CSP’s Online Criminal Justice Degrees Help You Advance in California
CSP Offers Online Programs that Align with California’s Criminal Justice System
By June 2023, California’s incoming peace officers (in both law enforcement and the courts) must have at least an associate or bachelor’s degree.1 Practice the unique combination of law enforcement and human services skills you need to protect, serve, and advocate for communities in California with an online criminal justice program from Concordia University, St. Paul.
CSP’s online criminal justice classes take a holistic approach to the field, including course topics in resilience training, behavioral health, and trauma-informed care. These skills are especially important in California, where the California Department of Health and Human Services has called for a better exchange of health and human services information within the criminal justice system.2
Whether you’d like to advance as a police officer, forensic behavioral analyst, criminal investigator, human services professional, and more, CSP’s online criminal justice programs open doors to leadership roles as you continue the important work you’re already doing. Flexible online coursework incorporates a mix of scenario-based learning, skill-building, and reflection, all delivered with our unique multidisciplinary perspective.
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Online Criminal Justice Programs: Make a Bigger Difference in California
Designed by current law enforcement and human services professionals, CSP’s online criminal justice programs give you highly relevant skills that you can apply immediately. We offer a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, master’s programs in criminal justice leadership and human services, plus a graduate certificate in trauma, resilience, and self-care strategies. You can advance in California no matter where you are on your criminal justice career path.
B.A. in Criminal Justice
This program engages students through a foundational and theoretical framework that is relevant to the real-world challenges of the criminal justice system.
Graduate Certificate in Trauma, Resilience, and Self-Care Strategies
Designed for those working in human services, this online program helps students expand their skillsets to include strategies and techniques that help victims of trauma of toxic stress exposure.
M.A. in Criminal Justice Leadership
Designed for students of various backgrounds (including law enforcement, military, social service, and corrections), this program enhances professionalism and positions students for leadership opportunities.
M.A. in Human Services
Prepare to work in specialized careers within the human services field and choose an emphasis in forensic behavioral health or one in trauma, resilience, and self-care strategies.
Upgrade Your Career for the California Criminal Justice System
According to 2020 data from the California Department of Criminal Justice, the violent crime rate increased 0.8%, the homicide rate increased 31.0%, and the motor vehicle theft rate increased 19.9%.3 The California criminal justice system needs well-educated, ethical professionals who can address these numbers by understanding the impact of social inequalities on the California population. Online criminal justice programs from Concordia University, St. Paul prepare you to answer the call and enter or advance in a variety of roles, including:
- Child welfare and protection worker
- Correctional caseworker
- Correctional officer supervisor
- Crime scene investigator
- Domestic violence counselor
- Emergency management director
- Forensic behavioral analyst
- Police officer
- Probation officer
- Psychiatric rehabilitation specialist
- Security manager
- Trauma-informed policy advisor
Recognized for Excellent Criminal Justice Career Outcomes
CSP’s online criminal justice programs are backed by national rankings and professional associations. No matter which program you choose, you can trust that your education will boost your career, whether you’re in California or across the nation.
- In the 2021 SkillSurvey Career Readiness® rankings, CSP was ranked in the Top 10 “Career Ready” Institutions and Top 10 “Career Ready” Feedback for First-Generation College Students.
- College Choice ranked CSP’s bachelor’s degree among the best online criminal justice programs.4
- CSP’s Trauma, Resilience, and Self-Care Strategies master’s degree emphasis and certificate include specialized, Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)-approved coursework.
- Our Forensic Behavioral Health master’s degree emphasis is approved by the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS).
Learn from Criminal Justice Experts Without Leaving California
You’ll have support from expert faculty members at CSP, who will be there to answer your questions and guide you throughout your online criminal justice program. It’s yet another way that the online format mimics the experience of studying on campus.
The Highest-Paying Criminal Justice Careers in California
Now is the perfect time to consider furthering your education since California is one of the highest-paying states for those with criminal justice careers. For example, police and sheriff’s patrol officers in California made $100,330 in 2021, well above the national average of $64,610.5 The top 10% of California’s police and sheriff’s patrol officers made over $128,300.5
Here are 2021 annual salaries for other lucrative criminal justice careers in California:
- Correctional officers and jailers: $81,8906
- Detectives and criminal investigators: $104,0607
- Emergency management directors: $101,9208
- Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists: $99,0909
- Supervisors of police and detectives: $161,72010