Illinois Criminal Justice Degrees & Programs

If working in the field of criminal justice seems like a good fit and you’d like to obtain your training in Illinois, you have many schools from which to choose.

IL Criminal Justice Programs

Illinois currently has about 98 schools that offer criminal justice programs. Students can choose from 95 undergraduate degrees and 12 graduate degrees and various areas of study, including criminal justice, law enforcement, private security, business administration, paralegal studies and parole officer, among others.

Levels of study include certificate, associate, bachelor and master degree programs. In addition to offering various criminal justice schools, Illinois also has various organizations to help students achieve their career goals in criminal justice.

Criminal Justice Scholarships

Aspiring criminal justice students may obtain financial assistance from scholarships like the Illinois State Scholarship Commission Police/Fire Scholarship; Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy Scholarship; Illinois Sheriff’s Association Scholarship; IFC Foundation Scholarship Program; and Chicago Police and Fire Scholarship.

Criminal Justice Career & Employment Trending

Wages of criminal justice and law enforcement workers in Illinois vary by occupation. Some may have higher wages but low predicted employment growth. Illinois probation officers & correctional treatment specialists, for example, are predicted to have a -3 percent employment growth from 2010-2022 but had a 2014 average yearly wage of $71,000, which was higher than the national average. This profession is also expected to see about 70 new job openings per year.

Professions that had wages higher than the national average were first-line supervisors of police & detectives ($104,200); forensic science technicians ($85,900); correctional officers & jailers ($60,300); and police & sheriff’s patrol officers (71,600). Criminal justice & law enforcement postsecondary teachers and private detectives & investigators both had earnings in 2014 that were lower than the national average. Although police & sheriff’s patrol officers in Illinois are predicted to see no employment growth, they are predicted to see about 1,050 new job openings per year.

The occupations that are predicted to see the highest employment growth from 2012-2022 are criminal justice & law enforcement postsecondary teachers and private detectives & investigators, which should see growths of twelve percent and eleven percent, respectively. These figures and percentages came from O*NET.

All Schools with Criminal Justice Programs in Illinois

Featured online criminal justice programs accepting applicants from Illinois

Multiple online programs, including an Associate's of Arts in Criminal Justice, and Bachelor's programs in Criminal Justice, Corrections and Case Management, Forensic Science, Homeland Security, and Law Enforcement.

IL, ONLINE PROGRAMS 

BS - Justice Administration, plus many more programs at all levels, online and over 55 different campus locations.

IL, ONLINE PROGRAMS 

Campus-based criminal justice schools in Illinois

Multiple online programs, including an Associate's of Arts in Criminal Justice, and Bachelor's programs in Criminal Justice, Corrections and Case Management, Forensic Science, Homeland Security, and Law Enforcement.

IL, ONLINE PROGRAMS 

American InterContinental University-Online
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Schaumburg, IL, ONLINE PROGRAMS 

Argosy University-Chicago
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Chicago, IL 

Argosy University-Schaumburg
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Schaumburg, IL 

Aurora University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Aurora, IL 

Benedictine University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Lisle, IL 

Black Hawk College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Moline, IL 

Blackburn College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Carlinville, IL 

Bradley University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Peoria, IL 

Carl Sandburg College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Galesburg, IL 

Chicago State University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Chicago, IL 

City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Chicago, IL 

City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Chicago, IL 

City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Chicago, IL 

City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Chicago, IL 

City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Chicago, IL 

City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies | Criminalistics and Criminal Science


Chicago, IL 

College of DuPage
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Glen Ellyn, IL 

College of Lake County
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Grayslake, IL 

Danville Area Community College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science Juvenile Corrections


Danville, IL 

BS - Justice Administration, plus many more programs at all levels, online and over 55 different campus locations.

