California Criminal Justice Schools

  • 102 schools offering criminal justice degrees in California are in our database. (see below)
  • 57 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 21 of them offer bachelor’s degrees and above, and 6 offer a mix of bachelor’s and master’s
  • We found 8 schools in California ranked in US News and World Reports that have a criminal justice program. The Top 5 are: #1 University of California–Berkeley Berkeley, CA; #2 University of California–Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA; #8 University of California–San Diego La Jolla, CA; #9 University of California–Davis Davis, CA; #10 University of California–Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
  • According to Kiplinger’s, California has 12 universities ranked in the top 100 for “Values in Public Colleges”. The Top 5 are: #7 University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA; #6 University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; #13 University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA; #16 University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA; #22 University of California, Davis, Davis, CA; #17 University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA.
  • 10 campus-based and online schools in California are available for requesting information.

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Profiles of Well Known Schools in California

California State University, Los Angeles
The School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics at California State University, Los Angeles is located within the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center, which functions as a place for both instruction and laboratory research. Individuals can pursue both a Bachelors of Science or a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice as well as a Masters of Science in Criminalistics. Coursework for criminal justice majors cover theory, research, statistics, juvenile justice, ethics, forensics, and contemporary criminal procedures. The faculty are active researchers with a strong focus in forensic evidence, youth gangs, HIV/AIDS issues, and drug addiction. With forensic laboratories, students have the opportunity to learn the basics of DNA testing, trace evidence analysis and controlled substances.

California State University, Long Beach
Both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice are offered in California State University, Long Beach’s Department of Criminal Justice. There are also career focused certificate programs in applied forensics and in high-tech crime. The world renowned faculty research and publish in the areas of juvenile delinquency, environmental criminology, court procedures, and domestic violence. For those wishing to dedicate less time to earning a higher degree, CSUB has a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Off-Campus Accelerated Program with classes scheduled on Saturdays. The Department of Criminal Justice offers an educational experience for students of all walks of life with many different types of schedules.

Carrington College (Online): Carrington College California is part of the Devry University System and it offers a long list of online associate programs, including criminal justice. This program is taught with an emphasis in Criminal Investigation/Loss Prevention Security and consists of a total of 60 credit hours. Major core courses include Introduction to Criminal Justice, Introduction to Security, Terrorism and Homeland Security, and Organized Crime. The Employment Seminar and Capstone Project is a six hour research intensive course that is designed to better prepare students for job acquisition.

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California Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers 37,210 $66,930
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 3,340 $123,860
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 12,450 $94,730
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 69,740 $84,320

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

Respected leaders who have graduated from universities in California

  • San Francisco Police Chief George Gascón – California State University, CA
  • Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck – California State University at Long Beach, CA
  • San Diego County Sheriff William D. Gore – University of San Diego, CA
  • Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens – University of La Verne, CA
Police Quote: Do not ever stop learning (don’t become stale in accomplishing your job duties). The world has changed overnight on how business is conducted, how people communicate, and, most important, how people learn. A good foundation in the criminal justice system is a prerequisite for a career in law enforcement, but one needs to bring other knowledge to the department. Public administration, organizational behavior, computer science, political science, mathematics, English, psychology, etc. are used every day in modern policing. -John Standish, Board Member of the California Peace Officers Association

California is the most populated state in the country and eighth largest economy in the world, ahead of Russia, India and Mexico. California’s prisons hold approximately 158,000 people, not including people in county jails or federal or military prisons located in California. With over 1,260,000 crimes committed in California in 2008, there is a high demand for skilled criminal justice graduates. Criminal justice in California has been well-represented in Hollywood with movies like LA Confidential, The Rock (Alcatraz), Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation), Quincy (Los Angeles Coroner’s Department), Dirty Harry (San Francisco Police Department), Speed (Los Angeles Police Department). It is also home to a long and much-storied border with Mexico which includes the Tijuana border crossing, which is the world’s busiest. California’s federal prisons have hosted some of the most famous criminals in modern history including Michael Milken, Heidi Fleiss, Ivan Boesky, and H.R. Haldeman. California is also home to a number of military bases, national parks and forests, and other Federal installations, all of which require the services of Criminal Justice graduates.

