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Arizona Criminal Justice Degree Programs
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Listed below are all of the accredited schools in Arizona that offer Criminal Justice programs.

Overview

The Old West is full of tales of lawmen taking down the outlaws and Arizona is home to one of the most famous. On October 26, 1881, Wyatt Earp, his brothers Morgan and Virgil, and Doc Holliday met Billy and Ike Clanton, Frank and Tom McLaury, and Billy Claiborne on Tombstone's Fremont Street in a gunfight that lasted fewer than 30 seconds.

According to FBI statistics, the crime rate is up about 3.35 percent from 2011 to 2012. Experts say "the slight increase can also be attributed to statutory changes and programs such as those that encourage undocumented immigrants and domestic-violence victims to report the crimes committed against them" in an AZcentral article. Arizona's crime rate ranks in the top twenty in the United States as of 2012.

If you're ready to put your investigative skills to work in Arizona, click on the button below and start your search for a criminal justice college near you.

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Criminal Justice Education in Arizona

There are about three-dozen schools in the state of Arizona offering a criminal justice education. These include local community colleges, technical schools, private colleges, and public universities.

Although a high school diploma is the minimal education requirement to become a police officer in the state of Arizona, the reality is that having a two-year associate's degree or even a four-year bachelor's degree can be extremely advantageous. Arizona State University (ASU) ranks 12th in the country in terms of quality and value in its criminal justice graduate program.

Bachelor degree candidates will complete a core curriculum including coursework in mathematics, English, and science. Although some electives can be taken, specific coursework in criminal justice will occupy much of one's Junior and Senior years. Here's a sampling of the types of courses that a student might anticipate taking:

  • The Criminal Justice System -- An Introduction
  • A Basic History of Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Criminal Law
  • America's System of Jurisprudence
  • Investigation and Research Methodologies
  • Racial Relations in the United States
  • Criminal Justice Ethics

As a part of a four-year bachelors program, you can anticipate "hands-on" experiences, possibly in both your Junior and Senior years. For example, a semester of fieldwork may occur during your Junior year followed by a year-long internship during your Senior year.

Some will want to pursue a two-year Associates degree in order to enter the workforce more quickly. These students can always return to school, especially via online coursework, to complete a Bachelor's degree later on. This can subsequently lead to career advancement. Those that enter Master's degree programs in criminal justice education in Arizona can experience substantial increases in both income and responsibility. For instance, a master's degree may qualify you to become a police captain or a police chief. It may also qualify you to become a supervisor or manager in criminal justice administration at the local, state, or federal level.

Check with your school for help applying for national criminal justice scholarships like the ones offered by the American Criminal Justice Association or check out the Arizona Highway Patrol Association Scholarship.

Outlook for Criminal Justice in Arizona

If you're looking for a place with lots of employment opportunities in law enforcement, Arizona is a good bet. Of course, much of the opportunity in Arizona criminal justice careers is found in or near the major population centers of Tucson and Phoenix. However, one opportunity more unique to the state of Arizona is employment with the United States Border Patrol. In recent years the Border Patrol has expanded and this has resulted in more federal agents working the Arizona-Mexico border.

You may also be interested in the criminology sector after your earn your criminal justice degree. Criminologists may do forensics sampling, evaluation and other investigative tasks related to criminal cases. In addition to possibly becoming crime analysts, those in criminology may also become victim service advocates. Arizona, for example, administers a victim compensation fund that involves victim advocacy. Private-sector employment also looks promising for criminologists.

We've put together the salary for some top criminal justice career paths below. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014.)


Criminal justice degrees, particularly four-year Bachelor degrees, can also lead to careers in emerging areas like Homeland Security and computer forensics. As the philosophy of incarceration changes in the country, and as tight budgets restrict the amount of prison space available, judges are increasingly looking to sentences that feature more probation and parole. This reality is reflected in a BLS projection of about an 18 percent increase in demand for probation officers during the decade ending 2020.

Request program information from the Arizona schools with criminal justice degrees to learn more about costs, curriculum and enrollment today.You can also find criminal justice scholarship opportunities by clicking here.

