Best criminal justice graduate schools in Virginia

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.

For more information on how we determine the best criminal justice programs, please visit our methodology page.  

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#1 in Virginia | #13 in Criminal Justice nationally

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia

Economic score: 0.31

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

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Earnings: $73,073

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $33,048

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: $41,000

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

Debt to earnings: 0.56

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 Virginia | #51 in Criminal Justice nationally

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia

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: $50,709

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $10,684

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: $34,027

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

Debt to earnings: 0.67

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.

#3 in Virginia | #114 in Criminal Justice nationally

South University–Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Economic score: 1.66

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

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Earnings: $33,965

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $6,060

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: $47,833

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

Debt to earnings: 1.41

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.