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California Criminal Justice Degrees

Earning a California criminal justice degree can unlock access to a large range of opportunities in the state of California. There are three different different types of schools serving the state—public schools, private schools and online learning providers. All are readily available in all regions of California, offering a range of degrees from Associates all of the way through PhDs. Whether you decide to pursue a career in criminal investigation at one of the states’ well known police departments or seek a career at some of the country’s largest law firms as a paralegal, a criminal justice degree will prepare you for success. Despite California’s economic struggles the criminal justice field continues to offer a range of opportunities to those who have the aptitude and the training.

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California’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook 3, 4, 5, 6

At the start of 2012, California’s unemployment rate stabilized and now fallen from the peak of the downturn, and now is 11.1%, well above the 8.5% national average. California suffered greatly, and the USA Today / Moody’s Analytics projection shows it regaining prior peak employment levels by Q4 2014. Government related employment, which is a good proxy for California criminal justice jobs, continues a shallow decline as California battles it budget woes. However, it is projected to see increases in 2013 and reach pre-crisis peaks by Q4 2014. California’s sheer size affords job opportunities still as the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ State Occupational Projections projects Police and Sheriff patrol (2,400 annual openings / 88% in positions noting some college or bachelor’s degrees), Correctional Officers (1,200 annual openings / 60% in positions have some college or bachelor’s degrees), Detectives / Investigators / Forensic Techs (500 annual openings), Security Guards (4,700 annual openings) and Paralegals (870 annual openings / 88% in positions report some college or bachelor’s degrees). According to 24/7 Wall St, California’s 2012 state budget is out of crisis but seriously stressed with a $25+ billion shortfall. Spending cuts continue broadly in the government. In any case, this is a big state with many strong pockets. California’s projections indicate there are many California criminal justice jobs. We suggest requesting free information from several California criminal schools to best understand your education options.

Online and California Criminal Justice Schools

If you live in California, 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.

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UEI College
Campuses: 1Ontario
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice

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Carrington College California
Campuses: 1Pleasant Hill
Popular Degrees:

  • AS in Criminal Justice

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University of Phoenix
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration
  • B.S in Criminal Justice Administration/Cybercrimes
  • M.S. in Administration of Justice and Security

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Liberty University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • BS in Criminal Justice
  • AA in Criminal Justice
  • Masters in Criminal Justice: Command College

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Grand Canyon University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • B.S. in Justice Studies
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
  • B.A. in Government with an Emphasis in Legal Studies

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Santa Barbara Business College
Campuses: 1Santa Maria
Popular Degrees:

  • Associate of Science Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice

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Keiser University Graduate School
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice, MA (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Homeland Security

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Platt College
Campuses: 1Riverside
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice

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Walden University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • PhD in Criminal Justice - Public Management and Leadership-Advanced
  • PhD in Criminal Justice - Online Teaching in Higher Education-Advanced
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Crime and Criminals

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Keiser University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice, AA (Online)
  • Criminal Justice, BA (Online)
  • Homeland Security, BA (Online)


Tip: If you don’t live near a campus-based school that offers a program of interest, consider an online degree or a university in an adjacent state (Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona).

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Student Review: “The University of Phoenix is a good school. The criminal justice program taught me the basics of law, court proceedings, policy making, and more. I found it easy to relate to the curriculum and stay focused on the subjects being taught. The instructors were efficient with every aspect of what a successful classroom should be. The only negative experience I had was with the learning teams. This is not specifically a university issue but an issue between students. I found it hard at times to get other students to perform tasks assigned to him or her. Overall my experience with University of Phoenix was good. I would recommend this course as well as the university to friends and family.” -student at University of Phoenix

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California Criminal Justice Salary

California is in the top 5 in the country for average salary for police and patrol officers at $77,290.1 California Highway Patrol officers make a minimum base salary of $65,185 upon completion of the Academy, and bachelor’s degree holders will make an additional 5%. 2

Criminal Justice Program Reviews

Directory of California Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

Alliant international University (San Diego, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Forensic Studies
Doctor of Philosophy | Forensic Psychology
Doctor of Psychology | Forensic Psychology

American River College (Sacramento, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Legal Assisting
Certificate | Law Office Assistant
Certificate | Legal Assisting

