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Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice Programs in Utah
(found programs from 11 schools)


The field of criminal justice is perhaps one of the most multifaceted and diverse in all of Utah. Those who work in this field may prevent, solve, and prosecute crimes that are committed. Working in this field may require you to deal with violent or traumatizing crimes, evidence, and images. However, if you do decide to work in this field, you can feel good knowing that you are keeping Utah residents safe.

Request program information from the schools listed below to get details about earning your Bachelor's in Criminal Justice to get started.

Historically, driving while under the influence has been a serious problem in Utah. Recent changes in the law have led to fewer DUI arrests. However, those who are found guilty of driving under the influence or punished more harshly than they were in the past. This is just one example of how criminal justice professionals can make communities safer for residents.

There are many ways that you may use your education in this field to improve the industry. A controversial decision to relocate the Utah State Prison has created a demand for correctional officers, police officers, and others who want to work in a correctional setting.

Getting Your Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree in Utah

No matter what your career goals in this field are, it all starts with a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Over a period of four years and eight semesters, you take dozens of courses to earn 120 credits. These classes should give you insight into different criminal justice fields, help you explore your career options, and help you develop an understanding of Utah law.

Looking at each school's curriculum and learning goals can help you figure out if it is a good fit for you. Classes that may be expected of Utah criminal justice students include Violent Crime, Community Supervision, Victimology, Criminology, Police in Modern Society, Penology, Juvenile Delinquency, Corrections Procedures, Policing Procedures, and Courtroom Procedures. When you are ready to complete your degree, you may complete an internship at a local criminal justice agency.

Depending on which school you decide to attend, you may be able to apply for different scholarships and grants. Financial aid may be offered by each individual school, local agencies and organizations, and national organizations. At the school level, you may apply for grants like the Raechale Elton and James Cawley Criminal Justice Scholarship.

Working in Criminal Justice in Utah

There are many benefits of starting your career in Utah. For bailiffs, job openings are expected to increase by 20% through 2022, a job growth rate that is four times higher than the national average. In this specialty, professionals report an average salary of $37,300 per year (O*Net, 2014).

Those who decide to go into forensic technology may enjoy a job growth rate of 17% during this time period (O*Net, 2012). For forensic science technicians, the average salary in Utah is $45,900 per year (O*Net, 2014).

Get started in the field of criminal justice today by reaching out to criminal justice schools in Utah.

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Utah

Broadview University (Layton, UT / Orem, UT / West Jordan, UT)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor Degree - Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Science - Paralegal Studies
Dixie State College of Utah (Saint George, UT)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
ITT Technical Institute (Murray, UT)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Southern Utah University (Cedar City, UT)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice Forensic Science Emphasis, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
University of Phoenix (Clearfield, UT / Pleasant Grove, UT / Salt Lake City, UT / St. George, UT)
Programs Offered:

BS - Criminal Justice Administration - Human Services (online), BS - Criminal Justice Administration - Management (online), BS - Criminal Justice Administration (online), BS - Organizational Security Management (online)
Utah Valley University (Orem, UT)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Paralegal Studies
Weber State University (Ogden, UT)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
Westminster College (Salt Lake City, UT)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Justice Studies


In addition to the campus based programs, there are numerous online programs available for many of the common Criminal Justice degree types (Associate, Bachelors, Masters, PhD) and specialties. Please feel free to use the links on the left-hand side of this page to explore some of the online degree programs available. Thanks for visiting!