California Criminal Justice Degrees & Programs

If you’re interested in working in the field of criminal justice, the first thing you’ll probably discover is that there are many career options, including careers as probation officer, sheriff, correction officer, criminal justice and law enforcement secondary teacher, judge, police office and forensic analyst.

Consider online Criminal Justice programs currently accepting applicants:

Being one of the more populous states, California has quite a bit to offer for employment, especially within the justice field. Boasting nice salaries and a combination of different universities offering criminal justice degrees at every degree level, California is one of the top states for any degree within criminal justice.

Criminal Justice Programs in California

There are more than 225 colleges and universities in California that offer criminal justice programs as well as 220 undergraduate programs and more than 20 graduate programs ranging from one-year certificate programs to master degrees.

Tuition Assistance & Scholarship Options for CA Residents

Once students have chosen a school and program, the first concern is usually the cost of earning the degree. Scholarships may be available to eligible students through the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, who gives out four scholarships every year.

Specific scholarships given out by the association include: the Medal of Valor Scholarship; Creedon and Garibaldi Memorial Scholarship; Harry Xanders Memorial Scholarship; and the Herman L. Lenz Memorial Scholarship. California students may also be eligible for a scholarship through the John F. Duffy Scholarship/Grant Program and the Children’s Scholarship Program.

Career Opportunities for those in the California Criminal Justice Field

Graduates of criminal justice programs who choose to work in California may find some very good career opportunities and wages. There are a number of different careers to work in with a criminal justice degree, especially within California. Below we have highlighted some of the more popular career options. All data is taken from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Outlook: Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement

O*NET reports that criminal justice and law enforcement secondary teachers working in California earned a median yearly salary of $71,700 in 2014. This figure is substantially higher than the national average for this profession, which was $57,200.

Outlook: Police & Patrol Officers

California police and patrol officers earned about $88,700 annually, and correctional officers and jailers earned $75,200 in 2014. Both of these figures are also quite a bit higher than the national averages for those professions.

Outlook: Detectives & Private Investigators

Detectives and private investigators working in California earned a median wage of $99,800 while the national average in 2014 was $79,900. O*NET also reports 2012-2022 should bring a job growth of seventeen percent for criminal justice and law enforcement secondary teachers and a growth of seven percent for police and sheriff’s patrol officers. Although detectives and private investigators are only expected to see a job growth of two percent, they are expected to see about 300 new job openings per year.

All Schools with Criminal Justice Programs in California

Featured sponsored campus and online criminal justice programs accepting applicants from California

Online BS in Criminal Justice program.

CA, ONLINE PROGRAMS 

Campus-based criminal justice schools in California

Abraham Lincoln University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Los Angeles, CA 

Allan Hancock College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Santa Maria, CA 

Allied American University
Program Areas: Corrections and Criminal Justice | Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Forensic Science and Technology


Laguna Hills, CA 

American Auto Institute
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Gardena, CA 

American River College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Sacramento, CA 

Antelope Valley College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Lancaster, CA 

Argosy University-Inland Empire
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Ontario, CA 

Argosy University-Los Angeles
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Los Angeles, CA 

Argosy University-Orange County
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Orange, CA 

Argosy University-San Diego
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


San Diego, CA 

Argosy University-San Francisco Bay Area
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Alameda, CA 

Bakersfield College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Bakersfield, CA 

Barstow Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Barstow, CA 

Bryan University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Los Angeles, CA 

Butte College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Oroville, CA 

Cabrillo College
Program Areas: Corrections


Aptos, CA 

California Baptist University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Riverside, CA 

California Lutheran University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Thousand Oaks, CA 

California State University-Bakersfield
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Bakersfield, CA 

California State University-Chico
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Chico, CA 

California State University-Dominguez Hills
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Carson, CA 

California State University-East Bay
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Hayward, CA 

California State University-Fullerton
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Fullerton, CA 

California State University-Long Beach
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Long Beach, CA 

California State University-Los Angeles
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Forensic Science and Technology


Los Angeles, CA 

California State University-Sacramento
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Sacramento, CA 

California State University-San Bernardino
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


San Bernardino, CA 

California State University-Stanislaus
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Turlock, CA 

Carrington College California-Antioch
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Antioch, CA 

Carrington College California-Citrus Heights
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Citrus Heights, CA 

Carrington College California-Pleasant Hill
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Pleasant Hill, CA 

Carrington College California-Sacramento
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Sacramento, CA 

Carrington College California-San Jose
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


San Jose, CA 

Carrington College California-San Leandro
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


San Leandro, CA 

Carrington College California-Stockton
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Stockton, CA 

Cerritos College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Norwalk, CA 

Cerro Coso Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Ridgecrest, CA 

Chabot College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Hayward, CA 

Chaffey College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Rancho Cucamonga, CA 

Citrus College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Glendora, CA 

City College of San Francisco
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science Forensic Science and Technology


San Francisco, CA 

Coastline Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Fountain Valley, CA 

College of Marin
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Kentfield, CA 

College of San Mateo
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


San Mateo, CA 

College of the Canyons
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Santa Clarita, CA 