Antelope Valley College (Lancaster, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Administration of Justice

Argosy University (Alameda, CA; San Diego, CA; Santa Ana, CA; Santa Monica, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Bakersfield College (Bakersfield, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Correctional Administration
Certificate | Law Enforcement

Barstow Community College (Barstow, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Administration of Justice

Bryan College (Gold River, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Court Reporting
Certificate | Court Reporting (online program)

Butte College (Oroville, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Administration of Justice
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Law Enforcement Academy
Certificate of Achievement | Administration of Justice

Cabrillo College (Aptos, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice | Corrections
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice | Corrections
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement
Certificate | Community Service Officer Skills

California Baptist University (Riverside, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Administration

Student Review: “The criminal Justice program at CBU is a great program for people who have a passion to serve in their communities. The program itself is designed to challenge the students and uses real-life case studies to prepare students for a successful career. The professors are friendly, easy to approach, and exercise a lot of flexibility as they are available both in and out of office to help students with any questions. As a student who lived on the main campus, I would say that the environment is learning-friendly, and allows you to create long-term professional relationships. Various opportunities are provided, where students can attend career workshops, mock interviews with hiring companies, and different resume workshops to enhance the success of students.” – student at California Baptist University

California Coast University (Santa Ana, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)

California Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Minor | Legal Studies

California State Polytechnic University – Pomona (Pomona, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Sociology with Minor in Criminal Justice

Student Review: “In general, the study of criminology at Cal Poly Pomona is generally rigorous, challenging and practical. Since Cal Pol is a “Polytechnic” school we do a lot of “hands-on” learning and I think its a great alternative to boring lectures. We are in the labs and in group projects often and the down side of this is that there are very few opportunities to discuss the textbook content with the class and professor. We have to go to the professor’s office hours if we have any questions concerning the text. Despite this setback, the practicality and the ability to apply what we just learned is just amazing. Many of my colleagues test their abilities and aptitude in the many projects we have. In the end, Cal Poly Pomona’s criminal justice system is not the best but it is above average in the Cal State system.” -Cristian G., student at California State Polytechnic University – Pomona

California State University-Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
California State University-Dominguez Hills (Carson, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Administration
Master of Public Administration | Criminal Justice Administration (online program)

California State University, Chico (Chico, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

Student Review: “My experience in the criminal justice program at Chico State was overall a good one. I had experienced and knowledgeable professors who were approachable and challenging. The expected us to do our best and were constantly relating our classroom experiences to things we would face in the ‘real world.’ Chico State offered many different classes to fulfill requirements and I was able to take classes that interested me and still allowed me to attain my degree. After I graduated I was able to get a job working in the social service field but still working within the criminal justice system. In my time in this position I have learned how social services agencies and law enforcement agencies interact, the experience has been extremely valuable. Overall getting my degree in criminal justice has served me well and was worth the investment.” -Quinn H., student at California State University, Chico

California State University-East Bay (Hayward, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Administration

California State University-Fullerton (Fullerton, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

California State University-Long Beach (Long Beach, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Emergency Management (online program)
Master of Science | Criminal Justice

California State University-Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement Option
Credit Certificate | Child Maltreatment and Family Violence
Credit Certificate | Law Enforcement Leadership
Master of Arts | Forensic Anthropology
Master of Science | Criminal Justice | Administration
Master of Science | Criminal Justice | Forensic Mental Health
Master of Science | Criminalistics
Minor | Forensic Science

California State University-Sacramento (Sacramento, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Biology (Forensic Biology concentration)
Bachelor of Science | Chemistry (Forensic Chemistry concentration)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice

Student Review: “California State University at Sacramento is a fair school, but the criminal justice program is that of a nationally ranked university. The professors gave insightful lectures that were never boring. Case studies used real examples that could be linked to everyday scenarios. The guest speakers were captivating and the on-site internship program is excellent in preparing you for a real career in law enforcement. This is especially valuable, because hands-on experience is so crucial, yet so hard to find in most college programs. Definitely consider CSU Sacramento for your criminal justice program.” -Kelly H., student at California State University, Sacramento

California State University-San Bernardino (San Bernardino, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice

