In the state of Massachusetts, those who wish to pursue careers and/or educations in the field of criminal justice are incredibly lucky. The reason they are so lucky is because there are a wide number of different colleges and universities, both online and traditional, offering programs in the criminal justice field.

No matter what your specific career goals are, there is a program either online or at one of Massachusetts’ many renounced colleges and/or universities that can help you to reach them. It’s up to you, however, to determine what you want to do in the field, to know what it takes for you to get there, to find the right school and program for you, and then to get out there and make your dreams come true.

One of the most popular online choices for Massachusetts residents is Boston University’s online program, which of course is based locally. This program is somewhat limited, however, and currently only offers a paralegal certificate program.

The good news, however, is that there are tons of other online colleges and universities to choose from, and they need not be locally based, as long as they are accredited and legitimate, which you can find out by doing your own research. Plus, may traditional colleges offer programs that are fully or partially online.

Common educational choices made by criminal justice students in the state of Massachusetts include American International College, located in Springfield, which offers a bachelor’s degree program in general criminal justice, as well as a master’s degree program in forensic psychology.

Anna Maria College, in Paxton, which has an associate’s degree program in paralegal studies, an online bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice, traditional bachelor’s degree programs in paralegal studies and criminal justice; certifications in paralegal, paralegal studies, private security, and victimology, an online graduate certificate in emergency management, an online master’s degree program in justice administration, a traditional master’s degree program in security management, and an online master’s degree program in general criminal justice.

Assumption College in Worcester, which offers a bachelor’s degree program in sociology and anthropology with a concentration in criminology, as well as certification programs in criminal justice and paralegal studies; Bay Path College, located in Longmeadow, which has an associate’s degree program in paralegal studies, bachelor’s degree programs in legal studies, criminal justice, forensic psychology, and forensic science, as well as a master’s degree program in forensics.

Bay State College, in Boston, with both an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice; Becker College, in Worcester, with bachelor’s degree programs in general criminal justice, criminal justice with a concentration in forensics and crime scene processing, and criminal justice with a concentration in policing.

Berkshire Community College, in Pittsfield, with associate’s degree programs in peace and world order and general criminal justice; Bridgewater State College, in Bridgewater with both a bachelor’s degree program and a master’s degree program in general criminal justice.

Bristol Community College, located in Fall River, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice and a law enforcement certificate program; Bunker Hill Community College, in Boston, with associate’s degree programs in general criminal justice and digital and computer forensics and investigators, as well as certificate programs in paralegal and law enforcement.

Cap Cod Community College, in West Barnstable, with an associate’s degree program in general criminal justice, and certificate programs in law enforcement and paralegal; Clark University, in Worcester, which has a bachelor’s degree program in peace studies; and Curry College, located in Milton, which has a bachelor’s degree program as well as a master’s degree program in general criminal justice, in addition to having a graduate certificate program for criminal justice management.