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, San Bernardino

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Substance Abuse Concentration
  • 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

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

Degrees Offered:

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

Campuses: Clovis, Palm Springs, San Diego, Bakersfield

Degrees Offered:

  • Criminal Justice - Associate's

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Campuses: Irvine

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Public Administration (Organizational Leadership)
  • Master of Public Administration

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

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Criminal Justice

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Campuses: Los Angeles

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Counseling Psychology - Mental Health Administration

Campuses: Los Angeles, Anaheim

Degrees Offered:

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

Campuses: Modesto, Clovis

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Criminology and Emergency Response Management

Online Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • DPA in Public Administration (Online)
  • MPA in Public Administration (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 Homeland Security (Online)
  • MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences (Online)
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice (Online)
  • Master of Science in Emergency Management (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 Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Concentration
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science in Human Services

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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:

  • Child and Adolescent Psychology Certificate
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology - Non-Licensure Track (Online)
  • MA Clinical Mental Health Counceling

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Business Administration - Public Sector Management (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)
  • Master of Public Health (Online)
  • Master of Public Administration - Government and Policy (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • 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 - Education & Public Policy (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 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:

  • Associate's - Criminal Justice

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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 Arts in Health and Human Services Administration
  • Master of Arts in International Development

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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:

  • Master of Science in Criminal and Social Justice - (Online)
  • Master of Science in Criminal and Social Justice - Homeland Security (Online)
  • Master of Science in Information Security - Managerial Track (Online)
  • Master of Science in Information Security - Technical Track (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 Science in Information Security & Assurance - Managing Cyber Forensic & Digital Incidents

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

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

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business - Disaster Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Substance Abuse Counseling

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