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

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

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Substance Abuse Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Concentration
  • Master of Public Administration in State and Local Government
  • Master of Public Administration in Homeland Security

Campuses: Thousand Oaks, Oxnard

Degrees Offered:

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

Campuses: Irvine, Los Angeles, Westwood

Degrees Offered:

  • PsyD in Clinical Forensic Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology
  • Master of Public Health

Campuses: San Diego, Vista, Sacramento, Bakersfield, Salida

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice - Associate's

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)

Campuses: Bakersfield, Visalia, Hesperia, Fresno, Lancaster, Ontario, Hanford

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Emergency Services & Safety Management
  • Associate's - Criminal Justice - Corrections

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Campuses: Los Angeles

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Counseling Psychology - Mental Health Administration

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

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Criminal Justice

Campuses: Los Angeles, Anaheim

Degrees Offered:

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

Online Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Social Work (Virtual Academic Center) (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Criminology

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (Online)
  • 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:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Human Services Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Substance Abuse Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Concentration
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology - Assessment Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology - Homeland Security Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology - Law Enforcement Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology - Treatment Concentration
  • Master of Science in Human Services
  • Master of Public Health

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Computer and Information Security (Online)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Public Administration (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • DPA in Public Administration (Online)
  • MPA in Public Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Public Safety Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Public Safety Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Science in Addiction Counseling (Online)
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling (Online)
  • Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Human Services (Online)
  • Master of Science in Social and Community Services (Online)
  • PhD in Addiction Psychology (Online)
  • PhD in Multidisciplinary Human Services (Online)
  • DrPH in Epidemiology (Online)
  • MPH in Health Management and Policy (Online)
  • MPH in Public Health (Online)
  • DSW in Social Work (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Assurance and Security (Online)
  • Master of Science in Information Assurance and Security (Online)
  • PhD in Information Assurance & Security (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security (Online)
  • MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences (Online)
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice (Online)
  • Master of Science in Emergency Management (Online)
  • Master of Science in Homeland Security (Online)
  • PhD in Criminal Justice (Online)
  • PhD in Emergency Management (Online)
  • PhD in Social and Community Services (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation (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:

  • Associate - Criminal Investigations (Online)
  • Associate - Criminal Justice (Online)
  • Bachelor's - Criminal Justice (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Education & Public Policy (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Health Care Studies - Applied Behavioral Science (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Health Care Studies - Sociology (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Health Education (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Health and Human Services (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Health and Human Services - Long-term Care Management (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Cultural Anthropology (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 Science - Child & Family Development (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Social Science - Criminal Justice (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Social Science - Education Studies (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Social Science - English/Language Arts (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Social Science - Human Services (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Social Science - Political Science (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Social Science - Social Services (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Social Science - Sociology (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)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • B.S. in Justice Studies (Online)
  • B.S. in Sociology (Online)
  • M.S. in Addiction Counseling (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Legal Studies (Online)
  • Bachelor's - Child Studies (Online)
  • Bachelor's - Criminal Justice (Online)
  • Bachelor's - Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement (Online)
  • Bachelor's - Human Services (Online)
  • Bachelor's - Human Services: Criminal Justice (Online)
  • Bachelor's - Human Services: Health Education and Community Services (Online)
  • Bachelor's - Human Services: Health and Community Services (Online)
  • Bachelor's - Human Services: Human Services Management (Online)
  • Bachelor's - Legal Studies (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Public Administration (Online)
  • Master's - Business Administration: Public Administration (Online)
  • Master's - Organizational Management: Public Administration (Online)
  • Master's - Public Administration (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Diplomacy (Online)
  • Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice (Online)
  • Master of Public Administration - International Development and Influence (Online)
  • Master of Public Administration - Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Public Administration - Public Works Administration (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Services (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Health Services (Mixed-model) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Human Services (Course-based) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Human Services (Mixed-model) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Health (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Policy and Administration (Course-based) (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Emergency & Disaster Management
  • Bachelor of Science - Human Services
  • Bachelor of Science - Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Science - Public Administration: Fire Science
  • Bachelor of Science - Public Administration: Law Enforcement
  • Master of Public Administration - Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • Master of Public Administration - General Study
  • Master of Public Administration - Government Administration
  • Master of Public Administration - Health and Human Services
  • Master of Public Administration - Nonprofit Organizations
  • Master of Public Administration - Public Personnel Management

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

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

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Criminal Justice (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • PhD in Human Services
  • PsyD - Criminology and Justice Studies
  • PsyD - Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • PsyD - Mental Health Administration

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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:

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

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Economics - Applied Economics (Online)

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