Why choose Criminal Justice at WSU?
- WSU's Criminal Justice program has a reputation for excellence in the region.
- Many of WSU's criminal justice faculty currently working in the field, so students are educated with real-life examples and experiences.
- Most criminal justice students are successfully placed in state, local or federal agencies.
- Students have opportunities for internships with state, federal and local criminal justice agencies.
What degrees/certificates are available?
Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ)
Bachelor of Science (BS) Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science (BS) Forensic Science: Investigation or Laboratory
Departmental Honors: Criminal Justice
Minor: Criminal Justice
BIS Emphasis: Criminal Justice
Associate of Science (AS) Criminal Justice
What courses are offered through online/distance learning?
The Criminal Justice Department offers various classes online. For more information, contact the department at 801-626-6146 or click here.
What are the employment opportunities?
Graduates with a degree in criminal justice have a wide range of employment opportunities. Locally, they can become police officers and sheriff's deputies. Federally, they can work as drug enforcement agents and U.S. Marshals. They can also work at Adult Probation and Parole, crime scene units, and state and federal labs such as the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI.
Starting salaries vary depending on the region, workplace and skill level. Starting salaries in forensics range from $27,000 to $50,000 per year. Local law enforcement salaries range from $25,000 to $38,000 per year. At the state and federal level, the salary range is similar at the entry level but has a higher range with time in grade and promotional opportunities. For more information, go to Career Services.
What will I learn in the program?
WSU's Criminal Justice program will assist you in your goal to improve justice administration. Students earning bachelor's degrees in criminal justice can concentrate in corrections, forensic science, law and justice, or law enforcement.
The Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice provides graduate education to criminal justice professionals and traditional students who have not yet begun a career in criminal justice.
The master's program will help develop your ability to analyze, comprehend and resolve complex problems confronting the criminal justice system. The program emphasizes theory and research, administration and effecting change. You will learn to look at crime and justice from social, cultural, economic and political perspectives.
Successful graduates can use research methods and design as well as the statistical strategies of social science research. Our master's degree graduates are also well prepared to pursue doctoral studies.
Where can I find out more about the programs?
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Weber State University
1208 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408-1208
Department Phone 801-626-6146
Is there an application deadline?
Although there is no application deadline, you should apply early and register for classes. Contact the Department of Criminal Justice for specific information or to schedule an advisement appointment.
Admission to the master's program is competitive, and enrollment is limited. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in criminal justice or a related social or behavioral science. Contact the Department of Criminal Justice for specific information or to schedule an advisement appointment.