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

Overview

If you're interested in working in law enforcement in Colorado, you might like to know that the state has a fine tradition of lawmen and gunfighters. Bat Masterson, Buffalo Bill Cody, and Wesley Hardin all spent some time in the state. Butch Cassidy robbed a bank in Telluride, and Doc Holliday is buried in Glenwood Springs.

The most recent chatter in Colorado concerns the legalization of marijuana. The plan for taxing marijuana has been set in motion and provides a "case study" for the rest of the United States as said in the Denver post. A portion of the tax proceeds is earmarked for police activities related to the legal pot market.

"I don't accept that marijuana legalization is inevitable," said David Evans of the
Drug Free America Foundation, which opposes legalization. "The states that have legalized it are going to serve as an example of what not to do."

Start your search for a criminal justice school near you! Make sure to contact multiple schools to compare each program and find the best one for your lifestyle and goals.

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Criminal Justice Education in Colorado

Completing a criminal justice degree in Colorado can lead to a variety of rewarding entry-level opportunities in law enforcement, court services, corrections, private security and other lucrative fields. The widest selection of criminal justice careers and courses is available for students who are interested in pursuing a four-year degree in criminal justice education. Associate and doctorate degree programs are available but are more limited than bachelor's degree programs. If you need flexibility because you plan to work while you attend school or want to save costs on commuting, Colorado's schools offer many different online programs you can choose from to complete your degree at your convenience.

Although your curriculum can vary based on the school and the major you choose, most undergraduate criminal justice curriculum start with criminal justice basics and core courses. The typical first and second-year bachelor's degree curriculum in criminal justice includes classes such as:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Principles of Penology
  • Correctional Systems
  • Introduction to the U.S. Court System
  • History of Theories of Crime
  • Introduction to Victim Studies
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By the end of your junior or senior year in college, you will also need to complete a specific amount of hours working out in the field. Because criminal justice is a competitive career field, most Colorado schools require undergraduate students to complete one or two internships before they can be allowed to graduate. If you are interested in high-up positions in research or public policy, you should consider completing a doctorate program after you are done with your undergraduate studies.

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Outlook for Criminal Justice in Colorado

How much you make in Colorado depends on what branch of law enforcement you choose to work in. According to labor market information from Colorado's Department of Labor & Employment, correctional officers and jailers have one of the best outlooks in the statewide job market.

We've put together the salaries for some top criminal justice career paths in Colorado below. Additional data, along with the specific roles and requirements of each occupation can be found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics .


Your area of study and the depth of your degree will determine your earning potential in Colorado's criminal justice industry. One of the reasons why security guards have lower salaries than other occupations in protective services is because new employees are generally not required to have a four-year degree. Whether you plan to work in law enforcement, the court system or another field, pursuing a criminal justice education and completing at least a bachelor's degree can help you access the state's highest-paying entry-level jobs with the most opportunities for advancement in the future.

If you're ready to step up and make a bigger impact in the field of criminal justice, contact our featured schools to learn more about their programs.

Colorado Criminal Justice Schools

Online programs may not be available in all areas

Traditional On Campus Programs:
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Arapahoe Community College (Littleton, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Certificate - Crime Analysis, Certificate - Criminal Justice (online), Certificate - Emergency Dispatch, Certificate - Law Enforcement Academy, Certificate - Paralegal
Argosy University (Denver, CO)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Criminal Justice Concentration, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (online), MA - Forensic Psychology - Assessment (online), MA - Forensic Psychology - Homeland Security (online), MA - Forensic Psychology - Law Enforcement (online), MA - Forensic Psychology - Treatment (online), MA - Forensic Psychology (online), MPA - Emergency Preparedness and Response (online), MPA - Homeland Security (online), Psychology - Criminal Justice concentration (BA) (online)
Brightwood College (Thornton, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal, Certificate - Paralegal
Colorado Christian University (Lakewood, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, Certificate in Criminal Justice
Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Applied Science - Public Administration/Public Safety, Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Peace Officer Standards and Training, Minor - Forensics
Colorado Mountain College (Glenwood Springs, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Paralegal
Colorado Northwestern Community College (Rangely, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement, Associate of Applied Science - Small Business Management in Criminal Justice, Associate of General Studies - Criminal Justice, Occupational Certificate - Law Enforcement
Community College of Aurora (Aurora, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Management - Paralegal, Certificate - Basic Law Enforcement Training, Certificate - Criminal Justice Community Policing, Certificate - Criminal Justice Court Services, Certificate - Criminal Justice Detention, Certificate - Criminal Justice Law, Certificate - Criminal Justice Operations, Certificate - Criminal Justice Systems, Certificate - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Paralegal
Community College of Denver (Denver, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Public Security Management, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal, Associate of General Studies - Paralegal, Certificate - Paralegal, Certificate - Public Security - Applied Forensics, Certificate - Public Security - Homeland Security
Delta-Montrose Technical College (Delta, CO)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Corrections, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Law Enforcement Academy
Everest College (Aurora, CO / Colorado Springs, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Certificate - Criminal Justice, Diploma - Paralegal
Front Range Community College (Westminster, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, Associate of General Studies - Criminal Justice Studies, Certificate - Legal Assistant, Certificate - Paralegal Refresher
institute of Business and Medical Careers (Fort Collins, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Paralegal, Certificate - Paralegal
ITT Technical Institute (Thornton, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Information Systems Security
Johnson & Wales University (Denver, CO)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
Metropolitan State University of Denver (Denver, CO)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminology
Otero Junior College (La Junta, CO)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Law Enforcement
Pikes Peak Community College (Colorado Springs, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Fire Science Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Homeland Security / Emergency Management, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal, Associate of Applied Science - Wildland Fire Science, Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Law Enforcement
Prince Institute (Westminster, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - CART/Captioning, Associate Degree - CART/Captioning (online), Associate Degree - Court and Realtime Reporting, Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting (online), Associate Degree - Professional Transcription (online), Certificate - CART/Captioning (online), Certificate - Judicial Reporting (online), Certificate - Scoping/Proofreading (online)
Pueblo Community College (Pueblo, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
Red Rocks Community College (Lakewood, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Associate of General Studies - Criminal Justice, Diploma - Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy
Regis University (Denver, CO)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor Degree - Peace and Justice Studies
Trinidad State Junior College (Trinidad, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Forensic Science Field Investigation, Certificate - Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy, Certificate - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Reserve Law Enforcement Academy
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, CO)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (online), Dual Masters - Public Administration & Criminal Justice, Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice, Graduate Certificate in Homeland Defense, Graduate Certificate in Security Intelligence, Master of Criminal Justice, Professional Development Certificate in Disaster Mental Health
University of Colorado-Denver (Denver, CO)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Master of Criminal Justice (online), Master of Public Administraton - Public Administration (online)
University of Denver (Denver, CO)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminology
University of Northern Colorado (Greeley, CO)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Master of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
University of Phoenix (Aurora, CO / Colorado Springs, CO / Denver, CO / Fort Collins, CO / Lone Tree, CO / Pueblo, CO / Westminister, CO)
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)
University of the Rockies (Colorado Springs, CO)
Programs Offered:

Grad Certificate - Criminology/Justice Studies (online), MA Psych - Criminology/Justice (online)
US Career Institute (Fort Collins, CO)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice Cert (online)
Westwood College (Denver, CO)
Programs Offered:

B.S. - Criminal Justice (online)