Best criminal justice graduate schools in District of Columbia

Three years after completing their degree, criminal justice master's graduates earn a weighted average salary of $47,894. Our criminal justice rankings cover 113 out of the 197 programs available, accounting for 81.3% of total conferrals. We are unable to include schools for which there are insufficient earnings and/or debt data.

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#1 in District of Columbia | #41 in Criminal Justice nationally

American University

Washington, District of Columbia

Economic score: 0.47

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $70,616

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $28,187

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $55,535

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.79

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in District of Columbia | #50 in Criminal Justice nationally

University of the District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia

Economic score: 0.53

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $63,005

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $20,576

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $49,124

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.78

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.