IL, ONLINE PROGRAMS 

DeVry University-Illinois
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Chicago, IL 

Elgin Community College
Program Areas: Corrections and Criminal Justice Criminal Justice/Police Science


Elgin, IL 

Elmhurst College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Elmhurst, IL 

Eureka College
Program Areas: Corrections and Criminal Justice


Eureka, IL 

Frontier Community College
Program Areas: Corrections


Fairfield, IL 

Governors State University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


University Park, IL 

Greenville College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Greenville, IL 

Harper College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science Forensic Science and Technology


Palatine, IL 

Heartland Community College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Normal, IL 

Highland Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Freeport, IL 

Illinois Central College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science Forensic Science and Technology


East Peoria, IL 

Illinois State University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Normal, IL 

Illinois Valley Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science Forensic Science and Technology


Oglesby, IL 

International Academy of Design and Technology-Chicago
Program Areas: Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism


Chicago, IL 

ITT Technical Institute-Arlington Heights
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminalistics and Criminal Science


Arlington Heights, IL 

ITT Technical Institute-Oak Brook
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminalistics and Criminal Science


Oak Brook, IL 

ITT Technical Institute-Orland Park
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminalistics and Criminal Science


Orland Park, IL 

John A Logan College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Carterville, IL 

John Wood Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Quincy, IL 

Joliet Junior College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Joliet, IL 

Judson University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Elgin, IL 

Kankakee Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Kankakee, IL 

Kaskaskia College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Centralia, IL 

Kishwaukee College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Malta, IL 

Lewis and Clark Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Godfrey, IL 

Lewis University
Program Areas: Corrections and Criminal Justice Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Forensic Science and Technology


Romeoville, IL 

Lincoln College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Lincoln, IL 

Lincoln Land Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Springfield, IL 

Lincoln Trail College
Program Areas: Corrections | Juvenile Corrections


Robinson, IL 

Loyola University Chicago
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Forensic Science and Technology


Chicago, IL 

MacCormac College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Chicago, IL 

MacMurray College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Jacksonville, IL 

McHenry County College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Crystal Lake, IL 

Millikin University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Decatur, IL 

Moraine Valley Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Palos Hills, IL 

Morton College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Cicero, IL 

North Park University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Chicago, IL 

Northeastern Illinois University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Chicago, IL 

Northwestern College-Chicago Campus
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Chicago, IL 

Northwestern College-Southwestern Campus
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Bridgeview, IL 

Oakton Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Des Plaines, IL 

Olivet Nazarene University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Bourbonnais, IL 

Olney Central College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Olney, IL 

Parkland College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Champaign, IL 

Prairie State College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Chicago Heights, IL 

Quincy University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Forensic Science and Technology


Quincy, IL 

Rasmussen College-Illinois
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Rockford, IL 

Rend Lake College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Ina, IL 

Richland Community College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Decatur, IL 

Rock Valley College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Rockford, IL 

Roosevelt University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Chicago, IL 

Saint Xavier University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Chicago, IL 

Sauk Valley Community College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Dixon, IL 

Shawnee Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science Forensic Science and Technology


Ullin, IL 

South Suburban College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Forensic Science and Technology | Juvenile Corrections


South Holland, IL 

Southeastern Illinois College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Harrisburg, IL 

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Carbondale, IL 

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Edwardsville, IL 

Southwestern Illinois College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration | Criminal Justice/Police Science


Belleville, IL 

Strayer University-Illinois
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration | Criminal Justice/Police Science


Chicago, IL 

Taylor Business Institute
Program Areas: Corrections and Criminal Justice Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism


Chicago, IL 

Trinity Christian College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Palos Heights, IL 

Triton College
Program Areas: Corrections Administration Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


River Grove, IL 

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Chicago, IL 

University of Illinois at Chicago
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Forensic Science and Technology


Chicago, IL 

University of Illinois at Springfield
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Springfield, IL 

University of Phoenix-Chicago Campus
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Schaumburg, IL 

University of St Francis
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Joliet, IL 

Waubonsee Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Sugar Grove, IL 

Western Illinois University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Macomb, IL 

Westwood College-Chicago Loop
Program Areas: Corrections and Criminal Justice


Chicago, IL 

Westwood College-Dupage
Program Areas: Corrections and Criminal Justice


Woodridge, IL 

Westwood College-O’Hare Airport
Program Areas: Corrections and Criminal Justice


Chicago, IL 

Westwood College-River Oaks
Program Areas: Corrections and Criminal Justice


Calumet City, IL