Virginia Criminal Justice Degrees & Programs

Virginia has 71 colleges and universities that offer criminal justice training programs. These schools have 70 undergraduate programs and 9 graduate programs with majors in forensic science, paralegal, corrections, police science, applied sociology, administration of justice, homeland security, law enforcement and more. A few of the schools even offer online programs.

Consider online Criminal Justice programs currently accepting applicants:

Criminal Justice Scholarships

Criminal justice students may also receive scholarships from organizations like the Virginia State Police Association, American Association of State Troopers, Virginia Police Chiefs Association, and Virginia State Troopers. Scholarships are also offered at some of the colleges such as Virginia State University and Southeast Virginia College.

Criminal Justice Career & Employment Trending

The wages for criminal justice workers in Virginia are very similar to what these same workers earned across the nation, according to O*NET.

Employment growth was predicted to be higher for some occupations than others. Investigators & private detectives are projected to see job growth of twenty-five percent from 2012-2022 while correctional facility specialists & probation officers are only predicted to see a one percent growth. In high demand are police & patrol officers, which are expected to see 810 new job postings annually.

See chart below for 2014 wages, employment growth predictions and national average wages.

  • Lawyers – $117,800 – 13% – $115,000
  • Criminal investigators & detectives – $83,600 – 5% – $79,900
  • First-line supervisors of police & detectives $80,000 – 7% -$80,900
  • Social workers, all other – $63,800 – NA% – $59,100
  • Forensic science technicians – $65,900 – 5% – $55,400
  • Criminal justice & law enforcement postsecondary teachers – $56,500 – 19% – $57,200
  • Judges, magistrate judges & magistrates – $53,400 – NA% – $115,100
  • Fire investigators & inspectors – $50,700 – 16% – $56,100
  • Police & patrol officers – $48,500 – 13% – $56,800
  • Investigators & private detectives – $46,600 – 25% – $44,600
  • Fish & game wardens $43,900 – 2% – $50,900
  • Correctional facility specialists & probation officers – $43,100 – 1% – $49,100
  • Jailers & correctional officers –$35,900 – 13% – $39,800