New Mexico Criminal Justice Schools

  • 23 schools offering criminal justice degrees in New Mexico are in our database. (see below)
  • 17 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 4 of them offer bachelor’s degrees and above, and 2 offer a mix of bachelor’s and master’s
  • We found 1 school in New Mexico ranked in US News and World Reports that have a criminal justice program; #100 University of New Mexico–Albuquerque, NM
  • According to Kiplinger’s, New Mexico has 1 university ranked in the top 100 for “Values in Public Colleges”; #46 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM
  • 10 campus-based and online schools in New Mexico are available for requesting information.

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  • AAS in Criminal Justice
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Profiles of Well Known Schools

University of New Mexico: The Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of New Mexico offers an undergraduate degree in Criminology for students wishing to work in law or corrections. Majors can pursue their own research interest through one of the seven affiliate institutes or centers including the Center on Alcohol Substance Abuse and Addictions as well as the Institute for the Study of Race and Social Justice. Over two dozen full time and part time faculty teach for the Department of Sociology and Criminology with many specializing in deviance, hate crimes, and comparative criminology. One of the most notable features of the department is the active participation of students and faculty in the Presentation Series held twice a month in the Sociology Commons.

New Mexico State University: Having one of the oldest programs of its kind in the nation, the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University offers both a BCJ and an MCJ, both of which can be earned completely online. The faculty are nationally acclaimed professionals, five of which have received the Patricia Christome and Donald C. Roush Awards for teaching excellence. The department actively participates in CAMP (College Assistance Migrant Program), a program helping farm workers attend college. Those enrolled in the Master of Criminal Justice program can pursue one of three different educational avenues; the Focused Coursework Option, the Project Option or the Thesis Option.

New Mexico Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers 4,490 $31,940
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 630 $65,880
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 1,890 $77,280
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 4,530 $46,550

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

Respected leaders who have graduated from universities in New Mexico

  • Bernalillo County New Mexico Sheriff Dan Houston- University of Albuquerque, NM
  • Santa Fe County New Mexico Sheriff Robert Garcia- Santa Fe Community College, NM
  • Chaves County New Mexico Sheriff James R Coon- Eastern New Mexico University, NM
  • Santa Fe New Mexico City Police Chief Raymond Rael- Santa Fe Community College, NM
  • Las Cruces New Mexico City Police Chief Richard S Williams – New Mexico State University, NM
Police Quote: “What I was told awhile back was to always know your audience. Both in and out of the station. As a person in uniform, you are always looked at, stared at and commented about. So act like you are always on camera. Act professionally and respectfully and all will fall into place…Approx 1% of the applicants make it through the academy and 30% of those make it through to a full career and healthy retirement. So you gotta ask yourself ‘Do you feel lucky?’ I have been with an outstanding department and never had a bad assignment.” -Matt Findlay

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New Mexico Criminal Justice Degrees

Attending a New Mexico criminal justice program provided by one of the many accredited colleges, technical institutes, universities, or online programs in New Mexico offers the chance to study in a unique environment in cities like Taos, Roswell, Las Cruces, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. New Mexico is rich in culture, natural beauty and ethnic diversity. This forward-looking state is in the forefront in its focus on border protection and homeland security, creating excellent job opportunities in this sector. The New Mexico Border Authority is the only state agency of its kind in the nation, charged with oversight of its international ports of entry. Acquiring a bachelor’s degree can qualify you for a border patrol job. You can train as a first responder or in national security science to jump-start a career working in New Mexico’s Counterterrorism Unit, Advisory System Taskforce or Transportation Security Administration on the front line of defense against security threats and in the event of disaster.

Law enforcement occupations in the state are administered by the New Mexico Justice Network, an umbrella agency that includes the Department of Public Safety, A.G., D.A. and Public Defender offices, Sentencing Commission, and more.

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New Mexico Criminal Justice Salary

While a career in criminal justice offers many intrinsic benefits like serving the community and interesting work experience, the financial compensation is often competitive with other career fields. The average annual salary of Police Officers in New Mexico is $43,400 1 while first-line supervisors at police agencies in New Mexico earn an average of $71,800.1 If you are interested in becoming a correctional officer you can expect to earn an average of $32,080 1 while detectives in New Mexico make an average of $68,440.1 The promising career of paralegal or legal assistant will result in an average annual salary of $39,430 1 in New Mexico.

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New Mexico’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook 2, 3, 4, 5

At the start of 2012, New Mexico’s unemployment was 6.6%, almost 2 percentage points below the 8.5% national rate, and is growing back toward prior peak employment levels by mid 2013. Government related employment, which is a good proxy for New Mexico criminal justice job opportunities has excellent prospects with good growth starting by USA Today / Moody’s Analytics by late 2012. The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions site and the Occupational Supply & Demand System show strong prospects for Police and Sheriff Patrol (160 annual openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree), Correctional Officers (150 annual openings / 60% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree), Detectives / Investigators / Forensic Techs (80 annual openings), Security Guards (240 annual openings) and Paralegals (40 annual openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree). However, the state does have a significant budget deficit and continues to rely on significant Federal assistance. The budget situation changes otherwise excellent prospects for New Mexico criminal justice careers to merely good-to-very good. Request free information from several schools to weigh options.