California State University-Stanislaus (Turlock, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Carrington College (Antioch, CA; Citrus Heights, CA; Emeryville, CA; Pleasant Hill, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice

Cerritos College (Norwalk, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Arts | Administration of Justice
Associate in Arts | Court Reporting and Captioning Careers
Associate in Arts | Security Management
Certificate of Completion | Computer & Information Sciences | Cyber Security
Certificate of Completion | Court Reporting | Beginning Realtime Captioner/Broadcast Captioning
Certificate of Completion | Court Reporting | CART Reporter/Realtime Captioner
Certificate of Completion | Court Reporting | Certified Realtime Reporter
Certificate of Completion | Court Reporting | Realtime Rapid Text Entry
Certificate of Completion | Court Reporting/Computerized Shorthand
Certificate of Completion | Proofreader | Court Reporting Method
Certificate of Completion | Scopist for Court Reporters

Cerro Coso Community College (Ridgecrest, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Administration of Justice

Chabot College (Hayward, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Administration of Justice

Chaffey College (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Administration of Justice
Associate of Science | Correctional Science
Certificate | Administration of Justice
Certificate | Correctional Science

Charles A. Jones Skills and Business Education Center (Sacramento, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Court Reporting
Certificate | Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD)
Certificate | Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Citrus College (Glendora, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Science | Administration of Justice
Associate in Science | Emergency Management & Homeland Security
Certificate of Achievement | Administration of Justice

City College of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Science | Administration of Justice
Certificate of Accomplishment | Administration of Justice
Certificate of Accomplishment | Forensic Identification

Clarita Career College (Canyon Country, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Coastline Community College (Fountain Valley, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Arts | Emergency Management
Certificate of Achievement | Emergency Management

College of Marin (Kentfield, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Administration of Justice
Associate of Science | Court Reporting

College of San Mateo (San Mateo, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Administration of Justice
Certificate | Administration of Justice
Certificate | CIS Network Security Specialist
Certificate | Computer Forensics

College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

College of the Desert (Palm Desert, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Administration of Justice
Certificate | Administration of Justice

College of the Sequoias (Visalia, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Law Office Clerk/Receptionist
Certificate | Police Academy

College of the Siskiyous (Weed, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Administration of Justice
Certificate | Administration of Justice

Contra Costa College (San Pablo, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Public Service Education
Associate of Science | Administration of Justice
Copper Mountain College (Joshua Tree, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Administration of Justice
Certificate of Completion | Administration of Justice
Certificate of Proficiency | Peace Officer Arrest; Firearms

Crafton Hills College (Yucaipa, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Administration of Justice
Certificate | Administration of Justice
Certificate | Public Safety and Services: Emergency Management

Cuesta College (San Luis Obispo, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice

Cuyamaca College (El Cajon, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:

Cypress College (Cypress, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Conflict Resolution
Certificate | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Victimology

De Anza College (Cupertino, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Corrections and Probation
Associate of Arts | Law Enforcement
Associate of Arts | Private Security
Certificate of Advanced AcheivementPrivate Security | Criminal Justice

Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice

East Los Angeles College (Monterey Park, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Administration of Justice
Certificate | Administration of Justice

El Camino College-Compton Center (Compton, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Arts | Administration of Justice
Certificate of Accomplishment | Administration of Justice
Certificate of Achievement | Administration of Justice

El Camino Community College (Torrance, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Administration of Justice

Empire College (Santa Rosa, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Legal Office Administration
Certificate | Legal Secretary

Everest College (Los Angeles, CA; Ontario, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice

Evergreen Valley College (San Jose, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Administration of Justice
Associate of Science | Administration of Justice

Feather River Community College District (Quincy, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Administration of Justice

Folsom Lake College (Folsom, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Administration of Justice

Fremont College (Cerritos, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:

Fresno City College (Fresno, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminology
Certificate | Criminology
Certificate of Achievement | Criminology

Fullerton College (Fullerton, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Administration of Justice
Associate of Science | Administration of Justice
Certificate | Crime Analysis
Certificate | Crime Scene Investigation
Certificate | Law Enforcement

