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Vermont Criminal Justice Schools

  • 7 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Vermont are in our database (see below).
  • Of the criminal justice programs in Vermont, 3 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 6 offer bachelor’s degrees and above, and 0 offer master’s or doctoral degrees.
  • 2 schools offering online criminal justice degrees in Vermont ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs: Norwich University (#72), Champlain College (#150).
  • 1 school in Vermont is on Kiplinger’s Best College Values: University of Vermont (#85 in-state, #96 out-of-state).


Profiles of Well-Known Schools

Norwich University: The Department of Justice Studies at 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, or Spanish Language. Those interested in law enforcement can enroll in the part-time Police Certification course to supplement their degree. Studying 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.

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 150 $78,100
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 230 $77,570
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 1,250 $46,950

Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2015.4,5,6,7

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. Opportunities are also available in US federal agencies, including the FBI, US Marshals, ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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 program at an accredited online or campus university.

A four-year degree is required for individuals applying to serve as an 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.

Vermont Criminal Justice Salary

The average salary for Vermont police officers is $46,950, while police first-line supervisors make an average annual salary of $78,100.5,7 The starting salary of a Vermont State Trooper is $47,235, which increases to $58,729 after the second year plus benefits, overtime pay, and additional incentives.8 Paralegals and legal assistants in Vermont earn an average of $52,240.9

Vermont’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook

Vermont’s unemployment rate as of May 2016 was 3.1%, noticeably lower than the national average of 4.7%, and much lower than the state’s 10-year peak unemployment rate of 7.3% from May 2009.10 Government employment is a good proxy for criminal justice jobs in Vermont. According to Projections Central, the following criminal justice job openings are expected through 2024:

  • Police and Sheriff Patrol: 50 annual openings; 46% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 24% holding an associate’s degree.11,12
  • Correctional Officers: 20 annual openings; 37% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 15% holding a post-secondary certificate.11,13
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: 10 annual openings; 37% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 21% holding an associate’s degree.11,14
  • Security Guards: 20 annual openings; 4% in these positions report completing at least some college.11,15
  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants: 20 annual openings; 86% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 30% holding an associate’s degree and 44% holding a bachelor’s degree.11,16

Positions are estimated based on jobs growth and replacements.

The Mercatus Center, a conservative think tank, rated and analyzed the long-term solvency of each state government. After looking at budgeting, cash/tax collection, and pensions Vermont was ranked 36th in the nation.17 New hires should be watchful of 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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Directory of Vermont Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

Castleton State College (Castleton)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice

Champlain College (Burlington)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Cyber Investigation
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Spanish Language

College of St. Joseph (Rutland)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Public Safety Administration

Community College of Vermont (Waterbury)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice

Lyndon State College (Lyndonville)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Norwich University (Northfield)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Cybersecurity (online program)
Master of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Master of Science | Information Security & Assurance (online program)
Minor | Criminal Justice

Southern Vermont College (Bennington)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Administration of Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Public and Private Law Enforcement
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections and Supervision

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. US News & World Report, Best Online Programs: http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education
3. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: http://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/index.php
4. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Correctional Officers and Jailers http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333012.htm
5. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes331012.htm
6. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Detectives and Criminal Investigators: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333021.htm
7. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333051.htm
8. Vermont State Police: http://vsp.vermont.gov/employment/pay
9. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Paralegals and Legal Assistants: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes232011.htm
10. Y Charts 10 Year Unemployment Chart: http://http://ycharts.com/indicators/vermont_unemployment_rate
11. Projections Central Long Term Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
12. O*Net OnLine, Police Patrol Officers: http://www.onetonline.org/link/details/33-3051.01
13. O*Net OnLine, Correctional Officers and Jailers: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3012.00
14. O*Net OnLine, Police Detectives: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3021.01
15. O*Net OnLine, Security Guards: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-9032.00
16. O*Net OnLine, Paralegals and Legal Assistants: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/23-2011.00
17. Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition 2016 Edition: http://mercatus.org/statefiscalrankings