Criminal Justice Degrees in California

A criminal justice degree will prepare you for a career in a variety of fields: law enforcement, corrections, homeland security, immigration, paralegal studies and forensics, among others. Start your search for criminal justice degrees in California here!

The criminal justice degrees in California offered by the schools on this site all teach criminal justice theory, criminal law, research methodology and data analysis, and criminalistics. Graduates of the following programs should have an understanding of the legal, criminal and sociological issues affecting our society.

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With a criminal justice degree in California, most graduates can find entry-level employment with local, state and federal criminal justice agencies across the state. Many graduates with bachelor's degrees in criminal justice have continued with their education, earning Master's Degrees and PhDs. With these higher-level degrees, they earn more and have better chances for promotion. As a side note, graduates of master's degree programs in criminal justice are qualified to teach at community colleges in California.

Criminal Justice Careers in California

The California Department of Justice in Sacramento employs many people with criminal justice and related degrees. Also, the California Criminal Justice System is an excellent place to find employment after earning a criminal justice degree or another related degree (see below).

Jobs in California law enforcement are hot places to start a career after earning your degree in criminal justice. Law enforcement jobs in California pay well and provide solid benefits and pensions/retirement plans. Right now some of the best paying criminal justice careers in California are as police officers with the LAPD, San Jose Police, San Francisco Police, and San Diego Police. Check out our How to become an LAPD police officer article today. Many police officers have found that a degree in criminal justice helped them get accepted to a California police academy and feel more prepared once they were there.

The paralegal profession in California has remained strong as law firms, government agencies, health care organizations, banks and corporations are moving to lower costs for their clients. Paralegals do much of the work lawyers used to do other than providing legal advice. Paralegals interview clients, investigate cases, conduct legal research, write legal briefs and perform many other legal duties. Read about the paralegal programs offered in California.

California Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Chatsworth

Degrees Offered:

  • Child Welfare and Attendance Credential

Campuses: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Concentration

Campuses: Thousand Oaks, Oxnard

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA)
  • M.S. in Quantitative Economics

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Campuses: Pasadena

Degrees Offered:

  • Human Development Post-Graduate Certificate - Social and Human Services
  • Human Development Post-Graduate Certificate - Leadership in Education and Human Services
  • Human Development Post-Graduate Certificate - Bi-Cultural Development

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Campuses: Westwood

Degrees Offered:

  • Psy.D. Clinical Forensic Psychology

Campuses: Vista, Bakersfield, Salida, Chula Vista, Sacramento, Palm Springs, Riverside, San Diego

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice - Associate's

Campuses: Gardena, La Puente, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Reseda, Ontario, Los Angeles, San Bernardino

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Criminal Justice - Social & Youth Services
  • Diploma - Criminal Justice - Private & Homeland Security
  • Associate's - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor's - Criminal Justice

Campuses: Irvine, Culver City, Fairfield, Palmdale, Visalia, Walnut Creek, Yuba City, Riverside, Palm Desert, San Diego, Roseville, Santa Maria, Santa Clarita, Victorville, Hanford, Salida, Menifee, Ontario, Monterey

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Administration (Organizational Leadership)
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Business Sustainability

Campuses: Anaheim, Ontario, San Marcos, El Monte, Huntington Park, Riverside, Fresno, Stockton, Gardena, Chula Vista, Encino

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Criminal Justice

Campuses: Salida, San Francisco, Rancho Cordova, Concord, Milpitas, Fresno, Roseville, Hayward, Stockton, Salinas

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice (Associate Degree)
  • Information Technology and Network Security (Associate Degree)

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Campuses: Los Angeles

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Counseling Psychology - Mental Health Administration

Campuses: San Marcos, San Diego, National City

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Health (MS)

Campuses: Los Angeles, Anaheim

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor's in Criminal Justice: Administration

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Campuses: Clovis

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminology and Emergency Response Management