College of the Desert
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Palm Desert, CA 

College of the Redwoods
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration | Criminal Justice/Police Science


Eureka, CA 

College of the Sequoias
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Visalia, CA 

College of the Siskiyous
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Weed, CA 

Columbia College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Forensic Science and Technology


Sonora, CA 

Contra Costa College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science Forensic Science and Technology


San Pablo, CA 

Copper Mountain Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Joshua Tree, CA 

Crafton Hills College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Yucaipa, CA 

Cuesta College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


San Luis Obispo, CA 

Cypress College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Cypress, CA 

De Anza College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Cupertino, CA 

Diablo Valley College
Program Areas: Corrections Corrections and Criminal Justice Criminal Justice/Police Science Forensic Science and Technology


Pleasant Hill, CA 

East Los Angeles College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science Forensic Science and Technology


Monterey Park, CA 

East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


West Covina, CA 

El Camino College-Compton Center
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Compton, CA 

El Camino Community College District
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Torrance, CA 

Everest College-Anaheim


Anaheim, CA 

Everest College-City of Industry


City of Industry, CA 

Everest College-Gardena


Gardena, CA 

Everest College-Ontario Metro


Ontario, CA 

Everest College-Reseda


Reseda, CA 

Everest College-San Bernardino


San Bernardino, CA 

Everest College-Santa Ana


Santa Ana, CA 

Everest College-West Los Angeles


Los Angeles, CA 

Evergreen Valley College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


San Jose, CA 

Feather River Community College District
Program Areas: Corrections and Criminal Justice Criminal Justice/Police Science


Quincy, CA 

Folsom Lake College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Folsom, CA 

Fresno City College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science Forensic Science and Technology


Fresno, CA 

Fresno Pacific University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration | Criminal Justice/Police Science


Fresno, CA 

Fullerton College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Fullerton, CA 

Gavilan College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Gilroy, CA 

Golden West College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science Forensic Science and Technology


Huntington Beach, CA 

Grossmont College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science Forensic Science and Technology


El Cajon, CA 

Hartnell College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Salinas, CA 

Heald College-Concord
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Concord, CA 

Heald College-Fresno
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Fresno, CA 

Heald College-Hayward
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Hayward, CA 

Heald College-Modesto
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Salida, CA 

Heald College-Rancho Cordova
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Rancho Cordova, CA 

Heald College-Roseville
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Roseville, CA 

Heald College-Salinas
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Salinas, CA 

Heald College-San Francisco
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


San Francisco, CA 

Heald College-San Jose
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Milpitas, CA 

Heald College-Stockton
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Stockton, CA 

Humphreys College-Stockton and Modesto Campuses
Program Areas: Corrections and Criminal Justice


Stockton, CA 

ICDC College
Program Areas: Forensic Science and Technology


Huntington Park, CA 

Imperial Valley College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Imperial, CA 

Institute of Technology Inc
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Clovis, CA 

Irvine Valley College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Irvine, CA 

ITT Technical Institute-Clovis
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminalistics and Criminal Science


Clovis, CA 

ITT Technical Institute-Concord
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminalistics and Criminal Science


Concord, CA 

ITT Technical Institute-Corona
Program Areas: Criminalistics and Criminal Science


Corona, CA 

ITT Technical Institute-Culver City
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminalistics and Criminal Science


Culver City, CA 

ITT Technical Institute-Lathrop
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminalistics and Criminal Science


Lathrop, CA 

ITT Technical Institute-National City
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminalistics and Criminal Science


National City, CA 

ITT Technical Institute-Oakland
Program Areas: Criminalistics and Criminal Science


Oakland, CA 

ITT Technical Institute-Orange
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminalistics and Criminal Science


Orange, CA 

ITT Technical Institute-Oxnard
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminalistics and Criminal Science


Oxnard, CA 

ITT Technical Institute-Rancho Cordova
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminalistics and Criminal Science


Rancho Cordova, CA 

ITT Technical Institute-San Bernardino
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminalistics and Criminal Science


San Bernardino, CA 

ITT Technical Institute-San Dimas
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminalistics and Criminal Science


San Dimas, CA 

ITT Technical Institute-Sylmar
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminalistics and Criminal Science


Sylmar, CA 

ITT Technical Institute-Torrance
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminalistics and Criminal Science


Torrance, CA 

ITT Technical Institute-West Covina
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminalistics and Criminal Science


San Dimas, CA 

Kaplan College-Bakersfield
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Bakersfield, CA 

Kaplan College-Chula Vista
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Chula Vista, CA 

Kaplan College-Fresno
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Clovis, CA 

Kaplan College-Modesto
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Salida, CA 

Kaplan College-Palm Springs
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Palm Springs, CA 

Kaplan College-Riverside
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Riverside, CA 

Kaplan College-Sacramento
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Sacramento, CA 

Kaplan College-San Diego
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


San Diego, CA 

Kaplan College-Vista
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Vista, CA 

La Sierra University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Riverside, CA 

Lake Tahoe Community College
Program Areas: Corrections and Criminal Justice Criminal Justice/Police Science


