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

Overview

According to pirate lore, Georgia’s coastal Blackbeard Island was one of Edward "Blackbeard" Teach’s hideouts. Tales of buried treasure persist even today nearly 300 years after Blackbeard’s death. After terrorizing the Atlantic Coast for nearly two years from 1716 to 1718, Blackbeard was finally brought to justice at the end of a sword. As a sworn law enforcement officer in Georgia, you’ll find your share of action in growing cities like Atlanta.

We have complete listings and current information about pursuing a criminal justice career. Start looking for the right program today with our school listings below. Use our efficient process for requesting information from several different schools.

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Criminal Justice Education in Georgia

A degree in criminal justice can open the door to a wide variety of careers in Georgia, ranging from an entry-level security guard to the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). There are at least 75 post-secondary degree options for students interested in criminal justice in Georgia. The majority of criminal justice colleges offer associate, bachelor and master degree programs with a few providing the opportunity to complete a doctorate degree. Most entry-level careers in criminal justice require at least a bachelor degree.

Nationally available scholarships like the ones offered through the American Criminal Justice Association can help you pay for your degree, but Georgia residents can also find awards just for them. For example, Georgia students can apply for the COAG Scholarship.

The typical four-year degree program in criminal justice consists of a core curriculum, several electives and math, science and English requirements. Some of the standards criminal justice courses that you may complete include:

  • Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System
  • History of Crime and Justice
  • Analysis and Research Design in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Courts and the Legal System
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Racial Relations
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice

In the third year of your bachelor degree program, you will most likely complete at least one semester of field work related to your criminal justice specialty. By your senior year, most of your time will be spent at an offsite internship. The majority of colleges today offer the opportunity to complete at least some of your degree requirements online, such as your introductory and theoretical courses.

Outlook for Criminal Justice in Georgia

According to 2012 data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Georgia's rapid growth has led to the need for more law enforcement officers. Currently, they employ almost 20,000 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers who earn a mean annual wage of around $38,240.

Since criminal justice encompasses so many potential careers, it is difficult to provide statistics for the field as a whole. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates salary and growth data for several of the top criminal justice job titles in Georgia.

Probation officers and people who provide counseling to correctional institution inmates fill approximately 3,790 jobs across the state. The metropolitan area that includes Sandy Springs, Atlanta and Marietta has the highest concentration of probation officers and inmate counselors.

Criminal justice professionals who supervise the work of others earn the highest salaries in Georgia. In 2012, law enforcement supervisors earned an average annual compensation of $57,690 while correction officer supervisors earned approximately $44,560. Detectives and criminal investigators are one of the other highest-paying criminal justice positions with a median salary of $58,060 as shown in the graph above. Detectives and criminal investigators who worked for a private firm earned an average annual salary of $44,550.

Jobs that pay at the lower end of the salary range are generally filled by people with a two-year associate degree or a program certificate. Some of the positions include bailiffs making $22,560 a year, correctional officers and jailers earning an annual salary of $29,790 and security guards earning $24,480 yearly.

Throughout Georgia, there are 99,990 people employed in positions described as protective services. This means that 26 Georgia resident out of 1,000 work in the field of criminal justice. The median wage for all occupations in this classification was $33,690 per year in 2012.

If you want to enter the criminal justice field in Georgia, review the listings of criminal justice programs below and contact schools that interest you. As a general rule, it’s better to request information from multiple schools to make sure you choose the right one.