Online and New Mexico Criminal Justice Schools

If you are interested in a New Mexico criminal justice degree, 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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Capella University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • MS - Criminal Justice
  • PhD - Criminal Justice
  • BS - Criminal Justice

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University of Phoenix
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • A.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration/Human Services for Criminal Justice
  • B.S in Criminal Justice Administration/Cybercrimes

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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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National American University
Campuses: 1Albuquerque
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice A.A.S.
  • Criminal Justice B.S.

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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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Vista College
Campuses: 1Las Cruces
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice

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Florida Tech University Online
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

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University of Cincinnati Online
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice

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Colorado Technical University Online
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice: Human Services
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Cybercrime and Security

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University of New Haven
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice


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 (Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas).

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Student Review: “I currently attend classes every Monday night at the Santa Teresa campus in New Mexico, as it is what best fits my hectic schedule and it has been this way since my enrollment at the University of Phoenix in 2009. Though the courses change at a rapid pace (every five weeks) I have had no problems with any of my instructors or any of the academic course work we are required to do. Aside from the instructors, the staff has been beyond friendly and exceeds expectations when it comes to problem resolution. As mentioned above, the flexibility that UOP provides has been amazing, and has enabled me to complete every bit of homework on time and online. The student website also contains a lot of resources that are beyond helpful such as the Center for Writing Excellence. As it stands now, my time with UOP has been both positive and rewarding, and I look forward to this next year or so with them.” -Leonila M., student at University of Phoenix
Student Review: “If you plan to take online classes at Arizona State, please be sure to read the reviews for each class. In my personal experience, there are some easy classes but there are also seemingly impossible online classes. Stay away from online science and math classes, they are incredible tough without a teacher giving you advice and helping you out. The Elvis and Beatles classes however are incredible easy to ace and require very little extra studying. Arizona State’s online setup is very convenient and easy to use. They give you all the tools to learn a subject but some subjects are better to learn in a class and not by yourself.” -Jacob S., student at Arizona State University Online


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Directory of New Mexico Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

Brookline College (Albuquerque, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Justice Administration (online program)

Central New Mexico Community College (Albuquerque, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | EMT | Paramedic
Certificate of Achievement | EMT | Basic
Certificate of Achievement | EMT | First Responder
Certificate of Achievement | EMT | Intermediate
Certificate of Achievement | Emergency Room Technician

Clovis Community College (Clovis, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Associate of Science | Legal Assistant

ITT Technical Institute (Albuquerque, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Information Systems Security (online program)

Luna Community College (Las Vegas, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice

Mesalands Community College (Tucumcari, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement

Navajo Technical College (Crownpoint, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Law Advocate

New Mexico Junior College (Hobbs, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Associate of Applied Science | Legal Secretary
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (online program)
Certificate | Corrections Officer
Certificate | Emergency Medical Technician
Certificate | Law Enforcement

New Mexico State University (Carlsbad, NM; Las Cruces, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)

New Mexico State University-Alamogordo (Alamogordo, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice

New Mexico State University-Dona Ana Community College (Las Cruces, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Corrections
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Associate of Criminal Justice | Criminal Justice

New Mexico State University-Grants (Grants, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Corrections

Northern New Mexico College (Espanola, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Police Science (online program)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice

San Juan College (Farmington, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Police Science
Certificate | Basic Police Academy

Santa Fe Community College (Santa Fe, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Police Supervision

University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM; Los Lunas, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminology
Bachelor of Arts | Criminology

University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus (Gallup, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Legal Assistant

University of New Mexico-Taos Branch (Taos, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice

University of Phoenix (Albuquerque, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Administration (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Organizational Security and Management (online program)
Master of Science | Administration of Justice and Security (online program)
Masters Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)

University of the Southwest (Hobbs, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Western New Mexico University (Silver City, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Applied Science | Criminal Justice | Corrections
Bachelor of Applied Science | Criminal Justice | Policing
Certificate | Police Academy

Willamette University (Roswell, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | National Security Science

William Carey University (Ruidoso, NM)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice

References:
(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_NM.htm
(2) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/lau/ see state on page for current unemployment rate
(3) USA TODAY/Moody’s Analytics/BLS: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2009-02-06-new-jobs-growth-graphic_N.htm
(4) Occupational Supply & Demand System / OCDS Georgia State University for the U.S. Department of Labor: http://www.occsupplydemand.org/OSD_SelectOcc.aspx?chk=2&ST=ZZ
(5) The Sunshine Review: http://sunshinereview.org/core/home (select state budget button)

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