Gavilan College (Gilroy, CA)
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Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Administration of Justice | Corrections
Associate of Arts | Administration of Justice | Law Enforcement
Associate of Arts | Administration of Justice | Law Enforcement with Police Academy
Certificate of Achievement | Administration of Justice | Corrections
Certificate of Achievement | Administration of Justice | Law Enforcement
Certificate of Achievement | Administration of Justice | Law Enforcement with Police Academy

Glendale Community College (Glendale, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Administration of Justice
Associate of Science | Alcohol/Drug Specialist
Certificate of Completion | Law Enforcement Investigator
Certificate of Completion | Law Enforcement Training Academy
Certificate of Completion | Police Supervision

Golden West College (Huntington Beach, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Criminal Justice

Grossmont College (El Cajon, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Administration of Justice
Associate of Science | Corrections
Associate of Science | Forensic Technology
Associate of Science | Law Enforcement
Associate of Science | Legal Systems; Court Management
Associate of Science | Security Management
Diploma | Security Officer Academy

Hartnell College (Salinas, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Administration of Justice | Correctional Science (online program)
Associate of Arts | Administration of Justice | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Administration of Justice | Correctional Science
Certificate | Administration of Justice | Criminal Justice

Heald College (Concord, CA; Fresno, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Second Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice Administration

Henley-Putnam University (San Jose, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)
Masters Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)

Humphreys College (Stockton, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Arts | Court Reporting
Associate in Science | Court Reporting
Associate of Arts | Court Reporting
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Legal Office Administration
Associate of Science | Court Reporting
Associate of Science | Legal Office Administration
Bachelor of Science | Court Reporting
Bachelor of Science | Court Reporting (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Court Reporting | CSR (Online) (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice | Corrections; Probation; Parole
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice | Forensic Accounting
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice | Leadership and Management
Certificate of Completion | Court Reporting
Certificate of Completion | Legal Office Administration

ICDC College (Los Angeles, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Homeland Security (online program)
Diploma | Homeland Security & Investigation (online program)

Imperial Valley College (Imperial, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Administration of Justice
Certificate | Administration of Justice
Certificate | Correctional Science

Irvine Valley College (Irvine, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Administration of Justice
Occupational Certificate | Administration of Justice | Law Enforcement
Occupational Certificate | Administration of Justice | Supervision

ITT Technical Institute (Anaheim, CA; Clovis, CA; Concord, CA; Lathrop, CA; Oxnard, CA; Rancho Cordova, CA; San Bernardino, CA; San Diego, CA; San Dimas, CA; Sylmar, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)

Kaplan College (Bakersfield, CA; Clovis, CA; North County, CA; Palm Springs, CA; Panorama City, CA; Sacramento, CA; Salida, CA; San Diego, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice

LA College international (Los Angeles, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)

Lake Tahoe Community College (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice

Las Positas College (Livermore, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Administration of Justice

Lassen Community College (Susanville, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Arts | Administration of Justice
Associate in Arts | University Studies: Administration of Justice
Associate in Science | Correctional Science
Certificate of Accomplishment in Administration of Justice | Reserve Officer Training Level III, Safety & Security Personnel
Certificate of Achievement | Administration of Justice
Certificate of Achievement | Correctional Science

Loma Linda University (Loma Linda, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Combined Master of Social Work and Master of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice

Long Beach City College (Long Beach, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Arts | Administration of Justice
Certificate of Achievement | Administration of Justice

Los Angeles City College (Los Angeles, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Administration of Justice
Certificate | Administration of Justice

Los Angeles Harbor College (Wilmington, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Administration of Justice
Certificate of Achievement | Administration of Justice

Los Angeles Valley College (Valley Glen, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Administration of Justice (online program)
Certificate | Administration of Justice

Los Medanos College (Pittsburg, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Administration of Justice

Mendocino College (Ukiah, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Administration of Justice
Certificate | Administration of Justice

Merced College (Merced, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Corrections
Certificate | Criminal Justice
Certificate of Achievement | Corrections
Certificate of Achievement | Criminal Justice

Merritt College (Oakland, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Sociology

MiraCosta College (Oceanside, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Law Enforcement
Certificate of Achievement | Law Enforcement

Modesto Junior College (Modesto, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Administration of Justice (online program)
Associate of Science | Administration of Justice (online program)
Certificate | Supervisory Management in Public Safety

