Best Criminology Schools in the Philippines

Would you like to work for an institution that is in the front line in terms of preserving the security and stability of a nation, like law enforcement agencies, security administration offices, crime detection groups, and prevention or correctional administration units? A Bachelor of Science in Criminology or Criminal Justice may be the degree that you are looking for.

The BS Criminology or Criminal Justice course is a 4-year college degree program where aspiring criminologists will learn different theories and practices related to Police Photography, Ballistics, Forensic Science, Toxicology, Polygraphy and Legal Medicine, alongside special Physical Education classes such as Martial Arts, First Aid, Survival Training, Marksmanship, and Combat Shooting.

Continue reading to know more about Bachelor of Science in Criminology course in the Philippines.

Admission Requirements for BS Criminology

Each school may have different requirements for admission but the following are the usual requirements that every aspiring Criminology student should prepare:

  • Must be a high school graduate – If there is non-completion of high school education, the student may opt to attend Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college.
  • College entrance exam
  • Interview
  • Good Moral Certificate
  • Drug and Psychological Test as per CHED Memorandum Order no. 21 series of 2005, section 16

Criminologists in the Philippines

While many BS Criminology graduates who pass the Criminologist Licensure Examination end up as police officers, there are many other jobs awaiting them in the field of law enforcement, such as:

  • an officer in a correctional and penal institutions (jails), for instance, in the Bureau of Corrections;
  • a teacher/ instructor of Criminology subjects in universities/colleges;
  • an agent, adviser or administrator; or
  • a member of crime detection groups, for example, in the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police

The BS Criminology course may seem difficult at first but many students can attest that this is an interesting degree to study. However, before one can enjoy full practice of criminology, he/she must first pass the Criminologist Licensure Examination.  

Criminologist Licensure Examination

The Criminologist Licensure Examination (CLE) is conducted twice a year by the Board of Criminology under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

The following are the scope and coverage of the CLE board exam:

  1. Criminal Jurisprudence, Procedure and Evidence (20%)
  • Criminal Law Book I, Criminal Law Book II
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence and Court Testimony

2. Law Enforcement Administration (20%)

  • Police Organization and Administration with Police Planning
  • Industrial Security Administration
  • Police Patrol Operations with Police Communication System
  • Police Intelligence
  • Police Personnel and Records Management
  • Comparative Police System

3. Criminalistics (20%)

  • Personal Identification
  • Police Photography
  • Forensic Ballistics
  • Questioned Documents Examination
  • Polygraph (Lie Detection)
  • Legal Medicine

4. Crime Detection and Investigation (15%)

  • Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation
  • Traffic Management and Accident Investigation
  • Special Crime Investigation
  • Organized Crime Investigation
  • Drug Education and Vice Control
  • Fire Technology and Arson Investigation

5. Sociology of Crimes and Ethics (15%)

  • Introduction to Criminology and Psychology of Crimes
  • Philippine Criminal Justice System
  • Ethics and Values
  • Juvenile Deliquency
  • Human Behavior and Crisis Management and Criminological Research and Statistics

6. Correctional Administration (10%)

  • Institutional Corrections
  • Non institutional Corrections

Top Performing Schools for  Criminologists Licensure Exam

Find out below the the top schools for BS Criminology. Below are the data about the average passing rates in previous Criminologists Licensure Exams. View the table below to see if the school you are considering to enroll in is in the list!

Category 1: Criminology Schools with 201 and above examinees

1University of the CordillerasBaguio City97%309317
2University of BaguioBaguio City89%258287
3Ifugao State University - Main CampusLamut88%295334
4Cagayan de Oro College - PHINMA Education NetworkCagayan de Oro85%281327
5University of MindanaoDavao City80%335414
5University of ManilaManila80%247305
6Araullo UniversityCabanatuan City77%415534
7University of Mindanao - TagumTagum City73%326442
8Cordillera Career Development CollegeLa Trinidad71%254353
8PLT CollegeBayombong71%192269
9PHINMA University of IloiloIloilo City69%235336
10Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology - MainCabanatuan City68%199289
10Lipa City CollegesLipa City68%177259
11University of CebuCebu City67%230343
11Isabela State University - Cauayan City CampusCauayan City67%164244
12Bulacan State University - Main CampusMalolos City66%180271
13Western Mindanao State UniversityZamboanga City65%188286
14Naga College FoundationNaga City64%189291
14Holy Cross of Davao College Davao City64%129201
15Urdaneta City UniversityUrdaneta City61%135218
15Southway College of TechnologySan Francisco61%135218
16Mountain Province State University Bontoc60%319526
16Taguig City UniversityTaguig City 60%289481
17University of Northern Philippines ViganVigan City 59%345577

