justice Studies
  • On Campus Tuition: NA
  • Online Tuition: $12,510/year
  • Offered Online
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • Contact: Chris Adkins, Enrollment Advisor at (859) 622-7568 or adkins@eku.edu

EKU’s online degree in Corrections and Juvenile Justice Studies is devoted to the areas of adult, juvenile and community corrections. Its accelerated program offers 8-week terms, and courses start six times per year. Graduates of this affordable program have found employment in the Kentucky Dept. of Juvenile Justice, Kentucky Dept. of Corrections, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts.

Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts Global

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice- Corrections
  • On-Campus Tuition: $12,800
  • Online Tuition: $12,800
  • Offered online and on-campus at 24 campuses in CA and WA
  • Accreditation: New England Commission of Higher Education
  • Contact: David Long, J.D., Associate Professor, at (510) 759-8381 or dlong@umassglobal.edu

Formerly known as Brandman University, UMass Global offers its BA in Criminal Justice-Corrections in online and hybrid formats. Instructors are professionals in the field who are familiar with current employer needs and are continuously updating the curriculum to reflect what’s happening in the real world. Graduates of this affordable program have found employment as Corrections Officers, Probation Officers, Parole Officers, Rehabilitation Specialists, Corrections Counselors, and Wardens.

University of Massachusetts Lowell

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice & Criminology – Concentration in Corrections
  • On-Campus Tuition: $10,200/year
  • Online Tuition: $11,400/year
  • Offered Online and On Campus in Lowell, MA
  • Accreditation: New England Commission of Higher Education
  • Contact: Sheldon Zhang, Chair at (978) 934-4160 or Sheldon_Zhang@uml.edu

UMass Lowell’s BS in Criminal Justice and Criminology offers an affordable, well-rounded liberal arts education combined with a specialization in Corrections. Upper-level students take a practicum/field placement to assess their interest and apply their knowledge in corrections. They must also learn professional skills prior to graduation, which may consist either of proficiency in a foreign language (Arabic or Spanish are highly recommended) or completing four courses in computers and statistics.

Michigan

Lake Superior State University

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice-Corrections
    • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice-Corrections
  • On-Campus Tuition: $12,912/year
  • Online Tuition: NA
  • Offered on campus in Sault Ste Marie, MI
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Contact: Barb Light, Interim Dean at (906) 635-2745 or bjlight@lssu.edu

The BS in Criminal Justice-Corrections program at LSSU has been in place for over 30 years, and has a renowned reputation for producing well-educated and well-trained corrections professionals. This affordable program focuses on critical thinking, writing, research, and an interdisciplinary approach. Students from Canada at Sault College in Ontario have had their transfer credits accepted at LSSU. This allows Canadian students to gain a highly marketable corrections degree at an affordable price.

Minnesota

Bemidji State University

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Emphasis in Corrections
  • On-Campus Tuition: $8690/year
  • Online Tuition: $8690/year
  • Offered Online and On Campus in Bemidji, MN
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Contact: Dr. Stacie Jergenson, Chair, at (218) 755-3758 or Jergenson@bemidjistate.edu

Many students in Bemidji State’s affordable BS in Criminal Justice-Corrections program complete an internship in the summer between their junior and senior year. Students must find their own internship placements, but many agencies are available in the area. They include, but are not limited to, Anoka County Juvenile Center, Arrowhead Regional Corrections, Federal Correctional Institute at Sandstone, Hennepin County Juvenile Probation, Minnesota Correctional Facility Rush City, Minnesota Dept. of Corrections, and Washington County Community Corrections.