Georgia Criminal Justice Schools

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (Tifton, GA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Albany State University (Albany, GA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Forensic Science, Master of Science - Criminal Justice
Albany Technical College (Albany, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Law Enforcement, Certificate - Private Security, Diploma - Law Enforcement
Altamaha Technical College (Jesup, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Certificate - Criminal Justice Specialist, Diploma - Criminal Justice Technology
American Intercontinental University (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor (online)
Andrew College (Cuthbert, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
Argosy University (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:
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)
Armstrong State University (Savannah, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement, Bachelor of Arts - Law and Society, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Cyber Security Institute, Master of Science - Criminal Justice
Athens Technical College (Athens, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies
Atlanta Technical College (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Technology - Paralegal Studies, Certificate - Paralegal Fundamental Technical
Augusta State University (Augusta, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
Augusta Technical College (Augusta, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, Diploma - Criminal Justice Technology, Technical Certificate - Legal Office Assistant
Bainbridge College (Bainbridge, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Law Enforcement Management, Certificate - Law Enforcement Practitioner
Bauder College (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Brenau University (Gainesville, GA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts - Conflict Resolution and Legal Studies
Brown College of Court Reporting (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Court Reporting
Brown Mackie College (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Business - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Business - Paralegal, Diploma - Criminal Justice, Diploma - Paralegal Assistant
Central Georgia Technical College (Macon, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate Degree - Criminal Justice Technology, Diploma - Criminal Justice Technology
Chattahoochee Technical College (Jasper, GA / Marietta, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Emergency Management, Associate of Applied Science - Homeland Security, Certificate - Criminal Justice Supervisor, Certificate - Juvenile Justice Specialist, Diploma - Criminal Justice Technology, Diploma - Criminal Justice, Diploma - Emergency Management, Diploma - Homeland Security
Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Master of Arts - Criminal Justice
Clayton State University (Morrow, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Legal Studies, Certificate - Paralegal
College of Coastal Georgia (Brunswick, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
Columbus State University (Columbus, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Criminal Justice
Dalton State College (Dalton, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Darton College (Albany, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Associates, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Homeland Security, Certificate - Paralegal Studies, Certificate - Paralegal
DeVry University (Decatur, GA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Technical Mgmt - Criminal Justice (online)
East Central Technical College (Fitzgerald, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology (online), Diploma - Criminal Justice Technology (online), Technical Certificate of Credit - Criminal Justice Specialist
Everest Institute (Norcross, GA)
Programs Offered:
Criminal Justice
Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts (online) - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
Georgia College & State University (Milledgeville, GA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Master of Science - Criminal Justice
Georgia Military College (Columbus, GA / Martinez, GA / Milledgeville, GA / Union City, GA / Valdosta, GA / Warner Robins, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Homeland Security
Georgia Northwestern Technical College (Rock Spring, GA / Rome, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate Degree - Criminal Justice/Safety Services, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Certificate - Crime Scene Investigation, Certificate - Criminal Justice Records Tech, Certificate - Criminal Justice/Safety Services, Diploma - Criminal Justice Technology
Georgia Perimeter College (Clarkston, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Arts - Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
Georgia Piedmont Technical College (Clarkston, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Certificate - Legal Administrative Assistant, Diploma - Criminal Justice Technology, Diploma - Information Security Specialist, Technical Certificate of Credit - Basic Law Enforcement, Technical Certificate of Credit - Crime Scene Technician, Technical Certificate of Credit - Criminal Justice Technology, Technical Certificate of Credit - Information Security Specialist
Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, GA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Information Technology and the Administration of Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Justice Studies
Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Crime and Justice, Bachelor of Science - Legal Issues, Graduate Certificate - Disaster Management, Master of Public Administraton - Criminal Justice, Master of Science - Criminal Justice, PhD - Criminal Justice and Criminology
Gwinnett Technical College (Lawrenceville, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Certificate - Cyber Crime Specialist, Diploma - Criminal Justice Technology
