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Alaska Criminal Justice Schools

  • 2 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Alaska are in our database. (see below)
  • 2 of them offer bachelor’s degrees, and 1 offers a mix of bachelor’s, associate’s, and certificates.
  • No Top Ranked Schools in US News and World Reports
  • According to Kiplinger’s, Alaska has no schools listed in the top 100 for “Values in Public Colleges.”
  • 10 campus-based and online schools in Alaska are available for requesting information.

Due to Alaska’s economy being based largely on the extraction of natural resources, it has been able to buck larger national trends of economic malaise and jobs being lost. In fact, Alaska has not only steadily increased its population, but it is also projected to outpace the rest of the country’s growth for the next 20 years by over 62% according to the US Census.

Profiles of Well-Known Schools in Alaska

University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Both undergraduate and graduate programs can be obtained at the Department of Justice at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. The Bachelor of Arts in Justice is one of the most popular programs of its kind in the state and the Master’s of Arts in Justice Administration is the first graduate degree at UAF to be offered fully online. The department hosts numerous symposiums and conferences with focuses ranging from dispute resolution to cyber terrorism, involving both faculty and student research. Graduates of the bachelor’s program are effectively prepared to pursue graduate study and those enrolled in the master’s program are specifically trained to take on supervisory and management positions.

University of Alaska, Anchorage
The Justice Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage offers a Bachelor of Arts in Justice, a Master’s in Public Administration with a Criminal Justice Emphasis, a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies, an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies, and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies. Since 1975, the center has been breaking ground in research on juvenile justice, substance abuse, and violence against women. The faculty are experts in a broad range of disciplines including law, criminology, corrections, and law enforcement, and regularly contribute to professional journals, including the Justice Center’s quarterly research publication, the Alaska Justice Forum. The UAA Justice Center is also home to the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC). Students will also find the academic and professional networking they need with the Justice Club, a student organization.

Alaska Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers 1,080 $57,640
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 330 $87,860
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 110 $106,750
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 1,140 $72,240

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.

Respected leaders who have graduated from universities in Alaska

  • Former Governor Jay S. Hammond – University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • Alaska State Sentator Lyman Hoffman – University of Alaska
  • Alaska House of Representative Scott Kawasaki – University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Alaska Criminal Justice Degrees

Opportunities for criminal justice degree holders in Alaska are uniquely broad. Not only does Alaska offer the typical employment opportunities with the city and state government, but due to its location on two international borders (Canada and Russia) and the large quantity of federally controlled land in the state, there is good opportunity for criminal justice jobs with the federal government.

Alaska’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook 2, 3, 4, 5

As of September 2014, the unemployment rate for Alaska is 6.8%, which is above the national average of 5.8%. This is still well below the peak unemployment rate of 8.2% in November of 2009. The unemployment low for the state was 5.9%, and recorded in March 2007. Alaska is the least impacted by downturn of all states, with continued job growth overall, and a government sector where many criminal justice jobs exist. According to Projection Central, the annual criminal justice hiring outlooks in Alaska include:

  • Police and Sheriff Patrol: 30 annual openings/88% in positions report some college or bachelor’s degree
  • Correctional Officers: 20 annual openings/60% in positions report some college or bachelor’s degrees
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: 10 annual openings
  • Security Guards: 10 annual openings
  • Paralegals: 90 annual openings/88% in positions report some college or bachelor’s degrees

These annual openings are a result of growth, and replacement.

The Mercatus Center, a conservative think tank, analyzed and ranked the long-term solvency of state governments. After reviewing Alaska’s budgeting process, cash/tax collections, and funding of pensions, it ranked Alaska second in the nation. This shows very sound employment practices, and means Alaska is very likely to fulfill its obligation to its state employees.

If you live in Alaska, we recommend the following accredited campus-based and online criminal justice programs for students interested in pursuing associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the growing field of criminal justice.

Online and Alaska Criminal Justice Schools

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Salary Information for Graduates in Alaska

Salaries for police officers vary by region and upon completion of training and probation. The mean annual wage for police and patrol officers in Alaska is $64,610. 1 Members of the Fairbanks Police Department enjoy a four day work week and generous benefits with preference given to individuals who have completed college-level criminal justice coursework. In addition to these opportunities, the Alaska Department of Corrections and US Department of Homeland Security are all currently hiring for a number of positions.

Average Computer Forensic Salaries in Alaska:

Average salary for a computer forensic examiner in the state of Alaska: $62,000-$69,000**
Average computer forensic salary in Anchorage, Alaska: $63,000-$70,000**
Average computer forensic salary in Juneau, Alaska: $61,000-68,000**
Average computer forensic salary in Fairbanks, Alaska: $55,000-61,000**
Average computer forensic salary in Kodiak, Alaska: $54,000-60,000**

As Alaska continues to grow its population, it follows that the number of crimes committed and the number of people incarcerated will continue to increase. Because of this, demand for criminal justice graduates, which is already high, is likely to continue to increase for the foreseeable future.

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Directory of Alaska Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

University of Alaska-Anchorage (Anchorage)
Bachelor of Science | Justice
Minor | Justice

University of Alaska-Fairbanks (Fairbanks)
Bachelor of Arts | Justice
Bachelor Degree | Emergency Management
Master of Arts | Administration of Justice
Master’s Degree | Security and Disaster Management
Minor | Justice
Minor | Emergency Management
Occupational Endorsement | Homeland Security

1. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_AK.htm
2. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/lau/ see state on page for current unemployment rate
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ State Occupational Projections: http://https://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm.htm
4. Y Charts 10 Year Unemployment Chart: http://http://ycharts.com/indicators/alaska_unemployment_rate
5. Mercatus Center State Fiscal Condition: http://mercatus.org/publication/state-fiscal-condition-ranking-50-states