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Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools in California

16,534 students earned Criminal Justice degrees in California in the 2019-2020 year.

In this state, Criminal Justice & Corrections is the 5th most popular major out of a total 325 majors commonly available.

Education Levels of Criminal Justice & Corrections Majors in California

Criminal Justice majors in the state tend to have the following degree levels:

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 7,423
Bachelor’s Degree 4,874
Award Taking 12 Weeks to 1 Year 2,345
Award Taking Less 12 Weeks 2,345
Award Taking Less Than 1 Year 2,345
Award Taking 1 to 2 Years 1,528
Award Taking 2 to 4 Years 1,528
Master’s Degree 364

Gender Distribution

In California, a criminal justice major is more popular with men than with women.

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Racial Distribution

The racial distribution of criminal justice majors in California is as follows:

  • Asian: 5.5%
  • Black or African American: 5.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 58.9%
  • White: 19.7%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 0.8%
  • Other Races: 9.9%
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Jobs for Criminal Justice & Corrections Grads in California

471,440 people in the state and 4,117,080 in the nation are employed in jobs related to criminal justice.

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Wages for Criminal Justice & Corrections Jobs in California

In this state, criminal justice grads earn an average of $101,380. Nationwide, they make an average of $72,390.

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There are 163 colleges in California that offer criminal justice degrees. Learn about the most popular 10 below:

#1

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park
1,415 Degrees in Major Awarded
33,397 Total Students

33% of the teachers are full time. 33 to 1 is the student to faculty ratio. The 5.70% student loan default rate is lower than average.

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1,016 Degrees in Major Awarded
25,422 Total Students

Roughly six years after entering college, graduates of this school earn $23,200 a year. 90% of students are awarded financial aid at this school. Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

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675 Degrees in Major Awarded
16,757 Total Students

26% of the teachers are full time. Seeking financial aid? At this school, 83% of students receive it. In their early career, SRJC grads earn an average salary of $27,100.

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637 Degrees in Major Awarded
7% Graduation Rate
31,115 Total Students

Graduates earn an average $28,500 after graduation. The student to faculty ratio is 15 to 1. Of all the students who attend this school, 95% get financial aid.

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524 Degrees in Major Awarded
51% Graduation Rate
32,293 Total Students

In their early career, Sac State grads earn an average salary of $38,600. The student loan default rate is 4.60% which is lower than average. 85% of students get financical aid.

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386 Degrees in Major Awarded
74% Graduation Rate
36,334 Total Students

It takes the average student 4.55 years to graduate. Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 27 to 1. This public school has an average net price of $14,788.

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366 Degrees in Major Awarded
68% Graduation Rate
42,051 Total Students

It takes the average student 4.85 years to graduate. The student loan default rate is 2.70% which is lower than average. Graduates earn an average $35,100 after graduation.

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365 Degrees in Major Awarded
13,408 Total Students

26% of the teachers are full time. Roughly six years after entering college, graduates of this school earn $27,400 a year. 54% of students get financical aid.

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334 Degrees in Major Awarded
48% Graduation Rate
26,745 Total Students

Most students complete their degree in 5.14 years. Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 25 to 1. Graduates earn an average $33,700 after graduation.

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#10

San Bernardino Valley College

San Bernardino
304 Degrees in Major Awarded
12,206 Total Students

21 to 1 is the student to faculty ratio. The full-time teacher rate is 19%. Grads earn an average early-career salary of $22,000 after earning their degree at this institution.

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Criminal Justice & Corrections Careers in CA

Some of the careers criminal justice majors go into include:

Job Title CA Job Growth CA Median Salary
Information Security Analysts 28% $109,200
Forensic Science Technicians 15% $80,260
Financial Examiners 14% $96,750
Computer Workers 14% $98,010
Private Detectives and Investigators 14% $65,420
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 13% $55,460
Managers 11% $129,300
Accountants and Auditors 11% $75,690
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Professors 10% $111,870
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 5% $104,790
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 5% $100,310
Correctional Officers and Jailers -9% $77,520

Below are some popular majors in the state that are similar to criminal justice.

Major Annual Graduates in CA
Fire Protection 3,318
Homeland Security 460
Other Homeland Security 63

View all majors related to Criminal Justice & Corrections

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