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Wyoming Criminal Justice Schools

  • 6 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Wyoming are in our database. (see below)
  • 6 offer associate’s degrees or certificates
  • We found no schools in Wyoming ranked in US News and World Reports that have a criminal justice program
  • According to Kiplinger’s, Wyoming has no universities ranked in the top 100 for “Values in Public Colleges”
  • 10 campus-based and online schools in Wyoming are available for requesting information.

Profiles of Well Known Schools

University of Wyoming: The Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Wyoming offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a Pre-Law or a Pre-Forensic Science Concentration. Students of this program complete internships with numerous federal agencies such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms or the US Marshal’s Office. The department has ten full time faculty with a good portion being forensic science specialists while others are experts in law and policy. The William D. Griffith Scholarship and the John R. Shell Scholarship are financial aid awards for outstanding criminal justice majors.

Casper College: The Department of Criminal Justice at Casper College offers an Associate of Arts/ Science in Criminal Justice (Corrections or Police options), an Associate of Science in Forensic Science, and an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice. All six degree options require 64 hours of coursework with at least 32 hours dedicated to major courses. The Associate of Science in Forensic Science is laboratory intensive while the other degree options focus more on the social and political dynamics of law and punishment. Students very often intern with the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, the Casper Police Department or the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Wyoming Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers 1,110 $40,900
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 330 $69,330
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 170 $72,090
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 1,230 $51,090

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

Respected leaders who have graduated from universities in Wyoming

  • Cheyenne, WY Chief of Police Brian Kozak- University of Phoenix
  • Gillette, WY Chief of Police Jim Hloucal- University of Wyoming
  • Laramie, WY Chief of Police Dale A. Stalder- University of Wyoming
  • Laramie County, WY Sheriff Danny L. Glick- Laramie County Community College
Police Quote: “The job is simply too important and complex to be left to those without an advanced education. Policing is too important in a democracy such as ours to be left to those who have not had the benefit of a broad liberal arts education.” -Chief David Couper, author of Arrested Development

Wyoming Criminal Justice Degrees

A growing need for paralegals or legal assistants in Wyoming is expected as law firms look to cut costs by hiring paralegals to do work once performed by lawyers. This will open up opportunities for individuals with paralegal degrees at law firms in urban areas of Wyoming. Paralegals work in an office environment and are paid a competitive wage.

Some positions that are needed by the Wyoming Department of Corrections include correctional security, casework specialists, probation and parole agents, recreation therapists, and administration specialists. The state offers generous benefits including 9 paid holidays, 12 days of paid vacation, and correctional security and probation & parole agents are eligible to receive retirement pay after 20 years. In addition to state positions, jobs are available for criminal justice graduates with a number of city police and county sheriff’s departments throughout Wyoming.

State and local agencies encourage applicants to take courses or training related to law enforcement subjects after high school. Many entry-level applicants for police jobs have completed some formal post-secondary education, and a significant number are college graduates. A criminal justice degree will prepare you for job opportunities for whatever path you decide to pursue.

Wyoming Criminal Justice Salary

Several criminal justice careers provide attractive pay and benefits in addition to the intrinsic benefits. The average salary for a Wyoming police officer is $49,2501 and a first-line supervisor of police officers earns an average of $70,390.1 For correctional officers the average salary is $40,5301, while detectives earn an average of $69,4101 in addition to competitive benefits. Paralegals and legal assistants in the state earn an average of $36,220.1

Wyoming’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook2,3,4,5

The September 2014 unemployment rate for Wyoming is 4.7%. This falls below the national average of 5.8%, and also below the state’s peak unemployment rate of 7.7% from December 2009. The lowest unemployment rate the state has seen occurred in February 2008 with a rate of 2.6%. Government employment is a good indicator of criminal justice jobs in Wyoming. According to Projections Central, the following criminal justice jobs are included for Wyoming:

  • Police and Sheriff Patrol: 40 annual openings/88% in positions report some college or bachelor’s degree
  • Correctional Officers: 30 annual openings/60% in positions report some college, or bachelor’s degree
  • Security Guards: 30 annual openings
  • Paralegals: 20 annual openings/88% in positions report some college, or bachelor’s degree

Note that open positions are a result of replacement and growth.

The Mercatus Center is a conservative think tank that analyzed and ranked
the long-term solvency of each state government. After looking at budgeting processes, cash/tax collection, and pensions, Wyoming was ranked 6th in the nation. This show sound employment practices, and new hires can be fairly confident of the state’s ability to fulfill employee pension obligations.

Online and Wyoming Criminal Justice Schools

To learn more about earning a Wyoming 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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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 (Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, and Utah).

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Directory of Wyoming Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

Casper College (Casper)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Forensic Science
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice

Central Wyoming College (Riverton)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (online program)
Associate of Arts | Homeland Security
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice

Eastern Wyoming College (Torrington)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (online program)
Associate of Arts | Law Enforcement
Associate of Arts | Corrections
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Corrections

Laramie County Community College (Cheyenne)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice: Corrections/Pre-Law
Associate of Applied Science | Cybersecurity
Associates of Science | Homeland Security
Certificate | Cybersecurity Fundamentals
Certificate | Cybersecurity Professional
Certificate | Homeland Security

University of Wyoming (Laramie)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Pre-Law
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Pre-Forensic Science
Master of Public Administration | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice

Student Review: “I very much enjoyed my time in the Criminal Justice department at the University of Wyoming. The faculty was great, especially my faculty adviser. He was also great as the instructor for my capstone course which was a senior level independent study where I chose a topic and researched it for the semester. I chose to write about steroids and substance abuse. I enjoyed the variety of classes taught such as those specializing in drug and gang enforcement. I have also took an exceptional Native American Law class. I would highly recommend the Department because of the friendly faculty and wide range of courses offered.” -Jonathon G., student at University of Wyoming

Western Wyoming Community College (Rock Springs)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Certificate | Emergency Management

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