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Criminal Justice Schools

Use a degree or diploma to enter the exciting world of criminal justice. Choose from popular majors and specializations, and tailor your educational experience to suit your career goals. Hiring managers in criminal justice fields look for educated professionals who are committed to their work.

Trade schools in criminal justice feature a range of popular specializations:

  • Forensic psychology
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Department of corrections

Use a degree or diploma in criminal justice to serve on the front lines as an investigator or law enforcement agent, or work behind the scenes as a corrections officer or forensic psychologist. Some entry level and technical careers only require a diploma or associate degree, while salaried and higher ranking positions may require a bachelor's degree.

Careers in Criminal Justice
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports healthy salaries and benefits packages for many criminal justice careers. In 2008, probation officers earned mean annual wages of $49,520. That same year, detectives and criminal investigators earned $63,840, while private detectives and investigators earned $46,480. Forensic science technicians working in crime scene investigation earned $52,960.

While job prospects in correctional facilities are expected to be excellent, keen competition is expected for many careers, including those for private detectives and investigators. While no degree or diploma program can guarantee a particular career or salary, completing your criminal justice education in trade school gives you the chance to prove your skills and knowledge to hiring managers. In areas of high job competition, training can give you the edge you need to secure a lifelong career.

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As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Our small class sizes allow you to receive personalized attention from instructors, and the encouragement to recognize your goals for the future and the means to achieve them.

Programs : Criminal Justice (MS), Criminal Justice (BS), Legal Studies (BS), and more..

Campus Locations :

Savannah: 709 Mall Road Savannah, GA 31406

Virginia Beach: 301 Bendix Road, Suite 100 Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Columbia: 9 Science Court Columbia, SC 29203

Austin: 7700 W Parmer Ln, Building A, Suite A100 Austin, TX 78729

West Palm Beach: University Centre, 9801 Belvedere Road West Palm Beach, FL 33411

Novi: 41555 Twelve Mile Road Novi, MI 48377

Glen Allen: 2200 Old Brick Rd. Glen Allen, VA 23060

Tampa: 4401 North Himes Ave., Suite 175 Tampa, FL 33614

Cleveland: 4743 Richmond Road Cleveland, OH 44128

Montgomery: 5355 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116

High Point: 3975 Premier Center Drive High Point, NC 27265

Leave that dead-end job behind with training from Everest College.

Programs : Diploma - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor - Criminal Justice, and more..

Campus Locations :

Tacoma: 2156 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98402

Aurora: 14280 E. Jewell Ave. Ste 100 Aurora, CO 80012

Anaheim: 511 North Brookhurst Suite 300 Anaheim, CA 92801

Portland: 425 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97204

Ontario: 1819 S. Excise Avenue Ontario, CA 91761

LA Puente: 12801 Crossroads Parkway South LA Puente, CA 91746

Colorado Springs: 1815 Jet Wing Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80916

Gardena: 1045 W. Redondo Beach Blvd. Suite 275 Gardena, CA 90247

Newport News: 803 Diligence Dr. Newport News, VA 23606

Reseda: 18040 Sherman Way Ste. 400 Reseda, CA 91335

Los Angeles: 3000 S. Robertson Blvd. Ste. 300 Los Angeles, CA 90034

Henderson: 170 N. Stephanie Street 1st Floor Henderson, NV 89074

Santa Ana: 500 W. Santa Ana Blvd. Santa Ana, CA 92703

Everett: 906 SE Everett Mall Way Suite 600 Everett, WA 98208

Fort Worth: 4200 South Freeway Suite 1940 Fort Worth, TX 76115

Chesapeake: 825 Greenbier Circle #100 Suite 100 Chesapeake, VA 23320

Denver: 9065 Grant St. Denver, CO 80229

Bremerton: 155 Washington Avenue Suite 200 Bremerton, WA 98337

Dallas: 6060 N. Central Expressway Dallas, TX 75206

San Bernardino: 217 E. Club Center Drive Suite A San Bernardino, CA 92408

Kansas City: 1740 W. 92nd Street Kansas City, MO 64114

Heald College provides hands-on educational programs that can help students prepare for careers in the healthcare, business, legal and technology fields.

Programs : Criminal Justice, Paralegal, and more..

Campus Locations :

San Francisco: 350 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94105

Milpitas: 341 Great Mall Parkway Milpitas, CA 95035

Hayward: 25500 Industrial Boulevard Hayward, CA 94545

Salida: 5260 Pirrone Court Salida, CA 95368

Concord: 5130 Commercial Circle Concord, CA 94520

Fresno: 255 West Bullard Avenue Fresno, CA 93704

Rancho Cordova: 2910 Prospect Park Drive Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Salinas: 1450 N. Main Street Salinas, CA 93906

Stockton: 1605 East March Lane Stockton, CA 95210

Portland: 6035 NE 78th Court Portland, OR 97218

Roseville: 7 Sierra Gate Plaza Roseville, CA 95678

Honolulu: 1500 Kapiolani Boulevard Honolulu, HI 96814

Get a hands-on, job-specific education at Lincoln Technical Institute.

