As a New York resident with an interest in earning a criminal justice degree, you’ll be happy to know that the state is home to a wide variety of colleges and universities, offering many different educational programs in the field. It’s simply up to you, then, to choose the one that is right for you.

The best way to do this is to take some time to research and familiarize yourself with the field as a whole and with all of the many, many jobs available in it. In your research, be sure to note any jobs that appeal to you and that you think you might like to hold one day. Later, you’ll need to go back and research the educational and other requirements for these jobs, in order to find the one that you are willing to pursue.

Some jobs in the field will require only associate’s degrees, which are generally earned in around two years, though this depends somewhat on your own commitment and the time you are able to devote to the program, as well as on the program itself and the hosting college or university.

Others require bachelor’s degrees, typically earned in around four years. Most jobs do not require master’s degrees or doctoral degrees, but some people do choose to earn these for increased salaries and greater opportunities for advancement. Also keep in mind that some jobs will require mere training or certification. When choosing a job and an educational program, you have to really consider what you are honestly willing to commit yourself to in order to make the best possible choice.

Now that you know the basics, let’s take a look at some of the many colleges and universities offering degrees and other training in the field in New York. Keep in mind that the institutions listed here are not your only choices, but are merely some of the most common choices made by prospective criminal justice employees living in the state.

Common educational ventures include Adelphi University, located in Garden City, which offers a bachelor’s degree program in general criminal justice; Alfred University, located in Alfred, which offers a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice studies; ASA Institute of Business and Computer Technology, located in Brooklyn, which offers an associate’s degree in criminal justice.

Berkeley College, in New York, offering online associate’s degrees in criminal justice, a traditional associate’s degree in paralegal, an online and traditional bachelor’s degree in general criminal justice, and a certificate in paralegal; Briarcliffe College, in Bethpage, offering an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in general criminal justice.

Business Informatics Center Incorporated in Valley Stream, offering an associate’s degree in court reporting; Canisius College, in Buffalo, with a bachelor’s degree program in computer forensics and a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice; Cayuga County Community College, in Auburn, with associate’s degrees in corrections and police science, as well as certificates in correction administration and criminal justice.

Cazenovia College, in Cazenovia, which has a bachelor’s degree program in criminology and homeland security; Clinton Community College, in Plattsburgh, which offers an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, as well as a bachelor’s degree program; Corning Community College, in Corning, with an associate’s degree program in general criminal justice.

CUNY-Bronx Community College, in Bronx, with associate’s degree programs in paralegal studies and general criminal justice, as well as a certificate in paralegal studies; and CUNY Hostos Community College, also in Bronx, with associate’s degree programs in general criminal justice and science for forensic science, as well as a certificate program in legal administrative assisting.