Herzing University (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Legal Assisting/Paralegal, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Legal Assisting/Paralegal, BS - Criminal Justice (online), BS - Legal Studies (online), Bachelor Degree - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor Degree - Homeland Security (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security and Public Safety/Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security and Public Safety/Emergency Medical Technology (online), Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security and Public Safety, Bachelor of Science - Legal Studies
ITT Technical Institute (Atlanta, GA / Duluth, GA / Kennesaw, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Iverson Institute (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate - Legal Assistant
Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Information Security and Assurance, Graduate Certificate - Information Security and Assurance, Minor - Criminology
Lanier Technical College (Oakwood, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Criminal Justice Technician, Certificate - Criminal Justice Specialist (online), Certificate - Criminal Justice Technician (online), Diploma - Criminal Justice Technician (online)
Lincoln College of Technology (Marietta, GA)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Criminal Justice
Macon State College (Macon, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
Mercer University (Macon, GA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Public Safety
Middle Georgia Technical College (Warner Robins, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Technology - Paralegal Studies, Technical Certificate - Advanced Legal Assistant, Technical Certificate - Legal Assistant, Technical Certificate - Paralegal Fundamentals
Moultrie Technical College (Moultrie, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Certificate - Law Enforcement, Diploma - Criminal Justice Technology
North Georgia Technical College (Clarkesville, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Diploma - Criminal Justice
Oconee Fall Line Technical College (Dublin, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Diploma - Criminal Justice Technology, Technical Certificate of Credit - Criminal Justice Supervisor, Technical Certificate of Credit - Criminal Justice Technician
Ogeechee Technical College (Statesboro, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate Degree - Criminal Justice Technology, Associate Degree - Forensic Science Technology, Certificate - Basic Law Enforcement, Certificate - Criminal Justice Specialist, Diploma - Criminal Justice Technology, Diploma - Forensic Science Technology
Okefenokee Technical College (Waycross, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Diploma - Criminal Justice
Piedmont College (Demorest, GA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
Reinhardt College (Waleska, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Public Safety
Savannah State University (Savannah, GA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts - Public Administration, Master of Public Administraton - Public Administration
Savannah Technical College (Savannah, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate Degree - Paralegal Studies, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Diploma - Criminal Justice, Technical Certificate of Credit - Basic Law Enforcement Training
Shorter University (Rome, GA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor Of Science / Arts In Criminal Justice (online)
South Georgia Technical College (Americus, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Criminal Justice, Diploma - Criminal Justice
South University Online (Savannah, GA)
Programs Offered:
AS - Criminal Justice (online), AS - Paralegal Studies (online), BS - Criminal Justice - Corrections (online), BS - Criminal Justice - Cyber Crime (online), BS - Criminal Justice - Juvenile Justice (online), BS - Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement (online), BS - Legal Studies (online), BS Criminal Justice (online), MS - Criminal Justice (online), MS CJ - Cyber Crime (online), MS CJ - Public Administration (online)
Southeast Technical Institute (Vidalia, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement
Southern Crescent Technical College (Griffin, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate Degree - Criminal Justice Technology, Associate Degree - Forensic Science Technology, Associate in Science - Paralegal Studies, Diploma - Criminal Justice Technology, Diploma - Forensic Science Technology
Southwest Georgia Technical College (Thomasville, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Crime Scene Investigation, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Certificate - Law Enforcement, Diploma - Criminal Justice (online)
Swainsboro Technical College (Swainsboro, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Certificate - Law Enforcement Technician, Diploma - Criminal Justice Technology
Thomas University (Thomasville, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Law Enforcement (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
University of North Georgia (Dahlonega, GA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Criminal Forensics, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
University of Phoenix (Atlanta, GA / Augusta, GA / Columbus, GA / Dunwoody, GA / Sandy Springs, GA / Savannah, GA)
Programs Offered:
AA - Criminal Justice (online), 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)
Valdosta State University (Valdosta, GA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts - Legal Assistant Studies, Master of Science - Criminal Justice
West Georgia Technical College (LaGrange, GA / Waco, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Crime Scene Investigation, Certificate - Criminal Justice Records Tech, Certificate - Criminal Justice Technician, Certificate - Law Enforcement Technician, Certificate - Public Safety, Diploma - Criminal Justice, Professional Certificate - Crime Scene Investigation Technician, Professional Certificate - Criminal Justice Records Technician, Professional Certificate - Criminal Justice Technician, Professional Certificate - Law Enforcement Technician, Professional Certificate - Public Safety
Westwood College (Atlanta (Midtown), GA / Atlanta (Northlake), GA)
Programs Offered:
B.S. - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor Degree - Information Technology: Computer Forensics, Bachelor Degree - Information Technology: Systems Security (online), Bachelor of Science - Computer Forensics
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (Valdosta, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Diploma - Criminal Justice Technology