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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Programs:

  • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence: Legal Studies
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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

At the start of 2012, Vermont’s unemployment is 5.1%, nearly 2 percentage points under the national average, and it will regain prior peak employment levels by early 2013. Government related employment, which is a good proxy for Vermont criminal justice jobs, has average prospects with pre-Downturn employment levels reached already, but with some slackening until growth returns in early 2013. he Occupational Supply & Demand System shows annual Utah Criminal Justice job openings with Police and Sheriff Patrol (45 annual openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree), Correctional Officers (20 annual openings / 60% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree), Detectives / Investigators / Forensic Techs (10 annual openings), Security Guards (30 annual openings) and Paralegals (30 annual openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree). According to Sunshine report, Vermont’s state budget is in a moderate deficit that was made smaller by cuts. We suggest requesting free information from several Vermont criminal justice schools to weigh options.

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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University of Phoenix
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

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

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Walden University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • B.S. in Human Services - Criminal Justice 
  • Ph.D. in Social Work - Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Crime and Criminals

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California University of Pennsylvania
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence: Legal Studies

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Grand Canyon University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • M.S. in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
  • B.S. in Justice Studies
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement

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Keiser University Graduate School
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice, MA (Online)

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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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Boston University - Online
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master 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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American InterContinental University Online
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Associate's (AABA) - Criminal Justice Administration
  • Bachelor's - Corrections and Case Management
  • Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement

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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
  • 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 (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) USA TODAY/Moody’s Analytics/BLS: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2009-02-06-new-jobs-growth-graphic_N.htm
(5) 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
(6) The Sunshine Review: http://sunshinereview.org/core/home (select state budget button)

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