Missouri

Missouri Southern State University

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration – Minor in Corrections
    • Associate of Science in Law Enforcement
  • On Campus Tuition:
    • Missouri Resident: $7761.90
    • Non-Missouri Resident: $15,895.80
  • Online Tuition:
    • Missouri and Non-Missouri Resident: $9296.40
  • Offered Online and On Campus in Joplin, MO
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Contact: Dr. Timothy Wilson, Dept. Chair at (417) 625-9858 or wilson-t@mssu.edu

MSSU’s Criminal Justice program offers on-campus, online and hybrid options, pairing flexibility with affordability. Class sizes are small and classes are taught by juvenile officers, law enforcement officers, and other professionals in the field. Courses in Corrections include Penology and Corrections, Personal Adjustment, Deviant Behavior, and Juvenile Corrections. An optional internship is available to juniors or seniors with departmental approval.

Park University

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration, Corrections Concentration
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration, Corrections Concentration
    • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice Administration
  • On-Campus Tuition: $13,590/year
  • Online Tuition: $13,590/year
  • Offered Online and On Campus in Parkville, MO and Gilbert, AZ
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Contact: Dr. John Hamilton, Chair at (816) 584-6302 or hamilton@park.edu

Offering online and on-campus options, Park University’s affordable BA/BS program features concentrations in Corrections, Law Enforcement, and Security. This liberal-arts based degree requires the student to complete six credit hours of writing-intensive courses. Internship opportunities are available in the private and public sectors.

University of Central Missouri

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice & Criminology
  • On Campus Tuition:
    • Missouri Resident: $8310/year
    • Non-Missouri Resident: $15,495/year
  • Online Tuition: $7747.50/year
  • Offered Online and On Campus in Warrensburg, MO
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Contact: Lynn Urban, Chair, at (660) 543-4950 or urban@ucmo.edu

The BS in Criminal Justice & Criminology program at UCM is consistently ranked among the highest corrections programs nationwide for affordability and quality education. With online and on-campus options, students may choose accelerated 8-week courses or the traditional 16-week format. You also have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Criminal Justice & Criminology in just five years.

Montana

Montana State University Northern

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • On Campus Tuition:
    • Montana resident: $5999.68/year
    • Non-Montana resident: $18,709.68/year
  • Online Tuition:
    • Montana resident: $6374/year
    • Non-Montana resident: $19,085.68/year
  • Offered Online and On Campus in Havre, MT
  • Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Contact: Jack Bieger, DM at (406) 265-3595 or bieger@msun.edu

Offered online and in face-to-face formats, the BS in Criminal Justice program at MSU Northern is quite affordable, particularly for Montana residents. It gives students real-world experience and interdisciplinary coursework, providing the foundation for principles in justice administration that translate well into jobs within correction facilities, courtrooms, and other criminal justice domains.

Nebraska

Chadron State College

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies- Criminal Justice
  • On Campus Tuition:
    • Nebraska resident: $15,568/year
    • Non-Nebraska resident: $15,598/year
  • Online tuition: $15,598/year
  • Offered Online and On Campus in Chadron, NE
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Contact: Kay Mitchell, Office Assistant at (308) 432-6246 or kmitchell@csc.edu

Students in Chadron State College’s Justice Studies program have the opportunity to study abroad in London, Dublin and Northern Ireland. Internships are also available with a variety of employers. Chadron State features an Eagle Rate, making education affordable for non-resident students as well as for Nebraska residents.

University of Nebraska Omaha

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • On Campus Tuition:
    • Nebraska Resident: $7050/year
    • Metropolitan Advantage Program Resident: $10,590/year (must be a resident of southwestern counties of Iowa)
    • Non-Nebraska Resident: $22,140/year
  • Online Tuition:
    • Nebraska Resident: $7770/year
    • Metropolitan Advantage Program Resident: $11,670/year
    • Non-Nebraska Resident: $16,020/year
  • Offered Online and On-campus in Lincoln and Omaha, NE
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Contact: Gaylene Armstrong, Director at (402) 554-2610 or garmstrong@unomaha.edu

UNO’s BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice offers students internships with agencies such as the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Douglas County Sheriff’s Dept. and Nebraska State Patrol. They also offer a London Study Abroad program for students interested in learning about the administration of justice in the United Kingdom. UNO keeps education affordable through offering the Metropolitan Advantage Program (MAP), providing lower tuition rates for residents of 11 counties in Iowa (Cass, Crawford, Woodbury, Shelby, Pottawattamie, Page, Montgomery, Monona, Mills, Harrison, and Fremont).

