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Crimial Justice Colleges
A Guide for Students & Educators

Explore cutting-edge criminal justice and law enforement programs offered by accredited schools, colleges and universities.

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A Criminal Justice Education, It's All About Diversity

The field of criminal justice is made up of a very diverse group of qualified professionals that come from just about every cultural, ethnic, professional and educational background imaginable. In fact, the criminal justice industry thrives on diversity. Criminals are a very diverse group of individuals that are hard to catch, and the crimes they the perpetrate are devious and sometimes difficult to prove. The professionals that apprehend these criminals and bring them to justice must also be diverse, talented and highly educated. In the past, the best degree you could get to qualify for a job in law enforcement was a degree in criminal justice or criminology, but not any more. Criminal justice and law enforcement agencies today hire individuals with degrees in accounting, psychology, forensic science, computer science, engineering, political science, as well as a variety of other liberal arts, science and engineering disciplines. And for those few who speak a second language, or are multicultural, a career in criminal justice is calling your name.

If you choose to follow a traditional educational path in criminal justice, as a student you'll address a number of current issues. How do terrorist threats affect urban life? Are drug addicts best rehabilitated at abuse recovery facilities or prisons? What is deemed a cruel and unusual punishment? These are just a few of the questions criminal justice students are likely to examine during the course of their studies. Criminal justice students study the judicial and legal system and learn how law enforcement agencies operate. In addition, students will complete classes in various disciplines, including law, sociology, psychology, public administration, and other related subject matter.

The colleges and universities listed in our directory provide majors and degree programs in criminal justice, corrections, homeland security, forensic science, forensic psychology, paralegal studies, justice administration, law enforcement, policing, court reporting and much more.

All criminal justice colleges and schools listed in this section are regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS), Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), Northern Association for Colleges and Schools (NACS), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and/or Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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Before you can figure out which school or college to attend, it's best if you have an idea of what the education requirements are for the criminal justice career you wish to pursue. Below we've put together a comprehensive list of criminal justice and law enforcement careers and specialities. Directly to the right of each career we've listed the minimum education requirement for entry-level positions. However, we recommend that you get as much relevant education as you possibly can. The practice of law enforcement and criminal justice is becoming ever more dependant on advanced equipment, technologies and investigative and forensic methodologies. Consequently, more knowledgeble and better educated criminal justice professional are needed. (Disclaimer: The education requirements for specific criminal justice careers may vary by federal, state and local agency as well as location.)

ATF AgentFour-year college degree or equivalent experience
ATF InvestigatorFour-year college degree or equivalent experience
ATF Technician/ProfessionalBachelor's and/or master's degree depending on specialty
BailiffHigh School Diploma/GED or possibly college degree
Border Patrol Agent4-year college degree and/or relevant experience
CIA AgentBachelor's, masters and/or relevant experience
Coast GuardHigh School Diploma/GED
Compliance OfficerBachelor's degree (sometimes master's)
Computer ForensicsBachelor's/master's degree or equivalent experience
Corrections OfficerHigh School Diploma/GED/associate's
Counter Terrorism OfficerGED/Bachelor's Degree and/or relevant experience
Court ReporterCertificate/associate's degree
Court Clerk2- or 4-year college degree
Criminal DetectiveAssociate/bachelor's degree or specialized training
Crime Lab AnalystBachelor's degree
Crime Scene InvestigatorCertificate or associate/bachelor's degree
CriminalistBachelor's degree
CriminologistBachelor's degree (master's preferred)
Customs Agent4-year degree or equivalent experience
Deportation Officer4-year degree or equivalent experience
Diplomatic Security Agent4-year degree or equivalent experience
Drug Abuse CounselorBachelor's degree (master's preferred)
Drug Enforcement Agent4-year degree or equivalent experience
Evidence Technician2- or 4-year degree or equivalent experience
FBI Agent4-year degree or equivalent experience
Federal Air Marshal4-year degree or equivalent experience
Federal Protective Service4-year degree or equivalent experience
Fish & Game WardenHigh School Diploma/2-year associate's degree
Forensic AccountantBachelor's degree (master's preferred)
Forensic ScientistBachelor's degree (master's preferred)
Forensic PsychologistMaster's and/or doctorate (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) degree
Fraud Investigator4-year college degree
Homeland Security Agent4-year college degree
ICE Agent4-year college degree or equivalent experience
Immigration Agent4-year college degree or equivalent experience
Information Security SpecialistBachelor's degree (master's preferred)
INS Agent4-year college degree or equivalent experience
IRS Special Agent4-year college degree
Juvenile Probation CounselorAssociate, bachelor's or master's degree
K9 OfficerHigh School Diploma/academy training/associate degree
LaW ClerkBachelor's degree
NSA Police OfficerCollege degree or equivalent experience
ParalegalCertificate, associate or bachelor's degree
Park RangerRelevant bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
PenologistBachelor's degree (master's preferred)
Prison WardenHigh School Diploma and/or associate's Degree
Private Security4-year college degree
Police OfficerPolice academy training/associate degree
Probation OfficerHigh School Diploma/relevant college degree
Private InvestigatorHigh School Diploma/4-year college degree
Psychological ProfilerMaster's degree in psychology (doctorate preferred)
Secret Service Agent4-year college degree or equivalent experience
SheriffAcademy training, college degree, or equivalent experience
Surveillance Officer4-year college degree or equivalent experience
TSA ScreenerHigh School Diploma or GED
US Marshal4-year college degree or equivalent experience
Victim Services SpecialistBachelor's degree (master's preferred)
Youth Correctional OfficerBachelor's degree