Programs : Criminal Justice, and more..

Campus Locations :

Somerville: 5 Middlesex Ave Somerville, MA 02145

With Miller-Motte you can expect the focus to be on you, the student, and your career. We are committed to Changing Futures, Changing Lives, and it all starts with you. You can rely on challenging programs, interesting curriculum, and educators with industry experience preparing you for your new future.

Programs : Criminal Justice - Associate of Applied Science, and more..

Campus Locations :

Chattanooga: 6020 Shallowford Road Suite 100 Chattanooga, TN 37421

North Charleston: 8085 Rivers Avenue Suite E North Charleston, SC 29418

Reach your career goals with a degree or diploma from Everest Institute.

Programs : Criminal Justice (Associate's), Paralegal (Associate's), and more..

Campus Locations :

Rochester: 1630 Portland Ave Rochester, NY 14621

Pittsburgh: 100 Forbes Ave Suite 1200 Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Norcross: 1750 Beaver Ruin Rd Suite 500 Norcross, GA 30093

At University of Phoenix, we believe everyone deserves access to higher education.

Programs : A.A. in Criminal Justice, B.S in Criminal Justice Administration/Cybercrimes, B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration/Security, and more..

Campus Locations :

Online: Online, AL

Phoenix: Phoenix, AP

Sandy Springs: 8200 Roberts Drive Suite 300 Sandy Springs, GA 30350

Diamond Bar: 1370 S. Valley Vista Dr. Diamond Bar, CA 91765

San Antonio: 8200 West Interstate 10 Suite 910 San Antonio, TX 78230

Richmond: 6600 West Broad Street Suite 200 Richmond, VA 23230

Visalia: 301 East Acequia Ave Visalia, CA 93291

Ontario: 3110 E. Guasti Road Ontario, CA 91761

San Bernardino: 451 E. Vanderbilt Way Suite 100 San Bernardino, CA 92408

San Diego: 3890 Murphy Canyon Road Suite 100 San Diego, CA 92123

Lathrop: 17000 S. Harlan Road Lathrop, CA 95330

Wayne: 170 South Warner Road Suite 200 Wayne, PA 19087

Kansas City: 901 East 104th Street Suite 200 Kansas City, MO 64131

Schaumburg: 1500 McConnor Parkway Suite 700 Schaumburg, IL 60173

Murrieta: 25240 Hancock Avenue Murrieta, CA 92562

Gardena: 1515 W. 190th Gardena, CA 90248

Lone Tree: 10004 Park Meadows Drive Lone Tree, CO 80124

Dallas: 12400 Coit Road Suite 200 Dallas, TX 75251

Hollywood: 2400 SW 145th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33027

Houston: 4888 Loop Central Drive Houston, TX 77081

Jacksonville: 4500 Salisbury Road Suite 200 Jacksonville, FL 32216

El Centro: 3095 N. Imperial Avenue Suite 101 El Centro, CA 92243

Warrenville: 4525 Weaver Parkway Warrenville, IL 60555

Arlington: 1800 South Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202

Guaynabo: B7 Calle Tabonuco Suite 700 Guaynabo, PR 00968

Mesa: 1620 South Stapley Drive Mesa, AZ 85204

Westminster: 8700 Turnpike Drive Westminster, CO 80030

Chicago: 203 N LaSalle St Chicago, IL 60601

Columbus: 7200 North Lake Drive Columbus, GA 31909

Fort Lauderdale: 550 W. Cypress Creek Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Salida: 5330 Pirrone Road Salida, CA 95368

Lancaster: 1220 W. Avenue J Lancaster, CA 93534

Killeen: 902 West Central Texas Expressway Suite 300 Killeen, TX 76541

Colorado Springs: 2 North Cascade Avenue Suite 100 Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Costa Mesa: 3150 Bristol Street, Suite 100, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Chula Vista: 2060 Otay Lakes Road Chula Vista, CA 91915

Yuma: 899 East Plaza Circle Yuma, AZ 85365

Fairfield: 5253 Business Center Drive Fairfield, CA 94534

Honolulu: 745 Fort Street Suite 2000 Honolulu, HI 96813

Cordova: 65 Germantown Court Suite 100 Cordova, TN 38018

Pasadena: 299 N. Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

Austin: 10801-2 N Mo Pac Expressway Suite 300 Austin, TX 78759

Woodland Hills: 5955 DeSoto Ave Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Tucson: 555 E. River Road Tucson, AZ 85704