Category 2: Criminology Schools with 101-200 examinees

1Cavite State University - Indang CampusIndang96%109113
2Kings Colleges of the PhilippinesLa Trinidad92%172186
3Tarlac State UniversityTarlac City83%135161
3Data Center College of the Philippines of Laoag CityLaoag City83%114137
3Capitol UniversityCagayan de Oro83%88105
4Universidad de ManilaManila82%131158
5Southern Leyte State University SogodSogod79%143179
6Holy Angel University Angeles City75%89118
7Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng MarikinaMarikina City74%75101
8Innovative College of Science and Information Technology Bongabong73%96130
8De La Salle University DasmariñasDasmariñas City73%76103
9Christian Polytechnic Institute of CatanduanesVirac71%92128
10Misamis UniversityOzamiz City70%72102
11Isabela State UniversityEchague67%121179
11Ifugao State University - Potia CampusPotia67%79117
12Quirino State CollegeDiffun66%68102
13Veritas College of IrosinIrosin65%74113
14University of Cebu - Lapu Lapu and Mandaue CampusMandaue City64%93144
14University of Mindanao - Digos CollegeDigos City64%72111
15Batangas State UniversityBatangas City62%89142
16Saint Joseph Institute of TechnologyButuan City61%107175
17Manuel S. Enverga University FoundationLucena City60%120199
17Romblon State UniversityOdiongan60%108178
17Southern Philippines CollegesCagayan de Oro60%106176

Category 3: Criminology Schools with 100 and below examinees

1Saint Peter's College - Iligan CityIligan City96%3233
1Kolehiyo ng Lungsod ng LipaLipa City96%2526
2St. Michael's College of Iligan CityIligan City94%3335
3Father Saturnino Urios UniversityButuan City 93%4144
4Notre Dame of Marbel University Koronadal City91%2123
5Holy Child College of ButuanButuan City 90%4651
6Saint Mary's UniversityBayombong88%6776
7Cagayan State University - Piat CampusPiat87%5158
8Angeles University FoundationAngeles City83%8096
8Saint Louis College - City of San FernandoSan Fernando City83%2631
9University of Pangasinan PHINMA Education NetworkDagupan City82%28
9Saint Michael College of CaragaNasipit82%1923
10St. Mary's College of TagumTagum City81%3138
11La Salle University OzamizOzamiz City80%1721
12St. Thomas More School of Law and Business Tagum City79%1924
13Emilio Aguinaldo College in ManilaManila78%6380
14Cor Jesu CollegeDigos City76%7396
14Cagayan State University - Sanchez Mira CampusSanchez Mira76%5977
14Criminal Justice CollegeMuntinlupa City76%2634
15Sumulong College of Arts and SciencesAntipolo City75%3952
16Batangas State University - NasugbuNasugbu74%4662
16Central Luzon College of Science and TechnologyOlongapo City74%2027
17Laguna State Polytechnic University - San Pablo CampusSan Pablo City73%5879
17Gingoog City Junior CollegeGingoog City73%4156
17Asia Pacific College of Advanced StudiesBalanga City73%2230
17College of Subic MontessoriOlongapo City73%1926
17Lanao School of Science and TechnologyMaranding73%1115
18San Sebastian College - Recoletos de CaviteCavite City72%2940
19Jose Rizal Memorial State University - SioconSiocon71%3346
20Cagayan State University - Aparri CampusAparri70%6390
20Misamis University - Oroquieta CityOroquieta City 70%4868
20Westmead International SchoolBatangas City70%1420
21Baguio Central University Baguio City69%6898
22Isabela State University - Angadanan CampusAngadanan68%4972
22Filamer Christian UniversityRoxas City 68%2029
23Lyceum Northwestern UniversityDagupan City67%2334
24John Paul CollegeRoxas66%3857
24Saint Louis College of BulanaoTabuk City66%3857
24Meycauayan CollegeMeycauayan City 66%1827
25Foundation UniversityDumaguete City65%3046
26Kalinga State UniversityTabuk City 64%5281
26International School of Asia and the PacificPeñablanca64%5077
26Siquijor State CollegeLarena64%3859
26Alpha Centauri Educational SystemLucena City64%2031
27Mater Dei CollegeTubigon63%5383
27University of Perpetual Help System DALTA in Las PiñasLas Piñas63%3657
28University of Nueva CaceresNaga City62%3454
28Amando Cope CollegeTabaco City 62%2540
29Holy Name University Tagbilaran City61%3760
29Systems Plus College FoundationAngeles City61%2134
30Liceo de Cagayan UniversityCagayan de Oro60%3964
30Olivarez CollegeParanaque City60%2338

Note: The tables above only rank the passing rates of First-time takers; repeaters are not included in the passing rate. All figures are based on the four (4) past Criminologists Licensure Exams in December 2017, June 2017, October 2016, and April 2016.

Source: PRC Philippines (

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