New Hampshire

New England College

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • On Campus Tuition: NA
  • Online Tuition: $11,250/year
  • Offered Online
  • Accreditation: New England Commission of Higher Education
  • Contact: Richard Hubbard, Asst. Professor, at (603) 428-2451 or rhubbard@nec.edu

New England College’s affordable online BA program provides students with a liberal arts foundation as well as theories and methods in corrections, criminology and ethics. Accelerated courses are available in 4- and 7-week formats, with multiple term start times offered each year. Tuition discounts of 10 percent are given to veterans, Guardsmen, Reservists, and spouses, as well as to dependents of disabled or deceased veterans.

Southern New Hampshire University

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies- Crime & Criminology Concentration
  • On-Campus Tuition: $15,000/year
  • Online Tuition: $9600/year
  • Offered Online and On-Campus in Manchester, NH
  • Accreditation: New England Commission of Higher Education
  • Contact Admissions at (603) 645-9611 or admission@snhu.edu

SNHU’s BS in Justice Studies-Crime & Criminology concentration offers an overview of the entire justice system, including criminal law, corrections systems, legal and social science research, and more. A BS/MS program can be completed in five years, if desired. Affordable options are available for those who wish to study on campus or online.

New York

Buffalo State College, State University of New York

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Corrections Concentration
  • On-Campus Tuition:
    • New York Resident: $7070/year
    • Non-New York Resident: $16,980/year
  • Online Tuition: $8480/year
  • Offered Online and On Campus in Buffalo, NY
  • Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Contact: James J. Sobol, Chair at (716) 878-3217 or soboljj@buffalostate.edu

Buffalo State College’s criminal justice program is the oldest in western New York, and one of the most affordable. Small classes are combined with a well-developed internship program to produce a program based on the social sciences and oriented in policy. The school also offers a BS/MS five- year program for those who wish to earn a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Institutional Theory and Practice
    • Bachelor of Arts in Criminology
  • On Campus and Online Tuition:
    • New York Resident: $6930/year
    • Non-New York Resident: $18,600/year
  • Offered Online and On Campus in New York, NY
  • Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Contact: Office of Undergraduate Studies at (212) 484-1347 or undergrad@jjay.cuny.edu

A variety of perspectives on criminal justice are offered through the programs at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Of particular interest to those studying corrections is the BS in CJ- Institutional Theory and Practice degree. With timely course offerings such as “Community Based Justice in the Africana World” and “Race, Class and Gender in a Correctional Context,” this program is not only educationally and practically valuable, but also very affordable.

SUNY College of Technology at Canton

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Technology in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership
    • Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice- Corrections Tract
  • On Campus Tuition:
    • New York Resident: $7070/year
    • Non-New York Resident: $16,980/year
  • Online Tuition:
    • New York Resident: $7070/year
    • Non-New York Resident: $8480/year
  • Offered Online and On Campus in Canton, NY
  • Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Contact: Michelle Currier, Chair, at (315) 386-7401 or currierm@canton.edu

Canton offers programs that are online or on-campus to fulfill students’ needs. Students in the B. Tech program will learn through public service and business courses, finishing their degree at a certified law enforcement academy. Those in the AAS program are provided with a solid foundation that enables them to transfer into the B. Tech program if desired. All of this is accomplished with a comparably low tuition rate.

