Within the beautiful state of California, there are many educational options for those considering a career in the field of criminal justice. It is important to keep in mind, however, before you start applying to schools, that criminal justice is a very broad field.

There are literally hundreds of different capacities in which criminal justice professionals may work, and most of these jobs will have their own very different requirements. Therefore, it is important for you to have a clear idea of what you would ultimately like to do in the field and what the requirements for working in that capacity are before you ever enter the classroom.

With that said, you should have no problem finding a school that can help you to make your career dreams a reality in the state. There are popular options all throughout California; it’s just a matter of finding the one that is right for you.

In addition to finding a school that has the educational program you need, make sure you also choose one that is accredited, that has a good reputation in the community, the state, and beyond, and that can give you all the tools you need to be met with success in the field.

Popular schools in the state include Allan Hancock College, located in Santa Maria, which offers an associate’s degree program in law enforcement, as well as a public safety dispatcher certificate; Alliant International University, located in San Diego, which offers a bachelor’s degree program in forensic studies and rare doctorate programs in forensic psychology.

American Intercontinental University, in Los Angeles, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, an online bachelor’s degree program in forensic science, and traditional bachelor’s degree programs in corrections, criminal justice, forensic science, general criminal justice, law enforcement, and law/courts; Bakersfield College, in Bakersfield, with a correctional administration certificate program and a law enforcement certificate program.

Barstow Community College, in Barstow, with an administration of justice certificate program; Brandman University, in Irvine, with online bachelor’s degree programs in criminal studies and legal studies; Bryan College, in Gold River, with a court reporting certificate program.

Butte College, in Oroville, with associate’s degree programs in administration of justice criminal justice, and law enforcement academy, as well as a certificate of achievement in administration of justice.

Cabrillo College, in Aptos, with associate’s degree programs in corrections and law enforcement, and a community service officer skills certificate program; California State University- East Bay, located in Hayward, with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration; California State University-Stanislaus, located in Turlock, with a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice.

California Baptist University, in Riverside, with a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice administration; California Coast University, with an online associate’s or bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice; California Lutheran University, located in Thousand Oaks, with a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice; California State University-Bakersfield with a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice.

California State University- Dominguez Hills, in Carson, with a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice administration and an online master’s degree program in criminal justice administration; and many others.