Arizona Criminal Justice Schools

Online programs may not be available in all areas

Traditional On Campus Programs:
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Arizona State University (Phoenix, AZ)
Programs Offered:

BS - Criminology and Criminal Justice (online)
Arizona Western College (Yuma, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Arts - Administration of Justice, Certificate - Law Enforcement, Occupational Certificate - Paralegal Studies
Brookline College (Phoenix, AZ / Tempe, AZ / Tucson, AZ)
Programs Offered:

AS - Criminal Justice (online), AS - Paralegal Studies (online), Associate of Arts - Justice Administration, Associate of Arts - Paralegal (online), BS - Criminal Justice (online), Certificate - Legal Secretary, Certificate - Legal Secretary (online), Diploma - Legal Secretary (online)
Central Arizona College (Coolidge, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Administration of Justice
Chandler/Gilbert Community College (Chandler, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Crime Intelligence Analysis, Certificate - Forensic Science, Certificate - Homeland Security, Certificate - Justice Studies, Certificate - Law Enforcement Training Academy
Cochise College (Douglas, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Administration of Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Intelligence Operations Studies, Associate of Arts - Administration of Justice, Certificate - Public Safety Communications Officer I
Coconino Community College (Flagstaff, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Basic Detention Academy, Certificate - Basic Emergency Dispatch Academy
East Valley Institute of Technology (Mesa, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law, Associate of Applied Science - Public Safety, Associate of Applied Science - Security
Eastern Arizona College (Thatcher, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Administration of Justice, Associate of Arts - Administration of Justice, Certificate - Police Academy
Estrella Mountain Community College (Avondale, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Forensics, Bachelor of Science - Law Enforcement
Everest College Phoenix (Mesa, AZ / Phoenix, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Criminal Investigations (online), Associate Degree - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Justice - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Science - Criminal Investications (online), Associate of Science - Paralegal, Bachelor Degree - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Fortis College (Phoenix, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate - Paralegal
Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, AZ)
Programs Offered:

M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology (online)
Grand Canyon University (AM) (Phoenix, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Justice Studies, Master of Science - Criminal Justice, Masters Degree - Criminal Justice (online)
ITT Technical Institute (Phoenix, AZ / Tempe, AZ / Tucson, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Information Systems Security
Mesa Community College (Mesa, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Administration of Justice, Certificate - Administration of Justice, Certificate - Forensic Studies
Mohave Community College (Kingman, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Administration of Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Corrections Officer, Associate of Applied Science - Evidcence & Crime Scene Investigation
Northcentral University (Prescott Valley, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Certif. - Homeland Security (online), Certificate - Criminal Justice (online), M.B.A. - Criminal Justice (online), M.B.A. - Homeland Security (online), Ph.D. - Homeland Security (online)
Ottawa University (Phoenix, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor Degree - Human Services - Corrections (online)
Paradise Valley Community College (Phoenix, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Administration of Justice
Phoenix College (Phoenix, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal, Associate of Applied Science - Administration of Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Forensic Science, Certificate - Administration of Justice, Certificate - Crime and Accident Scene Photography, Certificate - Evidence Technology, Certificate - Fingerprinting, Certificate of Completion - Paralegal
Pima Community College (Tucson, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Administration of Justice Studies, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal, Associate of Arts - Administration of Justice Studies, Certificate - Crime Scene Management, Certificate - Fraud Examination, Post Baccalaureate Certificate - Paralegal
Rio Salado College (Tempe, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Law Enforcement Technology (online), Certificate - Law Enforcement Technology
Scottsdale Community College (Scottsdale, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Administration of Justice, Certificate - Crime Scene Investigation, Certificate - Crime Scene Technology, Certificate - Justice Studies, Certificate - Police Academy Prep
University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Public Administration - Criminal Justice
University of Phoenix (Chandler, AZ / Mesa, AZ / Nogales, AZ / Phoenix, AZ / Sierra Vista, AZ / Tucson, AZ / Yuma, AZ)
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), MS - Administration of Justice and Security (online)
Western International University (Phoenix, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies (online), B.S. w/ Crim. Behavior Minor (online), Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Behavior (online), Bachelor of Science in Business / Minor in Legal Studies (online)
Yavapai College (Prescott, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Administration of Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, Certificate - Arizona Peace Officer’s and Standards Training, Certificate - Paralegal Studies - Legal Nurse, Certificate - Specialty Officer, Post Baccalaureate Certificate - Paralegal Studies