Criminal Justice Programs in Virginia

We found 137 Virginia criminal justice programs in our online database.

A criminal justice degree attempts to try and prepare students to deal with criminals and understand the psychology behind their motives (while learning the criminal justice system to follow proper procedure). The state of Virginia follows those general guidelines in many of the associate has, bachelor has, master has and even certificate programs.

SchoolLevelProgramAdmissions

Michigan State University

MasterMaster of Science in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Utica College

BachelorBS in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Aurora University

BachelorBA in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Campbellsville University

AssociateAS in Criminal Justice AdministrationWebsite

Lewis University

MasterMS in Criminal/Social JusticeWebsite

Point University

BachelorBachelor of Science in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Saint Joseph's University

MasterMS in Criminal JusticeWebsite

View more online criminal justice programs currently accepting applications.

Criminal Justice in Virginia

It is important for you to note what the competition looks like in Virginia when it comes to those that have a high school and bachelor has degree. Here are the stats pulled directly from the US Census Bureau:

  • 2013 population estimate: 8.2m
  • Persons under the age of 18 years old: 22.6 percent
  • Persons with a high school graduate level or higher: 86.9 percent
  • Persons with a bachelor has degree level or higher: 34.7 percent

Which Criminal Justice Degree is Best in Virginia?

You should have an idea about the level of degree you’re considering and where that would put you in comparison with the rest of the state. While it might not be a direct correlation to the other criminal justice candidates you might be interviewing against, it is still a good indicator for the level of degree you might want to earn.

What to Expect While Earning a Criminal Justice Degree

Everybody seems to always know the traditional non-profit schools in the state of Virginia but it will be important to note the more non-traditional options like online learning or for-profit colleges. We wanted to look at the IPEDS data on Virginia and give a breakdown of the different criminal justice options available to you.

According to that data, there are roughly 49+ schools that offer criminal justice degrees with 22+ offering an associate has degree and 18+ offering bachelor has degree. If you hare at the level of education to where you hare looking at advanced degrees, there are 6+ schools offering a master has degree option.

Criminal Justice School Spotlight: George Mason University

According to US News World Report rankings, they have placed one Virginia school in their top 25 with George Mason University (located Manassas, VA).

George Mason saw a ranking of 17th on this list. The rankings utilize some good indicators but should not be the end all be all when selecting a school. Old Dominion University actually offers an online criminology program that should allow students a greater level of flexibility. According to the Old Dominion criminal justice curriculum sheet, you would see classes like this:

  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Criminological Theory
  • Capstone Research Project

That is just a sampling of the Old Dominion classes you might see (along with a video that sheds even more light on their criminal justice program) so you can get a glance of what might be in store for you if considering a degree in criminal justice.

Virginia Criminology Resources and Professional Organizations

The data and numbers we try to provide our users is meant to shed a light on the educational environment in Virginia but we know that is not the only way to research a degree that could dictate a profession you work in for the rest of your life. So in that spirit, we wanted to also give you some links to Virginia based organizations to allow you the opportunity to reach out and see about getting direct feedback on the education and career path:

As you reach out to these organizations, you will likely find some of them are pretty extensive in size. We recommend finding some member info pages or doing a few searches on LinkedIn to locate a specific person to try and contact. That way you have some direction to your inquiry when reaching out.

Virginia Criminal Justice Careers

It is not hat a surprise with the large amount of government presence in the state of Virginia that they would have a large amount of government jobs available with many being in criminal justice. One of the recent developments from the early 2000 has that occurred in Virginia was an effort to expand crime prevention certifications to non-law enforcement specialists (like school security, housing security, etc.). 

This move to make the CPS program available to those outside law enforcement was done with the understanding that law enforcement did not hat limit itself to reacting to crime but preventing it through criminal justice understanding a community outreach. There have been over 800 CPS practitioners since it was put into place and continues to be a staple in the Virginia criminal justice career.

Top Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Jobs in Virginia

As we alluded to earlier, there is a large government presence in Virginia (understandably so) which means you should have a good idea of the layout of enforcement agencies in the state (local and federal). We have created a list to give you a better picture of that layout which should help you decide when selecting the criminal justice career path you want to be on.