South Lake Tahoe, CA 

Las Positas College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Livermore, CA 

Lassen Community College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Susanville, CA 

Lincoln University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Oakland, CA 

Loma Linda University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Forensic Science and Technology


Loma Linda, CA 

Long Beach City College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science Forensic Science and Technology


Long Beach, CA 

Los Angeles City College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Los Angeles, CA 

Los Angeles Harbor College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Wilmington, CA 

Los Angeles Mission College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Sylmar, CA 

Los Angeles Pierce College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Woodland Hills, CA 

Los Angeles Southwest College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Los Angeles, CA 

Los Angeles Valley College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Valley Glen, CA 

Los Medanos College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Pittsburg, CA 

Mendocino College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Ukiah, CA 

Merced College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Merced, CA 

Merritt College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Oakland, CA 

MiraCosta College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Oceanside, CA 

Modesto Junior College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Modesto, CA 

Monterey Peninsula College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Monterey, CA 

Moorpark College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Moorpark, CA 

Moreno Valley College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Moreno Valley, CA 

Mt San Antonio College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Walnut, CA 

Mt San Jacinto Community College District
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


San Jacinto, CA 

Napa Valley College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Napa, CA 

National Polytechnic College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Commerce, CA 

National University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Forensic Science and Technology | Juvenile Corrections


La Jolla, CA 

Norco College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science Forensic Science and Technology


Norco, CA 

Ohlone College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Fremont, CA 

Palo Verde College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Blythe, CA 

Palomar College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science Forensic Science and Technology


San Marcos, CA 

Pasadena City College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Pasadena, CA 

Platt College-Los Angeles
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Alhambra, CA 

Platt College-Ontario
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Ontario, CA 

Platt College-Riverside
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Riverside, CA 

Porterville College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Porterville, CA 

Reedley College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Reedley, CA 

Rio Hondo College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Whittier, CA 

Riverside City College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science Forensic Science and Technology


Riverside, CA 

Sacramento City College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Sacramento, CA 

Saddleback College
Program Areas: Corrections


Mission Viejo, CA 

San Bernardino Valley College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


San Bernardino, CA 

San Diego Miramar College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science Forensic Science and Technology


San Diego, CA 

San Diego State University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


San Diego, CA 

San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Calexico, CA 

San Francisco State University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


San Francisco, CA 

San Joaquin Delta College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Stockton, CA 

San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersfield
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Bakersfield, CA 

San Joaquin Valley College-Fresno
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Fresno, CA 

San Joaquin Valley College-Hesperia
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Hesperia, CA 

San Joaquin Valley College-Modesto
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Salida, CA 

San Joaquin Valley College-Ontario
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Ontario, CA 

San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Visalia, CA 

San Jose City College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


San Jose, CA 

San Jose State University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


San Jose, CA 

Santa Ana College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Santa Ana, CA 

Santa Barbara Business College-Bakersfield
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Bakersfield, CA 

Santa Barbara Business College-Santa Maria
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Santa Maria, CA 

Santa Barbara Business College-Ventura
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Ventura, CA 

Santa Barbara City College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Santa Barbara, CA 

Santa Rosa Junior College
Program Areas: Corrections Corrections and Criminal Justice Criminal Justice/Police Science


Santa Rosa, CA 

Shasta College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Redding, CA 

Sierra College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Rocklin, CA 

Skyline College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


San Bruno, CA 

Solano Community College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science Forensic Science and Technology


Fairfield, CA 

Sonoma State University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Rohnert Park, CA 

Southwestern College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism Forensic Science and Technology


Chula Vista, CA 

Taft College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Taft, CA 

The National Hispanic University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


San Jose, CA 

United Education Institute-Huntington Park Campus
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Huntington Park, CA 

Online BS in Criminal Justice program.

CA, ONLINE PROGRAMS 

University of Antelope Valley
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Lancaster, CA 

University of California-Davis
Program Areas: Forensic Science and Technology


Davis, CA 

University of Phoenix-Bay Area Campus
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


San Jose, CA 

University of Phoenix-Central Valley Campus
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Fresno, CA 

University of Phoenix-Sacramento Valley Campus
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Sacramento, CA 

University of Phoenix-San Diego Campus
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


San Diego, CA 

University of Phoenix-Southern California Campus
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Costa Mesa, CA 

Ventura College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Ventura, CA 

Victor Valley College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Victorville, CA 

West Hills College-Coalinga
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Coalinga, CA 

West Hills College-Lemoore
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Lemoore, CA 

West Los Angeles College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Culver City, CA 

West Valley College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Saratoga, CA 

Westwood College-Anaheim
Program Areas: Corrections Corrections and Criminal Justice |


Anaheim, CA 

Westwood College-Inland Empire
Program Areas: Corrections Corrections and Criminal Justice |


Upland, CA 

Westwood College-Los Angeles
Program Areas: Corrections Corrections and Criminal Justice |


Los Angeles, CA 

Westwood College-South Bay
Program Areas: Corrections Corrections and Criminal Justice |


Torrance, CA 

Woodland Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Woodland, CA 

Yuba College
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Police Science


Marysville, CA