North Carolina

North Carolina Central University

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice- Corrections
  • On campus tuition:
    • North Carolina resident: $3728/year
    • Non-North Carolina resident: $16,435/year
  • Online tuition:
    • North Carolian resident: $3065/year
    • Non-North Carolina resident: $13,584/year
  • Offered Online and On Campus in Durham, NC
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • Contact: Undergraduate Admissions at (919) 530-6100

North Carolina Central University’s affordable Criminal Justice-Corrections program gives students an understanding of the entire criminal justice and juvenile justice system. The Corrections concentration features courses in Jail Policy and Practice, Corrections in the Community, Correctional Counseling, and Correctional Theory, Policy and Practice. The university also offers a dual accelerated Baccalaureate to Master’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Ohio

Franklin University

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration
  • On Campus Tuition: NA
  • Online Tuition: $11,940/year
  • Offered Online
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Contact: Admissions at (877) 341-6300 or admissions@franklin.edu

Franklin University’s online format allows students to study at their own pace, with 6- or 12-week courses. The program is customizable through electives and is taught by real-world criminal justice practitioners. For students who take 31 credits per year, Franklin University’s undergraduate tuition is 66 percent less than the national average for private, nonprofit four-year colleges.

Tiffin University

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Criminal Justice – Corrections
  • On Campus Tuition: $11,040/year
  • Online Tuition: $11,040/year
  • Offered Online and On Campus in Tiffin, OH
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Contact: Lacy Ellis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at (419) 448-3051 or EllisLK@tiffin.edu

Tiffin’s affordable program, which is available online and on-campus, focuses on how the field of corrections relates to the broader field of criminal justice as a whole. It also teaches students about the evaluation and treatment of offenders in community and custodial-based facilities. Students may explore the correctional environment first-hand through field experiences.

Union Institute & University

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management
  • On Campus Tuition: NA
  • Online Tuition: $10,500/year
  • Offered Online
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Contact: Paul A. Brugman, M.S., Chair at (954) 284-2128 or brugman@myunion.edu

Union Institute and University’s flexible online degree program offers students full- and part-time options, with classes starting every eight weeks. Faculty are experienced professionals who bring real-world experience to the classroom. Union Institute and University’s affordable tuition is combined with financial aid and scholarship options to bring even more value to its education.

Tennessee

Lee University

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Corrections Emphasis
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice & Criminology Emphasis
  • On Campus Tuition: NA
  • Online Tuition: $9912/year
  • Offered Online
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • Contact: Dr. Jeffrey Sargent, Chairperson at jsargent@leeuniversity.edu

Lee’s online Criminal Justice degree programs have a Biblical/theological foundation, like all of its degree programs. It also offers a great value for those looking for an affordable online corrections education. Courses in the Corrections emphasis include Juvenile Delinquency, Probation and Parole, Abnormal Psychology, Community Trauma Management, and Drugs and Behavior.

University of Memphis

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • On Campus Tuition:
    • Tennessee Resident: $10,056/year
    • Non-Tennessee Resident: $17,184/year
  • Online Tuition:
    • Tennessee Resident: $10,056/year
    • Non-Tennessee Resident: $12,570/year
  • Offered Online and On Campus in Memphis, TN
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • Contact: Dept. of Criminology and Criminal Justice at (901) 678-2737

The University of Memphis offers affordable online and on-campus options for its BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice program. An Honors Program is available to those who have completed 55 hours of coursework and have a 3.25 or higher departmental and overall GPA. Membership in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Student Association is also provided for students who which to experience opportunities to learn more about criminal justice.

Texas

American Intercontinental University

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Corrections and Case Management Emphasis
    • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
  • On Campus Tuition: $11,646/year
  • Online Tuition: $11,646/year
  • Offered Online and On-Campus in Atlanta, GA and Houston, TX
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Contact: Admissions at (855) 377-1888

Courses in the AIU CJ-Corrections and Case Management program include Penology, Addiction Intervention in the Justice System, Prison Law, Offender Rehabilitation, and Case Management & Treatment Planning. Affordable options are available for both online and on-campus study, and start dates are on a rolling basis.