  • 13+ State Agencies
  • 99+ County Agencies
  • 29+ City Sheriffs
  • 45+ City Agencies
  • 31+ Town Agencies
  • 3+ Airport Agencies
  • 8+ Federal Agencies
  • 3+ Multi-State Local Police Agencies

These numbers are sourced from Wikipedia, but there is a large variety of different agencies in Virginia that provide 100 has of different career paths to take (starting with private, local, or federal).

Virginia Criminal Justice Job Outlook

Now that we have given you some of the specifics on the approach of criminal justice and the number of different agencies in the state of Virginia, we wanted to give you the ONET statistics about the growth of jobs in the state.

Criminal Justice Salary in Virginia

Virginia has a median average salary of $47,500 while the rest of the US has a median salary of $56,100. We based this off of the career profile of police and sheriff has patrol officers. While the Virginia average is slightly lower than the national average, you will need to research into the cost of living and what agencies are more in line with national averages. The other important part to look at when considering a career in criminal justice is the expected growth.

Virginia expects to see a 7 percent growth when gauging from 2010 to 2020. Obviously ONET is estimating this growth, it is usually a good indicator for the expected growth in a in sector.

Political Careers in Virginia

As many of the criminal justice jobs depend on government budgets/spending, you will want to keep a watchful eye on the current political scenery. It will also be important for you to look at the overall direction that Virginia takes with criminal justice and you can usually ascertain that from studies being completed like the Substance Abuse Programs in Jails Survey conducted in 2013. A study like this can lead the entire Virginia Department of Corrections in their everyday approach with their jobs.

List of Criminal Justice Programs in Virginia

SchoolLevelProgramAdmissions

Michigan State University

MasterMaster of Science in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Utica College

BachelorBS in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Aurora University

BachelorBA in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Campbellsville University

AssociateAS in Criminal Justice AdministrationWebsite

Lewis University

MasterMS in Criminal/Social JusticeWebsite

Point University

BachelorBachelor of Science in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Saint Joseph's University

MasterMS in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Saint Joseph's University

MasterMS in Criminal Justice - Intelligence & Crime AnalysisWebsite

Alvernia University

BachelorAddictions and Mental Health Treatment (formerly Behavioral Health)Website

Anna Maria College

BachelorBachelor of Science in Fire ScienceWebsite

Campbellsville University

BachelorBS in Criminal Justice AdministrationWebsite

Campbellsville University

MasterMS in Justice Studies: Criminology TrackWebsite

Campbellsville University

MasterMS in Justice Studies: Public Services Leadership and Social Justice TrackWebsite

Concordia University - Saint Paul

BachelorBA in Criminal JusticeWebsite

East Central University

BachelorBA in Criminal Justice PolicyWebsite

View more online criminal justice programs currently accepting applications.

All Criminal Justice Programs

See below for the list of all of the Criminal Justice in Virginia. Find the best program for you online or in Virginia.

Averett University

Danville VA
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Averett University-Non-Traditional Programs

Danville VA
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Blue Ridge Community College

Weyers Cave VA
  • A.A.S. in Administration of Justice
  • A.A.S. in Administration of Justice - Corrections
  • A.A.S. in Administration of Justice - Law Enforcement

Bluefield College

Bluefield VA
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice Online

Bryant & Stratton College-Hampton

Hampton VA
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Bryant and Stratton College-Richmond

North Chesterfield VA
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Bryant and Stratton College-Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach VA
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Central Virginia Community College

Lynchburg VA
  • A.A.S. in Administration of Justice

Centura College-Richmond Westend

Richmond VA
  • A.O.S. in Criminal Justice

Centura College-Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach VA
  • A.O.S. in Criminal Justice Online

Dabney S Lancaster Community College

Clifton Forge VA
  • A.A.S. in Administration of Justice
  • A.A.S. in Administration of Justice - Forensic Science
  • Forensic Science Certificate
  • Law Enforcement Certificate

Danville Community College

Danville VA
  • A.A.S. in Administration of Justice - Corrections
  • A.A.S. in Administration of Justice - Law Enforcement
  • A.A.S. in Administration of Justice - Protective Services
  • Corrections Certificate
  • Law Enforcement Certificate

