A Degree in Criminal Justice

Students earning a degree in Criminal Justice will receive a foundation of critical thinking, research, writing, and analytical skills. Career options in Criminal Justice are virtually limitless, and many CRJ majors earn careers in law enforcement, the courts, corrections, or a variety of non-profit organizations that service the criminal justice system. Additionally, many continue on to graduate school earning a master's, doctoral, or juris doctor.


Transferable Skills

A criminal justice degree offers:

    • Critical thinking and basic analytical skills
    • Interpersonal and cross-cultural awareness
    • Analysis of evidence-based practices


Some Careers in Criminal Justice

CareerMedian SalaryMarket Growth
Law Enforcement Officer$58,3205 – 8% 
Correction Officer/Jailer$40,530 2 – 4%  
Court Baliff$41,670 5 – 8% 
Probation Office or Correction Treatment Specialist$49,360 2 – 4% 
Private Detective/Investigator$45,610 5 – 8% 

Source: O*NET Online, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration

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Graduate Study

This degree also provides a solid foundation for graduate study in:

    • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
    • Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Sociology and other social sciences
    • Juris Doctor
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