If you live in the state of Utah and are interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice, then you’ll be more than happy to know that there are lots of wonderful educational opportunities just waiting for you! Criminal justice is a vast, lucrative, and secure career field that many people are just dying to get into.

It’s important, however, that before you start your own education, you have a clear idea of what you wish to do in the field. Knowing this ahead of time will help you to create your education based around the educational and other requirements for your chosen line of work.

Of course, many people think they will be unable to go back to school, especially if they have other commitments, such as jobs or a family to tend to. The good news, however, is that Utah is a state that really recognizes this and, as such, offers many academic programs either entirely online or as a combination of online and in person courses.

Furthermore, many classes are offered in the evening or even on weekends for those for whom a traditional, day time college schedule does not work. The important thing to remember when choosing any college or university, but especially when choosing an online program, is to make sure you find a school that is accredited and fully legitimate, so that you don’t end up wasting precious time, money, and effort in the process.

One online school that many Utah residents interested in careers in criminal justice tend to flock to is DeVry University. This fully online school offers a bachelor’s degree in computer forensics, which is a growing area of importance in the criminal justice field.

However, as mentioned above, there are many schools that are traditional schools but that offer online programs. Eagle Gate College, located in Salt Lake City, for example, offers an associate’s degree in criminal justice online. Likewise, Everest College, located in West Valley City, offers the same degree.

ITT Technical Institute, located in Murray, has an online bachelor’s degree program in general criminal justice, and the University of Phoenix, in Clearfield, offers bachelor’s degrees in both criminal justice administration and management and general criminal justice administration online. Also, Broadview University, which has locations in both West Jordan and Layton, offers an associate’s degree in general criminal justice online.

Also, keep in mind that part of the beauty of an online degree is that you’re not limited to any one particular area. You can receive criminal justice degrees from online colleges and universities based outside of the state with no problem. Just make sure that any education that must be specific or localized is received or supplemented at a state institution.

If you’re unsure whether or not this requirement pertains to your chosen career, then talk to a college admissions counselor or to a knowledgeable professional in the field. Generally speaking, though, it won’t matter at all where you got your education or where your degree was shipped from!

Finally, do keep in mind that you can often work out arrangements with tradtiioanl programs, so that they fit within your schedule, or you can always take classes only a few at a time, whatever works for. Colleges and universities in Utah that are known for being accommodating and that have criminal justice programs include the College of Eastern Utah, located in Price, which has associate’s degree programs in general criminal justice and emergency management.

Davis Applied Technology College, in Kaysville, with certificate programs in emergency medical services, firefighting, law office assistant, and paralegal; Dixie State College of Utah, in Saint George, with both an associate’s degree program and a bachelor’s degree program in general criminal justice.

Eagle Gate College, mentioned earlier, which also offers an associate’s degree in paralegal, and a bachelor’s degree in general criminal justice; Everest College, also mentioned above, which offers an associate’s degree in paralegal studies, and a bachelor’s degree in general criminal justice; Fortis College, in Salt Lake City, which has a certificate program in court reporting.

Provo College, in Provo, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice; and Salt Lake Community College, in Salt Lake, with associate’s degree programs in general criminal justice and paralegal studies, as well as a certificate program in bail enforcement.