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Vermont Criminal Justice Schools

  • 8 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Vermont are in our database. (see below)
  • 2 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, and 6 of them offer bachelor’s degrees
  • We found no schools in Vermont ranked in US News and World Reports that have a criminal justice program
  • According to Kiplinger’s, Vermont has 1 university ranked in the top 100 for “Values in Public Colleges”; #77 University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
  • 10 campus-based and online schools in Vermont are available for requesting information.

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Profiles of Well Known Schools

Norwich University: The Department of Justice Studies a Norwich University has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice as well as a Minor. Students also have the option of completing a minor in Cyber Crime and Computer Forensics. Those wishing to gain real world experience can seek out work study and internship opportunities at the Vermont Center for Justice Research, where investigation is done to provide technical assistance to local criminal justice offices, Alpha Phi Sigma and the Criminal Justice Student Association are student organizations that provide connections to the professional arena, enabling students to seek advice and referrals for future employment.

Champlain College: Criminal Justice majors at Champlain College can pursue one of the three different specializations; 21st Century Problems, Computer Forensics and Spanish Language. Those interested in law enforcement can enroll in the Part-time Police Certification course to supplement their degree. Housed within the Division of Education and Human Studies, Criminal Justice students take their classes alongside Legal Studies students and Environmental Policy students as the degree plans often cross over. Should an individual wish to pursue a criminal psychology related career, Champlain College offers a psychology degree with a Criminal Justice Specialization.

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Vermont Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers N/A $37,140
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 140 $75,840
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 220 $78,160
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 1,430 $41,840

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

Respected leaders who have graduated from universities in Vermont

  • Burlington, VT Police Chief Michael E. Schirling- University of Vermont
  • Windham County, VT Sheriff Keith Clark- Norwich University
  • Caledonia County, VT Sheriff Michael H Bergeron- Champlain College
Police Quote: “Know what success looks like. If you want to survive and succeed in this profession then research, study then emulate the behavior, character and style of law enforcement leaders who have been successful in each phase of their career. Then apply that practice to every aspect of your life.” -Chief Paul F. Sireci

Vermont Criminal Justice Degrees

With the number of retirement-age Vermont residents expected to increase by nearly 80% by 2020, demand for graduates with a background in criminal justice will remain strong. Many criminal justice professionals pursue employment with Vermont state agencies (such as the Department of Public Safety, Department of Corrections, Fish and Wildlife Department), and US federal agencies, including the FBI, US Marshals, ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives) and Homeland Security.

The Vermont State Police operate as part of the state’s Department of Public Safety. Individuals wishing to pursue a career as a Vermont State Trooper must be at least 20 years of age and possess a high school diploma or GED. Advancement to more senior positions in the Vermont State Police Department requires completion of an associate’s or bachelor’s degree programs at an accredited online or campus university.

A four year degree is required for individuals applying to serve as a FBI special agent. Many federal jobs provide highly competitive salaries and benefits. Virtually all eligible applicants must have four year degrees and a degree in criminal justice can provide a distinct advantage.

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Vermont Criminal Justice Salary

The average salary for Vermont police officers is $43,220 1 while police first-line supervisors have an annual salary of $76,630.1 The starting salary of a Vermont State Trooper is $36,753.60 2 and pay for state troopers can go as high as $71,358.30 2 plus benefits, overtime pay and additional incentives. Paralegals and legal assistants in Vermont earn an average of $42,580.1

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Vermont’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook3, 4, 5, 6

Vermont’s September 2014 unemployment rate is 4.4%. This is lower than the national average of 5.8%, and much lower than the state’s peak unemployment rate of 7.3% in May of 2009. The lowest rate that the state has seen was 3.9% in August 2007. Government employment is a good proxy for criminal justice jobs in Vermont. According to Projection Central, the following criminal justice jobs are included:

  • Police and Sheriff Patrol: 70 annual openings/88% in positions report some college or bachelor’s degree
  • Correctional Officers: 10 annual openings/60% in positions report some college, or bachelor’s degree
  • Security Guards: 40 annual openings
  • Paralegals: 20 annual openings/88% in positions report some college, or bachelor’s degree

Positions are a result of growth and replacement.

The Mercatus Center, a conservative think tank rated and analyzed the long-term solvency of each state government. They looked at budgeting, cash/tax collection, and pensions. Vermont ranked 35th in the nation. New hires should be watchful of the situation surrounding the state’s ability to fulfill employee pension obligations.

Online and Vermont Criminal Justice Schools

To learn more about Vermont criminal justice degrees, 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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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 (New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts).

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Directory of Vermont Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

Burlington College (Burlington, VT)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Legal and Justice Studies

Castleton State College (Castleton, VT)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Forensic Psychology

Champlain College (Burlington, VT)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

College of St. Joseph (Rutland, VT)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Community College of Vermont (Waterbury, VT)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Emergency Management

Norwich University (Northfield, VT)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

Southern Vermont College (Bennington, VT)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Stratford Career Institute (St. Albans, VT)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Criminal Justice (online program)

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

Page Edited by Charles Sipe.