Tarleton State University

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
    • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in Criminal Justice Administration
  • On Campus Tuition:
    • Texas Resident: $6963/year
    • Non-Texas Resident: $18,670/year
  • Online Tuition:
    • Texas Resident: $8276/year
    • Non-Texas Resident: 17,448/year
  • Offered Online and On Campus in Stephenville, Waco, Bryan, Fort Worth and Midlothian, TX
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • Contact: Criminal Justice Admin at (254) 968-9024 or cjadmin@tarleton.edu

Tarleton State offers reasonable online and on-campus programs taught by faculty with experience and expertise in both theory and practice. Criminal Justice majors may join the university’s Criminal Justice Association or Alpha Phi Sigma, the nationally recognized honor society for Criminal Justice students. Tuition exemption is available for peace officers who are looking to further their careers through education.

University of North Texas

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • On Campus Tuition:
    • Texas Resident: $1500/year
    • Oklahoma Resident: $4500/year
    • Non-Texas Resident: $13,740/year
  • Online Tuition:
    • Non-Texas Resident: $11,520/year
  • Offered Online or On Campus in Denton, TX
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • Contact: Amanda DeVaney, Academic Counselor at (940) 565-4115 or Devaney@unt.edu

UNT’s BS in Criminal Justice is offered online and on-campus at affordable tuition rates. An optional internship is available for those who wish to gain practical, hands-on experience in the field. The Dept. of Criminal Justice also offers scholarships to qualified Criminal Justice students to help lower tuition even more.

West Texas A&M University

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Corrections
    • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice- Corrections
  • On Campus Tuition:
    • Texas resident: $10,437/year
    • Non-Texas resident: $11,337/year
  • Online Tuition: $11,337/year
  • Offered Online and On Campus in Amarillo, TX
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • Contact: Dr. Brandon Bang, Director at (806) 651-2595 or bbang@wtamu.edu

West Texas A&M University offers a BS or BA in Criminal Justice -Corrections through flexible methods, including online, on-campus and hybrid formats. Its affordability and flexibility combined with the quality and credibility of the education offered places the school on this list of the most affordable corrections schools in the country.

Virginia

Regent University

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Corrections
  • On-Campus Tuition: $17,220/year
  • Online Tuition: $9480/year
  • Offered Online and On Campus in Virginia Beach, VA
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • Contact: Admissions at (800) 373-5504

Regent’s online and on-campus degree options are affordable and flexible. Classes are taught from a Christian worldview. Scholarships are also available to help bring the cost of tuition down even more. Career opportunities for graduates have included Bailiff, Border Patrol & Customs, Game Warden, and Police & Probation Officer.

West Virginia

Salem University

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice – Administration of Justice – Corrections
    • Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • On-Campus Tuition: $16,900/year
  • Online Tuition: $16,900/year
  • Offered Online and On-Campus in Salem, WV
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Contact: Admissions at (844) 462-9128

Started in 1889, Salem College has long been known known for its small classes and providing extra attention to students. Today, as Salem University, Salem’s affordable online and on-campus courses are offered with continuous enrollment, and are delivered in a monthly format. This flexibility is designed to work well for students of all backgrounds.

West Virginia State University

  • Degree(s):
    • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • On Campus Tuition:
    • West Virginia Resident: $7165/year
    • Metro Resident: $12,156/year (for students from certain counties in KY, OH, VA, MD and PA)
    • Non-West Virginia Resident: $15,572/year
  • Online Tuition:
    • West Virginia Resident: $7165/year
    • Metro Resident: $12,156/year (for students from certain counties in KY, OH, VA, MD and PA)
    • Non-West Virginia Resident: $15,572/year
  • Offered Online and On Campus in Institute, WV
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Contact: Dr. Leighann Davidson, Chair at (304) 766-5721 or ljustice1@wvstateu.edu

West Virginia State University’s affordable BS in Criminal Justice prepares students for careers in corrections, law enforcement, probation and parole, juvenile justice, and more. In online and on-campus formats, students learn knowledge of and sensitivity to multicultural, racial and gender issues in the criminal justice system and the larger society.