Monterey Peninsula College (Monterey, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Science | Administration of Justice | Law Enforcement
Certificate of Achievement | Administration of Justice | Law Enforcement
Certificate of Completion | Administration of Justice | Corrections

Moorpark College (Moorpark, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Mount San Jacinto College (San Jacinto, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Administration of Justice
Associate of Science | Legal Assistant
Certificate | Administration of Justice
Certificate | Computer Forensics
Certificate | Corrections

Napa Valley College (Napa, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Legal Studies
Certificate | Arrest and Firearms
Certificate | Basic Police Academy
Certificate | Corrections Program

Ohlone College (Fremont, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Administration of Justice
Certificate | Administration of Justice

Palo Verde College (Blythe, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice
Training/Certificate | Administration of Justice

Pierce College (Woodland Hills, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice

Platt College (Alhambra, CA; Ontario, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice

Porterville College (Porterville, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate of Achievement | Administration of Justice

Reedley College (Reedley, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Corrections
Associate of Science | Law Enforcement

Rio Hondo College (Whittier, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts/Associate of Science | Administration of Justice
Associate of Arts/Associate of Science | Corrections
Career Certificate | Forensic Identification
Career Certificate | Police Academy

Riverside Community College (Riverside, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Arts | Administration of Justice
Associate in Science | Administration of Justice/Law Enforcement
Certificate | Homeland Security

Sacramento City College (Sacramento, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Arts/Associate in Science | Administration of Justice
Associate in Science | Correctional Services
Associate in Science | Police Services
Associate in Science | Private Security Services Management
Career Certificate | Administration of Justice
Career Certificate | Private Security Services Management
Certificate of Achievement | Correctional Services
Certificate of Achievement | Police Services

San Bernardino Valley College (San Bernardino, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Administration of Justice (online program)
Certificate | Corrections
Certificate | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice | Basic Dispatcher
Certificate | Criminal Justice | Forensic Specialist (Crime Scene Investigator)
Certificate | Police Science

San Diego City College (San Diego, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Peace Studies
Certificate | Human Services

San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Public Administration
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

University of California, Irvine (Irvine, CA)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law and Society

Student Review: “When I started the criminology program I was excited to learn that the major was 5th best in the United States for graduate school. I knew from that the classes will be highly informative and professors will be well trained in what they teach. In the course catalogue the program offers a wide variety of interesting classes that I wanted to take. Unfortunately, a lot of those classes that I wanted were not offered during the time I was there. I was hoping the program would offer more hand on experience classes, instead of just reading different theories in a book. Each class got highly repetitive which was good and bad. It was beneficial as I would not lose the information after the class was over, but bad because it became boring to sit through lectures. My experience was not all bad though. A lot of my professors were really entertaining and had a lot of knowledge in the field. Some professors had guest lecturers that had careers in law enforcement and they shared their insights into it. My dream job is to be a juvenile probation officer. I feel well prepared after graduating from UCI.” -Danielle A., student at University of California, Irvine
Student Review: “UCI’s criminology, law, and society program is superb in California. I think we have the most distinctive program all over the state for my department’s integration of multiple perspectives (law, sociology, criminology, cognitive psychology, public policy, etc) in studying the social-legal system. The academic backgrounds of faculty members of this program are really diverse. We have senior authorities such as E. Loftus (a National Academy of Science member) to teach undergraduate course every year. I enjoyed her insightful class discussions which makes dull learning materials become super interesting through analogy. The program also emphasizes the general education on social science. The department has strong connection with southern California law industry and public service sectors. One problem is the living expense is very high here (especially the rent).” -Oliver W., student at University of California, Irvine

References:
(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333051.htm
(2) California Highway Patrol: http://www.chp.ca.gov/recruiting/osalary.html
(3) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/lau/ see state on page for current unemployment rate
(4) USA TODAY/Moody’s Analytics/BLS: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2009-02-06-new-jobs-growth-graphic_N.htm
(5) Bureau of Labor Statistics’ State Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
(6) 24/7 Wall St: http://247wallst.com/special-report/2013/11/21/the-best-and-worst-run-states-in-america-a-survey-of-all-50-2/

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