San Marcos: 277 Rancheros Drive San Marcos, CA 92069

Spring: 24624 Interstate 45 Spring, TX 77386

Washington: 25 Massachusetts Avenue NW Suite 150 Washington, DC 20001

Los Angeles: 14320 Firestone Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038

Virginia Beach: 150 Central Park Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Rogers: 903 North 47th Street Suite 104 Rogers, AR 72756

Henderson: 7777 Eastgate Road Henderson, NV 89011

Palm Desert: 75153 Merle Dr. Palm Desert, CA 92211

Flowood: 120 Stone Creek Blvd. Suite 200 Flowood, MS 39232

Columbia: 1001 Pinnacle Point Drive Suite 200 Columbia, SC 29223

Bakersfield: 4900 California Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309

Albuquerque: 7471 Pan American West Freeway NE Albuquerque, NM 87109

Nashville: 616 Marriott Drive Suite 150 Nashville, TN 37214

Sacramento: 1760 Creekside Oaks Drive Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95833

Meridian: 3080 East Gentry Way Suite 150 Meridian, ID 83642

Fresno: 45 East River Park Place West Suite 101 Fresno, CA 93720

Bossier City: 350 Plaza Loop Drive Bldg E Bossier City, LA 71111

Santa Teresa: 1270 Country Club Road Santa Teresa, NM 88008

Salem: 670 Hawthorne Ave. S.E. Salem, OR 97301

Flexible career learning to fit your busy lifestyle - National American University.

Programs : Criminal Justice A.A.S., Criminal Justice B.S., Business Administration Emphasis in Pre-Law B.S., and more..

Campus Locations :

Kansas City: 7490 NW 87th Street Kansas City, MO 64153

Lewisville: 475 State Highway 121 Bypass Lewisville, TX 75067

Independence: 3620 Arrowhead Avenue Independence, MO 64057

Saint Paul: 1550 W. Highway 36 Saint Paul, MN 55113

Colorado Springs: 1350 Space Center Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80915

Watertown: 925 29th Street SE Suite E Watertown, SD 57201

Austin: 6800 West Gate Blvd. #101 Austin, TX 78745

Albuquerque: 4775 Indian School Road N.E. Ste. 200 Albuquerque, NM 87110

Wichita: 7309 E 21st Street N Suite G40 Wichita, KS 67206

Houston: 1511 Katy Freeway Suite 600 Houston, TX 77079

Rochester: 3906 East Frontage Highway 52 Road NW Rochester, MN 55901

Sioux Falls: 5801 South Corporate Place Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Minneapolis: 7801 Metro Parkway Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55425

Littleton: 8242 S. University Blvd. Ste. 100 Littleton, CO 80122

Keiser University offers degrees in fields that are in demand and provides job placement assistance to all its students and alumni.

Programs : Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (Hybrid), Criminal Justice, MA, Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice (Hybrid), and more..

Campus Locations :

Tallahassee: 1700 Halstead Blvd Bldg. 2 Tallahassee, FL 32309

Fort Lauderdale: 1500 W. Commercial Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Orlando: 5600 Lake Underhill Road Orlando, FL 32807

Sarasota: 6151 Lake Osprey Drive Sarasota, FL 34240

Melbourne: 900 S. Babcock St. Melbourne, FL 32901

Daytona Beach: 1800 Business Park Blvd Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Fort Myers: 9100 Forum Corporate Parkway Fort Myers, FL 33905

Port Saint Lucie: 10330 South U.S. 1 Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952

Miami: 2101 NW 117th Avenue Miami, FL 33172

Lakeland: 2400 Interstate Drive Lakeland, FL 33805

Get hands-on training with Remington College.

Programs : AS in Criminal Justice, AAS in Criminal Justice, BS in Criminal Justice, and more..

Campus Locations :

Houston: 11310 Greens Crossing Houston, TX 77041

Lafayette: 303 Rue Louis XIV Lafayette, LA 70508

Garland: 1800 Eastgate Drive Garland, TX 75041

Nashville: 441 Donelson Pike Nashville, TN 37214

Shreveport: 2106 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop Shreveport, LA 71118

Little Rock: 19 Remington Road Little Rock, AR 72204

Honolulu: 1111 Bishop Street Suite 400 Honolulu, HI 96813

Cleveland: 14445 Broadway Avenue Cleveland, OH 44125

Baton Rouge: 1900 N. Lobdell Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Tampa: 2410 E. Busch Boulevard Tampa, FL 33612

Memphis: 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. Memphis, TN 38132

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