Online Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • AAS in Fire Science
  • BS in Fire Science
  • BS in Fire and Emergency Management
  • AAS in Human Services
  • BS in Human Services
  • BSCJ - Forensic Psychology
  • BSHUS - Human Services Administration
  • BSPY - Addictions
  • MSPY - Addictions
  • AAS in Criminal Justice
  • BS in Criminal Justice
  • BSCJ - Corrections
  • BSCJ - Crime Scene Investigation
  • BSCJ - Juvenile Justice
  • BSCJ - Law Enforcement
  • BSHUS - Child and Family Welfare
  • MPA - Health Care Management
  • MS in Criminal Justice
  • MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • MSCJ - Corrections
  • MSCJ - Global Issues in Criminal Justice
  • MSCJ - Law
  • Master of Public Health
  • BS in Environmental Policy and Management
  • BS in Legal Studies
  • MS in Environmental Policy
  • MS in Legal Studies
  • BSCJ - Homeland Security
  • MPA - Criminal Justice
  • MPA - Emergency and Disaster Management
  • MPA - General MPA
  • MPA - Governmental Management
  • MSCJ - Leadership/Executive Management
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Concentration
  • Master of Science in Human Services
  • Master of Public Health

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology - Non-Licensure Track (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Dual MBA/Master of Public Health (Online)
  • Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management/Emergency Preparedness (Online)
  • Master of Public Health (Online)
  • Master of Public Health - Disaster Management/Emergency Preparedness (Online)
  • Master of Public Health - Health Education and Promotion (Online)
  • Master of Public Health - Health Management and Policy (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Online)
  • Master of Science in Human Services (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Cultural Anthropology (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Environmental Studies (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Homeland Security & Emergency Management (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Law Enforcement Administration (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Political Science and Government (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Social Science (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Social and Criminal Justice (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Social and Criminal Justice - Corrections Management (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Social and Criminal Justice - Forensics (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Social and Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Social and Criminal Justice - Political Science and Government (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Social and Criminal Justice - Security Management (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Sociology (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Education & Public Policy (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Public Administration (Online)
  • Bachelor's - Sustainable Enterprise Management (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) (Online)
  • Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) (Online)
  • Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) (Online)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Online)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice (Online)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management (Online)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Emergency Management (Online)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Forensic Psychology (Online)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Technology (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Services (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Criminal Justice (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Human Services (Course-based) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Health (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Policy and Administration (Course-based) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Social Work (Online)
  • Doctor of Public Health (DPH)
  • Doctor of Social Work (DSW)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Addiction Counseling (Online)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Education and Promotion (Online)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Human Services (Online)
  • Master of Social Work (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • M.S. in Addiction Counseling (Online)
  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - Behavioral Health (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Administration (Online)
  • Master's - Human Services (Online)
  • Master's - Human Services: Drug and Alcohol Counseling (Online)
  • Master's - Human Services: Non-Profit Management (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Human Services Administration
  • Individualized Master of Arts - Public Health Policy
  • Master of Arts - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MEng in Energetic Concepts (Online)
  • MEng in Fire Protection Engineering (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Human Services - Community Health (Online)
  • Master of Human Services - Generalist (Online)
  • Master of Human Services - Human Services Leadership and Management (Online)
  • Master of Public Health - Community Health Education (Online)
  • Master of Public Health - Health Policy and Administration (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Criminology (Online)
  • Master of Science in Information Assurance (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Administration (Online)
  • Master of Public Administration - Human Resources Management (Online)
  • Master of Public Administration - Public Affairs Administration (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity - Cybercrime Investigations & Forensics (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity - Information Assurance (Online)
  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity - Computer Forensics (Online)
  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity - Cyber Operations (Online)
  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity - Intelligence (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security (Online)
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice (Online)
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Behavior Analysis Specialization (Online)
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Specialization (Online)
  • Master's in Criminal Justice with Federal Law Enforcement Specialization (Online)
  • Master's in Criminal Justice with Intelligence & Crime Analysis Specialization (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MBA - Law Enforcement & Corrections
  • MSEd - Mental Health Counceling

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Masters of Social Work

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