DeVry University-Virginia

Arlington VA
  • B.S. in Justice Administration - Corrections
  • B.S. in Justice Administration - Corrections Online
  • B.S. in Justice Administration - Digital Forensics
  • B.S. in Justice Administration - Digital Forensics Online
  • B.S. in Justice Administration - Emergency Management
  • B.S. in Justice Administration - Emergency Management Online
  • B.S. in Justice Administration - Policing
  • B.S. in Justice Administration - Policing Online
  • Bachelors of Technical Management - Criminal Justice

ECPI University

Virginia Beach VA
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security

Ferrum College

Ferrum VA
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice

Hampton University

Hampton VA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology

J Sargeant Reynolds Community College

Richmond VA
  • A.A.S. in Administration of Justice
  • Criminal Justice Certificate

Liberty University

Lynchburg VA
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Online
  • M.A. in Public Policy Online

Longwood University

Farmville VA
  • B.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • M.S. in Sociology and Criminology/Criminal Justice

Marymount University

Arlington VA
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Forensic Science
  • Criminal Justice - Forensic Science Certificate

McCann School of Business and Technology

Virginia Beach VA
  • A.A.B. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice

Miller-Motte Technical College-Lynchburg

Lynchburg VA
  • Associates of Criminal Justice
  • Associates of Criminal Justice Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Online

Mountain Empire Community College

Big Stone Gap VA
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Police Science
  • Administration of Justice Certificate

New River Community College

Dublin VA
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Forensic Science
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Police Science

Norfolk State University

Norfolk VA
  • M.A. in Criminal Justice

Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale VA
  • A.A.S. in Administration of Justice

Patrick Henry Community College

Martinsville VA
  • A.A.S. in Administration of Justice

Paul D Camp Community College

Franklin VA
  • A.A.S. in Administration of Justice - Corrections Science
  • A.A.S. in Administration of Justice - Police Science

Piedmont Virginia Community College

Charlottesville VA
  • Criminal Justice Career Studies Certificate

Radford University

Radford VA
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • M.A. in Criminal Justice
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Crime Analysis

Rappahannock Community College

Glenns VA
  • A.A.S. in Administration of Justice

Roanoke College

Salem VA
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice

Saint Pauls College

Lawrenceville VA
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice

Shenandoah University

Winchester VA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

South UniversityRichmond

Glen Allen VA
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice

South UniversityVirginia Beach

Virginia Beach VA
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice

Southside Virginia Community College

Alberta VA
  • A.A.S. in Administration of Justice
  • Administration of Justice Certificate

Strayer University-Virginia

Arlington VA
  • A.A in Criminal Justice Online
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Computer Security and Forensics
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Computer Security and Forensics Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Criminal Justice Administration
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Criminal Justice Administration Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security and Emergency Management Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Technology
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Technology Online

Tidewater Community College

Norfolk VA
  • A.A.S. in Administration of Justice

University of Fairfax - Roanoke

Roanoke VA
  • M.A. in Cybersecurity

University of Management and Technology (The)

Arlington VA
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security
  • M.P.A. in Criminal Justice Administration
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security

University of Phoenix-Richmond Campus

Richmond VA
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Cybercrimes Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Human Services
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Human Services Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Institutional Health Care
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Institutional Health Care Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Management
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Management Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Security Online
  • B.S. in Organizational Security and Management Online
  • M.S. in Administration of Justice and Security
  • M.S. in Administration of Justice and Security - Global and Homeland Security Online
  • M.S. in Administration of Justice and Security - Law Enforcement Online
  • M.S. in Administration of Justice and Security Online

University of Richmond

Richmond VA
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond VA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Forensic Science
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice
  • M.S. in Forensic Science
  • Post-baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice

Virginia Highlands Community College

Abingdon VA
  • A.A.S. in Administration of Justice

Virginia State University

Petersburg VA
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice

Virginia Wesleyan College

Norfolk VA
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice

Virginia Western Community College

Roanoke VA
  • A.A.S. in Administration of Justice

Westwood College-Annandale

Annandale VA
  • Associates of Criminal Justice
  • Associates of Criminal Justice Online
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice - Administration
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice - Administration Online
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice - Investigation
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice - Investigation Online

Westwood College-Arlington Ballston

Arlington VA
  • Associates of Criminal Justice
  • Associates of Criminal Justice Online
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice - Administration
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice - Administration Online
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice - Investigation
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice - Investigation Online

Still Looking for a Criminal Justice Program?

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