If you live in the state of Connecticut and are interested in pursuing a career as a criminologist, then you are going to need a degree of some sort, plain and simple. The exact degree you will need will depend upon the job you wish to have within the criminology field.

Since criminologists can work in so many different capacities, there are a lot of different degrees and degree levels that are suitable for success in the field. It’s up to you to determine what you want to do and which educational path you will need to take to get there, something that can only happen with a lot of research and careful planning on your part.

Once you’ve done that research and planning, however, you’ll be happy to know that you have a ton of choices, right in your own state,  of where to go to school and what program of study to pursue.

There are lots of community colleges, great for getting certificates and associate’s degrees, traditional colleges and universities, and even online schools available to Connecticut residents. In fact, one of the hardest parts of your educational journey will likely be picking the school you wish to attend!

For online students, choices, of course, aren’t just limited to Connecticut, since online schooling can happen from anywhere, anytime! However, there are some online schools that tend to be particularly well attended by Connecticut residents interested in criminology.

These include Post University, which offers an associate’s degree in legal studies, and  bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and legal studies; and the University of Phoenix, with its associate’s degree program in general criminal justice, bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice administration and management and organizational security management, and a master’s degree in administration of justice and security.

If you don’t think online schooling is right for you, then you can choose from any of Connecticut’s twenty-three schools offering criminology related educational and degree programs. Some of the top options include Albertus Magnus College, located in New Haven, offering bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice and sociology with a concentration in criminal justice.

Asnuntuck Community College, in New Haven, with its associate’s degree program in general criminal justice;  Branford Hall Career Institute, with locations in both Windsor and Branford, offering an associate’s degree program in corrections;  Briarwood College, in Southington, with an associate’s degree program and a bachelor’s degree program in general criminal justice.

Capital Community College, in Hartford, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice; Central Connecticut State University, in New Bern, offering a bachelor’s degree program in criminology and a master’s degree program in criminal justice;  Florida Technical College, in Norwalk, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice and a certificate program in the same, with an additional focus on corrections.

GateWay Community College, in New Haven, offering several specialized certifications in the field; Goodwin College, in East Hartford, which has an associate’s degree program in general criminal justice; and Housatonic Community College, in Bridgeport, which has an associate’s degree program in general criminal justice, as well as certificates in corrections, criminal investigation, police management, and security operations.