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Every day, the criminal justice community of Charlotte works hard to solve crimes and prevent new ones from occurring—do you want to be part of that dedicated, hardworking group? With various crime and justice employers located throughout the city, Charlotte has many opportunities for you to consider.

One of the most prominent institutions in Charlotte is the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. With response teams in 13 city districts, the Department relies on a large police force to keep the city safe.

Are you curious about what you need to do to get into this field? It all begins with a high-quality education from a criminal justice program in the Charlotte area. Check out our school listings below, and contact as many schools as you want to receive information from. Before you know it, you could be attending the school of your dreams.


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Getting around Charlotte doesn't require a car or a huge budget. Wherever you live in the city, you can take advantage of CATS (Charlotte Area Transit System). CATS offers a bus and rail system to make it as easy as possible for you to get around the city. Many schools in Charlotte have pass purchase programs with CATS, qualifying you for reduced fare passes.


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Criminal Justice Education in Charlotte

Earning an Associate's degree or Bachelor's degree in criminal justice is the first step to starting an exciting new career. The degree choices you have depend on what school you attend and how much time you want to spend in school. An Associate's degree can usually be completed in about two years, and you can likely complete a Bachelor's degree in four years.

Your criminal justice courses are designed to give you education in a huge range of fields, since criminal justice careers may take you to the courtroom, prison, community, and beyond. You might take courses in diverse fields like criminal justice ethics, courtroom procedures, and policing procedures. It's likely that you may have space for elective courses, so you can choose to focus on a field that most interests you.

Field learning is likely to be a big part of your education in Charlotte. Whether you complete a short six-week practicum or semester-long internship, you can expect to get experience that you simply cannot get in the classroom. In addition, field experiences can allow you to start networking with professionals in the community.

As you look at different schools, note the difference in tuition rates. However, don't just look at tuition rates and end your analysis there—look into financial aid opportunities as well! Tuition at University of North Carolina Charlotte is $3,053.50 for residents and $9,318.00 for non-residents.

You can go the extra mile in your education by becoming part of the local criminal justice association. Get started by joining local groups like the North Carolina Jail Administrators' Association, the North Carolina Paralegal Association, the North Carolina Association of Private Investigators, and the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association.

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North Carolina Criminal Justice Schools

Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte, NC)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Associate of Science - Paralegal Tech, Certificate - Criminal Justice Management, Certificate - Latent Evidence, Diploma - Paralegal Tech
ECPI University (Charlotte, NC / Greensboro, NC / Raleigh, NC)
Programs Offered:

Bachelors in Criminal Justice - Charlotte, Bachelors in Criminal Justice - Raleigh, Cyber and Network Security - Bachelor - Charlotte, Cyber and Network Security - Bachelor - Greensboro, Cyber and Network Security - Bachelor - Raleigh
ITT Technical Institute (Charlotte, NC / High Point, NC / Morrisville, NC)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice-Cyber Security (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Johnson C Smith University (Charlotte, NC)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminology
King's College (Charlotte, NC)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Legal Administration, Associate Degree - Paralegal, Certificate - Legal Administration
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Master of Science - Criminal Justice
University of Phoenix (Charlotte, NC / Raleigh, NC)
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)

Job Outlook for Criminal Justice Graduates in Charlotte

Taking your time to explore career options before graduation can make the job search much easier once you do graduate. Consider the different career paths you can follow to find out which one is right for you!

Many criminal justice graduates want to become police officers. If you want to join the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, you can start at a base salary of $41,081 per year. If you are proficient in Laotian, Vietnamese, or Spanish, you may be eligible for a 5% pay incentive. As a police officer, you can join the Charlotte Police Foundation (http://charlottepolicefoundation.org/). This foundation helps give police officers the support they need.

If you have an Associate's degree, consider the following job titles (listed with their median salaries from the Bureau of Labor Statistics):

  • Security guard: $27,010 per year
  • Correctional officer: $34,970 per year
  • Bailiffs: $27,890 per year

Bachelor's degree graduates may have more job titles open to them, including specialized job titles in the police department. Popular job choices for Bachelor's degree graduates include the following higher-level criminal justice careers:

  • Detective: $67,240 per year
  • Sheriff's patrol officer: $47,310 per year
  • Supervisor of correctional officers: $52,330 per year